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Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Smart Grid Data Management Analytics

May 9, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Smart Grid and Data Technology

Smart grid communications networks include software and hardware that enable the collection of data from and communication between smart grid technologies, including advanced metering infrastructure. Smart grid software and hardware technologies allow utilities to collect vast amounts of real-time data.[read more]

Advanced Energy Tech of the Week: High Temperature Superconducting Transmission

April 23, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Advanced Energy Technology

The ability of high temperature superconductivity to relieve transmission bottlenecks allows for more efficient operation of the transmission network as well as allowing for more efficient generator dispatch, which can help lower emissions and reduce transmission energy losses.[read more]

Rethink the Grid: Personal Power Stations

March 20, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

“Get big or get out!” Those were the famous, and controversial, words of Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture in the seventies. Considering the combination of renewable technology and battery storage, a new popular mantra may emerge: get small and be free.[read more]

Four Terms Every Utility Executive Must Know

January 20, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Jargon is a fact of life in any business sector, and as the author of the Smart Grid Dictionary, I assure you its quite prolific in the Smart Grid sector. Jargon has a beneficial purpose. It is useful referential shorthand that encapsulates complex topics in minimalist terms.[read more]

Three Important Takeaways for Success in the Smart Grid Ecosystem

January 6, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

The USA’s electricity ecosystem is transforming as new Smart Grid technologies disrupt the status quo. It should be a no-brainer for companies to enter this business sector, but there’s a troubling statistic based on actual history across many sectors. For every success, there are about four failures.[read more]

The Final Five Smart Grid Predictions: A Progress Report

December 17, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

I made ten predictions all the way back in January 2014 about Smart Grid and Smart City trends and changes that will occur between 2014 and 2020. Here is an update on the final five predictions. You can review the full predictions and judge for yourself the quality of my crystal ball.[read more]

Great Progress on Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

December 9, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

How much can actually change in a year? When it comes to Smart Grid and Smart City topics, the answer is quite simply that quite a lot can change. Here’s a progress report on my ten predictions about Smart Grid and Smart Cities activity by 2020.[read more]

Hawaii to Test Smart Water Heaters as Grid Resources

November 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Hawaii and Smart Water Heaters

Hawaiian Electric is trying out all sorts of distributed energy assets to help it manage its solar-impacted island electricity system, including behind-the-meter batteries, and smart-meter-enabled energy disaggregation. But one of the cheaper grid tools at its disposal could be the ubiquitous electric water heater.[read more]

Want Green Power? Try Community Choice Aggregation

October 29, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) or municipal aggregation, is defined as an energy policy that can promote distributed and/or renewables generation through community-based contracts with electricity suppliers. The community acts as an aggregator, and residents within it are automatically part of that CCA.[read more]

NY Regulators are Building a More Distributed, Reliable, Transactive Grid

September 26, 2014 by Chris King

New York and the Grid

In the State of New York, a looming power supply shortage is spurring regulatory action to support a smarter, less centralized and more robust power grid. Rhis initiative could revolutionize the utility industry in that state, while solving the supply problem -- in both a functional and business sense.[read more]

Echelon Ditches the Smart Grid to Focus on the Internet of Things

August 30, 2014 by Jeff St. John

As the smart meter market has hit the doldrums, we’ve seen a number of grid networking players start to look for opportunities in the “internet of things,” or IOT for short -- a broad term that can include everything from smart street lights and building controls to IT-enabled industrial equipment and medical devices.[read more]

Reimagining Infrastructure

July 30, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” That’s the challenge for this generation when it comes creating Smart Grids out of today’s infrastructure for energy and water. We’re much further along in terms of envisioning a modernized electricity grid than we are when the aging infrastructure under consideration is water.[read more]

Here's Where Solar, Storage, and Microgrids Are Starting to Take Hold in the US

July 2, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Grid Advancement Locations

The grid edge is all around us. Historically, distributed generation has largely been limited to a handful of progressive states. But as new maps show, solar, storage and microgrid applications are expanding beyond those traditional borders and leaving their imprint on the grid.[read more]

5 Key Disruptors on the Grid Edge

June 26, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Grid Disruption Forces

The grid edge is a complex realm, combining traditional utility operations with the emerging world of distributed energy generation and control. Greentech Media’s inaugural Grid Edge Live conference, taking place this week in San Diego, is dedicated to finding solutions to these complex, emerging challenges.[read more]


Who Will Build Tomorrow's Grid? The Energy Collective's Webinar & #EnergyChat

June 23, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Building Tomorrow's Grid

On Wednesday, June 18th, we hosted an incredibly informative webinar on how utilities can secure the greatest benefits from the smart grid, while simultaneously adapting their workforce to this rapid force of change. This post highlights from the Webinar and Tweetchat![read more]