Commentary

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    Feb 03, 2014 | Kimberly Klemm
    Utility data communications are facing some important changes as the world of networking communications evolves. According to "intelligentutility" author Kathleeen Wolf Davis, "In late 2012 91% of international utilities said they used fiber to connect SCADA (supervisory control and stat acquisitions) to at least some substations."
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    Jan 31, 2014 | Radha Swaminathan
    Effectively implementing cyber security to protect power grids has become one of the most serious economic and national security challenges of today. As investment increasingly flows towards creating smarter digital grids, the cyber tightening of the infrastructure underpinning them will play a pivotal role in guaranteeing the energy security of the society. As a result, it is vital that decision makers choose early on to build and maintain strong cyber security infrastructure across the total energy value chain.
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    Jan 22, 2014 | Jim McCarthy
    Optimizing the "customer experience" is no longer just a focus for destination resorts or retail stores. Strengthening customer engagement is essential for utility and energy companies today as customers increasingly demand and expect quick access to up-to-date information. In today's `real-time' communications age, poor customer service can produce immediate and long-lasting negative repercussions.
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    Jan 15, 2014 | Devon Bass
    A group called Texas Ratepayers' Organization To Save Energy has issued a report critical of the prepaid electricity industry in Texas. Prepaid electricity is a relatively recent product made possible by the prevalence of smart meters today. The plans work much the same was as prepaid cell phone plans, in that customers put money into an account upfront to pay for their electricity usage. As they use electricity their accounts are reduced by the cost of the electricity.
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    Jan 10, 2014 | Kristopher Settle
    It's tough to believe that a little over one year ago, Superstorm Sandy struck the Atlantic coast. The devastation from the massive storm was wide-spread and unyielding, knocking out power to over 8.5 million people in a matter of hours. Recovery efforts have been arduous to say the least for throngs of citizens in the greater New York City region.
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    Jan 09, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    Thermal standards for homes were established to improve thermal performance by strengthening the barrier between outside and the conditioned interior.  A checklist of thermal standards is included in every jurisdiction’s energy code.  For example, wall insulation in Oregon has to be rated at least R-21.  A building inspector verifies compliance for each component of the thermal shell:  foundation, underfloor, walls, roof, skylights, doors and windows.
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    Jan 07, 2014 | Joao Gomes
    The technology to empower the people and enhances their skills and allows everyone to express yourself. The people are being called to be the "Authors and Actors" of their own history, and this gives a sense of impressive possibilities, the technology also allows reconciling emotion and reason.
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    Jan 02, 2014 | Kristopher Settle
    The streets of New York City will be a little brighter (literally) over the next few years. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new effort to replace the city's current amber streetlights for white, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs throughout the five boroughs. 
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    Dec 30, 2013 | Joao Gomes
    A study conducted by - American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) - the survey evaluated the use of energy from 25 indicators, divided into four key areas: Industry, Transportation, Building and National Efforts to promote Energy Efficiency. According to the study, a country that uses less energy to achieve the same result, or even overcome, reduces costs and pollute less, creating a more competitive economy.
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    Dec 26, 2013 | Scott Braynard
    The continued string of recent corporate security breaches has caused many enterprise organizations to evaluate their security practices in an effort to better protect their data and that of their customers. But what about the threat cyber attacks pose to utilities?