While utilities have traditionally been slow-moving beasts when it comes to adoption of technology, unprecedented change in the industry is forcing utilities’ hands, with pressures at the top of the agenda including the aging workforce, aging infrastructure, operational inefficiencies, fuel price volatility, market liberalization, and technological advancements through smart metering and smart grid projects. Of these pressures, smart metering and smart grids are the principal drivers for technology investment in the utilities industry, and will remain so for the next decade at least. This research stream assists both utilities and technology vendors to better understand the wider business context and benefits of and barriers to investment in new technologies.
- Advanced distribution management systems and the smart grid
- Distributed generation
- Mobile applications in the utilities industry
- Big Data in the utilities industry
- Energy management
2013 Signature Research
- Managing the smart grid: the applications vital to the operation of a smart grid, or the option to outsource
- Renewable energy: planning and controlling distributed generation
- Can mobile applications for utilities be made more appealing and effective?
- Big Data, big challenge
- Energy management – huge opportunities, huge threats
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