Ensuring security and reliability in smart meters

Close collaboration is key in fighting security issues Today, GSGF published a report on the cyber security issues in smart meters and the associated advance metering infrastructure. While smart meters offer significant benefits, it is also understood that as software and communications become more pervasive, systems will become prone to […]

Selling energy storage when the economics don’t’ work

Ninety-percent of batteries sold in North America by Sonnen, a battery storage solution company, are being used for backup power. The backup mode keeps almost all of the battery’s capacity on hand in case of power outages, instead of using more capacity to store rooftop solar for later, for example. […]

Reliable renewable electricity is possible if we make smart decisions now

The Australian government is reviewing its electricity market to make sure it can provide secure and reliable power in a rapidly changing world. Faced with the rise of renewable energy and limits on carbon pollution, we have asked experts what kind of future awaits the grid. Unreliable electricity supply can […]

Innovation and the Next Generation Utility

Faced with rapidly-evolving markets and incentives, electric utilities today have an unprecedented opportunity to develop new, innovative ways of structuring their businesses. In the past, utilities were driven by two simple goals: to expand generation and grid infrastructure and to improve operational efficiencies. That model is changing. Competitive distributed energy […]

Energy disruption: solar-plus-storage to be cheaper than grid in 2017

Researchers from Curtin University suggest that the A1 tariff – the standard tariff offered to households by state-owned retailer Synergy in Western Australia – will become more expensive than the combined value of rooftop solar and battery storage some time in 2017. The rate of load defection with battery storage, […]