Commentary

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    Apr 22, 2013 | Jessica Kennedy
    Ireland has recently made news with its efforts in energy efficiency and sustainability. According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), 2012 was a landmark year for energy efficiency and sustainability in Ireland. The SEAI reports energy savings totaling $35 million (equal to 670GWh and 160,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions avoided), and about 4,000 jobs preserved in the construction and energy industries.
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    Apr 15, 2013 | Davis Swan
    For more than 100 years electricity generation and distribution systems have evolved to become one of the most reliable services imaginable - one which has been the foundation of the industrial expansion and prosperity of the developed world. Our society is totally dependent upon this and even relatively short and localized interruptions in the power supply (for example during the Sandy superstorm) cause major disruptions to everyday life.
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    Apr 15, 2013 | Amol Jain
    The Advent of Deregulation was supposed to transform Utility Industry from a traditional industry to a competitive entity. We have come long way down in deregulation and still undergoing a transformation, with the focus largely on smart grid initiatives as a larger umbrella to meet the existing and future consumer needs (Basic & Value Added Services). We could see the Utility Industry undergoing a major transformation from the implementation of technology platforms and their integration.
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    Apr 08, 2013 | Thrinadh Dwibhashyam
    Today, electrical utilities face the conflicting objectives of increasing reliability and reducing costs which forces utilities to concentrate on information driven planning activities. GIS in conjunction with other IT systems like WAMS, CIS etc. is helping the utilities in this context by centralizing various information. However, electrical model preparation still has its own challenges. Electrical model preparation for DMS and Network planning can be made smarter and faster by incorporating electrical connectivity rule base in the GIS asset creation. This would help in creating a seamlessly integrated GIS platform for creating electrical models. This will also help in maintaining up to date network models which often is the most critical task for the electrical utilities and planning engineers.
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    Apr 08, 2013 | Sarah Battaglia
    Is your facility struggling to pay its daily expenses? Maybe your organization is just looking for an additional source of income. In the midst of our nation's hard economic times, thousands of businesses are searching for an answer to their financial struggles. Participating in a demand response program will not only save your company money, but it will also supply it with that extra monetary cushion you've been searching for.
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    Apr 01, 2013 | Joao Gomes
    Greater complexity along with variables implies greater risk of power outages, and potentially more substantial impact of power outages as well, as one would expect structural dependency on power to increase enormously under a Smart Grid Scenario.
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    Mar 25, 2013 | Rasika Athawale
    In a world of hurricanes and super storms people are increasingly becoming aware of the need for a collective action towards a sustainable and clean future. Electricity generation (and consumption) is one of the major causes of greenhouse gas emissions and provides immense opportunities for innovation and improvements. One might wonder of the options that an electricity customer can have in order to contribute towards reduction of carbon footprint. It is here that 'Demand Response' comes into play.
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    Mar 25, 2013 | Jerry Thompson
    With the recent 60 Minutes TV profile of Daniel Day-Lewis, who so powerfully portrayed our most popular US President in the 2012 bio-pic 'Lincoln', we continue to examine the emotion and pain of the Civil War.  With President Obama's SOTU address, we're reminded that the nation remains essentially at war over the development and delivery of energy.  The battles to decide our most economically and environmentally sustainable path forward are being waged in legislative chambers, courtrooms, town halls and countless media channels and editorial pages.
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    Mar 18, 2013 | Douglas Picadio
    Utility companies are under increased pressure to build new infrastructure that will drive better performance and returns for decades. Recent natural disasters have brought this issue to the forefront but it requires capital. According to Booz & Company, "Capital expenditure requirements across the U.S. utility industry are expected to exceed US$100 billion annually through 2020. This represents an increase of 100 percent over the annual costs of the early 2000s, according to Edison Electric Institute."
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    Mar 11, 2013 | Ross Shaich
    Over the last decade and a half, technology and innovations have had great impact on Outage Management Systems (OMS). The latest OMS is much more robust, uses web technologies, integrates with more Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) systems, contains more tools, supports special device types, and communicates with Smart Grid enabled networks. While they were never simple systems, the capabilities of OMS continue to grow. Early OMS implementations contained configurations custom to their deployment.