I just love this acronym, which is new to me. Secondly, using GIS with DIMPs is an idea that is obvious and will be increasingly part of the utility space. Not that utilities have failed to integrate some geographical information into their operating systems, but that there is still a lot of room for improvement.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while. It is what led me to buy the smartpowermaps.com domain back in 09 (not that I’ve done anything with it… just part of my domain prospecting for future use habit).
Anyhow, there is an upcoming free webinar from ESRI More >
Aug 27, 2010
Renewable energy technologies, fueled by worldwide government support in the form of stimulus programs and other incentives, have improved the global economic outlook with new jobs and industry. Six will hit double digit growth in the next five years — and change our lifestyle, according to a series of market studies from SBI Energy. Here’s what the industrial market research company found:
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JULY 26, 2010United States Smart Grid Policy 2010
IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF TEN KEY STATES DRIVING DEPLOYMENT
The smart grid will be an essential component of state power scenarios as energy efficiency and renewable energy mandates proliferate across the United States. Since 2009, the Federal government has awarded US$4.5 billion in stimulus funds to spur smart grid investment and demonstration. With this injection of funds and the near-term potential of a scaling smart grid, state legislators, regulators, utilities and grid operators are surveying the stakes of commercial integration and laying boundaries for the sector via policy and pilot initiatives.
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KATHERINE TWEED: AUGUST 9, 2010 Demand Response, Meet Customer Engagement
From EnergyConnect’s new DR platform to TXU Energy expanding its iThermostat program, consumer preferences are getting more play in DR.
It’s hot. Gross-hot, not “let’s get outside and enjoy the sunshine!” hot. Although most of the country has recently enjoyed a brief respite from sweltering conditions, it’s still pretty damn hot.
The steamy conditions are making demand response to cut critical peak load on the grid more important than ever. While DR has been growing at a good clip in recent years, there has also started to be a shift in how some vendors are approaching the market.
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Jul 20, 2010
It’s easy to figure a strategy for surviving a tidal wave … run like hell for the high ground.
It’s more difficult to apply that thinking to the Smart Grid. We can see the wave is about to hit the shore… but which way is the high ground? Should a utility start offering all sorts of new energy services behind the meter? Or become a wires-only utility and leave the new services to others? Or compete with the EnerNOCs of the world? Or partner with them? Or emigrate to New Zealand to herd sheep?
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Jul 15, 2010
In separate stories, we’ve described how Cisco’s home energy management initiative reveals the underpinnings of the grid’s first operating system. And how Microsoft’s bureaucratic stupidity caused it to miss this billion-dollar opportunity.
I want to use this space to discuss the good and bad aspects of Cisco’s Smart Grid strategy from the utility point of view. Remember, I’m talking here about Cisco’s strategy, not about its current offerings, which still fall far short of the company’s long-term goals.
Let’s Start with the Good News
There is a lot to like about the idea of a standard operating system for the grid. For instance:
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