By Megan Dean, Senior Research Analyst, Zpryme
Smart grid energy storage technologies, and related software applications, experienced significant advancements in 2013. Utilities around the world deployed new energy storage systems and participated in pilot projects aimed at producing a more dependable and sustainable grid. Recent announcements of several key energy storage projects demonstrate expanding strategies in the industry. Article
By Todd Q. Adams
Modernizing the nation's electric grid is paying dividends for many utilities. Ongoing population growth and economic development in urban metropolitan areas makes meeting the growing demand for electricity a perpetual challenge. Utility experts advocate a smart grid as a solution, and urban planners propose smart cities as a solution. Sustainable solutions for a smart grid and for smart cities must actually be collaborative and complementary. Article
By Barbara Vergetis Lundin
Last year, there were more than 10 billion units connected to the Web – a number that is predicted to increase by a magnitude of five by 2020. These connections affect the way data is moved and will undoubtedly affect the way energy is moved, as well as the future of the smart grid. Interview
The exhibitor floor at DistribuTECH featured some of the most important breakthroughs in grid modernization. Here's a snapshot of what you missed in San Antonio at the end of January. Slideshow
IT/OT convergence delivers high degrees of grid automation, sensing and visibility; achieves greater control of distributed generation; and provides better support of regulatory compliance. Those are just a few points touched on by an expert panel of speakers during yesterday's Fierce Live! Webinar, "The IT/OT Integration Imperative," sponsored by ABB.
ComEd is already losing an estimated $168 million in smart grid funding as a result of the $100 million annual reduction in funding by the Illinois Commerce Commission beginning in 2014. Now, the utility faces a class action lawsuit and a $182 million penalty for delays and costs associated with its smart meter rollout.
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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute Center are incorporating a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany's largest charging station, where the network of charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) is becoming more tightly meshed.
A modification to an existing transmission line will improve electricity reliability in New York's North Country and foster greater integration of local wind power in an effort to diversify New York's energy sources.
Direct current (DC) transmission lines date back to 1882, but went out of style in favor of alternating current (AC). That has once again changed with at least 660 MW of load demand in New York alone powered by DC, which is twice as efficient as AC.
Since 2006, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has invested more than $1.4 billion as part of its efforts to improve electric reliability. The investment is paying off.
Cyberattacks on key energy infrastructure are increasing in terms of frequency and sophistication. Electric grid failures are costly and have the potential to profoundly disrupt delivery of essential services. In light of this, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and its Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative have issued recommendations targeting Congress, federal government agencies, state public utility commissions, and utilities on how to better prepare for cyberattacks against the electric grid.
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Coveo has been named a Recognized Innovator finalist by the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) in the category of Innovation in Knowledge Management. As data continues to proliferate,