Commentary

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    Apr 24, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    You're familiar with the situation. You go to the store to replace a couple light bulbs that burnt out and you're faced with an entire aisle of options: incandescents, LEDs, CFLs, halogens. Which one do you buy? There are many factors that will influence your decision, but you'll probably go for the one that will offer the best economic value.
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    Apr 22, 2014 | Arun Krishnamurthi
    Modern energy and utility companies are becoming vulnerable in ways they are not familiar with: via cyber-attacks. A Symantec report in January said that in the first half of 2013, energy was the fifth most targeted sector worldwide.
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    Apr 21, 2014 | Dan Sosland
    The Gordian knot of carbon footprints, global warming, energy costs, and home/transportation inefficiencies is enough to exhaust the most resilient optimist. But.help is on the way. The path forward-to lower carbon, lower costs, and cleaner energy-grows clearer each day. The energy system of tomorrow consists of clean local energy resources, new technology for users, and maximizing efficiency measures.
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    Apr 17, 2014 | Howard Ng
    Several years ago, many utilities went down the path of attempting to use advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for demand response (DR). As more pursued this option and implemented pilots that served to "kick the tires," we started to hear from utilities that saw limitations with this approach.
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    Apr 11, 2014 | Justine Sears
    The electrification of transportation is posing a challenge and opportunity for utilities across the country, with significant implications for planning, load forecasting, and demand response. As the number of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) in use continues to grow, the grid implications of these vehicles is an important planning consideration for energy utilities.
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    Apr 10, 2014 | Gerry DeNotto
    Imagine, if you would, the following scenario which recently occurred. A man walked down a dark street in his neighborhood in a typical northeastern United States suburb, trying to avoid fallen branches brought down by a Sandy - like super storm and other debris that forced him to keep his eyes on the ground in front of him.
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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.