All this communication means one thing: connectivity
POWERGRID International features articles that explore how utilities of all sizes are innovating to make themselves into the utility of the future.
The US Department of Energy has funded over $200 million in offshore wind research since 2011
The power grid is composed of generation, transmission and distribution systems, all working in unison to provide uninterrupted power supply
It takes an army of people behind the scenes to not only restore power during a large event but also deliver the kind of information that allays the fears of customers (who may be part of an extended outage) trying to plan their next move.
POWERGRID International often features articles that cover fighting cyberthreats to both utilities’ infrastructures and their systems that house sensitive customer data. This issue is no exception.
The advancements in control and sensoring technologies alone is changing all of our worlds, whether it’s how we drive to work or make energy more efficient. And while we still have plenty of intensely curious and inventive people working on these things, the grid itself is suffering from an extreme workforce shortage.
In this age of Amazon, Uber, Airbnb and the like, it's easy to understand why so many of us in the utility business are ambivalent-to say the least-about the trend toward distributed generation
Think of the way Walmart is going head-to-head with Amazon in the realm of ecommerce, or the billions of dollars that mainstream automakers like Toyota, BMW and Ford are sinking into driverless cars. In much the same way, member-owned cooperatives, as well as many municipal-owned electric systems, stand to benefit by leveraging the trend toward distributed generation, as opposed to resisting or denying it.
I’ve experienced firsthand a transformation that could be even bigger than that of the utility industry—the publishing industry