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Making the World More Sustainable

Smart grid is an idea of upgradation of the traditional electric grid infrastructure. The efficiency of the existing electrical grid can be automated by integrating with innovative technical equipment such as: high-tech forecasting system, digital sensors, advanced two-way communication and...

Distribution Management Ecosystems

How utilities can yield significant operational benefits BY JEFF WALZ, Siemens Smart Grid As North American electric utilities continue to transform their existing electric delivery assets into a smarter grid, strong emphasis is placed on systems, products, and services that provide value in...

Smart Grid Technologies and Implementation

Advances in information and communication technology (ICT) have been utilized over the year by utility industry in order to improve power quality, reliability, efficiency and security. Growing concern for environment, increasing complexity in managing convectional grid, energy sustainability and...

Working with Third-Party Companies

How utilities can outsource essential functions or services BY ASBURY GAULT, Zenius LLC In today’s business world with ever-increasing employee benefit costs, regulated utilities are challenged with reducing their costs for the benefit of all stakeholders. This force is driving utility managers...

Waves of Utility Investments

Since inception, the term “Smart Grid” has gained multiple evolving definitions. In retrospect, the industry can identify waves of investment that have shaped the grid into a smarter, more modern, and more intelligent entity to improve reliability, efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability....

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Shedding Light on North America's Power System

What is next for the century-old electricity grid?

BY MALCOLM METCALFE, ENBALA Power Networks

Today’s power system is undergoing a paradigm shift that is changing many fundamental design principles that have been in use for nearly 100 years. The existing grid has been carefully planned and designed based on a few simple principles.

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Generators are large devices, and there are a relatively small number of them. These devices can be directly managed, controlling the...

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