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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 13 Issue 9

Empowering Consumers to Manage Energy

Anyone who listens to the news knows that we’re in the midst of a global energy crisis.

SmartGridCity: Xcel Energy’s Bold Step Toward A Next-Gen Grid

This past summer more than 100 Xcel Energy engineers, construction and contract workers have been focused on laying more than 250 miles of connectivity fiber, mapping out routes for a high-speed communication network and installing thousands of advanced meters in Boulder, Colo., as construction begins on the nation’s first SmartGridCity.

The Emergence of AMI and Demand Response

It is Saturday. Down the street is yet another yard sale where people are trying to get rid of a 30-year collection of vinyl records.

Utility, DR Provider Alliances: Meeting Regulatory Requirements, Reducing Costs and Driving System Reliability

Many utilities have received mandates from public utilities commissions (PUCs), state legislatures or other regulatory bodies requiring that a certain percentage of peak load be met by demand response and energy efficiency programs within a certain timeframe.

Advances in 3-D Substation Design at Hydro-Québec

Engineering projects are being carried out at an increasingly rapid pace in our day.

Con Edison Adopts eLearning as Workforce Evolves

Imagine a school that has to develop training methods for three generations, ranging in age from 20-somethings to 50-somethings—from people born before color TV and raised on typewriters and the Cold War to those who grew up on video games, the Internet and Coldplay.

Smart Grids: Moving Beyond the AMI Pilots

The smart grid buzzword is out, and utilities and vendors are hanging out their smart grid banners.

New Products

Control Microsystems, global developer of advanced SCADA products has released the KR30, 900MHz spread spectrum data radio.

A Chat with NREL Director Dan Arvizu

Editor’s note: This is part one of a four-part UAE news series. Senior editor Kathleen Davis talks with NREL director Dr. Dan Arvizu about connecting renewables to the grid.

I’m Taking an Electric Staycation

Perhaps you’re new to the term “staycation.” I first heard it a couple of months ago when Bill Geist, my favorite correspondent on CBS Sunday Morning, took us along on his “vacation staying home” or “staycation.