Commentary

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    Feb 24, 2014 | Kaustubh Bhople
    Smart Grid, Social Media, Big Data are words which are prevalent in every IT implementation in the utility space. Whenever we ask about the future of any utility the response will have these three words; in addition to those, one more word is included i.e. Real-Time. So let's try to define the utility of tomorrow.
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    Feb 18, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) over and done with, shoppers are looking for new, useful, and innovative products that will make their lives easier, or at least more enjoyable. Although we did not attend the show, we did our research and came up with 10 gadgets that will make your home (and your lifestyle) more energy efficient. Take a look.
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    Feb 17, 2014 | Kevin Monte de Ramos
    Electric and gas utilities are facing challenges as their business model evolves from serving ratepayers to engaging consumers. In an era of revenue decoupling, utility shareholder returns are no longer maximized by simply selling energy to the ratepayer.
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    Feb 13, 2014 | David Pope
    Yes, we have all heard about the 3 V's of big data by now. Or the 4 V's or possibly 5 V's, depending on who you ask. However, I would argue the value of data isn't necessarily tied to the "volume" part of big data (unless of course you are a storage vendor, and then the value is all about volume and storage).
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    Feb 11, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    As we move into the second week of 2014, most of us start to veer away from our New Year's resolutions. (Who enjoys counting calories, anyway?) Instead, we shift our focus toward what's really important: the Winter Olympics! Hosting this year's Games is Sochi, Russia, and in order to arrange the best Olympic Games we've seen, the city needs to prepare for the masses.
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    Feb 10, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    The value of energy efficiency has been documented and expressed countless times. A recent example can be found in Energy Manager Today: "NY Property Owner Retrofits with LED's, Saves $300,000 Per Year".
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    Feb 07, 2014 | Bennett Fisher
    Across the United States, the utility industry is facing increasing energy efficiency goals for 2014 and beyond. To achieve these goals, utilities must tap into the market segment that represents the greatest opportunity for energy savings over the next 10 years - the commercial building market.
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    Feb 04, 2014 | Phrantceena Halres
    As a chief information security officer (CISO) for any company, the role has traditionally represented those in charge of IT security administration, area-wide anti-virus signatures and general IT hardware and inventory. However, that is changing, particularly over the last 5-years.
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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.