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Posted By: Ronald Willoughby - Executive Consultant | Electric Power Systems Planning & Operation, Willoughby Consulting
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...
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Posted By: John Cameron - General Manager, Field Service Management, Trimble
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...
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Posted By: Mark Hill - Vice President, Sales, Allegro Development
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...
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Posted By: Joyce Tam - Product Marketing Strategist, Trimble Field Service Management
On: March 17, 2015
As field-based work becomes increasingly complex and time-sensitive, more and more businesses are focusing on mobile solutions integrated with back-end field service solutions to help manage field operations and provide the mobile workforce with the real-time knowledge to make better, more intelligent decisions in the field. Recent research from AberdeenGroup  more...
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Posted By: Anuja Nakkana - Director of Technology and Architecture, CTO office of Energy, Natural Resources and Utilities (ENU) Business Unit of WIPRO
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...
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Posted By: Ron Exler , John J. Simmins, Ph.D.
On: January 30, 2015
White House announces fast-track industry-led effort to improve information sharing with consumers and first responders Co-Authors: Authors: Dr. John J. Simmins, Technical Executive at the Electric Power Research institute (EPRI) and co-chair OGC Energy & Utilities Domain Working Group, Renee Bogle Hughes, Business Relationship Manager at Consumers Energy and co-chair  more...
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Posted By: Kimberly Klemm
On: January 23, 2015
Electricity power outages result from weather conditions, intentional or accidental damage to distribution lines and poles, and transmission line and generator impairments. Managing an electrical power outage correctly is critical to the restoration and recovery of fully functioning power systems. The key elements from both the utility providers point of  more...
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Posted By: Shannon Casey - Communications Director, CleanTECH San Diego
On: January 14, 2015
In December 2014, the Port of San Diego became the first demonstration site in a series of regional public-private smart building initiatives to advance the region's smart city goals. The term "IoT" refers to intelligent machine-to-machine applications that use smart sensors to collect information from devices and systems to increase  more...
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Posted By: PJ Davis - Content Manager / Editor / Webinar Producer, Energy Central
On: November 18, 2014
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy moved in on the Jersey shore. Local and national crews rallied to restore power to over 2 million. Impressively, power companies managed to cut that number by almost half in just under a week. Two years later, utilities across north America continue to asked  more...
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Posted By: Joyce Tam - Product Marketing Strategist, Trimble Field Service Management
On: September 24, 2014
The pressures of running a fleet leave managers little time for strategic changes because they spend most of their workday reacting to the constant demands of tracking and maintaining field vehicles and keeping technicians on schedule. To make things as efficient as possible, managers have learned that they need to  more...
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