Articles Tagged: Smart Grid

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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Big challenges call for serious solutions

Efficient and effective operation of today’s electric energy distribution network is a lot different than managing a bulk power transmission network or, for that matter, a previous-generation distribution network. Today’s… Read more »

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Choosing an electrical energy storage system: brains meet muscle

If you consider that the recent worldwide 10-year average annual growth rate for solar energy production has been almost 46% , it seems like a good time to jump in… Read more »

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Make your energy ‘prosumer’ strategy work harder: store the energy you produce!

It’s no secret that recovering global and national economies are still putting businesses under a lot of strain. I’m sure most CEOs have two things top-of-mind every day: rebuilding profits… Read more »

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Soon at a Distribution System Near You: the Next-Generation, and Smarter, OMS

One of the things that makes a grid smarter, is smart outage restoration. Nearly every North American utility relies on some form of an Outage Management System (OMS) to help… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency: Better Lighting? Lower Bills? BAH!

Starting now, let’s admit the folly of energy efficiency. It’s too specific and too prescriptive. Energy efficiency is a rather narrow component of overall efficiency which properly is measured in… 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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If you think your city needs smarter energy, you’re half right

Managing an urban center’s energy use is critical to providing a sustainable high quality of life for its citizens. Sustainable energy sources (green, efficient and liveable) are the other half… Read more »

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There is no TEAM in SMART GRID. Five E’s can change that.

During my college years, I earned money selling encyclopedias door-to-door. Did pretty well, too; so well that a competitor offered me a job representing a far more familiar brand. This… 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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A Vaccine Against the Utility Death Spiral

In a previous blog post, I described the threat to utilities of the rise of distributed generation and how they could fend off this risk by highlighting the intrinsic value… Read more »

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Big challenges call for serious solutions

Efficient and effective operation of today’s electric energy distribution network is a lot different than managing a bulk power transmission network or, for that matter, a previous-generation distribution network. Today’s… Read more »

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Do Intelligent Buildings Impact The Smart Grid, or is it the Other Way Around?

We are all aware of the aging power grid and the increasing demand of energy we have today. We don’t have to look too far for proof during these hot… 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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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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Managing the grid, one house at a time

How much effect can it have on the grid to change the temperature in a single house? Not much, but with a coordinated effort, the difference can be huge. Wiser… Read more »

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Are Smart Grids Profitable? Yes.

Conventional grids require expensive upkeep and increase the likelihood of electrical blackouts. However, smart grid implementation also comes with a significant cost. Is it worthwhile? Can smart grids pay for… Read more »

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Re-urbanization Is Driving the Need for Smart Cities

There’s a re-urbanization movement afoot that is bringing people back into cities – and it’s creating stress on systems that control everything from transportation and water to energy distribution and… Read more »

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Leveraging Data for Smarter Energy Management

With the proliferation of personal smart devices, we are beginning to make good use of data in our everyday lives – placing the world at our fingertips and bringing us… Read more »

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How Well Can Your Switchgear Handle Harsh Environments?

Utility industry developments, such as the growing adoption of smart grids and increasing move toward decentralized energy, are changing equipment demands. Medium voltage switchgear is under more pressure than ever… Read more »

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Smart Energy Generation Equals Flexible Generation

The rapid influx of renewable energy projects coming online implies pricing and dispatch patterns for the utility companies who are integrating them will be increasingly influenced by the variable nature… Read more »

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Soon at a Distribution System Near You: the Next-Generation, and Smarter, OMS

One of the things that makes a grid smarter, is smart outage restoration. Nearly every North American utility relies on some form of an Outage Management System (OMS) to help… Read more »

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Managing the grid, one house at a time

How much effect can it have on the grid to change the temperature in a single house? Not much, but with a coordinated effort, the difference can be huge. Wiser… Read more »

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Electric Utilities: Boost Communications Reliability with MPLS

An efficient, resilient communication infrastructure is key to utilities’ ability to control and maintain electrical power distribution and manage equipment in the grid. Success depends on a communication platform and… 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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When developing a Smart Grid roadmap, take the golden road

In a previous post, I mentioned that utilities need a “roadmap to success” for meeting the challenges of a Smart Grid transformation. Making this change is daunting, but strategic planning… 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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Making the connection to residential users

Demand response can involve a utility actively managing residential users’ energy consumption. This requires more infrastructure than just a smart thermostat. Here’s how it works. As more Wiser home energy… Read more »

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Leveraging Data for Smarter Energy Management

With the proliferation of personal smart devices, we are beginning to make good use of data in our everyday lives – placing the world at our fingertips and bringing us… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Partners with Caesars Entertainment on EV Charging Stations

In my last post I wrote about the recent launch of the BMW i3 electric vehicle and explained how EVs could be a catalyst for upgrading the electric grid in… Read more »

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