Our paper addresses how real-time control of the electricity grid is vital to delivering 21st Century requirements for secure, efficient, clean and affordable power. With energy and resource security arguably the #1 political and social issue of our time, policy makers are being stretched to deal with the technology advancements that are transforming energy markets and impacting the way we interact with energy at all levels – industrial, buildings, transport, the home and personal energy management. The limitless supply of affordable energy, and electricity in particular, is not a given. Digitalisation of the electricity distribution grid with robust smart technologies can reduce demand growth by 20% or more. At Maingate, we believe that utilities which do not deploy value add monitoring and control intelligence on their networks to deal with growing demand and increasingly intermittent supply are destined to become structurally higher cost, uncompetitive and increasingly unable to maintain ageing/redundant infrastructure. An increasingly un-regulated marketplace is providing substantial opportunities for new generation energy services companies that have scalable smart solutions capable of improving power productivity through active supply and demand management. Today's Maingate solutions leverage data management and device communications systems and technologies to design and deliver these digitalised end-to-end smart energy solutions. Our focus is to develop customised energy solutions for our clients. We have a strong and growing blue-chip client list, including groups such as E.ON and Vattenfall.
From profiting on the mobile revolution to empowering your workforce in new ways, there are many reasons why "mobility" is on many business and IT leaders' priority list. This C-level document highlights key factors to consider as you make the journey.
The past few years have witnessed a sea change in the personal computing industry, with a shift away from desktops and toward notebook computers. Despite the very difficult economic climate, worldwide notebook sales to the commercial market in 2009 expanded to account for a record 43.2% of PC client shipments, up from 25.6% in the six years prior. This success has been fueled by factors such as the mobility and convenience notebook computers provide. They are now viewed as critical productivity tools vital to the proper conduct of business across a broad range of industries. But convenience and portability come at a cost. Because notebooks are so mobile, they are much more susceptible than desktops to dangers such as the wear and tear of travel, airport security, and everyday accidents such as bumps or spills. IDC believes that a sound notebook procurement strategy should incorporate clear metrics regarding product quality with an eye toward durability.
Brazilian distribution utilities face non‐technical losses indices that have been increasing in the last decades, bringing its total losses to approximately US$ 3 MM /year (non‐technical losses ranging from around 1% up to 40% and more in some utilities). Since 1992 Choice Technologies has been working with leading utilities to improve results and cut losses down. A shift of paradigm was required ‐ a solution whose efficacy should not be restricted to a subset of consumers in one particular concession area but could be utilized in every region of Brazil. Also different issues should be addressed altogether to avoid losses to migrate, for instance from theft to bad‐debt, and to optimize ROI.
To make a self-healing smart grid operational, energy retailers will need more than smart meters deployed at customer sites. they will also need a way to predict and communicate consumer demand to power generators and grid operators in advance so they can work together to respond swiftly to changing demand and other events.
In the second half of the 20th century, Western nations' easy access to cheap and abundant energy, coupled with their ability to generate, transmit, and broadly distribute electricity, brought far-reaching prosperity. However, the old paradigm can't sustain energy delivery from fossil fuels while also meeting mandates for a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable world.
A Whitepaper by Ernie Hayden, CISSP CEH, Managing Principal, Verizon Business Energy and Utility Solutions
Reliability and security are cornerstones of the utility industry. But as the grid becomes intelligent, it can also become susceptible to cyber attacks that can damage operational integrity. And utilities need to be prepared. For a mid-Atlantic utility, preparation took the form of security consulting services from Verizon aimed at a hardened security posture and operational compliance with NERC CIP standards. Specifically, the company realized they needed to get a handle on their electronic perimeter, as well as a generation management system (GMS) application. Satisfying these needs began with a thorough current state assessment of the network infrastructure, including both administrative and grid components, as well as mission-critical energy management applications. A Case Study by Verizon
The new re-routing capacity helps the company meet NERC CIP mandates for back-up capabilities. A Case Study by Verizon