Commentary

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    Nov 18, 2013 | James Greenberger
    Earlier this week I spoke with an old friend, who works in the utility practice group of a major management consulting firm.  We commiserated about the challenges of getting conservative electric utilities to adopt new technology. My friend opined that the only way to get the attention of utility management is to paint a picture of Armageddon. And there is no surer way to do that, he said, than by talking to them about distributed generation.
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    Nov 06, 2013 | Alyssa Farrell
    When you turn on the lights, turn up the air conditioning or plug in an electric vehicle, it generates data. As the push for smarter infrastructure puts pressure on energy professionals to innovate their business models, they look for insights in all that operational and customer data.
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    Nov 01, 2013 | Harry Valentine
    While Ontario has for decades been North America's largest electrical utility, it has often been plagued by political controversy. Many an elected official has used the utility as a means by which to achieve a political agenda. Ongoing political agendas have left the utility saddled with massive debt.
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    Oct 29, 2013 | S. Jasjeet Singh
    Utilities are embracing the 21st century digital technologies and bringing innovation to their businesses. Fortunately, the century old grid infrastructure has got attention of advanced communications and information technology service providers.
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    Oct 28, 2013 | Satish Balantrapu
    The daily operations of an electric utility like fuel resource planning and taking strategic decisions in balancing the supply and demand of electricity are influenced by load forecasts. When the electricity market has undergone a revolution, load forecasts have gained lot of significance spreading across other business departments like energy trading, financial planning etc.
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    Oct 23, 2013 | Devon Bass
    The accolades keep piling up for the game-changing electric vehicle known as the Tesla Model S.  Tesla was named as Motor Trend's Car of the Year, and was also declared the safest car ever by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Consumers claim to love the vehicle. Yet, for all of the critical acclaim and media attention, Tesla has still sold relatively few units. The company has sold none in Texas and isn't likely to do so anytime soon.
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    Oct 15, 2013 | Chris Evanich
    Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Ed) is the electric utility that provides electric service to New York City and the surrounding area. Thomas & Betts has been providing ConEd electrical products for decades. After Hurricane Sandy passed through New York City, much of the city remained underwater.
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    Oct 14, 2013 | Keith Patterson
    The city of Boston unveiled a row of four energy-positive townhouses - homes that generate more energy than they consume - on August 27 in the Roxbury neighborhood. The project, part of the city's attempt to provide more eco-friendly housing options, were launched by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Neighborhood Development.
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    Oct 11, 2013 | Manish Srivastava
    In today's scenarios when the distribution utilities are struggling to maintain the quality of service to the customer after every unplanned events like Sandy storm, Hurricane etc. which not only disrupts the power line but also huge cost is invested in having these lines fixed as early as possible for the customers, with events like these there need for a solution which would be cost effective and viable.
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    Oct 07, 2013 | Gal Luft
    Ten years ago, every city between Detroit and Ottawa, including New York, turned dark in what became known as the Northeast blackout of 2003, the most severe power outage to ever occur in the industrialized world. For the next four days the lives of 50 million Americans and Canadians were turned upside down, and, due to the blackout, the lives of eleven ended.