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8February, 2017

Christmas Eve Blackout

The holiday season is filled with common traditions like Christmas trees and family dinners. In the province of Quebec, a more unusual, and unplanned, holiday tradition is Candlelight Christmas. Over the last five years Hydro Quebec’s distribution system has been impacted by severe weather events in late December.

One of the most memorable outages was Christmas […]

3February, 2017

Powering the Walking Dead

February 12th, 2017 is fast approaching.

You might be saying to yourself, “February 12th, so what?” This year, in my household, February 12th holds a higher priority then February 14th. And here is why.

Imagine a time where there was no electricity.

Often we might jump into the old west or medieval times, into a film like Robin […]

20January, 2017

How is Big Data Impacting the Future of Utilities?

Big data is reshaping society and the services used by citizens on a daily basis – energy included. Big data is not just for retailers looking to track product sales. It transforms decision-making within an organization, enhances the allotment of resources and takes customer experience above and beyond.

Utilities are now tapping into the huge benefit […]

17January, 2017

Blockchains Part II: Why They Matter to Business

In my last post, I explained what blockchain was. Now, I’ll talk about what businesses can start to do with it.

We know that blockchain is a distributed ledger and that it is more secure and transparent than the trust model of managing and recording transactions. So how do we make the leap between “a better […]

11January, 2017

DOE Report Highlights Canada-U.S. Cross-Border Electricity Relationship Win-Win

On Friday, January 6th, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a major report on electricity system transformation. We are very pleased that the value of cross-border electricity trade is featured prominently. DOE seems committed to implementing the programs and policies that CEA and others have been pushing for the past several years, including international […]