smart grid event Articles

  • Smart Grid: The game

    In his best seller “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell shows that it is not equipment failure or storms that typically cause planes to crash, but wrong decision-making. Much the same can be said for the power grid crash that took down a large swath of the Northeast in August 2003. The emerging smart grid is supposed to make our power system more reliable. The bad news is that it also will add complexity ...

  • Smart Grids – The Governmental Approach

    Scott Blake Harris is the General Council for the US Department of Energy, and has recently spoken out at the NGU US summit (hosted by GDS International).   He was nominated in the position by President Barack Obama in March 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate in May 2009.  He focused his address on the $4 billion investment into smart grids and renewables across ...


    By GDS International

  • Exclusive Interview with Catarina Naucler, Nordic Smart Grid Development Lead at Fortum Distribution AB, Sweden

    Exclusive Interview with Catarina Naucler, Nordic Smart Grid Development Lead at Fortum Distribution AB, Sweden Do you think that a 45% renewable energy share target for 2030 is feasible and if so, how does the energy industry need ...


    By Synergy Events

  • Smart energy needs smarter regulation

    As Europe’s smart energy community looks forward to coming together at European Utility Week (EUW) 2016 in Barcelona later this year, Global Smart Grid Federation’s Ronnie Belmans looks at how energy regulation could be refocused to the benefit of the industry and consumers. A recent survey of EUW’s Advisory Board Members revealed that almost 70 per cent of them thought that ...


    By Synergy Events

  • Exclusive Interview with Andreas Umbach, President & CEO, Landis+Gyr, Switzerland

    Exclusive Interview with Andreas Umbach, President & CEO, Landis+Gyr, Switzerland. Landis+Gyr is Platinum Sponsor of European Utility Week 2013. Smart Grid developments are happening at quite a pace within Europe and the ...


    By Synergy Events

  • The future of energy management through the eyes of Siemens

    "In a 'software world' or a world where the power grid has started to become a large part of the 'internet of things', one cannot succed without leveraging partners." Exclusive Interview with Dr Jan Mrosik, CEO, Smart Grid Division at Siemens, Germany. We are proud to welcome Siemens as exclusive Diamond Sponsor for European Utility Week ...


    By Synergy Events

  • Exclusive Interview with Steven Frère, Senior Technology Communications Specialist at Eandis, Belgium

    Exclusive Interview with Steven Frère, Senior Technology Communications Specialist at Eandis, Belgium. We all recognise the value that smart grid and meter data can have, but what new challenges does this abundance of data ...


    By Synergy Events

  • World Forum to Examine Latest Microgrid Advances and Opportunities

    Interest in microgrids as a strategy for ensuring energy security and reliability is growing worldwide, especially in the wake of events such as Hurricane Sandy. Military installations, hospitals, data centers and remote off-grid regions that must have dependable power – no matter what – are increasingly turning to the microgrid paradigm. This is helping to drive a projected 330% ...

  • ‘Energy democracy’ becomes more real

    Will new technologies democratize energy much the way the Internet did information? Industry movement seems to point in that direction with the rise of the smart grid, time-of-day pricing, distributed solar, and the electric vehicle. Together these technologies offer a vision of a less centralized energy system, one where communities and households ‘vote in’ or shape the electric grid ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Energy heads home in 2011

    I have three predictions for 2011. When it comes to energy policy, austerity will be in. Therefore, energy efficiency will become a favored choice among mayors, governors, state lawmakers and Congress, as government becomes increasingly edgy about the cost of renewable energy. The infamous leaky home will finally get some plugging. My first two predictions are ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Home energy devices: Can we bewilder Edison?

    Why do so many energy insiders insist that home energy automation will fail?  Many whom I respect say the typical householder will never take the time to fiddle with smart gadgets that reduce energy costs. Their skepticism, however, just elicits a verbal shrug from Peter ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • The Emerging Power of Microgrids

    Over many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across continents to billions. But in recent years the system’s shortcomings have become increasingly ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • ‘’Will energy-intensive industry stay in Europe if we get an electricity system that is far costlier than the rest of the world?’’

    Exclusive Interview with Mats Nilsson, Ph.D, Economist at Vattenfall Strategic Analysis, Sweden. Mats Nilsson is one of the keynote speakers for the opening session of the Transmission & Distribution programme at European Utility Week 2013. In his ...


    By Synergy Events

  • Automotive Manufacturers Conquer the Storage Market

    At least since the end of April, when Tesla introduced its Powerwall, everyone seems to be talking about the market for stationary battery-storage systems. At any rate, it was the dominant topic at Intersolar. I asked Volker Wachenfeld, an SMA expert in storage technology, about his assessment of the market and SMA’s plans for battery-storage systems going forward. - See more at: ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

  • A Green Cloud is a Transparent Cloud

    Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets At Connectivity Week in Santa Clara, recently, I took part in a series of panel discussions on data center energy efficiency. The discussions covered a wide range of issues from the practicalities of infrastructure optimization to the possible role of data centers in demand response schemes. There was a particular focus on the importance, and also the ...

  • Energy Efficiency prospects: What to watch

    Events unfolding in two US Northeast states – New York and Massachusetts – signal increased business opportunity for energy efficiency companies, green architects, lighting contractors, smart grid innovators and others in the business of saving energy. First, the energy efficiency world should keep an eye on debate over the possible shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in ...

  • Renewable energy and the green economy: Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009

    Ontario's Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 (the 'Act') received Royal Assent on May 14, 2009. The Act's aim is to foster the growth of renewable energy projects, promote a green economy and energy conservation and to encourage the efficient use of energy. Its scope equals its intended impact on Ontario's energy sector: both are substantial. To realize its objects, the Act creates the ...


    By McMillan LLP

  • Amassing Wind Information

    Wind is a variable resource, but not an indecipherable one. Second Wind encourages harnessing the full range of wind sensing technologies that are available today. When it comes to wind information, much attention is focused on the choice of wind measurement technology and data collection practices in wind resource assessment and project design. Right now, wind data plays a limited role in the ...


  • How to become energy efficiency’s #1

    It’s easy to get the impression that technology game-changers happen in a near flash. And the stories of Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple leave us thinking that genius pops right out of the dorm room.   But in the energy industry it’s not that easy. The innovation we see today often stems from years of late nights, deep discussion and hard negotiation.   ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Enhancing Your Role as a Standards Professional, Part 2: Maximizing Input into Strategic Planning

    By providing input into roadmapping and scenario planning, you can make your technical committee work relevant to your company’s strategic plan. The first article in this series (“The Elevator Speech”) showed how to introduce the value of standards to ...


    By ASTM International

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