Commentary

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    Apr 08, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    You've seen it all over websites, you've heard it on the news, and you've even read it in some magazines. Lowering your thermostat will save you money. Everybody knows that. But what if we told you there are more benefits than just a smaller utility bill? (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
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    Apr 04, 2014 | Steve Owens
    Especially during a power outage, utility customers want to know everything and know it immediately. "Why haven't I seen a truck?" "When will my power be back on?" "Should I try to move this downed wire that's blocking my street?" "What's taking so long?!"
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    Apr 02, 2014 | Pradeep Pathak
    Communication Systems are used in automation to pass data between device level (sensors, actuators, transducers etc.) and control level (PLC's, RTU's, IED's etc.), between different control level devices, or between control level and supervisory level (SCADA). These data are then used for operator interface, data processing and storage.
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    Apr 01, 2014 | Marc Tannenbaum
    In spite of all the potential value ascribed to Smart Meters, retail electric providers have yet to overcome the inertia that has prevented them from deploying detailed energy usage data in everyday business. The Smart Meter challenges and opportunities faced by the retailers have facets not found in the regulated environment.
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    Mar 31, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    There are over 150 cost components to every utility bill, which means there are 150 opportunities for an error to pop-up on your statement. If you have ever had the feeling that your business was being overcharged, or you've found a figure that just doesn't look right, you might be correct. It's not always safe to assume that the utility gets it right every time, because believe it or not, accidental overcharges happen more often that you'd think.
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    Mar 27, 2014 | Dr. Nokhum Markushevich
    The notion about the near-real-time information exchange between the Energy Management Systems of advanced microgrids and Distribution Management System of the area Electric Power System and some examples supporting this notion were introduced in 'What will the Microgrids and EPS Talk about? Part 1'. Several other examples illustrating the need in advanced analyses are presented here.
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    Mar 26, 2014 | Ashish Kumar Das
    Consumer is the most important stakeholder in smart metering program and consumer engagement is utmost important for successful value delivery.
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    Mar 25, 2014 | Corey Weathers M.Ed.
    Our grandparents are often the first to teach us about the value of a dollar and to not waste anything - food, water, energy, money - you name it. In my case, this is certainly true.
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    Mar 20, 2014 | Dr. Nokhum Markushevich
    The Distribution Management Systems (DMS) of Electric Power Systems (EPS) with a high penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) will require near-real-time two-way information exchanges with advanced microgrids connected to the distribution system to adequately perform their advanced applications.
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    Mar 19, 2014 | Chris Evanich
    A typical distribution circuit is most susceptible to outages from weather, lightning and automobile accidents which are measured by Customer Minutes Interrupted (CMI) and relate to the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI). Adding Faulted Circuit Indicators to existing distribution switches is an economical way to automate and improve an electrical circuit's reliability.