A New Year always brings its surprise bag of trends and predictions. Based on statistics or just wishes, the electric grid has deeply changed and keeps moving forward. These selected articles and posts will give you the insight you need to better understand the coming year.
Regulations: Coal Cold, Helpless Wind
- Top regulatory trends for 2015 in energy
- Major EPA Regulations Affecting Coal – Fueled Electricity
- EPA’s long-awaited coal ash rule pleases nobody
- Coal gasification: American coal power’s last, best chance?
- 2015 looks grim for wind energy. How will the industry adapt?
- A Natural Gas Future?
Distributed renewables are the spearhead of smart grid, shifting the power from utilities to utilities AND its “prosumers” (professional or proactive consumers). Solar panels, geothermal systems or small windmills enable consumers to have a better control over sources of energy, decreasing their dependency on energy providers.
- Report: Distributed-Renewables Disruption Will Reduce Utility Revenues By Up To $123 Billion A Year By 2025
- Apple, IKEA, Walmart: 12 leaders in on-site renewables
A Few Meters Away
Smart meters are the key innovation in the realm of utility consumption. They open the door of big data and allow companies to use the power of analytics, as well as automation. Adjusting demand and supply is not a manual task anymore. Nevertheless the smart meters do not make the world rosier, for the time being.
- Smart meters and smart grids: spearheading the energy revolution
- Smart meters have few benefits for big costs: AG report
Live tweeting and social media posts have made communication a little bit more easier between customers and utilities. The best example is planned and unplanned outages, when utilities inform customers concerned by a black-out or vice-versa, even though people are encouraged to directly contact utilities by phone to signal an outage in their area.
- 3 ways social media can power up utilities (and their customers)
- Top 10 Utilities Succeeding with Social Media
Solar is the new stellar source of energy
- Global Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Market is Expected to Reach USD 8,674.7 million in 2020
- 10 solar trends set to dawn in the New Year
Spare Power: Bid on it
- ‘Storage is here’: Solar-plus-storage market will surpass $1B by 2018
- First UK electricity capacity market auction to guarantee 50GW of spare power, says government
Nuclear or no nuclear
- Nuclear plant predicts $1.24B decommissioning cost
- Nuclear energy sector saw some steady progress in 2014
- Hinkley Point C nuclear plant to break ground in 2015
- If cyberwar erupts, America’s electric grid is a prime target
- Changes needed to insulate nuclear power plants from cyber terrorism: official
- For North Korea’s cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids
- Assault on California Power Station Raises Alarm on Potential for Terrorism
- Beyond NERC: best practices for worst-case scenarios
Mutual Aid & Emergency Response
- Toronto better prepared to handle emergencies after Ice Storm of 2013
- Mutual Aid, A Program By The American Public Power Association
- Utilities support development of Northeastern EV market
- Tony Earley: PG&E supports electric vehicles and a green future
- California extends support for plug-in cars
2015 should be a very dynamic year for utility companies, industry partners and consumers. The sector’s landscape is changing in a faster way. Technologies have opened new opportunities to make the grid smarter, manage assets more efficiently and ensure a better match between demand and supply.
For a deeper insight on how technologies are changing the utility sector, we invite you to watch 10 Trends and Technologies to Impact IT Over the Next Five Years, a webinar recently published by the consulting firm Gartner.
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