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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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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MICHAEL KANELLOS: JUNE 24, 2010
Big equipment is going to be networked, says GE’s Steve Fludder.
General Electric will double down on the environment.
The sprawling conglomerate will spend $10 billion on research and development for products for the ecomagination group over the next five years, doubling the $5 billion spent in the inaugural five years of the program.
GE has also identified areas that will potentially allow it to cut $150 million per year out of its operating costs while reducing its environmental footprint.
MICHAEL KANELLOS: JUNE 21, 2010
That brings the total to 5 million in the Lone Star State. But will lawsuits follow?
Landis + Gyr will install over 1 million gas and electricity smart meters for CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas bringing the total number of meters for which Landis is under contract for that state to over five million.
CPS serves approximately 707,000 electricity customers and 322,000 natural gas customers in the region. The utility wants to gets its smart meter network fully operational by 2015. Like smart meter deployments elsewhere, CPS’ network will grow in size and complexity as time goes on. More >
Smart Energy Insights: Oncor Joins IBM’s Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition; Furthers Smart Grid Collaboration
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010 Oncor Joins IBM’s Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition; Furthers Smart Grid Collaboration IBM announced that Oncor, a Texas-based utility that delivers power to more than 3 million homes and businesses, has joined the Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition. This group of utilities works to further the adoption of smarter energy grids around the world and now collectively serves more than 115 million energy consumers globally.
The coalition’s first collaborative effort was the creation of a Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM), a tool that benchmarks current progress and plans long term smart grid programs. More than 70 utilities have taken the SGMM More >