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The WSU Energy Program Library prepares this current awareness blog with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. These articles highlight energy-related news, articles, and reports about energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy for energy professionals and interested members of the public.

Category: Smart Grid

Smart Grid


Utilities Choose to Embrace Distributed Energy Future…or Ignore at Their own Peril

Electric Light & Power, May 23, 2017, by Rod Walton.
http://www.elp.com/Electric-Light-Power-Newsletter/articles/2017/05/utilities-choose-to-embrace-distributed-energy-future-or-ignore-at-their-own-peril.html

"A new report by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions points out what most industry leaders have known for a while—that consumers are increasingly interested in clean energy choices and perhaps even going off the grid to gain them. The company’s 2016 report cited statistics showing that 65 percent of residential customers are “very concerned” about the environment and their impact on it, coupled with the cost of wind, solar and battery storage falling 41, 54 and 73 percent, respectively, since 2008, according to federal indicators."

CLEAResult Guide to Smart Thermostats

CLEAResult, 2017.
https://www.clearesult.com/insights/whitepapers/guide-to-smart-thermostats/

"...this paper outlines available products and services and shares the collective expertise of CLEAResult’s energy analysts, building science consultants and program managers who have first-hand knowledge of how smart thermostats work and how they can help save energy."


The Top 5 States for Utility Grid Modernization and Business Model Reform

Utility Dive, Apr. 3, 2017, by Krysti Shallenberger.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-top-5-states-for-utility-grid-modernization-and-business-model-reform/439550/

"From expansive sector redesigns to step-by-step DER [Distributed Energy Resources] dockets, states across the nation are rethinking grid operations and revenues"

Smart Grid Standard Adopted by International Organization for Standardization

ASHRAE, Dec. 14, 2016, by Jodi Scott.
https://www.ashrae.org/news/2016/smart-grid-standard-adopted-by-international-organization-for-standardization

"A smart grid standard published earlier this year by ASHRAE and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has been approved as an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard. ANSI/ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201-2016, Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM), provides a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts."

SGIP White Paper: Transactive Energy Application Landscape Scenarios

SGIP, Dec. 15, 2016.
http://www.sgip.org/wp-content/uploads/SGIP_White_Paper_TE_Application_Landscape_Scenarios_12-15-2016_FINAL.pdf

"This paper presents an analysis of the transactive energy (TE) application landscape, specifically examining the transactive process, business functions, actors in different smart grid (SG) application domains, and time scales. These process steps, business functions, actors and time scales comprise the dimensions of the landscape. Six high-level, operational scenarios are presented which, together, cover the identified TE dimensions, and which can collectively be used to explore TE interactions."

How Spokane Is Building a Smart City From the Grid Out, With Transactive Energy Included

GreenTech Media, Nov. 14, 2016, by Jeff St. John.
https://www.greentechmedia.com/squared/read/how-spokane-is-building-a-smart-city-from-the-ground-up-with-transactive-en

"Spokane, a city of some 210,000 people in the foothills of eastern Washington state, is not the first place that comes to mind when one thinks about cutting-edge smart city deployments, or the latest efforts in transactive energy. But utility Avista and smart metering giant Itron want it to earn its place on that map."

IIoT and the Smart Grid Connection

Automation World, Nov. 3, 2016, by David Greenfield.
http://www.automationworld.com/all/iiot-and-smart-grid-connection

"As different as the energy industry is from the manufacturing and processing industries, there are increasing connection points between the two when it comes to Internet of Things technology deployments and the benefits that can be derived from them."

For Utilities Hoping to Unlock Smart Grid Opportunities, Data Is the Key

Utility Dive, Oct. 5, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/for-utilities-hoping-to-unlock-smart-grid-opportunities-data-is-the-key/427604/

"Having a smart meter installed doesn't mean an electric customer is interested in, or aware of, clean energy products and services. Conversely, new research shows plenty of consumers without advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) want a smart thermostat, time-varying electric rate or other new offering from their utility. How can utilities bridge that gap and connect these customers to smart grid opportunities? "

Water Heaters: As Sexy as a Tesla?

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Outlet, Feb. 24, 2016, by Margaret McCall.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_02_24_water_heaters_as_sexy_as_a_tesla

"Of all the new tech emerging on the energy landscape, water heaters seem an unlikely contender. Alongside battery players like Tesla, with its Model X and Powerwall water heaters look like even more of a stretch. However, the growing industry consensus is that grid-interactive water heaters have serious potential. They just might be the unexpected battery in your basement."

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Tapped to Develop Transformational Grid Technology

Windpower Engineering & Development, Jan. 25, 2016, by Paul Dvorak.
http://www.windpowerengineering.com/design/electrical/nreca-tapped-to-develop-transformational-grid-technology/

"The Department of Energy’s advanced research group has selected the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to develop breakthrough data repositories and open-access models of the electric grid—foundational tools that are needed to modernize the country’s electric infrastructure."
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