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[+]January 2012 - Volume 2, Number 12

In the January issue of Renew Grid:

New Designs Finding Plenty Of Applications
Utilities are identifying different ways to take advantage of advancements in high-voltage transmission infrastructure. [read more]

Utilities And Industry Experts Fighting A Cybersecurity Battle
As the nation's grid becomes smarter, cybersecurity threats increase. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find material covering
  • Solar & Wind Power Integration
  • The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project
and the 2012 Buyer's Guide!

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[+]December 2011 - Volume 2, Number 11

In the December issue of Renew Grid:

Despite Cost Overruns, CREZ Lines Are Cranking
The only group that can stop the build-out is the legislature, which recently declined to do so and will not meet again until 2013. [read more]

Opportunities, Uncertainties Define 2012 Predictions
There is confidence that more venture-capital funding will be available next year, though a wave of acquisitions might realign the shape of the industry. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find material covering
  • Renewable Portfolio Standards
  • Emerging Transmission Technology
  • State Policy
and much more!

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[+]November 2011 - Volume 2, Number 10

In the November issue of Renew Grid:

To Own Or Not To Own: Utilities And Solar Power
The decision is never clear cut, but there is much incentive out there today to pursue solar asset ownership. [read more]

Good Business Continuity Plans Underpin Smart Grid's Success
Smart grids require even smarter strategies to keep automated systems up and running during disasters or other disruptive events. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find material covering
  • Renewable Portfolio Standards
  • Emerging Transmission Technology
  • State Policy
and much more!

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[+]October 2011 - Volume 2, Number 9

In the October issue of Renew Grid:

Testing The Waters: Utilities And HANs
Deployment of home area networks is still in the early stages, but many utilities are gearing up with pilot programs. [read more]

Adding More Smarts To Electricity Through A Fully Digital Network
Duke Energy is in the process of shifting to a comprehensive utility network that draws on myriad technologies to achieve nodal communications. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find material covering
  • Renewable Energy Transmission
  • Volt-VAR Optimization
and much more!

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[+]September 2011 - Volume 2, Number 8

In the September issue of Renew Grid:

A Primer On Utilities' Role In EV Market Growth
More electric vehicles are coming, and they are going to plug into your grid. Here's some practical advice for the future. [read more]

How Energy Companies Can Address Advanced Threats
Utilities must be just as committed to preventing and detecting cyber intrusions as criminals are to achieving their malicious objectives. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find material covering
  • Demand Management
  • Energy Storage
  • Standards & Protocols
and much more!

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[+]August 2011 - Volume 2, Number 7

In the August issue of Renew Grid:

States Playing Hardball With Smart Grid Plans
It's certainly tough out there, as utilities in several states are encountering concerned citizens and a tricky political climate. [read more]

With Interconnection Agreements, The Devil Is In The Details
It is important for an owner of a renewable energy asset to open a dialogue with the transmission provider early in the life of the project. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find material covering
  • Customer Engagement
  • Transmission Planning
  • WAN Integration
and much more!

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[+]July 2011 - Volume 2, Number 6

In the July issue of Renew Grid:

Education Equates To Utility Success
Although early-adopter status comes with risks, a few major utilities have rolled out AMI initiatives without substantial woe. [read more]

Obama Administration Outlines Grid Strategy
The executive branch has cemented its support for grid modernization with new initiatives and the vocal support of Energy Secretary Chu. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find material covering
  • Substations
  • Renewable Energy Transmission
  • Smart Meters
  • Energy Storage
and much more!

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[+]June 2011 - Volume 2, Number 5

In the June issue of Renew Grid:

The Merits And Challenges Of Net Metering
Customer demand for renewable energy has spurred net-metering activity, adding a dimension of complexity for utilities. [read more]

Electric-Grid Vulnerabilities Pose Cybersecurity Concerns
The vulnerability of the U.S. electric grid to cyber attacks ranks among the major national security concerns, and legislation is needed to reform regulations and procedures to protect against these threats. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find material covering
  • Privacy
  • Utility IT Integration
  • Electric Vehicles
and much more!

