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Posted By: Kathleen Wolf Davis - Editor-in-Chief, Intelligent Utility, Energy Central
On: March 30, 2016
When you run a smart grid magazine, it makes you nervous when your boss says he hates the term “smart grid.” It makes you knee-knocking nervous, like that cemetery caretaker character in Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride. The boss doesn’t hate it because the term is amorphous—though it is. It grows and  more...
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Posted By: Michael Schwartz - Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Eka Software Solutions
On: March 25, 2016
Today’s power companies and utilities must deal with unprecedented volatility in power prices, complex transmission networks, and evolving regulatory requirements. Sudden swings in power prices impair forecasts and negatively impact bottom lines. Volatile transmission costs decrease profitability. Energy markets have also undergone several waves of mergers and acquisitions over the  more...
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Posted By: Gary Stern
On: March 11, 2016
Alex Laskey, the founder and president of Opower, an Arlington, Virginia-based, cloud-based software and mobile app company, has been an evangelist for change in the utility industry from the very start. It’s working. He founded Opower in 2007 with one employee. In less than a decade, it went public (in  more...
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Posted By: Salvatore Salamone
On: March 9, 2016
The threat of cyber attacks on electrical grids looms large. Just last month, U.S. investigators found evidence confirming a December attack on a Ukrainian power grid caused a blackout for hundreds of thousands of people. However, while utilities and grid operators have got to allocate resources to defend against such  more...
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Posted By: Mark Sardella, PE - Writer, Local Energy News
On: January 14, 2016
Nearly half of all electricity generated in the world today comes from power plants that use steam turbines built in the days of rotary telephones and manual typewriters, operating at thermal efficiencies of around thirty-percent and thereby discarding seventy percent of the energy in the fuel they consume. How did  more...
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Posted By: Debsankar Pramanik - Systems Analyst/Business Analyst, Brillio
On: January 13, 2016
• The way we receive electricity, has not changed to a significant level over last 100 years. The coal (thermal), nuclear or hydro power plants send electricity through transmission lines to substations and to transformers, finer and finer wires and small voltages, until the electricity reaches the electric appliances like  more...
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Posted By: Mike Karlskind - Vice President of Product Marketing, ClickSoftware
On: December 17, 2015
The climate surrounding severe weather events is changing. Severe weather is occurring more frequently and utlities are facing increasing scrutiny in how they respond to outages. Customers and regulators expect greater transparency than ever before. While utility managers deal with this on a regular basis and are adapting to the  more...
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Posted By: Del Rodillas - ICS and SCADA Solution Lead, Palo Alto Networks
On: December 3, 2015
The future, modernized state of Industrial Control Systems goes by many names.  Some are general such as “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)” and “Industry 4.0.” Others are more sector-specific names, such as “Smart Factories” (Manufacturing), “Smart Grid” (Electric), and “Digital Oilfield” (Oil & Gas). Modernization not only includes the deployment  more...
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Posted By: Arvo Eilau - Marketing Manager - Gas Power, Pentair Valves & Controls
On: November 24, 2015
Current global power generation market conditions have placed enormous demands on critical valves within thermal generation systems. This growth has been driven by a variety of factors, including an abundance of natural gas-derived fuels, recent advances in gas turbine technologies and more efficient combined-cycle component operation. Seeking to align their  more...
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Posted By: Debsankar Pramanik - Systems Analyst/Business Analyst, Brillio
On: November 16, 2015
Followings are some of the functional requirements that must be met in a typical Outage Management System application: Non-Modeling / Graphical User Interface (GUI) Functional Requirements: The Outage Management System (OMS) will allow for the extraction of outage schedules, for all UOG and non-UOG resources, for a minimum of x  more...
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