Energy & Utilities

How blockchain helps spark innovation for energy grids

Electric utilities are in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime business model transformation. To capitalize on energy technologies that give customers new choices and change the structure of the electrical grid, utilities must adapt to a new reality. We at Alectra Utilities Corp., a utility serving one million homes and businesses outside of Toronto in Ontario, […]

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How AI can minimize storm effects on the electrical grid

Climate scientists believe we’re in for weather of increasing intensity—a situation that can severely challenge electric utilities. In order to minimize damage and quickly restore power after a storm, the industry must improve its ability to prepare for weather related outages. As an example of the impact, in January of 2017, my company, NB Power […]

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WaterBot: How to know if your water is safe to drink

How can you tell if your water is safe to drink? Most Americans worry about their drinking water, with good reason. News reports regularly expose high levels of PFCs, PFASs and other contaminants found around the nation. In 2014, we heard that the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, was discolored with dangerous contamination. Over the […]

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Furnas sparks employee collaboration with IBM Connections

It’s not easy to change a company’s working culture. But that’s exactly what the IBM Connections collaboration platform has done at Furnas Centrais Elétricas, which is one of the largest electric companies in Brazil. Creating collaborative communities with IBM Connections Before implementing IBM Connections, we had services such as knowledge management, chat and an email […]

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