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Current News

On-Demand Webinar: Are You Ready for Demand Response 3.0?
February 26, 2015

In the next stage of demand response, the ability to actively manage demand transcends all of the utility customer classes and becomes an integral part of its integrated resource planning. In this webinar, Sachin Gupta of OMNETRIC Group explains.
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Mannheim, Germany Sets Example for Smart Energy Usage
February 26, 2015
by By Jenny McGrath in Digital Trends

The "Model City of Mannheim" program links 1,500 customers into a smart network that monitors and coordinates usage through the use of "energy bulters," with prioritization given to renewable energies.
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Tantalus Expands Power Line Carrier AMR Overlay Package
February 25, 2015

The hybrid 220MHz-900MHz wireless network solution is designed to provide reliable coverage over widespread and challenging terrain in a matter of days while effectively extending the useful life of PLC.
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Illinois' Smart Grid Extension Bill Now on Governor's Desk
February 25, 2015
by Doug Finke in The State Journal-Register

Governor Bruce Rauner is considering a bill that extends the time utilities in Illinois have for raising rates to cover projected smart grid deployment expenses. The bill does not have the support of the state's Citizens Utility Board.
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Verdantix Benchmark Finds IBM, Accenture, Capgemini and CGI Lead The Power Utility IT Services Market
February 24, 2015

In the report, buyers of IT services at North American power utilities stated that their most significant drivers for IT upgrades in 2015 and 2016 would be the increasing volume of smart meter data (64% of respondents), new customer requirements (57%) and improving operational efficiency (50%). In the next 2 years, North American power utilities will primarily seek IT advice for customer management systems (53%), mobile workforce management (27%) and cyber security management systems (27%).
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Three Utilities Select Cloud-based Meter Data Management from Landis+Gyr
February 24, 2015

Beauregard Electric Cooperative, The Victory Electric Cooperative Association, and Columbus Light & Water agreed to service contracts for Gridstream MDMS that delivers access to data from a hosted environment.
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White Paper: Deregulation, Distributed Generation, and Environmental Concerns Are Expected to Shape the Smart Grid Industry in 2015 and Beyond
February 23, 2015

"Deregulation is occurring globally, even as distributed generation cuts into the utility's core business of selling electricity to businesses and consumers," says Richelle Elberg, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. "Further, the increase in DG installations, along with electric vehicles, is changing the load profile of distribution circuits, often in concentrated neighborhoods, which can mean reduced grid stability and increased need for infrastructure upgrades."
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SDG&E Receives $5 Million Grant to Expand Borrego Springs Microgrid
February 23, 2015

SDG&E plans to expand the size of the current microgrid from serving approximately 1,000 customers to incorporate all 2,800 metered customers who live in Borrego Springs. The expansion is expected to be completed by mid-2016.
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Report Examines Energy Harvesting and Storage for Electronic Devices
February 23, 2015

IDTechEx finds that the total market for energy harvesting devices, including everything from wristwatches to wireless sensors will rise to over $2.6 billion in 2024.
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Malaysia's Tenaga Nasional Bhd Sets Sights on Smart Grid Deployment
February 16, 2015
in The Malaysian Insider

"We hope to install smart meters in each of the 8.5 million household customers within 10 years," says TNB president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Azman Mohd.
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IREC Report: Easing the Transition to a More Distributed Electricity System
February 12, 2015

"The relative ease of transition for utilities and the electricity grid to a more distributed and clean energy future will depend largely on proactive and meaningful regulatory reforms," says IREC Regulatory Director Sara Baldwin Auck. "IREC seeks to provide regulators with some practical pathways for consideration as they address the changing roles and interests of customers and utilities."
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New Utility Insights on Adoption of Advanced Distribution Automation Applications
February 12, 2015

Recent findings from a Newton-Evans Research Company study completed in February 2015 indicate that a substantial number of electric utilities are using distribution automation technologies such as FDIR/FLISR and VVC/VVO/CVR, but the number of operating feeders currently configured with these features is still relatively low.
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Ameren Innovation Center to Open at the University of Illinois-Urbana Research Park
February 11, 2015

Ameren notes that undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines will work at the Center on projects ranging from data analytics and mobile applications to "utility of the future" projects. Some of these will leverage Ameren Illinois' Technology Application Center in Champaign, an on-grid testing facility for smart grid technologies that opened in August 2013.
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Barbados to Study Smart Grid Feasibility
February 11, 2015
By Shawn Cumberbatch in NationNews.com

With $2.4 million in funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the government of Barbados plans to study the feasibility of adopting a smart grid system that is suitable for local conditions in Barbados. Technologies to be evaluated include energy storage and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
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Multi-Client Study to Focus On the Spread of Small Grids in Utility and Non-Utility Settings
February 10, 2015

