Conventional wisdom might have us believe that electric and gas utilities are at the bottom of the customer satisfaction heap compared to other service providers. After all, for every power outage and loss of heat, gas or air conditioning issue, there is the potential for an outcry among ratepayers that can negatively impact satisfaction scores overnight -- or within hours for that matter. Article
In the last few articles, we discussed the components required for building a security eco-system surrounding the critical infrastructure and also the need for each device on highly accountable networks to contain both asynchronous and synchronous components. In this article, we look at the scope of the entire security eco-system. Many times, I have been asked to explain how all of the concepts in this series fit into the technology components and applications with which many of us are familiar. The next few articles will begin to answer some of these questions. Article
When one coal-fired power plant is replaced by renewable energy sources like solar and wind, what are the implications for grid stability and blackout restoration? What happens if you replace two? As utilities move toward integration of more renewable energy sources, they face difficult challenges in determining the right mix and placement of critical assets to maintain grid stability. Article
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE -- the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology -- just completed a report that provides guidance on grid-related developments to the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House for the nation's first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review. I spoke recently with the IEEE task force leaders, Veronika Rabl, chair of the IEEE USA Energy Policy Committee, and Damir Novosel, president elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society. 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 finalists in ComEd's Student Innovation Contest, which challenges college students to create visions of products, services or software apps that leverage smart meter technology to help low-income customers better manage their electricity use and save money, have been announced. The Student Innovation Contest, which launched in May, is part of ComEd's SmartGridExchange initiative -- a collaboration between ComEd, technology companies, universities and customers to spur innovation that will shape what the electric grid of the future will offer.
Smart meters have made possible new services for customers, such as automated budget assistance and bill management tools, energy use notifications, and "smart pricing" and demand response programs. More than 43 percent of U.S. households have smart meters today, up from about 33 percent in May 2012.
Collaborating with a group of science and technology partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Denver, ComEd is taking a lead role in positioning interconnected microgrids as viable energy systems that help address ongoing challenges of national energy security, sustainability, and resiliency, as well as positioning Chicago as a hub for energy sustainability and independence.
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) today named the three winners in a call for papers charged with addressing an industry issue with a viable proposed solution.
Spectra Energy Corp., Spectra Energy Partners, and Northeast Utilities have released details of the Access Northeast project, designed to help deliver increased, guaranteed daily supplies of natural gas to consumers, as well as enhanced service on peak days for strategic natural gas-fueled electric generation plants, to address New England's reliability concerns and reduce costs paid by the region's electric and gas consumers.
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"The very successful rapid development and growth of renewable energy generation in Vermont today would simply not have happened without the creation of Vermont's SPEED program by the Vermont Legislature in 2005," said Rep. Tony Klein Chair, House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. "Our Vermont utilities are doing exactly what the Vermont Legislature has required them to do. And as a result, it has created jobs, tax revenue and clean energy without raising our utility rates."
The U. S. Department of Agriculture/U.S. Forest Service, in collaboration with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and UCLA, have developed a web-based tool to classify the fire threat potential of the Santa Ana winds. Since the 2007 wildfires in San Diego County, SDG&E has been a partner in enhancing local fire preparedness.