Archive for February, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
Entergy, a Fortune 500 company with 14,300 employees, produces and delivers electric power to 2.7 million customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The company has captured trillions of records from its supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system and its more than 320,000 SCADA objects. To better extract value from SCADA data, the utility deployed a real-time data storage application, called Pegasus RDS™, which was created by Microsoft® partner Nobadeer Software, Inc.
The solution, which manages trillions of records, will soon be upgraded to SQL Server 2008. Pegasus RDS gives Entergy numerous benefits including a better view into its data which helps the utility to identify potential problems More >
February 26, 2010 MetLife and John Hancock Finance 19-Megawatt Solar Power Plant San Jose, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com]
MetLife and John Hancock Financial Services will finance the construction and third-party ownership of a 19-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant that SunPower Corporation is contracted to build for Xcel Energy in Colorado’s Alamosa County, the companies announced today.
Construction on the plant, which will be the largest solar power plant in Colorado, will begin this spring, with operations expected to commence before the end of the year. Approximately 100 jobs will be created during construction. CP Energy Group served as an advisor to MetLife on More >
Feb 24, 2010
By Doug Peeples
SGN News Editor
While it probably doesn’t make anyone feel better, we aren’t the only country where smart meters have a PR problem. Residents of Victoria, Australia’s smallest state, are up in arms about what they see as overcharges on their utility bills and concerns about the data intelligent meters can collect. Utilities, consumer groups and state government are getting together to talk it out, but considering our own experiences, that’s no assurance the problem will be resolved.
The controversy and hot tempers over smart meter rollouts in the U.S. are also erupting in Australia. Some utility customers More >
WEBINAR (10 MAR): Why You Need Smart People and Smart Processes to Overcome Smart Grid Challenges (Before It’s Too Late)
Feb 23, 2010
Let’s face it, many utilities have operated pretty much the same way for decades. Similar job titles, similar processes, similar outcomes. But the findings from early deployments reveal that the Smart Grid will dramatically change the “traditional” organization model and the processes that support it.
Yet dealing with “the people side” of the Smart Grid equation can be even trickier than installing new Smart Grid technologies. It requires people to learn new skills, embrace new values and recruit new employees.
• How can an environmental strategy benefit your business? • What are the costs and challenges of GHG emission compliance? • Can there be truly green business models?
Adapting businesses to the demands of climate change mitigation is a huge challenge, but one that can not only improve levels of environmental impact, but also enhance brands, motivate employees, increase operational efficiencies, and save money.
This Earthcast will examine the challenges posed by measuring, reducing, and offsetting emissions and the innovative solutions to common challenges currently being More >
MICHAEL KANELLOS 02 22 10 Is Bloom Energy’s Secret Ingredient Zirconia?
If Bloom takes off, it could be a disaster for the costume jewelry industry.
Bloom Energy held its big coming out party last night on 60 Minutes. And while founder K.R. Sridhar went over the potential and promise of the company’s Bloom boxes, he got a little vague when it came to what makes it tick.
The system converts methane or other hydrocarbons into electricity by mixing it with oxygen and then passing the gas mixture through ceramic plates coated with proprietary inks at high temperatures. What are the inks made of? He More >
MICHAEL KANELLOS 02 21 10 Video: The Bloom Box Lands, And The Unanswered Questions Are…
You’ve heard of the Bloom Box. Here’s the video.
After nearly nine years, Bloom Energy has finally publicly shown off its fuel cell that it says could replace a large hunk of the grid someday.
The Bloom Box–which costs $700,000 to $800,000 now–essentially is a device for making electricity on demand. Methane or other hydrocarbons are fed into the device along with oxygen. The mixture is heated to around 1,000 Celsius. As the gases pass through catalytic plates, the machine produces electricity, some heat, carbon dioxide and water. Other More >
If the power goes out, you’ll know who to blame.
The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission has granted Google Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of the search giant, to behave like a utility.
The order grants Google Energy the power to sell energy, capacity and services at market rates.
Why does Google want to do this? Right now, the company rakes in billions of dollars from ads and it doesn’t have to have extensive support desks and remote repair teams–the kind of people power providers must have on staff–to do it. Selling power is a much more hands on business.
Google has said it wants to go More >
Telvent Distribution GIS Software made Available to Engineering Students, Instructors and Researchers