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Technical Experts Needed to Write Systems Standards!

Technical Experts Needed to Write Systems Standards!

Systems standards.   Much of the technology world seems to be talking about systems standards these days.  You’d think we didn’t have any standards that allow products to operate effectively with other products in applications.   But we do . . . and they do.  So what’s all the discussion about systems standards?     The IEC Master Plan 2011 does a nice job of describing the issue—“The multiplicity of technologies and their Read more [...]
Cybersecurity—Everyone’s Responsibility

Cybersecurity—Everyone’s Responsibility

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. President Obama identified digital infrastructure as a strategic national asset, and cybersecurity as “a necessity for both businesses and consumers.” Further, “every American has a stake in security our networks and personal information.” Coming of age when “lock your door” referred to a physical door (on the house or the car), it was somewhat overwhelming to learn that I now share personal responsibility for Read more [...]
Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

It’s been a week since power has been restored to San Diego after a massive “operator error”-induced blackout. In a sign of just how far we as a nation still have to go in achieving a Smart Grid, not only were grid operators unable to choke off the outage before it grew into a major blackout, but operators (as well as the media and even Congress) are still scratching their heads about just how this localized problem spread so far and so rapidly. California’s ISO announced Read more [...]
Unlocking Transmission Line Capacity Using Dynamic Line Ratings

Unlocking Transmission Line Capacity Using Dynamic Line Ratings

A key part of the national electrical grid is the transmission of electricity over large distances from the point of its generation to the point of use.  This is becoming increasing important as renewable energy sources become a significant part of the generation mix.  The quantity of electricity that can be transported over a specific line is a function of many variables.  In this edition of Vids4Grids we visit Oncor where they are employing Dynamic Line Ratings technology Read more [...]
Smart Meter Communications Maker offers its IPO

Smart Meter Communications Maker offers its IPO

Many anticipated it would come and it has, the IPO of Silver Spring Networks is here. On July 7, the company filed to go public to raise $150 million. The Redwood City Calif.-based company, which provides meters, mesh radio network and software for end-to-end smart grid projects, has been a popular choice for utilities in the U.S. such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Florida Power & Light Company. Silver Spring notes that it has won contracts for more than 17 Read more [...]
Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

This week, the deadline passed for the federal government to appeal the February ruling by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which invalidated the establishment of National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.  These NIETCs were conceived in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and designed by the Department of Energy to streamline the regulatory landscape in two of the most congested regions of the country—the Southwest and the Mid-Atlantic.  If progress in these areas can be stymied, what Read more [...]
NEMA’s Smart Grid testing scheme has been unveiled. What does that mean for you?

NEMA’s Smart Grid testing scheme has been unveiled. What does that mean for you?

This month, NEMA unveiled its Smart Grid Testing Scheme at the World Meter Design Congress. The testing scheme, the Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant (SGIC), is designed to help manufacturers, utility companies, and test laboratories identify points of interoperability in Smart Grid standards, and design test specifications that make sense to all parties. The NEMA program was developed to conform to a set of interoperability guidelines put out by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), Read more [...]
Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

This week, Senators Kerry, Warner, Hutchison, and Graham came together to announce their proposal to rebuild America’s infrastructure.  The Building and Upgrading Infrastructure for Long-Term Development (BUILD) Act, S. 652, would establish an American Infrastructure Financing Authority - a type of infrastructure bank that would provide loans and loan guarantees.  Transportation, Water, and Energy infrastructure projects greater than $100 million and of national or regional significance Read more [...]
The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

George Carlin was made famous for his 7 Dirty Words.  But when it comes to meeting our electricity demands of the 21st century, we can add another word whose utterance should cause shock and outrage to the general public: NIMBY. NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard”) is the genesis for much of the opposition to various endeavors that would serve the public, such as improving the electrical grid. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has just released an updated report on the state of transmission Read more [...]
The president “has no clothes?”

The president “has no clothes?”

We all remember Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the emperor and his new clothes, right? He was swindled by two weavers into believing that his new suit is made of fabric that is invisible to those who are stupid. And so the emperor, wearing this new suit, goes out among his subjects, until one young boy cries out that he has no clothes. Well, isn’t that what is happening in the current debate about renewable energy? The president correctly advocates the production of renewable Read more [...]