Last year, U.S. drivers cruised some 3.2 trillion miles, says the Federal Highway Administration. To put in perspective, that’s more than 337 round trips from Earth to Pluto. Americans love…
Rising worry, new approaches: The race for cybersecurity on the grid continues.
Infrastructure sits atop the to-do list of most utilities. Frequent system failures have highlighted the limitations of — and the need to replace — aging assets. The increased penetration of…
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics promise to be the most futuristic Olympic games in history, with the city spending billions on preparations. One current initiative that will be critical to the…
In any relationship, when one party changes dramatically the other must change too, or risk a bad breakup. It’s no different with utilities and their customers. Gone are the days…
Balancing the demand for increased service quality, control and sustainability with the need to maintain a decades-old transmission and distribution infrastructure is the challenge of grid modernization. The changes enabled…
Poised for considerable growth in the coming decade, energy storage will provide many services traditionally performed with other devices.
Easier, cleaner commutes ahead
Paying the bill—for most energy consumers, it’s the only touch point they’ll have with their power provider in any given year. A 2016 study conducted by Accenture found that the…
ROI goes beyond efficiency
Cities around the US are teaming with utilities to benefit communities by leveraging smart technologies.
Refocusing Cybersecurity at Utilities
Across the nation, utilities, energy markets, states and regional energy providers are moving beyond their historic territories and borders to meet new supply and demand challenges—challenges that include managing…
Utilities have two overriding missions: keeping the lights on and power quality high. Here are some technological tools that help.
Transmission grids handle two-way power flows, and so can distribution systems.
As utility workers continue to find new ways to share relevant, real-time data from the smart grid in the field, early adopters of field mobility solutions are already seeing significant…
Where does the smart grid end and the smart city begin? There is no boundary. Smart grids empower smart cities.
For decades, utilities have relied on SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems to enable remote monitoring of generation and transmission systems. “Transmission systems have always been very critical,” says…
As the industry moves to accommodate higher levels of renewable energy, storage is emerging as a viable option to overcome intermittency and availability issues. In fact, a recent study by…
Dense urban populations. Increasing resource demands. Energy capacity constraints. Many cities in the Asia Pacific region are long familiar with these challenges. The solutions now being explored, however, are relatively…
The complex and plodding energy regulatory structure in the U.S. is often at odds with the desire for a nimble, reliable and efficient energy system. Looking across the Atlantic, some…
It’s still too early to predict the effect that Brexit will have on energy consumers in the U.K., but throughout the European Union, the cost of electric power continues to…
Life on an island has its advantages, but for utility operators dealing with the usual — and sometimes highly unusual — problems associated with providing reliable power, the isolation can…
Visitors entering the Salt River Project headquarters lobby in Phoenix are greeted by a series of display cases. Some are dedicated to telling the history of native settlers to the…
Some call it the “Amazon effect,” the delivery of a comprehensive experience that dramatically raises the expectations of consumers—and makes it difficult to keep up and compete. Thanks to major…
As utilities seek new ways to engage with their customers, they are also looking for innovative ways to appeal to a specific and important customer segment- millennials. Generally defined as…
Many utilities are beginning to market themselves as trusted energy advisors, offering added value with new tools, content, information and advice. They are also leveraging new marketing tools to enable…
Outages have always been a fact of life for distribution utilities. However, customer expectations are changing as immediacy of information becomes the standard in any service transaction. Realistic and reliable…
Even though consumer-owned solar photovoltaics (PV) remain a small part of the generation mix at most U.S. utilities, many utility executives view solar and other distributed energy resources as challenges…
Utilities around the world lose billions of dollars from technical and non-technical losses. Whether it is electricity theft, such as illegal hookups and altered meters, or technical losses, such as…
Political, environmental and technological forces continue to transform the utility business model. Here’s a snapshot of how we got here.
Cities across the globe are focusing on smart grid investments to provide a platform for new benefits, services and energy efficiencies and, ultimately, improve the lives of citizens.
The promise of networked, intelligent devices sharing information and automating processes is driving growth in many industries. How far those connections will extend to consumer technology?
The next generation of line sensors offers an opportunity for utilities to go beyond outage response and gain insights for monitoring power quality and guiding preventive maintenance.
Utilities are seeing dual-purpose benefits as they use advanced meters, equipped with communication technology, as distribution sensors.
Disruptive changes in how electric power is generated, distributed and consumed are making utilities rethink consumer interaction.
Keys to improving customer satisfaction
Falling costs for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, tax incentives and other factors are speeding up the growth of PV
installations in many parts of the country.
Educating consumers on smart grid value
Getting ahead of prepaid can pay off for utilities
Smart grid services reduce the utility’s burdens of maintenance and management
How three rural utilities made the move to AMI technology
Improved reliability with distribution transformer monitoring
Utilities find ways to meet load management goals
Why they’re made for each other
Can utilities hack potential vulnerabilities?
Getting closer to customers and meaning different things to different stakeholders.
Getting ready for renewables.
Distribution data helps utilities mitigate line losses.
Many forces drive change in the energy industry, promising to impact security, power reliability, sustainability and economic growth.
With greater reliability, efficiency and control from new data, so come more security and privacy concerns.
Lessons learned and “beyond metering” benefits.
Tips for leveraging new levels of intelligence.
Load shedding with voltage management.
Market drivers like demand side management, are changing how IOUs look at prepay programs.
Transforming data into valuable business intelligence.
Using smart grid technology to protect revenue.
How Oncor improved operations and customer satisfaction.
MDMS redefines how utilities view analytics.
Overcoming challenges in consumer engagement and load shedding efforts.
An end-to-end view of smart grid security
A smart approach for smart grid?
Convergence of two formerly disparate to solutions to make a smart grid smarter.
The next trend in AMI technology.
The traditional business model at a crossroads, beset by more new challenges than ever.
The structural changes needed to enable a two-way distribution grid.
How smart grid technology can help.
What’s the future of utility rate structures?
The impact of the grants, five years later.