Posted By: Ronald Willoughby
On: April 17, 2015
The term “Automation (A)” was introduced in the 1970s as a way to describe the use of advanced controls and communication technologies to improve power system performance and reduce operating costs.  Its popularity grew, leading to steady, methodical, and systematic advancements that continue to this day.      Automation can be ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Ryan Franks
On: April 16, 2015
The revision cycle for the National Electrical Code® (or NEC for short) continues through its phases, similar to the changing seasons. While many readers may be familiar, a brief summary of the NEC could be necessary. The NEC is a model code that is formally known as NFPA 70, and ... more...
Filed under: Energy Storage
Posted By: Puneet Gupta
On: April 15, 2015
In the utility industry, customers expect – actually they demand - uninterrupted service and perfect product delivery. The threshold of tolerance for “mistakes” or slow response is low; the audience is vocal, digitally savvy and socially empowered; and there are government and regulatory eyes watching at all times. Layer in ... more...
Filed under: Information Technology
Posted By: Davis Swan
On: April 14, 2015
I haven't posted anything to the Black Swan Blog for 8 months. One reason is that I have had a few other projects that have really monopolized my time.  But the other reason is that I usually write blog posts in response to something that interests me in the world ... more...
Filed under: Wind
Posted By: John Cameron
On: April 13, 2015
Mobile technology is redefining the workday. Field techs increasingly leverage mobile devices for tasks that previously required time-intensive phone calls and paperwork. Today this technology is helping to streamline workflow by mitigating daily challenges that used to derail even the best laid plans. In a recent Aberdeen study, 82 percent ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Diana Husmann
On: April 10, 2015
Many Small Business programs are named "Small Business Direct Install" - and direct install is literally where they stop. Yet there is so much more that a Small Business program can offer! In one of our Midwest Small Business programs, about 2% of the energy savings come from direct install ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: Steve Hambric
On: April 9, 2015
Currently there’s a fundamental debate taking place in the energy industry over which approach to demand management provides the most value, and it’s an important discussion because utilities need to consistently justify the time and effort they put into any energy management program. While home energy reporting systems encourage participants to ... more...
Filed under: Demand Response
Posted By: Rick Barnett
On: April 8, 2015
Utility programs to engage energy customers about their use of energy have gone from pilot phase to standard practice over the last ten years. Unless the electricity stops flowing, few people think about being an energy customer, nor do they ask for information about their consumption patterns. Energy customers have ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: PJ Davis
On: April 7, 2015
The sad events of March 11, 2011 have indelibly marked our hearts and our planet. While the events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were unprecedented, for many, nuclear fuel is still felt to be the cleanest, most efficient source of electric power. Four years have now past, and ... more...
Filed under: Nuclear
Posted By: Mark Hill
On: April 6, 2015
Who can forget the dreaded Polar Vortex of ’14? Energy retailers were caught in a vice-like grip of spiking demand, diminished supply and a rapidly degrading operational capability which crushed business plans and even caused a few to shut their doors. Those who hadn’t locked-in their gas or power rates ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations

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