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NY customers informing the energy vision

In an effort to inform the New York State Public Service Commission's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC), in partnership with member organizations, has conducted a comprehensive survey of New York residential utility customers' electricity awareness and engagement.

Attitudes on smart grid outsourcing shifting

While utilities have historically avoided outsourcing operations, attitudes are shifting based on the complexity of smart grid deployments and systems integration, as well as a shortage of qualified internal human resources. 

Countries experiencing similar distributed generation pain points

Most nations are experiencing a similar, significant increase in the integration of distributed generation and a corresponding decrease in costs, despite different generation mixes and distribution system structures, according to a Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) study on grid connectivity.

Smart city data reflects San Diego EV market, attitudes

Smart City San Diego, which launched its Solar-to-EV project -- one of the first of its kind in the world -- in September 2012, has now released usage data collected at the EV charging stations since November 2012. As part of the electric vehicle (EV) project, five solar-to-EV charging stations were located at the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park where they used the sun's energy to directly charge plug-in EVs, store solar power for future use, and provide renewable energy to the surrounding area.

North America demand response leader

As electricity markets increasingly recognize the need for demand response programs to manage scheduled or emergency downtime for power plants, as well as a way to mitigate higher wholesale prices and lower overall grid costs, Transparency Market Research (TMR) reports that North America led the global smart demand response capacity market in 2013.

Deadline Extended for Fierce Innovation Awards 2014 - Now August 29!

In response to the large number of requests for more time, we are pleased to announce that we have extended the entry period for the Fierce Innovation Awards: Energy Edition by one week.  Applications will now be accepted through midnight, ET this Friday, August 29

Advising the President's Quadrennial Energy Review

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.

MMU issues 2014 State of the Market Report for PJM

The wholesale electric energy and capacity markets of the 13 states and the District of Columbia managed by PJM Interconnection produced competitive results during the first six months of 2014, according to the 2014 State of the Market Report for PJM by Monitoring Analytics, LLC, the Independent Market Monitor for PJM.

High-voltage transmission expanding worldwide

The HVTS market will see tremendous capital investment over the next 10 years (exceeding $250 billion from 2014 to 2023), as the infrastructure that was installed in the post-World War II era ages out, coal and nuclear generation is retired, and new utility scale renewable wind and solar generation is installed in remote areas.

CPUC cuts utility revenue request by $700M

In an unprecedented move for a rate case, the CPUC retained outside experts to evaluate risk assessment, risk mitigation, programs and policies, as well as PG&E's corporate policies, goals, culture, and the efforts being made to bolster PG&E's system safety and reliability. After reviewing the findings, the CPUC adopted revenue requirements that it says "balances the priorities of safety and reliability with just and reasonable rates" -- cutting the amount requested by $700 million.

CPUC shaping "utility of the future"

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has initiated a long-term project to modernize the state's electric grid by incorporating non-utility owned energy resources into the planning and operation of the electric distribution system.

Renewable energy fueling Asia-Pacific microgrids

The Asia-Pacific region has seen particularly robust demand for microgrids in recent years due to economic development, electrification, and industrialization directly related to the growing need for more electricity and the resulting development of renewable distributed energy generation and, ultimately, microgrids, according to Navigant Research.

Georgia EMCs reaping big data benefits

GSOC's $12.9 million project, which includes $6.4 million in funding from DOE under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has resulted in new control center capabilities for more reliable and efficient operations, enhanced data management tools for better operational flexibility, and new security measures.

Con Edison netting vast SGIG benefits

Con Edison has demonstrated that a more comprehensive set of tools are created for grid planners and operators when solutions like demand response and end-use efficiency are integrated with automated controls for voltage and reactive power management. These efforts are part of a broader Con Edison strategy to apply smart grid technologies on both the utility and customer sides of the meter to save energy and improve the reliability, efficiency, and affordability of electricity.

Harmonizing smart grid standards, interoperability

Work on smart grid interoperability and standards is ongoing globally and mapping exercises have identified more than 500 smart grid standards, but further harmonization is needed, and there are many hurdles to overcome, according to GSGF.

Second Southwest Blackout settlement approved

The Imperial Irrigation District stipulated (made a judicial admission) to the facts in the agreement and will pay a civil penalty of $12 million -- $3 million.

North America to see significant substation automation investments, research

North America, holding the largest market share in 2013, is expected to attract heavy investment and high-end research in the field of substation automation, according to TMR, driven by the need for outage time reduction and transmission efficiency.

CPUC settlement recognizes value of demand response

A new settlement agreement filed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will open the door for demand response in California and accelerate the state's transition to a clean energy economy. The settlement recognizes the increased value of demand response, supports a cost-effective transition toward more renewable energy and acknowledges that existing market and regulatory mechanisms fail to monetize all benefits load modifying demand response provides to consumers -- such as deferring distribution investments and reducing the need for flexible capacity.

OpenADR Alliance, ISGF partner on India's smart grid

The OpenADR Alliance and the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) have formed a public private partnership to accelerate the development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector. The two organizations will work together to facilitate the adoption of Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) in India, helping utilities in the country better maintain grid reliability, while also providing customers with demand response-enabled products delivering enhanced energy efficiency. 

New transmission and distribution infrastructure needs $2 trillion by 2024

Over the next decade, an investment of between $140.2 billion and $170.5 billion per year on traditional transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure will be needed worldwide to keep pace with growth in electricity demand, while an additional $8 billion to $27.3 billion will be invested annually in smart grid infrastructure to improve the efficiency and reliability of T&D grids, according to Northeast Group, LLC.