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ELP Volume 93 Issue 4
Much has been said, written and thought about how to better engage energy consumers.
The emergence of smart grid has created a dynamic electric power environment that is allowing utilities to meet profitability numbers and ensure their customers have reliable power.
The U.S. electrical grid loses power 285 percent more often than it did in 1984, according to federal data released by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) in 2013.
As a community-owned electric utility, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is focused on making smart investments in its distribution system to ensure safe, reliable and affordable electricity for its customers.
Utilities have ongoing challenges. In addition to dealing with issues around deregulation and increasing environmental concerns, electric utilities have a growing need to cultivate more positive relationships with commercial and consumer customers.
Companies are deploying cloud computing to increase efficiencies and manage costs.
A quick Internet search reveals numerous articles that outline challenges posed by accelerated uptake of distributed renewables, in particular changing utility load curves and the much-maligned "duck curve."
Renewable energy supplies a growing and intermittent share of electricity to U.S. power grids, especially in California where energy storage is gaining traction in smart grid planning.
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