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[+]May 2011 - Volume 2, Number 4

In the May issue of Renew Grid:

Hawaii Steps To Forefront Of Renewables Integration
A huge complement of wind and solar power can be brought online in Hawaii, but the state's grid infrastructure will need some attention. [read more]

Taking Steps To Create A Data-Friendly Enterprise
Smart grid initiatives are putting huge amounts of data into utilities' hands, and there are ways to ensure that this information is put to its best use. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find material covering
  • Transmission Technology
  • Energy Management
  • AMI Network Technology
and much more!

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[+]April 2011 - Volume 2, Number 3

In the April issue of Renew Grid:

Smart Transmission: Making The Pieces Fit
An emphasis on high-level automation must complement substantial investments in traditional transmission assets. [read more]

Appliance Industry Contemplates Smart Grid Standards
Defining communication protocols to achieve smart-appliance/AMI interoperability is a critical exercise. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find material covering
  • Smart Grid Economics
  • Demand Response
  • Distribution Automation
and much more!

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[+]March 2011 - Volume 2, Number 2

In the March issue of Renew Grid:

Kicking Off Upgrades With Back-End Automation
A Washington-based public utility is readying its operations for the eventual installation of residential smart meters. [read more]

Demand Response Evolves To Meet Diverse Needs
Bringing DR into focus can help utilities meet the increased need for managing peak demand. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find material covering
  • Merchant Transmission
  • Offshore Wind Integration
  • Smart Metering
and much more!

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[+]February 2011 - Volume 2, Number 1

In the February issue of Renew Grid:

Can Utilities Address Consumers’ Agitation?
The industry has realized that dismissing resistance to smart meters as kooky behavior might not be the best course of action.  [read more]

How Market Restructuring Affects The Smart Grid Today
In the context of making smart grid technology deployment decisions, there are lessons to be gleaned from states’ restructuring efforts.  [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Renewable Energy
  • Smart Grid Project Profile
and much more!

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[+]January 2011 - Volume 1, Number 12

In the January issue of Renew Grid:

Improving Technologies For The Grid Of The Future
Various advancements in the high-voltage space are positioning the grid for new heights.  [read more]

The Effects Of Solar Flares On Critical Grid Infrastructure
Geomagnetic disturbances can wreak havoc on the transmission grid. Just ask Hydro-Quebec. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering
  • Distributed Generation
  • Transmission
  • Distribution Technology
and much more!

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[+]December 2010 - Volume 1, Number 11

In the December issue of Renew Grid:
 
Does 2011 Hold Promise For New Transmission?
Stakeholders are cautiously optimistic that more renewable energy will find its way to markets. [read more]
 
Capital Finds A Home In Smart Grid Space
The smart grid has attracted venture capital, spurred M&A activity and prompted gigantic companies to nudge their way onto the playing field. [read more]
 
Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering
  • Renewable Energy Integration
  • Transmission
  • MDMS
and much more!
 
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[+]November 2010 - Volume 1, Number 10

In the November issue of Renew Grid:
 
Renewable Energy Puts HVDC In The Limelight
Experts say high-voltage direct-current transmission is the best way to transfer power from remote areas to load centers. [read more]
 
High-Tech, High-Touch: New Territory For All Parties
Utility commissions have always examined utilities' practices and cost-recovery proposals. But utility rate cases now often reflect advanced metering infrastructure deployments and other cutting-edge projects, requiring commissioners to heap heavy qualitative analysis on top of quantitative metrics to arrive at decisions. [read more]
 
Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering
  • Smart Grid Deployment
  • Network Communications
  • Wind Integration
and much more!
 
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[+]October 2010 - Volume 1, Number 9

In the October issue of Renew Grid:

ERCOT's Long Road To The Nodal Market  
The implementation has been through several delays and cost overruns, but industry players are confident that nodal is coming. [read more]
 
Distributed Energy Resources Play An Important Role In Grids
A migration to the integration of DERs into the smart grid should start from the system-planning stage. At this stage, power-system feasibility studies should help determine the optimal combination of all available components of grid development, including DERs' impact on power-system infrastructure and operations. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering 

  • Smart Meters
  • Wave Energy
  • Feed-In Tariffs
  • HANs/Smart Appliances
and much more!

