The AI Uprising is Here…To Make Sure Your Energy is Efficient, Reliable, and Affordable
- July 11, 2019
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Hollywood has long-loved the tales of the computers becoming too intelligent and eventually overtaking and trying to wipe out the humans who created them. Terminator, the Matrix, Ex Machina…the list goes one.
And while sci-fi writers and futurologist might still think we’re on the path to such an AI uprising, in the meantime AI is being used for the greater good in the utility space. While data collection may be seen as the backbone of the digital utility revolution, it’s what artificial intelligence ultimately does with that data that will truly drive change and create the energy systems of tomorrow.
AI is, of course, a rapidly evolving field, one that can be hard to keep up on. But in order to give you a peek into what new developments have arisen and what might be just across the horizon, here’s a collection of stories outlining how AI in the utility space is delivering value to power providers and their customers through efficiency, reliability, affordability, and more:
Artificial Intelligence-Based Analytics Help Utilities Weather the Storm- This story from earlier this month details a suite of solutions recently released by GE Power that combine artificial intelligence and machine learning to tackle grid problems at arise during intense storms. AI enables the ability to accurately forecast storm impacts to transmission infrastructure and ready response crews/equipment ahead of time and enable them to get network connectivity on their smart solutions up more quickly in the wake of storms.
How artificial intelligence is driving IoT growth across utilities, telecoms, and more- In the utility space specifically, this overview of AI and IoT makes clear how AI is able to be used on two fronts by energy providers: back end and front end. On the back end, demand response and grid management are made possible thanks to improvements in AI. On the front end, using AI to automatically and extensively analyze customer usage and demand data allows demand spikes to be identified and energy-saving (and money-saving) solutions be found for customers.
How AI Can Store and Save Energy for Solar Developers?- Just published today, this story highlights the way that AI helps out solar developers specifically, namely highlighting how the “primary method to transform the returns of a solar investment is AI.” By harnessing predictive analysis, machine learning, and grid-edge computing, AI enables a solar-plus-storage installation to know and predict when and where its energy will be best used when compared with when it’s likely to be generated.
How AI and Machine Learning are Helping Utilities Digitize- Providing a more broad overview of AI in the utilities space, this article spells out how the use of real-time data and making it work for the grid would be impossible without advanced AI systems leading the charge. And with a reported 14 petabytes of data that GE gets from one large utility partner, it’s not hard to understand why.
Over 41 GWh of Energy Savings with AI Reporting Solution- Shifting from possibilities to actual measured benefits of AI on the grid, the AI home energy report solution being used by Rocky Mountain Power has saved 41 GWh of savings from 330,000 customers—the carbon equivalent of taking 31 million pounds of coal off the grid. Impressive-sounding enough, it’s also worth noting that these savings took place in less than one year.