Asset management for most utilities is handled with what is commonly called a run-to-fail strategy. Many utilities have not incorporated sensing or monitoring technology into their networks, particularly in the distribution network, where asset value is generally low. However, with the deployment of communications networks that enable advanced metering infrastructure and distribution automation programs the inclusion of sensing or monitoring is starting to make more economic sense, according to Navigant Research.
Although they are behind in some respects, Asia-Pacific has actually made some significant strides when it comes to building energy efficiency, according to Navigant Research.
In 2013, solar jobs were up 57 percent, wind jobs were up 20 percent and renewable energy jobs were up 9.3 percent from 2012.
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.
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.
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.
In 2013, photovoltaic (PV) installations proliferated increasing 41 percent over 2012 to reach 4,751 MW, according to the research, and 410 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) came online.
The energy performance of New York State government buildings improved by nearly 5 percent in the first year of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's BuildSmart NY Initiative, according to a new energy-efficiency progress report issued by the New York Power Authority.
The United States held the majority share of the region's solar PV installed capacity in 2013, with 89.1 percent, followed by Canada and Brazil, with shares of 8.5 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.
The rising cost of electricity in South Africa and the increased demand on the grid are driving large commercial businesses to implement energy-efficient initiatives and technologies in order to lower operating expenditures, improve profit margins, and enhance their brand image and competitive position.