EnergyBiz Magazine Nov/Dec 2014
In This Issue
  • Future Baseload Supply
    Through its SmartEnergy initiative, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems constantly assesses and forecasts future electrical energy needs of member utilities. To meet those needs, UAMPS investigates all possible energy sources, including alternative resources such as wind and solar, along with increased conservation and efficiency. UAMPS owns and operates a diverse and balanced energy resource...
  • Don’t Forget the Data
    Since Google and Nest announced the creation of the Thread Group in early August, many observers have been asking whether this latest technology for home automation will undermine electric utilities’ efforts to manage communications with devices in the home. Many utilities got behind Zigbee and other protocols to serve that role, to access thermostats and for other functions within the home. Tens...
  • Utilities are Not Ossified
    Ever since Pearl Street Station first energized its central station service to 85 customers deploying 400 lamps in New York City in 1882, the electric utility industry has survived and thrived by leveraging its competitive advantages in order to adapt to ongoing technological and structural change. At its core, those competitive advantages can be boiled down to three dominant strengths: a...
  • Preparing for a Changing Energy Sector
    The electric power sector is at a pivotal crossroads that may lead to revolutionary changes. With the drive to decarbonize our energy sources continuing to gain support, the deployment of renewable energy generation such as solar and wind may grow significantly. Improvements in the cost and performance of distributed energy technologies and potential breakthroughs in energy storage are creating...
  • Talent Pipeline
    Bismarck State College, home of the National Energy Center of Excellence, focuses on supplying the energy industry with a pipeline of well-qualified individuals to fill jobs that open because of industry growth and the aging of the workforce, keeping in mind the knowledge required with new technology. As estimated by the Center for Energy Workforce Development, electric and natural gas utilities...
  • Scots Ride the Waves
    The power contained in ocean waves is enormous and inexhaustible. As a company based in Edinburgh, Scotland, the sea’s force is something we are reminded of regularly. Pelamis Wave Power is working to capture that power to generate clean and renewable electricity. Scotland has become the global hub of activity for developing both wave and tidal power technologies. In addition to having a strong...
  • Re-Envisioning the Grid from Scratch
    If society had the luxury of starting from scratch to design the grid, the best option would be to use architecture that applies an integrated approach. An integrated grid enables the optimal combination of local generation, energy storage, energy efficiency and new uses of electricity integrated with central generation and storage to provide society with reliable, affordable, and sustainable...
  • Grid Resiliency
    At Green Mountain Power, we recognize the traditional role of a utility is changing, and we are focused on a new way of doing business to empower customers, while increasing resiliency and improving safety during storms. Part of transforming the energy future includes a new innovative solar project in Rutland, Vermont. At our Stafford Hill Project, Green Mountain is taking brownfield site not...
  • Unlocking the Value of Benchmarking
    Utilities know all about the energy flowing through their meters, but how much do they know about how that energy is used by the consumer or whether the buildings they serve are using that energy efficiently? Building energy use benchmarking data is a powerful tool to shed light on this information. Across the country, a number of cities and states, and one county, are unlocking a wealth of data...