This webcast features perspectives from operational technology (OT), information technology (IT) as well as the general industry outlook, to provide attendees insight into the challenges utilities are facing today as well as a holistic view into smart grid strategies to more...
Grid threats increase daily - from foreign foes, terrorists, criminals and hackers. Utilities are tasked with guarding against a rising tide of potentially disruptive intrusions into their power grid and electronic networks. What will it take to keep the power more...
Monday Jun 24, 2013
- Tuesday Jun 25, 2013 -
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - USA
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Mark Gabriel is the President and Founder of Power Pundits. He is a former Senior Vice President with Black & Veatch Management Consulting, Halcrow and was acting President a the Electric Power Research Institute. His book, Visions for a Sustainable Energy Future (Fairmont Press) won the 2009 Indie Excellence Award for Environmental Publishing.
As famed physicist Neils Bohr once noted, "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future". This is the time of year when we can reflect on what happened in 2012 and think forward to the coming 12-month cycle.
New Yorkers are always a tough crowd. They boo the hometown sports teams for poor performance; their food critics pan a famous chef who opened a new restaurant and, they even think the gas rationing plan for the area performed better than the local utilities!
It's the time of year when we reflect on what has transpired in our lives and industry, making note of those things we plan on changing in the time ahead, applauding our victories and, perhaps ruing some of the decisions we have made
Amidst the swirling interest in the electricity business these days around renewables, smart grid, plug-in electric vehicles and customer engagement schemes it appears that other people are writing checks for systems, software, hardware and a myriad of items that the incumbent utility is expected to happily cover.
The explosion in consumer technologies and options, coupled with the utility industry's expansion into the smart grid, advanced meters and communications will do what all of the failed attempts at deregulation could not: create true customer choice.
The American Reinvestment Recovery Act’s (ARRA) first major deadline has passed with more than 450 anxious organizations each hoping for its piece of the $3.3 billion matching grant smart grid dream-maker. The organizations crunched and crammed to get their proposals in by the August 6, 2009, deadline to the Department of Energy and are now breathing a sigh of relief as they anxiously await word from Washington to realize their hopes and dreams of matching grants.
Another inconvenient truth is that we need coal as part of a balanced approach to providing for the nation's -- and world's -- electricity supply. This is not merely the desire of energy industry executives, but the reality when one looks logically and practically at the demand for electricity and the means of meeting that demand.
The implementation of distribution and substation automation, outage management, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and various other technologies are all leading to a digitally enabled, self-healing power network that provides equitably priced electricity to all classes of customers through ensuring the security, quality, reliability and availability of power.
In the heyday of demand-side management 15-20 years ago, the world was a different place in both style and social sentiment. Ties and lapels were wide, people made fun of those wearing leisure suits and the utility industry, aside from its public posturing, still felt DSM was the free lunch they were paying customers to eat.
Integrated resource planning has been called the "missing child of the 1980s," and, like its unfortunate imagery, seems more and more like a face on the side of a milk carton as natural gas prices zoom, infrastructure remains constrained and existing fossil fuel base load generation gets on in years.
The U.S. electric industry is embarking on the greatest customer revolution since the early days of electrification. Subtle changes in the industry's cash register - the meter -- coupled with the empowerment of the consumer in virtually every buying decision, will result in profound changes.
There is a tremendous opportunity at hand in rebuilding the electric and related infrastructures in a post-Katrina era. While the total destruction that this terrible natural disaster has wrought is unimaginable to us, so too are the incredible possibilities.
It looks like the stars are finally aligning for significant investment in advanced infrastructure-with the exception of the enormous solar flare of continually rising natural gas prices. This may become an issue that will frighten off a number of critical constituencies who would normally rally around the cause.
The California power crisis was just one visible aspect of a larger and growing energy problem in the U.S. - a problem resulting from business challenges brought on by the transition to a deregulated market, violations of corporate trust, lack of critical upgrades to the electric power infrastructure, and more than a decade of inadequate investment in technology R&D.