Barb Hansen's picture

Siemens and SAP to offer meter data management for new utility business models

March 30, 2017
March 30, 2025

Siemens and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens’ market-leading meter data management solution, EnergyIP. This cooperative effort is intended to address multiple digital end-to-end business scenarios for energy and utility clients worldwide. The solution will be available directly from SAP ...

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Distributed Energy and Digitalization Take Center Stage at Siemens Digital Grid Customer Summit

March 30, 2017
March 30, 2025

Siemens annual Digital Grid Customer Summit will convene hundreds of thought leaders from the utility, regulatory and ground-breaking technology industries to discuss the evolving 21st century energy landscape

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A Requiem for the 2015 Clean Power Plan: It had more flaws than a cheap dirigible.

I have up-dated a piece I wrote last year, "EPA's Clean Power Plan and its Moment of Truth." While many people seemingly have forgotten that it was a legalistic nightmare, I think it is important to revisit its many flaws.

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The US as been for years with no Government. I would say since Ronald Regan left the power the US as been without President. It was a group of people who destroy US completely to the last drop of blood.

Now it got a real President who wants to get US back, but the past is trashed so much that it can't be done in a fast past. Special when the politicians still with the old ideas. They don't approve the work from the President.

The country is owing so much, double digits in TRILLIONS that he decide to make cuts in everything excluding the Army. Myself  I agree with what he done.The Army he increased the budget, but in my point of view he is starting right. Army is what can keep a country safe plus give the country world power. How US was long time ago. World power bring business back. It will be a safe country in the eyes of the investors. It's what the President is trying to build but the politicians still with the old fashion. Who narrows the President job. Maybe they open the eyes one day.

Right now the president is trying to survive and targeting the essential, the Army.Wat is right in my opinion. Of course when the economy start to improve he will be targeting the other sectors. And I am 100% sore he will be demanding worldwide to look after the Climate Change. He is a smart President is why he is not making pressure on all the other sectors. But he knows well the world needs measurements in the Climate Change.

Sinserely.

Pedro Morgado

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How will Trump's Executive Order - to roll back the Clean Power Plan - affect the industry

Would love to hear from the community on how you think the signed executive order to roll back the Clean Power Plan will affect the industry.

First thought: it will delay many renewable developments. Trump's executive order will boost natural gas. However, at the end of the day, the US will not step back from Paris agreement. The renewable energy industry will take over. This will be especially true when the US will acknowledge that China has taken the leadership during this period.

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What impact do you think this will have on coal power, long and short term?

The impact will be beneficial to some degree, but less than projected. The major headwind facing coal is economic. It is currently cheaper to generate power by natural gas and renewables in many cases. It probably will prolong the operating life of some plants and lead to some increase in capacity factors, but will not likely spur much new construction.

How will this change how utilities operate today?

In the short term, utility operations will still largely be guided by economics: the relative cost to generate power from a variety of sources while complying with State and local requirements. An increase in natural gas pricing could lead to an uptick in coal generation, but most coal units are currently operating at reduced capacity factors and can accommodate more generation easily. In the longer term, it will be necessary to see exactly how the CPP is unwound. It will be a slow and complicated process.

Do you think this is a major issue for utilities? or Do you think they are facing bigger challenges?

I think the biggest issue for utilities right now is adapting to a changing business model. The old model of the regulated utility generating, transmitting and distributing power regardless of cost is largely dead. Utilities are scrambling to redefine themselves in various ways, with no predominant new model emerging yet.

Do you think this will change the projected growth in renewable energy?

In and of itself, probably not. Renewable growth is driven by State requirements, tax incentives and falling supply chain costs, as well as the perceived environmental benefit. The American public is divided over the CPP, with some seeing it as a good thing.

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The clean power plan is based on a totally false assumption that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. How can something that has increased in concentration by about 25% over the last few years and, as a result, massively boosted plant growth, benefited agriculture worldwide, reduced desertification and saved millions of people from starvation be called a "pollutant"? It is madness.

One hopes it will lead to elimination of subsidies for wind and solar power and so reduce or eliminate the steady increase in electricity prices to subsidise an expensive product that can be produced much cheaper and more reliably from fossil fuels and nuclear power.

There is – and never was – anything wrong with the traditional grid and generating system. All that really needed was more action in building safe and environmentally friendly nuclear power stations and modern, clean, efficient supercritical coal-fired stations. A fraction of the subsidies squandered on renewable energy would do this easily.

