Commentary

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    Sep 06, 2006 | Stephen Heins
    I believe that global energy efficiency is the bridge between economic development and the environment. This is especially true when trying to discern the shape of the energy, environmental and economic future. The European Union seems to agree. In December 2005, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union issued an Energy Efficiency Directive "on energy end-use efficiency and energy services."
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    Sep 05, 2006 | James Madsen
    The Federal Government, State Governments and U.S. Utility companies are sorting through the "Goliath" of Automated Meter Reading. AMR concepts have grown into AMI, AIM and now AMM. The Federal Energy bill provided motivation and generic requirements; "Manage Energy, give the consumer control over their usage and reduce overall costs of energy consumption and energy generation."
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    Aug 25, 2006 | Jill Bull
    A quick scan through the Internet's morning energy news reveals the difficulty that many electric utility companies have meeting peak load demands. Whether it's southern California's or New York City's heat wave, or St. Louis' thunderstorms, the power grid's fragility is apparent whenever demand peaks or when a small part of the system is damaged.
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    Aug 23, 2006 | David Saxby
    Utilities that want to improve their customer service can reach that goal by using a visualization technique that involves an archery target and successfully hitting not just the bull's-eye but also the rings around it. The bull's-eye is successful customer service and the rings represent skills, performance and accountability.
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    Aug 18, 2006 | Alberto Ramirez Orquin
    This century brings about new elements, which constantly modify well-established paradigms. A good example can be found on the notions of society's critical infrastructures. The electric grid has been increasingly regarded as very important, typically at the same hierarchy as communications, roadways, water supply, etc. But its emerging critical dimension has only recently been revealed.
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    Aug 17, 2006 | Amatsia Kashti
    In an ideal world, timely information forms the basis for improvement, and fat cats are not assigned to guard the cream. These two basic understandings must have eluded the author of a new strategic white paper on future energy policies in the UK. Smart metering will remain a billing tool only, and energy suppliers will remain in charge of energy efficiency.
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    Aug 16, 2006 | Elizabeth Roberts
    As consumers become increasingly e-enabled, e-savvy, and ultimately e-dependent, utilities are taking advantage of the trend by offering secure electronic bill presentation and payment, or EBPP. EBPP can save a utility thousands, if not millions, of dollars annually while increasing accounting accuracy and efficiency.
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    Aug 10, 2006 | Walter Lachs
    Since the shock of the 1965 North American collapse, multi-million dollar collapses throughout the world has doubled in number, every successive decade. Even now, no effective measures are provided against such severe unforeseen disturbances and system operators, without automatic supports, are unable to stem the threat.
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    Aug 09, 2006 | Peter Curtis
    Continuous and uninterrupted power and cooling comprise the lifeblood of any data center, especially those that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Critical enterprise power is the power without which an organization would quickly be unable to achieve its business objectives. Today enterprises of all types and sizes are demanding 24-hour IT system availability.
  • Aug 04, 2006 | Scott DeBroff
    State Regulatory Commissions across the country are conducting inquiries into the benefits and potential requirements of smart metering and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems. Some states have been spurred into action because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.