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[+]September 2010 - Volume 1, Number 8


In the September issue of Renew Grid:

Smart Meter Melodrama Raises Red Flags
What lessons can be learned fro the Maryland utility's rocky road toward smart grid implementation? [read more]

Large Utilites Describe Success With Demand-Response Programs
Less than a decade ago, the concept of demand response was a dream for many in the electric utility industry. These days, it is a reality, and its popularity is increasing as utilties continue to see higher levels of success. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering

  • Smart Meters
  • Substation Technology
  • Energy-Management Systems
and much more!

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[+]August 2010 - Volume 1, Number 7


In the August issue of Renew Grid:

New York Grid Operator Deep In Energy Storage
The NYISO is leveraging flywheel and battery technologies to help stabilize New York's bulk energy grid. [read more]

How The Smart Grid Is In Step With GIS
GIS is not frequently viewed as a core technology on which utility business processes are based. Rather, these systems are more often referred to as a feature and not as a foundation. The smart grid, however, is changing this perception. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering

  • Standards & Protocols
  • Smart Grid Deployment
  • Net Metering
  • Transmission Planning
and much more!

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[+]July 2010 - Volume 1, Number 6


In the July issue of Renew Grid:

Home Energy Management Beginning To Make Waves
Networking technology and new devices will empower homeowners to assume active roles in the grid's evolution. [read more]

Utilities Can Draw Inspiration From Retail, Banking Industries
When a disruptive technology comes along, both challenges and opportunities present themselves. The smart grid is no exception, and utility executives are positioned to help their organizations thrive - or take a dive. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering

  • Meter Technology
  • Distributed Generation
  • Smart Grid Deployment
  • Utility Information Systems
and much more!

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[+]June 2010 - Volume 1, Number 5


In the June issue of Renew Grid:

Prospects For Geothermal Consistently Grow Stronger
With geothermal on an upswing, both developers and utilities are thinking about the resource's impact on the grid. [read more]

Utility Shares Experience Launching Full-Throttle AMI
A Canadian electric distribution company focused its efforts on carefully selecting two-way communications tech and a backhaul solution. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering:

  • Smart Metering
  • Energy Storage
  • Substations
  • Customer Management
and much more!

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[+]May 2010 - Volume 1, Number 4


In the May issue of Renew Grid:

Transmission Constraints Stifling Solar Penetration
Utilities, project developers and other stakeholders must work together to bring higher levels of solar power onto the grid. [read more]

A Smart Grid Blueprint: Complicated Schematics
New strategies must create the right incentives, properly allocate risks among stakeholders, protect investors and drive value to consumers. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering:

  • Demand Response
  • Legislation
  • Transmission Siting
  • AMI Network Technology
and much more!

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[+]April 2010 - Volume 1, Number 3


In the April issue of Renew Grid:

Progress Being Made In Western Interconnection
Transmission professionals and regulators in the West must contend with a number of moving parts. [read more]

The Widening Demands On Wide Area Networks
Wide area networks have been integral to utility operations for decades, but today's huge volumes of data and vast collection points are placing a new emphasis on WANs. [read more]

Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering:

  • Standards & Protocols
  • Tres Amigas
  • Network Communications
  • NERC
and much more!

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[+]March 2010 - Volume 1, Number 2


In the March issue of Renew Grid:

Utilities Share Strategies For AMI Deployments
Utilities need to carefully craft their outreach efforts to minimize customer confusion and stave off a backlash.

Investigating A Distinct Upside Of Demand-Response Programs
Regulations outlining cost-recovery and performance-incentive mechanisms can very widely.

Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering:

  • ERCOT
  • Transmission Technology
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Smart Grid Security
and much more! 

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[+]February 2010 - Volume 1, Number 1


In the February issue of Renew Grid:

A Peek Inside The Smart Grid Grants
The work utilities are undertaking is representative of the direction an invigorated industry is heading. [
read more

Also in this issue, you will find feature material covering:

  • Texas CREZ
  • Energy Storage
  • Smart Meters
  • Corporate Finance
and much more!

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