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Utilities Bank on IoT for Network Reliability Improvement to Decrease Lost Revenue

Power grids around the world are getting smarter thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). While Smart Grid technologies are making the headlines, and poised to grow to more than $118 billion by 2019, according… read more »

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Using Transformer Monitoring Via the IoT to Combat Electricity Theft

According to the annual Emerging Markets Smart Grid: Outlook 2015 study by the Northeast Group, LLC, the world loses US$89.3 billion annually to electricity theft, with the top 50 emerging market countries losing $58.7 billion annually compared with… read more »

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Electric Vehicles Overview

Electric vehicles (EVs) are still considered a new source of transportation/technology, and may even seem somewhat futuristic. In reality the electric vehicle has been around for more than a century. In the 1830’s Robert Anderson… read more »

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Industry and Education

  As we see the electrical industry advance it is obvious the demographics will be challenged. The infrastructure investment needs of the electrical and renewable energy grid will reach the $billions$ over the next 15-20… read more »

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LIGHTNING STRIKES

In Canada, lightning flashes occur about 2.34 million times a year; with the highest levels of concentration during the summer months. While most lightning on earth is ground-to-cloud,  recent research has identified that the majority… read more »

Smart Grid

Five Uses for Reliability Data

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Despite the fact that electricity is such a critical commodity for every aspect of our lives, its importance is often overlooked. From school children watching educational videos, to the working adult using computers to national leaders taking selfies with their electorate, the electricity that enables it all is given little thought.

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Smart Grid

Community Renewable Energy and Reliable Service

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This past winter, extreme weather cost the United States more than $5 billion in property damage, closed businesses and travel disruptions. Early indications also forecast a viciously cold winter for the 2015-16 season. With this extreme weather, many assume they will suffer power loss. In fact, a 2014 report from Climate Central has found that major power outages have increased 10 times since the early 1980s, with extreme weather responsible for 80 percent of outages between 2003 and 2012. The impact is staggering, with an average of 15 million customers experiencing a major power outage each year.

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Smart Grid

Future of Utility Communications

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Increasingly, electric utilities are deploying intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) and other smart apparatus in substations and along distribution feeders as well as equipping field workers with laptop, tablet and handheld computers. Electric utilities are also installing specialized computers and software in substations plus enterprise software applications in their data centers to automate various facets of utility operations.

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THE SMART GRID PROPHECY

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For years, industry publications have touted Smart Grid cost-benefit study results that show Smart Grid investments paying for themselves with reduced utility costs. The widely quoted report published by the Electric Power Research Institute, “Estimating the Costs and Benefits of the Smart Grid”, estimated benefits that are 2.8 to six times the cost of the Smart Grid investment.

According to these estimates and similar studies, Smart Grid investments are a perfect application of new technologies to reduce costs, transform utility business practices, provide grid control capabilities, enhance customer information and control of energy use, as well as provide utility cost savings sufficient to pay interest and principal—and even provide rate—relief to customers.

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CUSTOMER BILLING SERVICE OPTIONS

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As competition among electric utilities heats up and additional retailers enter the market with electricity offerings, a noticeable trend has emerged: a heightened focus on the customer experience. Larger conglomerates and smaller providers alike have made service and communication objectives a top priority in hopes of standing out above competitors and improving customer satisfaction and retention.

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