May 5, 2018

Four Factors Driving Modern Load Control Programs

Direct load control programs, which involve remotely switching consumer loads on and off, are a key component of most utilities’ demand response strategies. By employing these programs, utility companies can reduce peak-period loads to ensure grid reliability. Read more April 25, 2018

Don't Miss These Sessions at #AclaraConnect 2018

#AclaraConnect sessions will offer insights about current and future trends and advances in electric, gas, and water utilities. Catch the highlights and learn more about how our speakers are building smarter infrastructures today and how they will evolve tomorrow. Read more March 6, 2018

The 6 Top Reasons to Attend #AclaraConnect 2018

Need to catch up on the industry? That’s why you need to attend Aclara Connect 2018 (#AclaraConnect) at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina May 14-17. In line with our theme, Come Together. Connect for a Better Future, we will face the future head-on at AclaraConnect, discovering novel approaches to common problems, leveraging your distribution infrastructures and exploring opportunities to best serve customers. Read more Smart Infrastructure policy AclaraConnect February 19, 2018

The Future of Energy Policy and Utility Infrastructure: Part 3

Where's the line between fast and decisive executive action versus more long-term legislative approaches, especially when dealing with long-term energy and infrastructure issues? In the final installment of our 3-part series, we look at the quickly changing landscape. Read more February 12, 2018

The Future of Energy Policy and Utility Infrastructure: Part 2

What’s the future of our country’s aging energy and water infrastructure? President Trump’s infrastructure plan, as outlined in his 2018 State of the Union address, is being hotly debated in political circles, but how this plan might affect utilities is unclear. In part 2 of our 3-part series (read part 1 here), we look at how infrastructure policy may change. Read more February 5, 2018

The Future of Energy Policy and Utility Infrastructure: Part 1

No amount of forecasting or “guesstimating” would have predicted where our country’s still-evolving energy policy would be today. The question of whether government or private enterprise is best suited to drive energy policy and utility infrastructure is still at being debated. That core question, the focus of a special policy forum at last at last year’s AclaraConnect conference, will certainly carry over to this year's event. Read more January 21, 2018

How Microsoft Azure Puts the Personal in Consumer Engagement

A highly secure, highly scalable infrastructure is a critical underpinning of any solution Aclara offers to our utility customers. That’s why our next generation Aclara Adaptive Consumer Engagement (Aclara ACE®) platform is built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Read more January 12, 2018

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Help Utilities Improve Operations

Now that holiday celebrations are in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to plan for the year ahead. Here are some technology resolutions you can make to improve your operational efficiencies.Read more. AclarraONE - One Network for Everyone January 9, 2018

What Utilities Want and Need From Software and Analytics

Aclara's AclaraONE™ (One Network for Everyone) software is a next-generation, unified, scalable, and configurable SaaS solution that allows users to access and analyze data collected from meters and other devices on electric, water, and gas distribution networks.Read more. November 29, 2017

Why Smart Grid Sensors Are A Better Investment Than FCIs: Part 4

The final installment in our 4-part series on why smart grid sensors are a better investment than fault current indicators describes the reasons why sensors, in addition to providing superior accuracy and features, also offer lower costs. Read more November 20, 2017

Why Sensors Are A Better Investment Than FCIs: Part 3

This is Part 3 in our 4-part series on why smart grid sensors are a better investment than fault current indicators (FCIs, or FPIs in Europe). In our previous posts, we discussed how Aclara MV Sensors are more accurate and offer exclusive Predictive Grid analytics. Read more  November 13, 2017

The Secret Sauce of Next Generation Home Energy Reports

Next-generation HERs not only use data to provide more value to customers but use new techniques such as disaggregation to target the customers who can benefit the most from utility programs designed to reduce usage and costs. Read more October 30, 2017

3 Steps to Scare Off Non-Revenue Water Loss

Of all the scary things that your water utility might confront on all hallows ‘eve, however, the most chilling might be unforeseen non-revenue water losses from leaks, theft or meter inaccuracies. Read more October 23, 2017

How to Benefit from Consumer Engagement Today

Advancements in the smart grid have both increased grid reliability and allowed utilities to offer in-depth information to consumers.These trends have converged in consumer engagements solutions that facilitate utilities' interactions with their customers. Read more  October 12. 2017

