Articles Tagged: Smart Grid

Enabling the smart grid begins with big data and a reliable network model

In previous posts, I’ve highlighted the benefits of creating a distribution network model using an ADMS (Advanced Distribution Management System). I also discussed how ADMS loves big data. Now let’s… Read more »

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Understanding the energy value chain

Utilities, grid operators, and consumers all benefit when everyone understands and manages how energy flows. While we tend to consider electrical generation and distribution to be separated into discrete things,… Read more »

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Power Quality Issues : Silent Efficiency Killer

Why you should care? Several studies estimate that power quality issues cost the U.S. economy about $15 billion each year. Because approximately 80 percent of all power-quality problems originate from… Read more »

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The far-reaching benefits of smart metering

For many utilities, smart metering is a launching point for Smart Grid implementations, and is a means of increasing operational efficiency and energy savings. It can also have numerous benefits… Read more »

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Momentum is Building Behind Microsoft CityNext Initiative

Back in July I wrote a post about the launch of the Microsoft CityNext program and how Schneider Electric will be taking advantage of the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform to… Read more »

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IT Key Enabler for Smart Cities at Schneider Electric “Power to the Cloud” Dubai Event

Issues that concern Middle Eastern CIOs, from private cloud adoption and data center outsourcing, to disaster recovery, security, new data center builds and existing facility upgrades are amongst the high… Read more »

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Grid Parity vs. Grid Quality: The Smart Grid

Grid parity is a term used to describe an energy technology when it has reached a cost per kilowatt-hour equal to or below that of conventional energy production. Often government… Read more »

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Making the IT/OT-integrated distribution grid happen

We’ve talked about how the convergence of Operations Technology (OT), the physical grid infrastructure assets and applications, and Information Technology (IT), the human interface that enables rapid and informed decision… Read more »

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Integration is key in smart utility operation

I posted earlier about utilities experiencing a convergence of Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) that is bringing together applications and devices in new ways and tying together systems… Read more »

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Smart Grid redefining technology norms

Rudyard Kipling once posed, “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” At one time Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) also were considered… Read more »

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What is Smart Grid? Distributech wants to know.

The just concluded Consumer Electronics Show was a massive showcase of cool new ways to use electricity. It is unlikely the attendees and exhibitors thought of it that way, though… Read more »

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More than a concept: the self-healing grid is underway

In a previous post, we described the self-healing aspect of the smart grid that minimizes the extent of outage and enables a more rapid restoration. Two pioneering projects are currently… Read more »

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An overview of China Smart City Initiatives

Starting in 2006, the Chinese authorities became involved in several urban sustainable development programs. For instance, in 2008 the city of Tangshan and the Swedish Government signed an agreement for… Read more »

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Forming a more engaged utility-to-customer relationship

The change to seeing a residence as a customer rather than just a rate payer is a big jump, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Your ability… Read more »

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The Extension of the PUE Metric from the Data Center to Buildings and Smart Cities/Grids

At the recent Data Centres Europe 2012 conference, Aaron Davis, CMO of Schneider Electric gave a keynote address about energy and the issues faced by the data center industry as… Read more »

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Understanding the energy value chain

Utilities, grid operators, and consumers all benefit when everyone understands and manages how energy flows. While we tend to consider electrical generation and distribution to be separated into discrete things,… Read more »

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Cisco House: Teamwork can solve problems sustainably

One of the things that strikes you about Tony DeSpirito is his infectious enthusiasm for just about everything he’s passionate about; from his road cycling to his work at Schneider… Read more »

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A New Paradigm for Utilities: The Rise of the Prosumer

The energy industry’s business model has remained fundamentally unaltered over the last century. It’s a model that emerged out of the Edison age, where the utility was responsible for generating… Read more »

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Sustainability starts at home with the 2014 Solar Decathlon Competition

here is a growing trend among new home builders to consider not just street appeal, price, and location when they plan their new home, but also to consider sustainability.  Factors… Read more »

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Data Center Placement – Consider National Borders With Unique Privacy Laws and Regulation

At the recent Data Centres Europe 2012 conference, Aaron Davis, CMO of Schneider Electric gave a keynote address about energy and the issues faced by the data center industry as… Read more »

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Get Paid for Saving Energy with Demand Response

Storms such as the recent Hurricane Sandy tend to get your attention focused on how much we rely on electricity – and the problems we suffer when it’s not available…. Read more »

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Batteries not included – Fundamentals for Energy Management Strategies

As I celebrated the holidays with my family, I am constantly reminded of the similarities between the daily energy management dilemmas facing the world and my children’s new Christmas toys…. Read more »

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Decarbonization: Why utilities must focus on people

Utilities are deeply involved in the fight against climate change. Regulations at both a global and country level impel companies to combat it by significantly cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Utilities’… Read more »

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Distributed Energy Resources and Microgrids – Challenges, Benefits and Solutions for Smart Utilities

In a previous post, I discussed the unprecedented growth of Distributed Generation (DG), Energy Storage (ES), Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and microgrids. In this post, I will cover the challenges… Read more »

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What will the New Energy World feel like? And is it really possible?

The New Energy World – powered fully by renewables – what will it feel like? Will it be greener, cooler and more efficient? More importantly, is this really possible? We… Read more »

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Distributech: Learn, Experiment, Do

The curtain is closed on the largest and most successful Distributech conference in its history. At last count, there were 9,823 registered attendees with an additional 400 registered for the… Read more »

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Stability is a Stress Free Word

“Stability” is a stress-free word. This is especially true for anyone involved in managing the power grid at any level. This includes medium voltage network operators, who like their systems… Read more »

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3 things utilities should look for when choosing an AMI services provider

Every electric utility understands the importance of smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in realizing Smart Grid objectives. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 533 electric utilities in… Read more »

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Dream Big: A Safer Future with Digitized Utilities

Whether the grid is expanding or aging, keeping people safe is the most important part of utilities’ business — be it their employees, customers, or the public. But after a… Read more »

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Optimizing your Smart Utility – a Roadmap to Success

In my last post, I described how an Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) – a convergence of SCADA, DMS, OMS, EMS, and DSM functions – is an essential ingredient in… Read more »

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