Postings tagged with: utilities

Harald Mayer| Nov 04, 2015

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What's happening at the substation? Condition monitoring boosts savings and reliability

Most utilities employ a time-based approach to maintaining and replacing electrical substation assets. However, sometimes these schedules are overtaken by events. Substation equipment commonly endures a surprising amount of wear and tear from network conditions (such as overloading) and harsh environmental conditions -- both cumulative and sudden. It's not always possible to predict when substation equipment might fail. But when it does, this can lead to unplanned outages, damage to other equip ...

Usman Sindhu| Oct 14, 2015

Recap of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015– Utilities Perspective

We expect bold statements and ideas from Gartner Research. One feels rejuvenated with new ideas after attending electric keynotes at the Gartner Symposium. This year was impressive indeed. Analysts and guest speakers talked about how to become an agile IT enterprise embracing digital business. Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president, global head of research at Gartner, shared how companies will generate digital revenue from digital business. Companies like Williams-Sonoma changed their business ...

Harald Mayer| Sep 28, 2015

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Utility specialty support services

Siemens offers a range of specialized services to help electric utilities address unique issues associated with power distribution networks. These offerings build upon Siemens' vast and diverse industry and analytics expertise, as well as a deep catalogue of power distribution products. Siemens utility support services include: Operation & maintenance of power delivery assets. Reduce risk, control costs and enhance reliability by outsourcing this crucial function to a qualified service provi ...

Usman Sindhu| Aug 31, 2015


Will Data Science Discipline Help Utilities Analytics Practices?

The answer to the above question is yes. At least all participants of Siemens Twitter Chat on July 22, 2015 did concur that data science is an important discipline for utilities to gain deeper insights into the data.  You can follow the conversation at #utilichat on Twitter. It was apparent from the Twitter Chat (#utilichat) that we have more questions about solving many challenges for utilities. Utilities do collect a lot of data and volume has increased in the past few years. Zpryme survey co ...

Chris King| Aug 05, 2015

Utilities of the Future: British Gas Refocusing on Customers

Much has been said about the "utility of the future." British Gas is joining other European majors such as E.ON and RWE and not just talking the talk but walking the walk.In its earnings announcement last week, Centrica (British Gas's parent) said it was cutting back investment in its oil and gas division and focusing on being a customer-facing business. This was the headline finding from its corporate strategic review.Like E.ON and RWE, British Gas is turning toward what it calls its ...

Chris King| Jul 24, 2015

Empowered Consumers Like their Utility

J.D. Power’s new customer satisfaction survey found consumers want to control their energy use and, actually, communicate with their utility. They also like having choices.Overall customer satisfaction rose for the third year in a row, with communications and price satisfaction the drivers. Today's customers not only want more communication, but they want it to empower them. Control: consumers want more control over their energy consumption and production. Almost 30% of customers are considerin ...

Chris King| Jun 24, 2015

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New York Approves Major New Demand Response Programs for This Summer

Last week, in its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, and based on the success of a similar program at Consolidated Edison of New York, the New York Public Service Commission approved new demand response programs for the other four regulated New York’s utilities: Central Hudson Electric & Gas, New York State Electric and Gas, Niagara Mohawk Power, and Rochester Gas and Electric. The programs are in line with the state’s REV vision, a process for transitioning the electric system t ...

Usman Sindhu| May 27, 2015

Exploring Merits of the Transactive Energy Model

I recently attended a workshop hosted by GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) on transactive energy. The participants discussed developments of Transactive Energy in North America. There was discussion on how Transactive Energy concept is evolving and who can benefit from it. According to GWAC: “The term “transactive energy” is used here to refer to techniques for managing the generation, consumption or flow of electric power within an electric power system through the use of economic or market ...

Chris King| May 08, 2015

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Georgia Power: Leveraging Smart Meters for Consumer Benefits

New ways to pay for electricity are gaining traction with consumers in in Georgia. Smart meters have enabled Georgia Power to introduce several alternative residential rate offerings. Georgia Power already offers the world's largest commercial/industrial real-time pricing program. This experience has proven helpful as the utility expands this strategy into the residential market. So far, 10% of Georgia Power residential customers have selected one of these alternative residential tariffs: Time-o ...

Chris King| Apr 27, 2015


Tesla, cheaper batteries for solar systems, and managing the demise of traditional utility business models

A few weeks ago, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk took to Twitter to issue a new product announcement tease: “Major new Tesla product line—not a car—will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thursday at 8 pm, April 30.” Word on the street is that the new product will be Tesla’s entry into home energy storage, leveraging Tesla’s battery Gigafactory announced last year. This joint venture between Tesla and Panasonic, expected to be completed in Nevada in 2020, would become the world’s larg ...