Smart Grid Research

February 21, 2011

Developments in smart grid technology are proceeding apace, but could concerns about “big brother” utilities derail the idea before it comes to fruition?

October 27, 2010

The global smart metering market for residential customers will reach $5.7 billion by 2015; a 350% increase from 2009, according to latest research from Datamonitor.

October 19, 2010

ComEd yesterday asked the Illinois Commerce Commission for immediate action to redefine a path for Illinois’ first Smart Grid pilot in response to a Sept. 30 Illinois Appellate Court decision that effectively kills the study phase of the ICC’s plan for modernizing Illinois’ electric infrastructure.

October 11, 2010

In order to implement recommendations made in the Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan, the Department of Energy released two reports last week on important policy issues raised by smart grid technologies that can promote innovation, cut costs for consumers and modernize our electrical grid.

May 12, 2010

The definition of Smart Grid may be vague but there’s a pretty well defined history of innovative thinking that has made the whole concept credible. Over the last 20 years we’ve seen pieces of Smart Grid take form with varying degrees of success.  Here are some major milestones.

April 26, 2010

Residential energy management is considered a big piece of Smart Grid benefits. But the industry must do a better job of clarifying what those benefits mean to residents.

March 27, 2010

Utility engineers can be a nerdy lot but, when they get together over a few beers or coffee, there are plenty of amusing stories that get told. Some are about researchers who came up with some amazing concepts (amazing for that time) within a utility culture that once discouraged innovation.   

March 1, 2010

Creating a smarter grid is the “checkered flag” our industry has been eyeing for years — long before the term “smart grid” was coined. We’ve developed the technology and assembled the pieces, but deployment has been confined to local exits from the slow lane. (go to article in Connected  Planet)