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Commentary from Industry Pros
The core service of a utility focuses primarily on delivering reliable and cost effective power, exceeding the expectations of customers, and external and internal stakeholders.
The grid. It might not sound that exciting, but look beneath the surface and you'll find a dynamic system that is essential to our everyday lives and constantly developing and adapting to meet new needs.
With so many advanced tools now available to fine-tune operations, utility organizations with a field service workforce have reached an unprecedented transformative stage. By leveraging technology trends such as the Internet of Things, advanced analytics and smartphone and tablet integration, these organizations are reinventing themselves as predictive, rather than reactive, operations.
With all the talk of educational reform these days, not too much is certain in a K-12 science classroom anymore. One thing that is certain: teachers are finding less and less time for what are now "extras," like guest speakers. This can present a problem for you, the energy guru, who wants a chance to engage young scientific minds on energy topics. So how can you get into a science classroom where you will be accepted and given time to share your message?
As the world continues its transition into a digital landscape, we are cautioned by the proliferation of cyber incidents capturing headlines. Today's cyber attacks are causing more damage and are increasingly being referred to as highly sophisticated and able to circumvent well-resourced cybersecurity programs.
There is a day every month that people receive a mystery bill from their utilities. It includes unknown items like Transmission Cost Adjustment, Interstate Pipeline, Demand Side Management Cost, confusing charts with no units or kWh and therms. What am I actually paying for? How can I lower this bill? Customers don't know where or how to take action.
Back in 1977, with the country's memory of the Arab oil embargo and waiting hours on line for gas still fresh, President Jimmy Carter, in his sweater, addressed the nation. He declared that Americans needed to come together, and make sacrifices as we strove for energy independence -- likening the effort needed to that when going to war. Every President since -- Republican and Democrat -- has also called for energy independence.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) with data from AHRI informs us that 60% of commercial floor space in the US is heated and cooled by one speed roof top units (RTUs). This means that every time anyone of these RTUs comes on, a mild spring day or the full heat of summer, all that it knows is one speed, Full Blast!
White House announces fast-track industry-led effort to improve information sharing with consumers and first responders.
THE DECADES LONG SEARCH for low cost grid scale energy banking has reached a new level of urgency with the burgeoning use of renewable energy from wind and solar energy collection as well as from increasing threats to our electrical power grid. Mass energy storage has long been seen as a way to increase the reliability and lower costs from our power supply, but it is not easy to grasp the enormity of this powerful entity that we must somehow manage.