Intelligent Utility Magazine July/Aug 2014
In This Issue
  • We focus heavily on consumer data right now: thermostats, mobile apps, efficiency ideas. But, as your customer is getting smarter, so is your distribution system. And that area of info is about to eat your consumer data for a light snack. It’s poised to take over the data game. But are you ready for that? “We believe that sensor data will be a critical enabler for the achievement of the worlds’...
  • More than most European nations, the Republic of Ireland needs to get familiar with big data and remote operation of the grid. With four times the EU average of overhead networks per capita, an extremely high variable renewable penetration—two GW of wind (half on the distribution network) out of a five GW system peak—and stormy conditions at the extremity of Europe, Ireland needs to know if it...
  • You can’t get bigger lakes (or seas, even) of big data to deal with than the ones facing Exelon, a parent company of three utilities: BGE, ComEd and PECO.  Combined, that’s nearly 8 million customers—and each customer with a million data points, it seems. So, when looking for details about big data, Exelon’s the big daddy. Over the past few years, Exelon have been mostly in “project mode,”...
  • One of Norway’s largest power companies, Nord-Trondelag Elektrisitetsverk Nett (NTE), has begun a pilot project to see if customers will respond to real-time pricing. In this international installment of our Utility2Utility series, we talk with Torbjørn Opland, department director at Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk Nett AS about the project. Intelligent Utility: What was the impetus of this...
  • By:  Chris ScheinAs the operators of the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas—a state with the fastest growing electricity market in America—we have a responsibility to communicate with the 3 million homes and businesses we serve.  Not too long ago, that communication was very simple; phone calls and written letters were our primary methods. But just as the market has...