Why Sensors Are A Better Investment Than FCIs: Part 2

This blog is the second installment in our 4-part series on why the Aclara Grid Monitoring Platform is a better investment than fault current indicators. In this post, we will focus on the second reason why utilities should choose sensors: the Aclara Grid Monitoring Platform is the only solution offering Predictive Grid analytics. Read more  September 20, 2017

Why Sensors Are a Better Investment Than FCIs: Part 1

Both FCIs and smart grid sensors are used by utilities to detect faults on the distribution lines. However, FCI’s do not have the necessary analytics to filter out false alarms. As a result, utilities accumulate unnecessary operational expenses from sending crews to chase these false alarms. Read more  September 19, 2017

An Open Letter to Employees, Customers and Suppliers: How You Can Help With Hurricane Relief

The Aclara family – our employees, customers, and suppliers – is always ready to face challenges and solve problems for those around us. We know that many of you are interested in in helping the thousands of people in stricken communities that are suffering the effects of two devastating storms in as many weeks. Read more  June 12, 2017

Four Key Factors to a Successful AMI Project Rollout

Every step of the implementation process is fraught with risks, but using workforce management software can significantly reduce those risks. Read More June 7,2017

The Skinny on Curbing Apparent Water Loss

Apparent losses caused by inaccurate meters, theft or billing problems occur at the final retail cost of water. Find out how to kick these losses to the curb with water analytics. Read More May 23,2017

5 Reasons RF Communications Networks Help Rural Electric Co-ops

Implementing advanced metering infrastructure using wireless RF-based networks poses special challenges for rural electric cooperatives. But there are five core reasons cooperatives should consider this technology. Read More AclaraConnect 2018 - San DiegoApril 11, 2017

Save the Date: May 14-17 2018 is Our Next AclaraConnect Conference in San Diego

Join hundreds of key personnel representing gas, water, and electric utilities for one of the best gatherings for utility professionals! In spring 2018, AclaraConnect will be coming to San Diego, May 14 to 17, with four packed days of educational content, inspiration and networking opportunities. Read More AclaraConnect17 - NewOrleans (Feature)April 6, 2017

6 Can’t Miss Sessions for Utility Leaders #AclaraConnect

AclaraConnect is less than a week away! We’ve selected these 6 sessions from a rostrum of important thinkers and leaders to open your mind to the technology and policy issues facing the electric, gas and water industries today and in the future. Read More city-scape-and-connection-concept-and-4g-LTE-featureMarch 10, 2017

5 Reasons to Switch to LTE

If you are a utility company that depends on cellular service for data backhaul, and if you have not done so already, you need to plan now for a transition to LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology. Read More 2012-02-21-mardi-gras-1xxx-v2-1January 14, 2017

Top 6 Reasons Not to Miss AclaraConnect 2017

How do you learn about the new technologies that will help you move forward your next project or idea to improve your electric, water or gas distribution grid? You can attend webinars, listen to podcasts, watch videos, read blogs or take part in a LinkedIn group, to name just a few. Read More January 11, 2017

How Utilities Can Fight Back Against Obsolescence

Our electric power grid is under stress. A conglomeration of loosely interconnected systems that was built out more than a half century ago, our electric network is entering its dotage. Read More October 26, 2016

Can Smart Grid Sensors Solve Today’s Distribution Grid Monitoring Challenges?

Have you ever gotten stuck in traffic? You know there’s a problem, but you can’t see far enough ahead to know what it is or the best options for avoiding a three-hour delay. Read More newsrotator2_2224x1245 October 20, 2016

What It Takes to Be a Platts Global Energy Awards Finalist

The Platts organization recently announced the selection of energy companies from 25 countries as finalists for the Platts Global Energy Awards. Read More PowerPoint Presentation October 15, 2016

3 Reasons You Should Invest In Smart Grid Sensors to Improve Circuits Performance

Here are a few facts you may not have realized until now…
  • Electric lines are blamed for 9% of wildfires
  • 5 to 10 arc-flash explosions occur in electrical equipment daily within the U.S
….. these numbers all relate to one subject: Reliability. Read More DTE Energy Smart Grid Sensor integration - Aclara October 12, 2016

How to Modernize Your Distribution Network without Breaking a Sweat, or the Bank? Ask DTE Energy

We often take it for granted that when we flick a switch or push a button, the lights will automatically turn on, phones will recharge and computers will power up. Read More