Commentary

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    Mar 25, 2014 | Corey Weathers M.Ed.
    Our grandparents are often the first to teach us about the value of a dollar and to not waste anything - food, water, energy, money - you name it. In my case, this is certainly true.
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    Mar 20, 2014 | Dr. Nokhum Markushevich
    The Distribution Management Systems (DMS) of Electric Power Systems (EPS) with a high penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) will require near-real-time two-way information exchanges with advanced microgrids connected to the distribution system to adequately perform their advanced applications.
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    Mar 19, 2014 | Chris Evanich
    A typical distribution circuit is most susceptible to outages from weather, lightning and automobile accidents which are measured by Customer Minutes Interrupted (CMI) and relate to the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI). Adding Faulted Circuit Indicators to existing distribution switches is an economical way to automate and improve an electrical circuit's reliability.
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    Mar 18, 2014 | David Pope
    Analytics can deliver on the promise of new opportunities by revealing the insights needed to successfully pursue them. Customer-centric utilities need analytics for better targeting, higher response rates and improved campaign ROI. If you need to manage 2 million records with 400 different variables to test against that data, inadequate infrastructure (or IT architecture) will result in sluggishness at best and completely losing the struggle at worst.
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    Mar 13, 2014 | Salvatore Salamone
    Energy exploration and production is highly dependent on the rapid analysis of increasingly more complex and larger seismic imaging datasets. At the same time, the modeling, reserve management, and analytics algorithms being used on that data are becoming more granular and sophisticated requiring enormous processing power.
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    Mar 07, 2014 | Davis Swan
    There has been a lot of discussion about the electric vehicle revolution and what its impacts will be. Are EV's gaining traction or getting stuck in the mud?  Will they quickly replace internal combustion powered vehicles or will they represent a "green" niche market for decades to come? Will manufacturers be willing to lose billions of dollars on EV development forever or will they eventually make most of their profits from this technology?
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    Mar 06, 2014 | Ross Shaich
    Testing an Outage Management System (OMS) is a critical part of a successful implementation. Outage Management is a mission critical system where its greatest value comes when it is under great stress of a major storm.
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    Mar 03, 2014 | Mischa Popoff
    One of the perennial questions on every environmentalist's mind is: Who killed the electric car? The consensus is that big oil killed it through its political connections in Washington DC.
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    Feb 25, 2014 | Kenneth Wacks, Ph.D.
    Power utilities may significantly reduce operating costs and increase grid reliability if appropriate pricing signals or event notices are sent to assist the balancing of power supply and demand. By sending regional prices to energy-consuming devices in the home, it is possible to leverage and optimize the inherent energy storage and/or ability of appliances to modify consumption (with user cooperation) in real-time.
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    Feb 24, 2014 | Kaustubh Bhople
    Smart Grid, Social Media, Big Data are words which are prevalent in every IT implementation in the utility space. Whenever we ask about the future of any utility the response will have these three words; in addition to those, one more word is included i.e. Real-Time. So let's try to define the utility of tomorrow.