Business Drivers across the Microgrid Landscape

Business Drivers across the Microgrid Landscape
Business Drivers across the Microgrid Landscape By: Ron Chebra, VP of Grid Modernization rchebra@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x8108     I was at the 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Forum in Chicago in May and was a panelist on the “Keys to Financing Microgrids” session chaired by Matan Metial of S&C. Other panelist included Mark Everette of MWE Consulting and Patrick Norton of Javelin Capital. I set the framework for variou...

Augmented Reality and the Utility Industry

Augmented Reality and the Utility Industry
        WEBINAR OVERVIEW Digital disruption is driving the next wave of technological evolution, and the utility sector is no exception. According to ABI Research, augmented reality (AR) is expected to balloon into a $100 billion industry by 2020. The imminent appearance of AR in the marketplace will benefit the power utilities and other enterprises that have thought through both the value and the implication...

The Term Use Case is Becoming Hackneyed

The Term Use Case is Becoming Hackneyed
By Jeremy Laundergan hack·neyed (adjective) a phrase or idea lacking significance after being overused. The use of the term “use case” has been misused, over-used and misconstrued so much recently that the interpretation of this term has created some confusion about the usefulness of this methodology. Use Case methodology is a structured approach for identifying and documenting system requirements and interactions, and provide a foundation for ass...

What’s in the future?

What’s in the future?
By: Ron Chebra, VP of Grid Modernization rchebra@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x8108   Recently a client of our asked if we had any sense of emerging or nascent technologies that will be game changers over the next 10 or so years. We brainstormed about key things like: Energy Storage - new chemistries that will reduce costs, improve performance and become a significant asset to the generation fleet. Universal and Standard telemetry ne...

A Tidal Wave of Acronyms in EpiDERMic Proportions Crash Over Utilities

A Tidal Wave of Acronyms in EpiDERMic Proportions Crash Over Utilities
By: Ron Chebra, VP of Grid Modernization rchebra@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x8108     Our industry seems to find a never-ending source for developing, using and abusing TLAs, FLAs and MLAs (three letter, four letter and multiple letter acronyms) which can lead up to a cacophony of unpronounceable sounds like DERMS, (which can sound like germs to those who are unfamiliar with the marketplace). Many utilities are building on the mo...

Selectivity is Key for Making Undergrounding Effective and Affordable

Selectivity is Key for Making Undergrounding Effective and Affordable
By Kay Stefferud, Director of Implementation Services, EnerNex Dec. 21 is the first day of winter, a season that inevitably means two things for many utilities: ice and snow storms that knock out power, followed by customers wondering aloud why most lines aren’t buried. That means now is the time to start brushing up on undergrounding’s pros and cons to prepare for media inquiries and to create customer FAQs. The biggest drawback to undergrounding th...

Ensuring Power Resiliency for Data Centers

Ensuring Power Resiliency for Data Centers
By Kay Stefferud, Director of Implementation Services, EnerNex How hot is the data center market? In Q2 alone, businesses spent over $30 billion dollars building and expanding their data centers, according to Synergy Research Group. Resilience is a major reason why they’re spending so much. The cloud lets businesses spread their applications and storage around multiple, geographically dispersed data centers, so their operations continue if a hurric...

Leveraging AMI Data for Better Consumer Engagement | T&D World

Leveraging AMI Data for Better Consumer Engagement | T&D World
Ron Chebra, VP of Grid Modernization, shares his views on the early history of AMI in this T&D World article. Some electric utility personnel will tell you they are convinced their industry is more technologically advanced than the water utility industry, even though AMI provides notable exceptions. For example, did you know that the first advanced metering infrastructure was installed in the 1980s at a water utility, not an electric utility? The...

Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) Grid Impact Assessment Studies

Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) Grid Impact Assessment Studies
By Sarina Adhikari “A Comprehensive Study of Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) System Impact” is now available via IEEExplore. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had directed North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop standards related to system operating during Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) and system impact analysis to predict possible GMD vulnerability. Both the NERC GMD operating standard, EOP-010-1 and the GMD...
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