The Current State of Smart Grid Analytics

The Utility Analytics Institute conducted a research study sponsored by ABB to assess how far the utility industry has progressed in its evolution toward a smart grid and maturation of smart grid analytics. The Current State of Smart Grid Analytics research report relies on a survey of utility leaders and other primary sources to develop a first-hand account of where things stand today. The report includes compelling analytics, success stories, and identifies some daunting challenges. Readers of the report will find familiar analytics applications and some that are surprising. The research study demonstrates that smart grid analytics offer tremendous value-generation opportunities but challenges exist that can make it difficult to

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Microgrids, promising energy self-reliance for communities, are growing in popularity as they become more affordable.

Originally published on The Guardian, Thursday, August 17, 2017. Residents of a social housing complex in Brooklyn, New York, can’t stop another tempest like Superstorm Sandy from crashing through their city, but they can feel secure that it won’t cause a power cut. In June, the 625-unit Marcus Garvey Village cut the ribbon on its very own microgrid, a localised network of electricity production and control. Rooftop solar panels produce clean power when the sun is up; a fuel cell takes in natural gas and churns out a steady current all day; when it’s more valuable to save the electricity for later, the largest lithium-ion battery system on New York City’s grid does just

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Smart Grid Sensors: Smart Energy Meter Application Segment Anticipated to Exhibit High Attractiveness Index During 2017–2025

Source: Persistence Market Research   Increasing R&D expenditure is aiding the market growth of smart grid sensors in North America Advancement in measurement science and standards for smart grid technologies is resulting in increasing expenditure on research and development. These new methods and standards are being developed to enhance the potential of smart grid sensors. Demand for these grid sensors is increasing and thus, innovation in the technology for grids is necessary. This is one of the driving factors for the growth of the smart grid sensor market in the region. For instance, Emera Inc., which is a utility service company based in Canada, is investing US$ 6.2 million in

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Mason-IBM-NSF Research Addresses Smart Grid Cyber Security

Written by Jennifer Anzaldi on June 22nd, 2017. For the past three years, Mason has partnered with IBM and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research and develop recommendations for cyber security leadership core competencies and governance best practices for securing the smart grid. “Electric companies and regulators have a changing vision of risk, as electric companies are regularly targeted by cyber criminals, hacktivists and nation states and in addition, as control systems are connected to networks and Internet,” said J.P. Auffret, director of research partnerships and grants initiatives at George Mason University’s School of Business. Auffret, together with Angelos Stavrou, professor of computer science in the Volgenau School of

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ABB’s new microgrid technology lights up businesses and rural communities

Scalable, compact and grid-ready solutions enabling solar power and storage ABB is bringing affordable, safe and reliable electricity to remote communities with its new integrated microgrid solution, MGS100, that combines solar power and enables battery energy storage. The MGS100, built to perform in extreme environments, has the ability to transform lives and businesses for the better where access to affordable and reliable power is a challenge. The scalable system can be connected to multiple power sources to provide electricity for remote villages that are not connected to the main grid, or reliable back-up power for small commercial and industrial facilities using an inconsistent grid supply, enabling social and economic development.

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TenneT unlocks distributed flexibility via blockchain

TenneT, sonnen, Vandebron and IBM are joining forces to develop blockchain for managing the electricity grid in the Netherlands and Germany. This innovative technology is the next step in enabling decentralized flexible energy sources to play a role in the management of the electricity grid. TenneT Energy Community Because renewable electricity generation accounts for a growing share in the overall power supply, the electricity grid is becoming more volatile. In the coming years there will be times when conventional energy sources will not be able to fully meet the demand for electricity. To address this, TenneT is working to find new ways of maintaining the security of supply. As part

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Eaton expands Pittsburgh training center to include microgrid

Full-Scale Microgrid Powers Eaton’s Expanded Pittsburgh Experience Center with Enhanced Application Demonstration Capabilities, Training Space Power management company Eaton today announced it has expanded the range of capabilities in its Power Systems Experience Center (PSEC), a full-scale training, testing and demonstration facility near Pittsburgh. The 21,000-square foot facility in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, now includes a complete microgrid solution, which powers the expansion, as well as hands-on demonstrations of a utility substation and utility distribution areas serving multiple markets, from industrial to residential. The PSEC’s real-world training scenarios enhance learning opportunities for industrial, commercial and utility program participants that can be immediately applied to projects in the field. “Our experience centers across

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ABB writes the next chapter in pioneering high voltage direct current technology

ABB introduces a step change in footprint and performance to mark 20 years of its HVDC Light® technology ABB today announced the latest development in high voltage direct current (HVDC) Light, a breakthrough technology it pioneered 20 years ago, making it possible to reliably transmit large amounts of electricity over ever greater distances, economically and efficiently. ABB’s Power Grids division is the partner of choice for utilities around the world as they build or upgrade their power infrastructure. ABB is now pushing the boundaries of this technology further. The next level of ABB’s HVDC Light will enable more than doubling the power capacity to 3,000 megawatts (MW). System design enhancements

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ITE develops a system which benefits the security of information in the electricity grid

The Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE) finalises a project on cybersecurity in the advanced metering infrastructure of electricity distribution grids, which guarantees a more efficient operation and which increase their security. With the introduction of the Smart Grids in the electricity grids, automation and interconnection level between the resources of the infrastructure are increased, creating new communication opportunities by using the grid and giving important improvements as for energy management. In the low voltage infrastructure, it is used the electricity grid to send information on the energy consumption of users and it is also considered its future use for the interaction between the utilities and their clients. Therefore, the protection of information is fundamental to be able to maintain the users’ privacy and, at

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PJM Board Lifts Suspension of Artificial Island Project

The PJM Board today approved lifting the suspension on a project to improve the stability of the electric grid. The Artificial Island project will strengthen the reliability and transmission of high-voltage power from two nuclear generating stations in southern New Jersey. “The board reached its decision after thoughtful review of additional analysis and stakeholders’ input,” said PJM president and CEO Andy Ott. “We are satisfied that the original solution – with modifications – is the right solution to address operational performance and reliability issues related to Artificial Island generating facilities .” The board initially approved the project in 2015 as a result of a competitive solicitation process. The board called

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