Commentary

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    Jul 28, 2011 | Ernest Hayden
    In the April/May 2011 edition of Intelligent Utility Magazine, there was an interesting article about the Salt River Project electric utility and its focus on data loss prevention -- otherwise called DLP. The key points raised by the article were primarily focused on recognition that risk management is a necessary practice in order to protect data and that the author noted that "It takes constant vigilance" -- something I heartily agree as a former Chief Information Security Officer.
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    Jul 27, 2011 | Jennifer Friedman
    When the power goes out, the last thing an energy provider wants to do is keep their customers in the dark. But many utilities are still far behind the times when it comes to mobile workforce management. Of course, the complexities of managing real-time customer service requests are vast.
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    Jul 22, 2011 | Harry Stephens
    What a difference a decade makes. Just a little over ten years ago, many businesses remained uncertain that they really needed a Web site, and we might have remembered to check our email maybe two or three times a week without missing anything important. Cell phones were catching on, but they were only voice-enabled and not linked to the World Wide Web.
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    Jul 20, 2011 | Kurt Johnson
    A recent audit by the Department of Energy's inspector general, as reported in a recent Wired Magazine article, found that the official government cyber-security standards for the electrical power grid, set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), "fall far short of even the most basic security standards observed by noncritical industries."
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    Jul 14, 2011 | Sambit Bisoi
    Smart grids have intelligent monitoring devices, which frequently transmit the customers' power usage information to the utility containing information like which appliances were in use, their frequency of usage, time of usage, consumption amount, carbon footprint, heat production etc.
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    Jun 29, 2011 | Harry Valentine
    The combination of scientific/technological advances and evolving changes in the power industry provide opportunity to develop large-scale thermal energy storage technology. Engineers used small-scale thermal energy storage during the latter 19th century to provide propulsion for steam-powered submarines that stored saturated water at some 100-psia and 328°F (164°C) in on-board accumulators.
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    Jun 24, 2011 | Michael Gianunzio
    Investor owned and consumer owned electric utilities need to address a new challenge in the next decade or they may become mediocre, obsolete, servant infrastructure to businesses who will take their customers away from them.
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    Jun 03, 2011 | Joao Gomes
    The Smart Grid will provide tools and information essential to the solution or at least reducing these losses to an acceptable level, if there is acceptable level for this. Today this division between Technical and Commercial losses that the proportion of 58% for Technical losses and 42% for Commercial losses.
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    Jun 02, 2011 | James Cahalin
    What do you think has a greater impact on society, a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport or a Tesla Roadster? Both have spectacular performance reviews, with the Super Sport setting top speed records. Both will turn heads driving down any road or even through any parking lot in the world. Both are truly engineering marvels.
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    Jun 01, 2011 | Mithun Das
    With the advent of the smart grid solution there would be an increasing need of smart planning and designing especially the routine repetitive work. Increase in the real time data coming from the Smart equipments in the upcoming Smart Grid World will ensure correct diagnosis of the issues and appropriate actions being taken.