Enabling the Next Generation Grid: The Potential of Energy Storage

Enabling the Next Generation Grid: The Potential of Energy Storage

All of us experience what amounts to “magic” in our daily lives: Every time we flip a switch to turn our lights on they do so instantly. The electric grid is one of humankind’s greatest engineering marvels, balancing electrical supply and demand within a close tolerance at every point along the network to keep our economy and modern way of life running at full speed.…

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Utility Industry Trends: Taking Stock & Reflecting

Utility Industry Trends: Taking Stock & Reflecting

The 3rd annual NY Energy Revolution Summit in New York City, was well attended and insightful. Speakers and panelists were dominated by utility executives and industry professionals sharing their respective experience in meeting the requirements of an industry in transition. While challenges remain to create a robust and customer-centric distribution system operator platform, progress...

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Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 4)

Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 4)

The Drive to Completion As we discussed in our previous blog, a common element across any successful grid modernization effort is the careful and deliberate approach to forming teams by identifying “the right people, in the right seats on the bus.” Grid modernization is certainly not a sprint, and is a long journey that requires the right team with a common understanding of the program scope...

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Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 2)

Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 2)

The “Iron Triangle”, Redefined In our first post, we introduced the unique challenge utilities face when balancing the need to deliver reliable service while making strategic investments to modernize infrastructure and systems to improve operations — all the while enhancing the overall customer experience. We also introduced the framework that has proven highly effective for...

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Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 1)

Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 1)

Embrace chaos to drive value, collaboration, and tangible benefits This is the first of a four-part blog series that explores the challenges and introduces a practical management framework for utilities to consider when embarking on a large grid modernization effort. The utility business model is undergoing profound change in terms of how energy is produced, delivered, and consumed.…

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How Can You Unlock the Value of Grid-Connected Storage?

How Can You Unlock the Value of Grid-Connected Storage?

I recently had the opportunity to both attend and present at an EUCI event focused on Grid-Connected Storage Interconnection and Operations – Technical and Policy Guidelines. From the discussion at the event, it is evident those working with storage solutions can support a wide variety of diverse applications. The same storage solution can provide load shifting (charging during off-peak hours...

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Technology is the great multitasking enabler. Is that a good thing?

Technology is the great multitasking enabler. Is that a good thing?

These days it seems rare that we can give a single task our undivided attention. Whether we’re firing off last-minute emails during a meeting or sending IMs while on a call, multitasking has become a workplace norm. While many of us take pride in our ability to juggle many activities at once, research shows that multitasking is virtually impossible and leads to a decrease in productivity.…

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Smart Meters are Table Stakes, Next Up: Become a Platform

Smart Meters are Table Stakes, Next Up: Become a Platform

A recent report from the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation found that as of the end of 2015, over 65 million smart meters have now been deployed in the US, accounting for more than 50% of all households. Through ongoing deployment efforts across the country, that number will to grow to 70 million by the end of 2016 (including over 1 million more alone deployed by ComEd in the...

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The Utility IoT: Can the Smart Grid make our Homes, Businesses & Cities Smarter?

The Utility IoT: Can the Smart Grid make our Homes, Businesses & Cities Smarter?

It’s an undeniable fact that things in our lives are getting smarter: from cars, to homes and workplace technology, and even urban infrastructure. The foundation that drives this ‘smartening’ trend is the inclusion of new technology that connects devices – sensors, controllers, and meters – around us, commonly called the “Internet of Things” (or IoT, for short).…

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