Managing the ever growing volume of data combined with fragmented communications and coordination across the organization is exacerbating the challenge of maximizing the value of land operations. With so much at stake, E&Ps are beginning to elevate the strategic importance of land from the back office to forefront of operations, and well-positioned organizations are implementing new systems, processes and operating models across their operations to capture the full value of their upstream investments.
The voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates has saved American consumers approximately $168 million in energy bills, according to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report conducted by D&R International.
From 2011 to 2021, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) investments in New Jersey's electric transmission network will be a powerful stimulant of the state's economy, according to an analysis by Rutgers University.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
A new report from Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab), Rate Design for the Distribution Edge: Electricity Pricing for a Distributed Resource Future, points to the need for modernization of retail electricity prices to reflect a rapidly evolving grid that will continue to see growing investment in distributed energy resources (DER).
In 2013, China became the largest solar market in the world with 11.8 GW installed-- key, Lux says, to faster-than-expected global recovery.