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Commentary from Industry Pros
Smart meters, once believed to be readily acceptable to regulators, utilities, and consumers, are no longer the same due to growing skepticism about smart meters for health, privacy, and security issues. Every utility is now facing the challenge on how to ensure smooth transition from a legacy to a smarter utility.
Going green has become a topic of ongoing importance, with consumers increasingly seeking out businesses that employ environmentally responsible practices. Many environmental initiatives, including the delivery of renewable energy and the reduction of carbon emissions, are high-level long-term goals, however, utility companies should not overlook another green technology that resonates with consumers: electronic bill payment.
Paul Torcellini of the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) gave a presentation last year on net zero energy (NZE) buildings to folks from NYSERDA, the NY Department of Public Service, consultants, and others who buzz about in New York's efficiency circles. Towards the end, he drew a graph. Along the x-axis were energy savings, and along the y-axis were costs.
A new trend in the electric vehicle industry is emerging. Several states are proposing a gas tax on vehicles produced in 2015 or later that get 55 miles per gallon or more. Cars like the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Toyota Prius are just some of the cars that will incur this per-mile fee.
In the middle of the biggest game of the year with millions of fans watching and billions of dollars on the line, the power suddenly goes out in the stadium. Your system failure may not be as public or costly as this one but you still want to avoid it at all costs!
Electric Utilities are accustomed to managing their own equipment repairs. This is going to be increasingly challenging as more and more "digital" devices enter the grid. There are five reasons that digital device repair is going to present new challenges.
Ireland has recently made news with its efforts in energy efficiency and sustainability. According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), 2012 was a landmark year for energy efficiency and sustainability in Ireland. The SEAI reports energy savings totaling $35 million (equal to 670GWh and 160,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions avoided), and about 4,000 jobs preserved in the construction and energy industries.
For more than 100 years electricity generation and distribution systems have evolved to become one of the most reliable services imaginable - one which has been the foundation of the industrial expansion and prosperity of the developed world. Our society is totally dependent upon this and even relatively short and localized interruptions in the power supply (for example during the Sandy superstorm) cause major disruptions to everyday life.
The Advent of Deregulation was supposed to transform Utility Industry from a traditional industry to a competitive entity. We have come long way down in deregulation and still undergoing a transformation, with the focus largely on smart grid initiatives as a larger umbrella to meet the existing and future consumer needs (Basic & Value Added Services). We could see the Utility Industry undergoing a major transformation from the implementation of technology platforms and their integration.
Today, electrical utilities face the conflicting objectives of increasing reliability and reducing costs which forces utilities to concentrate on information driven planning activities. GIS in conjunction with other IT systems like WAMS, CIS etc. is helping the utilities in this context by centralizing various information. However, electrical model preparation still has its own challenges. Electrical model preparation for DMS and Network planning can be made smarter and faster by incorporating electrical connectivity rule base in the GIS asset creation. This would help in creating a seamlessly integrated GIS platform for creating electrical models. This will also help in maintaining up to date network models which often is the most critical task for the electrical utilities and planning engineers.