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Posted By: S. Jasjeet Singh , Debapriya Chatterjee
On: March 3, 2015
Abstract/Overview- Utilities have taken various initiatives with regards to achieving smart grid and deployed millions of smart meters for its residential customers & businesses. These smart devices are capable of recording, storing and pushing back the interval consumption data along with other metering variants. Erstwhile, there used to be ONE ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: Anuja Nakkana
On: March 2, 2015
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 operational processes involved in delivering reliable power are complex and are constrained by regulatory controls, financial limits, customer SLA's and technical limitations. Outage to ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Dennis Wamsted
On: February 27, 2015
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the newly installed Senate majority leader, is fond of lambasting the Obama administration for its ``war on coal’’ and its impact on his Kentucky constituents. Following the latest U.N. climate change meeting in Peru in December, for example, McConnell criticized the administration for its ``entire international ... more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted By: Kevin Clark
On: February 26, 2015
In many shale plays, the composition of the “flowback” from fracking sites are a complex combination of water, extraction chemicals, soluble and insoluble gases, oil, as well as proppants (small particulates, typically sand or ceramic). The substantial volume of material coming to the surface is processed through systems designed to ... more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted By: Katrina McMurrian
On: February 25, 2015
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.  As winter prompts Americans into turning up the heat, putting the value of electricity in ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted By: Joyce Tam
On: February 24, 2015
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, ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: Bob Ashworth
On: February 23, 2015
In a survey in 2014 it was reported that coal mining jobs had fallen by 8.3%, based on data provided by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.1  These job losses reflect the effects of past EPA regulations targeting mercury, sulfur and other toxic pollutants.  The United Mine Workers are ... more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted By: Richard Goodwin
On: February 20, 2015
Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing, represent  technology developed in the 1980’s, are responsible for extracting Shale Gas and Shale Oil Unconventional Liquid Hydrocarbons from previously non-productive  shale formations about one mile below the surface. As this technology was applied throughout the USA environmental upsets occurred (e.g. well water contamination in ... more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted By: Alex Dzurick
On: February 19, 2015
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, ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: Day Chahroudi
On: February 18, 2015
Today, solar energy is synonymous with solar electric panels.  But there is also a simpler and much cheaper way to use the sun’s energy.  Designing the molecules and electrons in a roof to capture and control solar heat can supply one-sixth of the world’s energy, as was shown in field ... more...
Filed under: Solar

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