Postings tagged with: utilities


Usman Sindhu| Jul 27, 2016

Quantifying merits of incorporating renewables into the electrical grid

Distributed energy resources (DER) including electric vehicles, storage, and variable generation (solar, wind) pose threats and opportunities alike to the energy providers. Storage technologies are improving and cost is coming down. The value of using storage to further energy efficiency, energy independence, energy sharing, and a transactive grid is even greater. A White House June 2016 report explores in detail the technical merits of emerging technologies such as variable energy resources (VE ...

Chris King| May 19, 2016

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Near Real Time Streaming Data

With its Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, New York’s Public Service Commission is helping define the future of electricity. The PSC’s ideas include access to smart meter data with a new option: near-real-time streaming over Advanced Metering Infrastructure networks. So what is this, and how does it related to existing options? See the figure – but, for more detail, read on… The majority of utilities that have deployed AMI now have websites that allow customers to view their detailed energ ...

Chris King| Apr 11, 2016

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Engaging Customers: Siemens' Vision for the 51st State Utility

This week, Siemens is participating in the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s 51st State Summit, presenting our vision for the Consumer-Driven Utility. Our submission proposes a consumer-driven grid, enabled and delivered in large part by regulated utilities, and lays out a roadmap to get there not just in the 51st State – but anywhere.The electricity business is being transformed by powerful forces. The evolving world is a confluence of new and less costly distributed energy resources, information ...

Mike Carlson| Feb 10, 2016

DistribuTECH 2016: The Power of Planning for Agility in Energy

To Siemens, being focused on the future means staying ahead of the challenge and ahead of the change.  Staying ahead certainly means looking to the future and to plan for it. But in the power space, one thing is clear—traditional planning practices and static models will no longer work for the dynamics of today’s grid. The rise of distributed energy resources, intermittent generation, and fluctuation in power and energy markets has changed how utilities manage their power, and ultimately, their ...

Usman Sindhu| Feb 08, 2016

Utilities top three challenges and priorities at DistribuTECH 2016

Utility professionals have gathered at DistribuTECH to hear about cutting edge solutions to address their challenges and network with their peers. While solution providers are assembling their key solution and services; we should keep in mind utilities concerns and priorities. Siemens clients tell us that  1.     The top three technologies impacting the distribution grid are solar, battery/storage, and wind. 2.     Top priorities for large IOUs are customer enablement, creating efficiency, and ...

Usman Sindhu| Jan 28, 2016

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Leadership in the Meter Data Management Market

The results of Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meter Data Management Products 2015 are in. Siemens EnergyIP platform along with its MDM application continues being the leader and outperform competition. The results show the product strength, stellar execution, and customers’ trust in Siemens EnergyIP platform.  Siemens strengths outlined by Gartner 1)    Siemens solution for meter data management with advanced applications provide high value to the customers with strong product capabilities and vis ...

Chris King| Jan 14, 2016

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UK Distribution Utilities Providing Greater Value for Money

UK regulator Ofgem just released the results of its review of distribution company performance from 2010 to 2015. Overall, the Distribution Network Operators have "outperformed" and "delivered major benefits for consumers throughout the period." In short – excellent results.The DNOs, who deliver power to 27 million customers, spent a total of £15 billion during the period, including over £1 bn for increasing network capacity. The graphic shows where the spending was targeted. ...

Chris King| Jan 05, 2016

NY REV - What is a DSP anyway?

Siemens recently hosted a webinar on the New York “Reforming the Energy Vision” proceeding, welcoming participants across the U.S. and around the globe. NY REV is developing policy and identifying technology for the electric distribution utility of the future. European utilities are looking at similar issues.The goal is to “animate” the market for distributed energy resources (DERs), including demand response, distributed generation, energy efficiency, energy storage, microgrids, and electric ve ...

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 ...


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