Digital Digest: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Intelligent Utility Network – August 6, 2021

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The 21st Century Utility Business Model: Technology Investments to Enable Grid Edge Advancement

Dominique De Wit

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In this article, Dominique De Wit, Business Analyst at GridX states that if utilities are to meet low carbon goals, they must view IT as a core function rather than as a support system of utility operations. The primary shift should be from an engineering company to a product company that offers power from a variety of sources as well as complex billing systems and digital platforms. This new model also involves energy storage, dynamic rate structures, demand response, flexible loads, and optimizing AMI meter data, along with other tools and processes.


Wind Turbine Gear Box Monitoring With Machine Learning

Jeremy Renshaw

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When a major wind turbine component such as a gearbox fails, a significant financial outlay is required to replace it. In this post, Jeremy Renshaw, Senior Program Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) explains how machine learning can be combined with physics-based models to more accurately detect failures. EPRI has developed such a hybrid solution that is 80% accurate and works on gearboxes, main bearings, and generators. By using it, operators can save time and money by better planning repairs and replacements.


Four Ways to Put EVs on Our Roads Today

Jim Madej

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Transportation electrification is well underway. Yet, there’s a lot utilities can do to usher in this shift even more quickly. Here, Jim Madej, CEO at Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group explains four ways utilities can act to put more EVs on the road as soon as possible: support new EV policies, engage customers with attractive residential charging access, unlock the fleet charging challenge, and make EV charging equitable.


Renewables Challenging Your Grid’s Stability? There’s an App for That.

Becky Wheeler

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In this piece, Becky Wheeler, Head of Marketing at PXiSE Energy Solutions explains why grid operators must update their technology to a digitally managed software-based platform that can improve visibility, agility, and control. Another component is the need to incorporate and manage DER contributions to the energy mix. Apps, including PXiSE’s software, have vastly expanded functionality, control, and analytics to help achieve these goals.


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