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10 Wheel Power
What does victory look like for electric utility fleet managers? Being
obsessed with safety, fuel options, environmental concerns and
mechanical issues are only a few of the challenges to winning.
By Rod Walton, Senior Editor
18 The Next Nest
When Nest first launched in 2010, the idea that a customer—much
less droves of them—would pay $250 for a thermostat was a foreign
concept at best. Now connected technologies are the future.
By Mike Kaplan, Ecova
21 An Affinity for Proper Connections
Accurate transformer and phase connectivity can ensure efficiency.
By Robert Sonderegger, Itron
24 Recognizing a Tiger
Cats and tigers are different, no doubt, but you must understand and
process to compare and contrast. The same is true of machine learning.
By CJ Parisi and Siri Varada, ABB Enterprise Software
26 Energy Storage’s Sweet Spot
A MW-scale energy storage system (ESS) can be vital to address
unpredictability in renewable generation. The challenge, however, is
sizing the ESS for maximum operational and financial benefit.
By Michael Lippert, Saft
30 Taking Charge: Start Now
Black start milestone in California shows potential of energy storage to
keep the grid humming without fail.
By Rod Walton, Senior Editor
Some consider them a threat to revenues, but are microgrids a mega-opportunity for electric utilities?
By Tom Rooney and Bill Moran, TRC Companies
From the Editor
In a mission to provide better customer service
in the Fresno, California, service district, Pacific
Gas & Electric (PG&E), ACRT Inc. and Trees
Inc. created a plan that has helped enhance
overall service to its customer base.
By Pat Paternostro, ARCT; Joe Stewart,
PG&E; Tony Carlos, Trees Inc.
SEPTEMBER 2017 VOLUME 22.09