In the United States, electric vehicle (EV) sales have roughly doubled every year for the past three years. This has been driven, in part, by electric utilities offering new tariff and rate structures tailored specifically for EV owners -- with 25 utilities across 14 states offering EV tariffs, including 8 of the largest 15 utilities, according to Northeast Group, LLC. Article
In the last article we explored the organization and components needed to pull together the Security Ecosystem for the Critical Infrastructure environment. In doing so we explored the need for management of secrets in devices across the four Trust Accountability (TA) Chains: Product Lifecycle, Onboard System Integrity, Networked System and Data Lifecycle. In this article, we will start to look at the topic which started my entire research into the Critical Infrastructure Ecosystem -- the organization and management of secrets that make up the DNA of each device. Article
The emerging energy cloud allows consumers to actively participate in the generation and distribution of electricity in strategic ways to achieve business models that benefit consumers, producers, and distributors of energy. When organized to help manage supply and demand across the grid, the energy cloud shares many characteristics with cloud computing. Article
Energy storage is the key technology for unleashing the full potential of microgrids, the smart grid, and renewable energy sources. The energy storage systems industry has a market poised for substantial growth and multi-billion dollar annual sales worldwide within a few years, but that assumption is based on removing some current barriers. Article
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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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $236.3 million to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states. A modern, reliable electric system is critical to attract and retain residents and businesses to rural communities.
The global smart grid market was valued at $37.7 billion in 2012 and is forecast to reach $118.1 billion in 2019 -- growing at a compound annual growth rate of 18.2 percent from 2013 to 2019, according to Transparency Market Research (TMR).
Leading utilities have developed a nuanced view of their business customers and ways of serving them, according to a recent E Source Account Management Assessment. Three utilities out of 35 stood out for their account management best practices.
Vendors are systematically enriching their product features and functionalities with many providing broad capabilities and a future vision that meets and anticipates the needs of utilities, according to IDC.
In a filing, EDF's comments focus on both traditional objectives of resource adequacy and reliability of electrical service, as well as clean energy solutions, customer engagement, and openness to innovation.
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Boston communities are expanding their solar reach, as municipalities seek to reduce their electricity costs and carbon footprints, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) advances its Regional Solar Initiative.
The world's nuclear power generation decreased in 2011 and 2012 in the aftermath of the Fukushima accident, but the market is gradually recovering, with large-scale capacity additions expected in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, GlobalData forecasts. In fact, GlobalData sees global nuclear installed capacity increasing from 371 GW in 2013 to 517 GW by 2025, driven by emerging markets.