Commentary

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    Jul 07, 2014 | Justine Sears
    Technical Reference Manuals have long provided characterizations of efficient technologies in the electric and thermal energy sectors. At many utilities throughout the world, these manuals are a crucial piece of efficiency programs, allowing for standardized calculations of energy and financial savings gained through efficient products and demand management programs. Because of the increasing impact of the electric vehicle (EV) fleet on grid resources, a TRM that gives planners the ability to include EVs in decision making at both the program and system-wide levels is needed.
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    Jul 03, 2014 | Will Fadrhonc
    Demand response (DR) is critical for reducing peak demand on the grid and, at the same time, avoiding system emergencies. When delivered via behind-the-meter energy storage, DR can play an even more significant role in improving reliability and reducing system cost.
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    Jul 01, 2014 | Dinesh Rajan
    Competitive Electricity retailers better start taking a leaf from the mobile service provider's book on churn management. Customers living in a world where they can get a free handset and $50 cash back for signing up a new mobile service provider are not going to look at Electricity and In Home Displays (IHD) too differently.
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    Jun 20, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    When trying to decipher the label on a box of light bulbs, you could become so frustrated your teeth start to grind and your eyes begin to protrude. If you're new to the lighting labels, they can be confusing, but fear not! We're here to teach you the lingo and explain what everything means.
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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.