Change is happening all around us. Technology continues to impact our lives at exponential rates. Social media networks and mobile devices, in particular, are constantly evolving the way we interact with the world. Article
One of the befuddling strategic decisions that energy storage developers must make is where on the grid to place the storage assets. Traditional utility thinking would have it all congregated in a single location: a warehouse full of batteries ready to send power to and from the grid in a centralized fashion. Article
Wind is becoming an increasingly viable force in the American power generation mix. In fact, in 2012, the frenzy to take advantage of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) before it expired helped spur wind to record levels. The wind PTC is winding down; however, there are still opportunities for utilities. Article
Customer service is an important part of any utility's business strategy, but it hasn't always landed at the top of the priority list. However, with social media proliferating in recent years -- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, web portals, texts -- customers are more front and center. Social media is forcing companies to interact with their customers on a daily basis. Article
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The coal industry today has reason to feel more positive about the future of coal fuel power, as the U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR 3826 "The Electricity Security and Affordability Act," which requires greater transparency for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rulemaking process and safeguards against the agency's standards for both new and existing power plants.
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.
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