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Digital Utility Roundup: Must-Read Posts From the Last Two Weeks

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Greetings Digital Utility Group members!

Hopefully your 2020 has begun well and you’re off to a great start in making all those New Year’s initiatives and goals a reality. If one of your res­olutions is to keep up with industry news, you’re in luck because your fellow group members have been busy researching and writing. Here are a few of the best articles posted in this group over the last two weeks. Happy reading!

The Hidden Data Governance Issues an ADMS Project Brings to Energy Delivery Business Systems

By Tom Helmer, posted on January 9

If you’re beginning an advanced distribution management system (ADMS) implementation or considering doing so, you won’t want to miss Tom’s article. He describes the data governance issues that you must address within your energy delivery business system to enable advanced ADMS applications.

Energy Central Power Perspectives: Welcome Bill Buchan, New Expert in the Digital Utility Community

By Matt Chester, posted on January 9

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In this ongoing series introducing the community to new contributors, Matt chats with newcomer Bill Buchan. This article covers Bill’s long, impressive career as a consultant and advisor to startups in the clean energy space and as an expert on commercializing technology for clean power. Welcome, Bill!

Why You’re Likely to Keep Hearing About Utilities and Blockchain in 2020

By ENN Contributor, posted on January 2

Blockchain is a digital record-keeping system that has many potential uses within the electric utility industry. This article explains some key applications — such as tracking transactions, trading renewable energy certificates, and security purposes — and early real-life examples.  

Trip Report: IEEE Smart Grid Cybersecurity Workshop 2019 in Atlanta – Third and Final Part

By Richard Brooks, posted on December 28

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In this article, Richard shares highlights from the IEEE Smart Grid Cybersecurity Workshop held in Atlanta on December 12-13. This piece is the final in a series of three and covers Session 4, Technical and Regulatory Standards, and Session 5, Workforce, as well as the keynote address by Tom Alrich.

Brooklyn Microgrid Gets Approval for Blockchain-Based Energy Trading

By Rakesh Sharma, posted on December 26

The Brooklyn Microgrid has been enabling members to trade energy among themselves. Now the project has gained approval for a pilot program to test the possibility of prosumers selling their excess energy to nonmember consumers. Rakesh describes the challenges and possibilities of the pilot project.

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Matt Chester on Jan 10, 2020 11:09 pm GMT

The digital utility community continues to be one of the most fascinating ones on Energy Central-- really excited to see what the rest of 2020 brings. Thanks for this overview, Karen.  

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