All the hype surrounding smart grid technology masks a painful reality: Change is often disruptive. While the evolution of digital technology in the energy sector hasn’t always been easy for consumers, it is equally challenging for utilities.
One of the cornerstones of the smart grid evolution is the smart meter itself. Capturing and sending data in real time between the utility and the consumer has enabled a level of communication between the two that is almost science fiction-like.
Energy efficiency has become one of the building blocks of the larger effort to transform the way society consumes electricity. Within the realm of efficiency, demand-response programs have become one of most effective tools for utilities to cut back on consumers’ energy consumption.
In December 2014, it was announced that GE Global Research, GE Energy Consulting, National Grid (a utility in the Northeast), the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Clarkson University (Potsdam, N.Y.) were forming a partnership in a research project to develop an
One of the many advantages smart meters were intended to bring to electric utilities and their residential customers was the ability to implement time-of-use (TOU) rates to help reduce peak-time electricity demand.
Energy-efficiency programs have been a part of electric-utility operations for a decade or more, since state utility commissions began valuing the kilowatt-hours saved (aka negawatts) as an alternative to the new generation capacity they could potentially displace.
In the pursuit of technological innovation and alternative-energy sources, California has a well-established reputation as a pioneer. That reputation also applies to the field of electric vehicles (EVs).
As clean energies go, comparatively unglamorous natural gas doesn’t get the attention of its flashier cohorts, but a new project in Leesburg, Va., may soon be one of the cleanest and most efficient sources of electricity generation in the country.
On a $28 million infrastructure contract, a contractor suffered an $11 million loss because of high charges by the utility companies for their part of the installation. The contractor, it turned out, got no remedy in court and, therefore, no means of recouping this major loss.
As the landscape of power generation and distribution continues to evolve, the needs of those responsible for managing these processes also change. According to recent reports, responsible agents are taking the necessary steps to keep up with a rapidly shifting environment.
In light of the trend of utility customers establishing their electricity service independence with distributed generation technology, utility companies have expressed fears of a “death spiral” as they lose money from those customers and face a diminished capability to maintain their transmission sy