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European Utility Week Showcases Cisco Leadership


pcouturaGuest blog by Philippe Couturaud, Cisco Business Development Manager, EMEAR Utilities:

This week you have the opportunity of meeting up with Cisco at the European Utility Week event in Austria. Cisco has become synonymous with providing advanced critical infrastructure for our utility customers enabling higher availability, greater reliability, and stronger security.

At stand A.k35 in the exhibition area (Hall ‘A’, Stand k35) you can come by our booth and learn how Cisco continues to expand our portfolio to better serve our customers. You can talk to our experts and experience our industry use case demonstrations showcasing new solutions for Cyber/Physical Security, Teleprotection, MPLS, and a lot more:

EUW2015Booth* Demonstrations at the booth will include “Unify Your Field Area Network Deployment”, “Effectively Manage Substation Operations“, “Teleprotection Over MPLS WAN“, along with “Fleet & Field Worker Solutions“.

  • * Cisco will be part of the GRID4EU Hub presentation on Nov. 4th, 9.15 AM to 12.30 PM. The Demo leaders will present the results of the most promising approaches and solutions developed within their demos – session 34 in the Hub.

Come visit us and find out about smarter, safer, more highly secure power grids offering reliable, efficient service. See how you can monitor, log, and diagnose systems with Cisco’s substation security solution. Find out how you can unify your field area network deployment with Cisco. See how Cisco is making a difference in the industry!

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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The Impact of Distributed Generation

Distributed generation is getting increasing attention for impact on the electric utility industry.  DG has been the subject of a number of high profile articles in Business Week, the Wall St. Journal and several online business and industry news sites.  The Business Week article was particularly provocative, leading with the title, “Why the U.S. Power Grid’s Days Are Numbered“.

Residential DG, primarily solar, remains relatively sparse in the U.S. compared to Europe, especially Germany.  Commercial/Industrial DG is getting greater penetration with large initiatives such as Walmart installing solar on the top of every store, and low-priced natural gas leading industrial customers to generate their own power.  Although circumstances differ, the September 17, 2013, WSJ article, “In Post-Tsunami Japan, Homeowners Pull Away From Grid”, describes how Japanese homeowners could foreshadow even more disruption.  While residential fuel cells are not presently economical, higher volume production and deployment in Japan could certainly change that.  Low cost fuel cells could enable every customer with natural gas service to make the economic analysis about when or whether it’s worth turning to self generation. Read More »

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Why Smart Microgrids are Gaining Momentum

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

For something with “micro” in its name, microgrids are becoming a pretty big deal. Microgrids are distributed, small-scale versions of the centralized conventional electricity grid systems.

According to an August 2013 report from research firm MarketsandMarkets, the total microgrid market is expected to grow at an estimated CAGR of 17% between 2012 and 2022, reaching a total installed capacity of 15.4 gigawatts by 2022 and a value of $27 billion.

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UTC Acceleration

The UTC TELECOM conference wraped recently and the Connected Grid team has had a great time on-site! It’s been exciting for us to demo key components of our product portfolio and connect with many of our core audiences. Centered on the theme of “delivering your future,” the sold-out event served as a great platform for us to discuss Cisco’s efforts within the utility industry and the migration of the grid into a fully IP-enabled world.   Read More »

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Laying Fiber: Creative Broadband Installations

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

One of the most aggravating aspects of broadband deployment is the absence of a right answer. A few weeks ago, we asked Private or Public Sector: Who Should Deploy Broadband?. The answer was that there was no clear answer.

More recently, we set out to update Steve Shepard’s 2011 story about Fiber Optic Cable Installation In Sewers, looking for creative ways that companies or countries are using the existing underground passages to deploy fiber inexpensively. Same result: there was no clear answer.

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