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Digital Utility Roundup: Recent Must-Read Posts From Fellow Community Members

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Greetings Digital Utility Group members!

Technology that used to seem like science fiction is now being integrated regularly by utilities. Blockchain, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and digital twins are just a few examples, and your fellow community members are keeping track of all the latest developments. To learn from their expertise, follow the links below, or find many other fascinating pieces in the Digital Utility Group. Be sure to like your favorite articles and remember that your comments are always welcome.

Happy reading from Energy Central Community Manager Karen Marcus.

Peer-to-Peer Electricity Trading and Blockchain: Pieces of the Same Puzzle for Decentralised Renewable Solutions

By Elena Ocenic et al., posted on October 29

Peer-to-peer (P2P) electricity trading enables prosumers to buy and sell the power they need cleanly and affordably. In addition to equipment, blockchain technology is essential for efficient transactions. In this article, Elena and her coauthors describe how these components can work well together.

Robotic Process Automation: A Lifesaver for Utilities During COVID-19

By Rekha Natarajan, posted on October 20

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Understandably, many workers have mixed feelings about automation. It can assist them in their jobs, yet it can also potentially replace them in those jobs. Rekha points out in this post that the pandemic has helped workers become more comfortable working side-by-side with machines.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: About Enterprise Architecture for Utilities

By Thorsten Heller, posted on October 16

What characterizes a good, bad, or even ugly enterprise architecture? Here, to help utilities fix what doesn’t work, Thorsten lists symptoms of the bad, including monoliths determining processes, heavily customized core systems, and critical solutions needing special knowledge to operate.

ARPA-E Funded Platform NI4AI Is Democratizing Grid Data

By Laurel Dunn, posted on October 12

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A three-year ARPA-E initiative, the National Infrastructure for Artificial Intelligence on the Grid (NI4AI), was designed to enable breakthroughs in data analytics for the grid. In this post, Laurel spells out how a three-pronged approach — data, platform, and community — will make it happen.

Digital Twins: Taking the Next Digital Step

By Mark Damm, posted on October 2

In this piece, Mark observes that “digital twin” is more than just a buzzword, noting that digital twins make planning easier by predicting how physical objects will behave. By supporting social distancing, the technology even has the potential to help workers adjust to the challenges of COVID-19.  


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