Posts filed under ‘Events’

Why energy data analytics is getting smarter

The value of energy data goes far beyond simple meter-to-cash billing improvements. New machine learning technology can help utilities spot patterns in energy data that can enhance operations, identify problems, aid long-term planning for assets and networks, and much more.

Machine learning algorithms can help utilities address with a broad range of practical and strategic questions, such as:

  • Which customers are more likely to switch providers?
  • Which meters are more likely to have problems?
  • How to adapt grid operations to accommodate fluctuating levels of renewable resources?

This month, at European Utility Week, Krishan Gupta (Director of Product Management for eMeter, a Siemens business) will give a presentation exploring practical applications of recent advances in AMI analytics technology.

Full post: Machine learning: Why energy data analytics is getting smarter

October 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Analytics for utility business intelligence: Training May 29-31

Later this month in San Francisco, eMeter, a Siemens business, will offer a special three-day, hands-on workshop. Here utilities will learn how to use eMeter’s Analytics Foundation to solve problems and support core business goals. This course will cover some key aspects and capabilities of the latest version (1.2) of the Analytics Foundation package for Energy IP 7.X.

Full post: Training May 29-31: Using analytics for business intelligence

May 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Leadership conference on smart grid software: June 4-6, San Francisco

ow can you get the most out of your smart meter and smart grid data? On June 4-6, industry leaders from around the globe will gather in San Francisco for the Siemens Smart Grid Software Leadership Conference – where they’ll discuss trends and best practices, share experiences and get training.

Full post: Smart grid software leaders to gather in June, San Francisco

May 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

SS eMeter: voyage to the Networked Electric Vehicle Conference

Recently I was on a panel at the Networked EV Conference in San Francisco. This was a perfect outing for theSS eMeter — our company’s new all-electric Nissan Leaf.

Driving the 23 miles from our San Mateo office to San Francisco used about one third of the battery charge. Yes, if you suspect I’m a lead-foot driver, you’re right — and something about speeds starting with an “8″ still plague me. Fortunately, this was an uneventful drive.

Parking in downtown San Francisco is as costly as ever — but the parking attendant had heard of the EVs and was eager to get to park one. I gave him a few pointers on operating the vehicle, to most of which he replied, “Oh, just like my car…”

My conference panel, “Networked EV Charging Infrastructure: Fast Charging, Networked Cars and Emerging Business Models,” was preceded by a 3.9 earthquake (mild by Bay Area standards) which failed to empty the PG&E Auditorium. I took that as a positive sign of the audience’s interest in the panel’s topic.

My fellow panelists were ECOtality North America CEO Don Karner, and SDG&E smart grid architect Josh Gerber. Moderator Emma Ritch of Greentech Media asked some tough questions.

Some highlights from this panel…

Full post: SS eMeter’s voyage to the Networked Electric Vehicle Conference

October 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Analytics, not just data, deliver business value from home area networks

This week I was in the French city of Nice, attending an industry conference. But my presentation focused on Texas — specifically, how utilities there are enhancing their business by being smart about what they do with consumer energy data…

My talk was about combining information communication technology (ICT) and home area networks (HAN) for business advantage in the emerging field of sustainable homes.

My main point: What retailers do with consumer energy data makes all the difference for how well that data builds their business…

Full post by Alicia Carrasco: Home area networks: analytics, not just data, deliver business value

October 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Germany: Energy leaders debate the grid’s future

The last time I visited Bonn, Germany was divided into East and West, and Bonn was the capital of West Germany. Times have changed.

This week the Federal Network Agency (which regulates Germany’s power industry) held a workshop in Bonn. There, energy industry leaders discussed the future of this now-united nation’s now-united electricity grid…

Full post: German energy leaders debate future of the grid

October 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Panel: The Professor, the Reverend and the Entrepreneur

Earlier this summer I had the pleasure recently of speaking on a panel at California’s renowned Commonwealth Club. After walking past photos of Hillary Clinton and Nelson Mandela, I felt quite out of place.

Our panel was about consumer attitudes toward “Powering Down” — that is, saving energy. My fellow panelists were Gregory Walton (assistant professor of psychology at Stanford University) and Reverend Sally Bingham (president of California Interfaith Power & Light).

We had a lively discussion, which included an examinations of how social attitudes toward sustainable activities (like saving energy) can change for the better…

Full post: The Professor, the Reverend and the Entrepreneur

August 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Smart Energy Demand Coalition demand response seminar: Oct. 3, Amsterdam

Europe has led the world in solar and wind energy, and the Italian utility ENEL has the world’s largest smart meter rollout (over 30 million installed). But in terms of demand response, Europe lags behind the U.S., which last summer adopted a National Action Plan on Demand Response.

On Oct. 3 the Smart Energy Demand Coalition will host a seminar in Amsterdam (in connection with Metering Europe) to bring together European thought leaders in demand response…

Full post: Oct. 3, Amsterdam: Smart Energy Demand Coalition demand response seminar

July 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Insights on consumers and the smart grid

Last month I had the pleasure of participating in a discussion of thought leaders regarding consumer issues and the smart grid at the Connectivity Week Consumer Symposium in San Jose, California. Topics ranged from “listening and collaborating” with consumers to health concerns, privacy and data access, and low-income communities.

Here are three key research findings that were presented, from a recent survey by Zpryme…

Full post: Consumers and the smart grid: Symposium provides insights

June 15, 2011 at 8:15 am

5 myths and truths about dynamic electricity pricing for consumers

Many myths continue to plague dynamic energy pricing for residential consumers — despite a rich literature and pilot project history four decades long. This week a leading expert on dynamic pricing, economist Ahmad Faruqui (principal of The Brattle Group), dispelled some of these myths before an audience of regulators, academics, and industry executives at a University of Texas conference.

Here’s what he had to say…

Full story: Dynamic electricity pricing for consumers: 5 myths and truths


April 8, 2011 at 8:15 am

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