Postings tagged with: utilities


Michelle Candelaria| Apr 18, 2014

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Transforming the utility business while staying ahead of the regulatory curve

Around the world, shifting regulatory requirements are supporting more innovative energy options (such as distributed generation and time-varying pricing) and mandating operational changes (such as integrating ever more renewables). As utilities expand beyond their traditional business model, how can they plan for an evolving regulatory landscape as well as rapidly evolving energy technology? A session at the Siemens Smart Grid Software Leadership Conference (May 5-7, Orlando, Fla.) will explore ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Apr 08, 2014

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Siemens, Accenture join forces in new smart grid joint venture, Omnetric Group

Today Siemens and Accenture unveiled the completion of their new smart grid joint venture, Omnetric Group. This company will combine Siemens' leading energy product portfolio with Accenture's recognized smart grid systems integration, consulting and managed services. Initially announced at European Utility Week 2013, Omnetric Group is now ready to provide utilities around the world with advanced smart grid solutions and services. The focus will be primarily on data management and systems integra ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 26, 2014

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Integrating outage management and meter data management: What three utilities are learning

Keeping the lights on is easier when utilities know exactly where, and why, they're not on. Modern smart meter data management systems can integrate real-time field information into a utility's outage management system. This speeds the reporting of, and response to, power outages. It also helps confirms power restoration. Three U.S. utilities -- Burbank Water and Power, Black Hills Corp., and Jacksonville Electric Authority -- are integrating their outage management systems with EnergyIP, the le ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 06, 2014

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Smart grid cybersecurity: Resources, evolving threats and leaders

Cybersecurity threats are a growing and ever-shifting challenge for utilities, consumers, and smart grid solution providers. Fortunately, new tools and resources are emerging to combat these threats, and leaders are emerging among solution providers. In February, the U.S. Dept. of Energy updated its Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (ES-C2M2), originally introduced in 2012 as part of a White House-led initiative. This model helps electric utilities and grid operators ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 04, 2014

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2014 European Smart Metering Awards cover wide range of solutions

This year's European Smart Metering Awards addressed a wide range of innovative solutions to smart metering challenges: data analytics, consumer engagement, home energy monitoring, cybersecurity and more. Siemens won the Smart Metering Technology of the Year award, for cost-effective solutions to provide meter connectivity across long distances. British Gas was named Utility of the Year for their strong focus on customer involvement via an opt-in model, and success in conveying to consumers the ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 03, 2014

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Fusesaver: Helping rural power providers keep the lights on

In rural areas, smaller co-op utilities often rely on medium-voltage power lines. When outages occur on these networks, finding and fixing faults can be time-consuming, costly, and frustrating for both utilities and consumers. Fortunately, a new Siemens solution can help prevent most of these outages. Up to 80% of all line faults are temporary disruptions caused by strong winds, tree branches, animals, and other common issues that pass quickly and do not represent significant network damage. How ...

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Restoring, not replacing, medium-voltage power cables

Cables are a key part of any secondary power distribution network. They also can be notoriously difficult and costly to replace, especially when buried underground. A new service from Siemens can extend, by decades, the lifespan of insulated medium-voltage cables -- while also preventing outages and controlling capital expenditures. Medium-voltage cables that were laid in the 1970s and 1980s are now beginning to reach the end of their service life. Typically, utilities replace these cables befor ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Feb 12, 2014

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Smarter grids for more renewable energy in Europe: Siemens workshop at E-world 2014

The growth in renewable generation is one of the greatest challenges to power distribution networks -- and it takes a smart grid to handle this well. While European energy policymakers wrestle with harmonizing the continent's complex regulatory patchwork, the technology to put more renewable energy onto Europe's power networks marches forward. In a recent Electric Light & Power article, top Siemens executives noted: "Substation automation is integral to building a more intelligent grid ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Feb 11, 2014

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What happened at DistribuTECH 2014: Siemens recap

This year's DistribuTECH, a leading utility industry event focused on power distribution, covered many hot topics in the global utility industry -- automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, smart metering, grid operations and reliability, power delivery equipment, commercial and industrial energy management technology and water utility technology. An overarching theme that emerged from this conference was the importance and ubiquity of dat ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Feb 11, 2014

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Business transformation: This year's crucial utility challenge (DistribuTECH 2014 video)

In New Brunswick, Canada, a Siemens consulting project is charting a course to transform how utilities do business. There, the Siemens North American Smart Grid Center of Competence has partnered with their local utility, New Brunswick Power, to address industry trends that are challenging the traditional utility business model. The Siemens Smart Grid Compass methodology, a key tool in achieving transformation at NB Power, was showcased at DistribuTECH. Siemens management consultant John Cooper ...


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