"There is a clear need to examine the overarching architectures and related business models for microgrids if utilities are to remain relevant in an energy future characterized by diverse, distributed energy resources," says Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research and one of the leaders of the small grid study.
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Lockheed Martin and Dominion Introduce New Grid Location Technology
February 10, 2015

According to Lockheed Martin, VirtuGrid enables data, including voltage, power, energy readings, GPS location, phase and circuit connectivity, to be sent from the remote location to the substation over the same path as the power.
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New Report Examines "Mixed" Placement of Controls of Field Devices
February 6, 2015

According to Newton-Evans Research Company, North American utilities are making good progress in developing and implementing new distribution automation applications and telecommunications network upgrades. The overall DA market among North American utilities is approaching one billion dollars and will continue to grow each year for the foreseeable future.
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Global IoE (Internet of Everything) Market to Reach $7,130.4 Billion by 2020
February 5, 2015

The global IoE market accounted for US$ 2,426.8Bn in terms of value in 2013, and is projected to grow three fold to reach US$ 7,130.4Bn by 2020, according to a new report from Future Market Insights (FMI). Factors impelling the market include the introduction of several smart cities, smart grid and eGovernment initiatives by countries such as China, India, and Japan.
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AEP Selects C3 Energy for Online Customer Engagement
February 5, 2015

C3 Energy announced recently that AEP has selected its customer analytics software as an engagement solution for residential and small and medium business customers. The solution will be deployed across the full service area of AEP Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO).
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New Survey Identifies Top Trends and Investment Priorities for N. American Utilities
February 4, 2015

The municipal and cooperative utilities surveyed by Tantalus cited 'showing return on investment (ROI) and value from smart grid investments' (37%) as the number one issue they need to focus on in 2015, and addressing the 'impacts of aging infrastructure' (17%) ranking second.
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ComEd Embarks on LED Streetlights Pilot
February 4, 2015

Four years after installing similar lights, the city of Los Angeles shaved more than 63 percent off its electricity bill and crime decreased in areas where LEDs were installed.
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Dominion Voltage Selected by PG&E for Volt/VAR Optimization Pilot Program
February 4, 2015

As part of PG&E's overall smart grid deployment plans, the pilot project will enable the utility to evaluate the benefits of optimizing their distribution system voltage for the purposes of energy efficiency, Volt/VAR optimization, and voltage stabilization.
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CenterPoint Energy Reports on Smart Grid Results
February 3, 2015

Since 2011, the company reports it has helped customers avoid more than 100 million outage minutes. In 2014, when using the Intelligent Grid, it improved power reliability by more than 28 percent.
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The State of the 2015 Smart Grid Consumer
February 3, 2015

Despite generally low awareness, consumers are realizing smart grid benefits, and interest in smart grid benefits remains strong, according to a new report from the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC). Furthermore, consumer segmentation matters -- and utilities are increasingly able to apply it.
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Trends in Smart Grid Customer Information Systems (CIS)
February 3, 2015

Globally, the market for CIS software and services is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.8% between 2014 and 2023, from $2.7 billion to $4.9 billion. Cumulatively, the market for CIS and related products and services will be worth in excess of $36.8 billion.
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Nexant Joins OSIsoft's Partner EcoSphere Program
January 30, 2015

The new partnership is positioned to tap enormous aggregations of utility data to help utilities create historical base cases of grid operations to compare against potential "what-if" scenarios.
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Wi-SUN Alliance Announces Completion of ECHONET HAN Profile Specification
January 30, 2015

The completion of this specification is seen by the Alliance as a major step forward in the move for standardization and interoperability of smart utility, smart city and smart home infrastructures.
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Silver Spring Networks Unveils its Fifth Generation Networking Platform
January 29, 2015

In addition to strengthening core smart grid operations, the new platform is designed to help enable an emerging set of applications for real-time operations data, distribution automation, dynamic applications at the edge of the network, and smart city services.
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N-Dimension Announces New Cyber Threat Monitoring and Alert Product for Utilities
January 29, 2015

According to N-Dimension, the new offering is designed to provide unique insights for utility customers through cyber intelligence monitoring that analyzes threats across an entire community of customers with similar networks and systems.
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Great Recession Not Over For Low Income Households Paying Utility Bills
January 28, 2015

According to the survey by DEFG, there is a ripening opportunity to better serve low income customers by leveraging daily smart grid information, which customers appear willing to receive. However, the survey also finds that payment assistance and payment arrangements may work at cross purposes with utility energy conservation and energy efficiency programs.
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