Intelligent Utility Magazine Nov / Dec 2014
In This Issue
  • In this article, we will present how NICE GRID, the French demonstrator of the project GRID4EU, one of the most significant smart grid projects in Europe, achieved 100 percent enrollment for load shedding experimentations of targeted industrial prospects in the center and industrial areas of Carros, a medium-sized town close to Nice on the French Riviera—and how NICE GRID keeps participants...
  • Synchrophasor technology has come a long way in a few short years, with recent system deployments delivering early reliability benefits and cost savings in system operations, model validation, and forensic analysis. Synchrophasor technology uses phasor measurement units (PMUs) to measure grid voltage and current and calculate frequency and phase angle.  These measurements are time-...
  • In this case, we’re not talking MaRS as in the fourth planet from the sun—although this MaRS is also an interesting slice of science learning, just like the planet. And our MaRS is not in outer space—although it is in a bit of urban space elbowed out of the city of Toronto. What is this MaRS exactly, then? Well, answers vary: a research cluster, a private/public partnership or an innovation hub....
  • I am envious of Karen Lefkowitz’s title. She’s vice president of business transformation at Pepco, an investor-owned public utility in the D.C. area. Who wouldn’t want the word transformation in her title? And while her title is, of course, figurative, the hard work and planning behind it happened literally—and keeps on happening. (Transformation is an evolving process.) “As we do these large-...
  • By Alex Pischalnikov and Craig Rintoul The utilities industry is undergoing a major revolution—digital technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are enabling a smarter grid and a renewed focus on the customer. While wearable devices are a fairly new entry into this technology ecosystem, they offer utilities promising opportunities to make operations more efficient and to increase customer...
  • Everyone knows the future is decentralized, right? The top-down energy system is as dead as the dodo, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. In Germany, where renewable energy accounts for around one-quarter of national power output, the big power generation utilities like RWE, EnBW, E.ON et al are certainly look to be an increasingly endangered species. But grid companies? No, sir. The enormous volumes of...
  • We’re traditionally a magazine that talks to utilities. But these days, we’re chatting more and more with newer options and entrants into the power industry field. Today, we chat about a microgrid project at the University of Genoa’s Savona campus with Federico Delfino, professor of power system engineering at the university. Intelligent Utility: Why did the University of Genoa decide to install...
  • Pop quiz: What is the latest buzzword in energy IT? Smart grid? That's so 2009-ish. Big data? That's popular, but so few people understand it. Platform? Bingo! If orange is the new black in fashion, and 50 is the new 40 in livelihood, then platform is the new modus operandi for GIS. GIS as a platform Most people have direct experience with platforms. Nearly everyone has used Facebook, Amazon,...
  • In the 1880s, soon after Fort Collins was established, the city's citizens and public officials became adamant about creating a system to provide the community with dependable water, sewer and power. The City of Fort Collins Utilities was born with power organized in 1887, a city sewer system underway in 1888 and five sewer districts formed by ordinance in 1891. Over a hundred years later, Fort...
  • For the last three years I have been fortunate to have a front row seat to the emergence of the utility analytics market. Having just crossed the third anniversary of the Utility Analytics Institute and seen our membership just pass the 50 corporate member-level, this seems like a good time to take a look at utility analytics and how this is changing the very nature of how utilities accomplish...