Commentary

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    Jun 19, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    The largest part of residential energy consumption (generally considered around 40%) maintains interior comfort regardless of the weather. Energy used to create this comfort is a function of how well inside is separated from outside. The separation zone, or "thermal shell", is the insulating layer around conditioned interior space.
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    Jun 17, 2014 | Suzanne Jones
    In his keynote address to the spring conference of the Association of Energy Services Professionals here, Roland Risser, of the Building Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy said that buildings should be, and are getting, smarter than ovens. But it will take some time.
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    Jun 12, 2014 | PJ Davis
    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The world of big data is getting bigger. The last few months have produced a number of insightful articles to help slice this topic down into bite size pieces. This post brings together some of those articles for easy digesting. Please enjoy this rewind edition. Bon Appetit!
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    Jun 11, 2014 | Howard Ng
    In April, I published the first of a series of articles in which comparing the various communications options for demand response (DR) programs. In this first installment of the series, I shared my perspective on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Though AMI is an important element of the infrastructure of a smarter grid, many utilities find that it isn't the ideal network protocol to run responsive, flexible, and richly functional DR programs.
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    Jun 10, 2014 | Charles Botsford
    Residential charging in single family homes is the most prevalent, convenient, and generally lowest cost charging method for Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs). It is PEV charging at its most basic form and at its highest level of importance. All other forms of PEV charging, such as charging at workplaces, multi-dwelling units, and public venues should be judged against residential charging relative to need, cost and convenience for widespread PEV adoption to take hold.
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    Jun 09, 2014 | Dr. Dale Skeen
    In an increasingly competitive and complex business environment, energy companies are looking for ways to better manage multiple systems and touch points to provide exceptional service to both current and prospective customers. They need better end-to-end real-time visibility into business processes so that they can immediately remediate "at jeopardy" processes before customers are negatively impacted.
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    Jun 06, 2014 | Harry Stephens
    Almost every company today has access to considerable quantities of sensitive information regarding their customers. As a result, it has become critical to have the proper controls in place that fully protect customer data and company information. Even the slightest data breach can lead to irreparable damage to a company's reputation, as well as leading to lawsuits or regulatory fines.
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    Jun 03, 2014 | Howard Ng
    In a recent article, I discussed the strengths and weaknesses of a ZigBee-based advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for demand response (DR). In the second installment of this series, I will be exploring an alternative communication option for DR that offers more benefits and fewer disadvantages: a ZigBee broadband gateway.
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    Jun 02, 2014 | Ronald Willoughby
    In recent months, many of you have visited the 9's of reliability and are in the process of setting strategic goals on how many 9's will be needed in tomorrow's power system. The "9's" refer to system availability.
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    May 27, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Always thought to be the more controversial side of demand response (DR) and energy management plans, the idea of utilities and energy companies employing residential demand response programs in the near future is gaining traction. Though there is a small segment of the energy industry that sees this as a futile attempt, more and more people understand the benefits of this tougher, but beneficial energy efficient resource.