On this, at least, Trump has got it right.

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First and foremost, the industry needs to have strong, positive messages to handle the expected rush of media “knocking” on power company/industry doors. There are audiences who support the president’s decisions on energy, but the media will gravitate to those who don’t. Supporters need to be validated and reinforced by the industry.

Messaging is critical!

So, my question for you (and the industry): are you ready?

I know having worked intensively with energy and utility companies over the last 20 years, they live in glass houses and need both proactive and reactive messaging designed for various audiences.

The questions you’ve posed more than likely will be among those being asked.

Eric Seidel

www.TheMediaTrainers.com

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CO2 is not a "pollutant" within the traditional understanding.  Pollutants, we say, directly affect the physiology of living organisms in some deleterious manner.  So, chemicals, heavy metals, particulate matter all affect the health and longevity of organisms, from microbes up to macroscopic biorganisms, including us.  Atmospheric CO2 at preindustrial levels is not a pollutant, but a necessary component of the atmosphere to support plant life metabolic processes, AND to assist in the maintenance of the global atmospheric thermostat.  Without atmospheric water and CO2 acting as "greenhouse gases", that thermostat would be set about 60 deg-F lower.

HOWEVER...when a excesses of a substance alters the PHYSICS of the biosphere, such that it subtly and gradually changes the behavior of the environment in a negative way, then most of us would consider that to be a PROBLEM, no matter what you call the substance in question.  FACT: CO2 is the major substance generated by human activity which IS altering the environment.  Over what is merely an instance in geologic time (100 years out of at least several millions of years), that substance is the major contributor to a disruption of the climate.  I do not use the words "warming" or "change" because they do not convey the rapidity of the changes.  People will oversimplify and disagree because their perspective is over a time period far less than a century, usually a just decade or few.  However, the consequences which will prevail over the period from 1900 to 2100 will seriously threaten modern humanity.  A more energetic atmosphere, higher sea levels, amplification of the effects of multi-year weather cycles, will all severely affect the ability of the earth to support the likely population of at least 9B people by 2100.  (We are at 7.2B+ right now, and even with a slowing birth rate, 9B is pretty certain.)  What is our evidence for a more energetic atmosphere?

Here's a little factoid:  Over the first 70 days of typical years, we would expect an "average" number of tornados in the USA alone of 88.   What is that number THIS year?  Do you guess 150, 70, 125, 95?  The answer is 400+

Be prepared for bigger numbers to come.  More thermal energy retained by the atmosphere WILL translate into more conversion to mechanical energy --> violent weather

From the NOAA's current "State of the Climate" page on tornados"

"According to data from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, during February, there were 111 preliminary tornado reports. This is nearly four times higher than the 1991-2010 average of 29 for the month. Most of the tornadoes during the month occurred across the Southern Plains, Southeast, Midwest and Northeast. Tornado activity during February is highly variable with some Februaries very active and others having few observed tornadoes. The most active February was in 2008 when there were over 140 confirmed tornadoes reported. When the final tornado count is determined, the February 2017 value will likely be among the five highest for the month since reliable records began in 1950. In late February, an usual storm system brought tornadoes to the Northeast with an EF-2 impacting northeastern Pennsylvania and an EF-1 in western Massachusetts. This was the first tornado observed in Massachusetts during February since reliable records began in 1950.

A significant tornado outbreak impacted the Midwest in late February and early March. A description of this severe weather outbreak will be available in the March 2017 report."

 Please review your definition of "pollutant" to now include excesses of greenhouse gases.

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To more closely address the primary question posed above - the Trump nonsense is an attempt to nudge the bow of a battleship to get it to change direction.  "Tilting at windmills" if you will.  The economics of gas-fired generation, and the onset of utility-scale energy storage deployments, which are now occurring, will have enough momentum to offset any puffs of hot air emanating from this administration.  Coal may have been given a somewhat longer prognosis, but it is still terminal from a financial perspective.  No one will invest billions in new CF generation here, and the fleet is still going to simply age out of existence.

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Justin Belmont's picture

The Power of Content Marketing for Energy Companies

From the shale revolution to the boom in renewable energy, we’re in turbulent times. But consumers’ insatiable demand for energy means that even in times of change, your energy brand will remain robust. The secret is to stay ahead of the curve. 

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Southern California Cities Plug Into Charge Ready EV Program

Lynwood and Ontario are the first among 50 sites to install the charging stations in SCE’s territory.

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