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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

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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 ...

Alicia Carrasco| Apr 22, 2015

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Transforming Energy Regulations and Markets: Ofgem Seeks Input

As the electric power industry evolves, new business models present many opportunities and risks. Seeking options to constructively and proactively transform the energy market (while also lowering electric bills, benefiting the environment, and protecting the interest of current and future consumers) U.K. energy regulator Ofgem has opened a consultation to investigate nontraditional business models. Submit comments to Ofgem here: http://bit.ly/1Ga0I24. Input is invited from from utilities, i ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 30, 2015

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Smart Water: Helping water utilities get ahead of infrastructure challenges

Water utilities face more daunting challenges than ever before: infrastructure keeps aging, demand for water keeps growing, pressure to conserve is higher and water supply is less secure -- all while resources to repair, upgrade and expand water networks remain constrained. Applying smart metering and other intelligence to distribution networks can help water utilities get ahead of all of these challenges. A new publication from Siemens, Take Control of Your Water Future, explains how smart wate ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 24, 2015

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Making meter data management a nexus of enterprise operations: JEA case study

Utilities often deploy smart metering (AMI) networks with the initial goal of direct revenue and billing enhancements. But AMI also can be the gateway to significant strategic, business and operational benefits that can benefit every aspect of utility operations and business. When JEA (one of the largest nonprofit, community-owned utilities in the U.S., based in Jacksonville, Fla.) deployed an AMI network, they had a clear vision of a long-term strategy. AMI would improve the timeliness and reli ...

Usman Sindhu| Mar 12, 2015

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Observations from the Utility Analytics Summit 2015

The recent Utility Analytics Summit (March 3-5, Phoenix) offered insight into some innovative ways to used data analytics to solve crucial business problems. This event brought together a mix of North American utility professionals and solution providers. Here are my key takeaways: Utilities need a concerted long-term vision on analytics. Adopting a metrics-based approach to analytics is crucial. Utilities need innovative analytics solutions. Of course, "analytics" is an amorphous ...

Harald Mayer| Mar 06, 2015

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Data-driven asset management: taking the next step

The operating condition of switchgear and other assets strongly influences the efficiency, performance and risk exposure of power distribution networks.  A session at a recent conference in Hong Kong, Essential Infrastructure from Vision to Engineering Reality, explored emerging opportunities in how grid operators can leverage condition data to enhance asset management. According to Norbert Kaiser, CTO of Siemens Asset Services, robust asset management begins with making asset data available ov ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Feb 10, 2015

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Create a more intelligent distribution grid with Siemens at E-world 2015

At E-world 2015 (Feb. 10-12, Essen, Germany), Siemens will feature several offerings to help utilities create more intelligent distribution grids -- through distribution automation, data management, control centers, and intelligent field assets. Visit the Siemens booth Hall 3 / Stand 3-211 Here is a preview of some of these offerings, and how they can benefit utilities in Germany and elsewhere. (See links and attached brochures for details.) FITformer REG. This regulated distribution transformer ...

Harald Mayer| Feb 09, 2015

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Substation condition monitoring: Overcoming integration challenges

Monitoring the current condition of switchgear and transformers can be a powerful strategy to help utilities prevent failures and optimize the useful life of these key assets. So why isn't every utility doing it? In a new video, Laurent van Groningen (Product Lifecycle Manager, Siemens Asset Services) explained that it often is challenging to directly integrate condition monitoring data into utility's existing systems. For instance, SCADA systems often are certified in a way that would not allow ...


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