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Smart Meter Revenue to Surpass $6 Billion by 2023

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:45

A new report forecasts that global revenue from smart meters will increase over the next decade from $5.1 billion in 2014 to $6.6 billion in 2023. The data from Navigant Research examined the worldwide market opportunities for smart electric meters. With roll outs in North American slowing, the smart electric meter market is now focusing…

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St. Kitts Prepares for Smart Meters Rollout

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:48

St. Kitts Electricity Corporation (SKELEC), which is preparing to rollout smart meters and related supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, has commissioned an Intermittent Renewable Energy Infusion Stud, which was undertaken to determine the total capacity of intermittent renewable energy that the utility can safely integrate into the electricity grid without compromising system stability.…

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Interview with Deutsche Telekom Jon Carter: Smart Home Opportunities and Challenges

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:51

Although still in its infancy, the smart home market is rapidly evolving as devices and technologies embracing the Internet of things (IoT) become more ubiquitous. Stakeholders from utilities to consumer electronics manufacturers to telecoms are strategically positioning their companies to stake out their plot of choice digital real estate. Deutsche Telekom, one of the companies…

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ZigBee Announces New Internet of Things Standard

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 13:02

The ZigBee Alliance, has announced the unification of its wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0, which will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices, providing consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services. The new standard impacts tens of millions of devices already using ZigBee standards. The company reports…

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San Diego Utility Receives Reliability Award

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:39

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is the recipient of the 2014 ReliabilityOne National Reliability Excellence Award and was also recognized for outstanding customer engagement. SDG&E president and chief operating officer Steven D. Davis says, “We’re honored to be named the most reliable utility in the nation. At SDG&E we’re focused on our core business of…

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CG to Open Grenoble Smart Meter Facility

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:18

Avantha Group Company CG is opening a new Grenoble facility in 2015 that can produce, test, and calibrate more than two million ZIV smart meters per year. CG is participating in ERDF’s massive rollout of Linky smart meters. CG chief executive officer and managing director Laurent Demortier says, “We are pleased to be setting up this…

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Silver Spring Networks’ New Smart City Platform

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 17:09

Silver Spring Networks has unveiled the next gen of its IPv6-based smart city networking platform, which enables operators to deploy multiple applications atop a single, standards-based network. Brandon Davito, Silver Spring Networks’ vice president of smart lighting and cities, notes, “Our secure, reliable, and globally proven IPv6 smart city platform gives cities and critical infrastructure…

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Texas A&M University at Qatar Opens Smart Grid Center

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 16:00

Texas A&M University at Qatar had opened the Smart Grid Center extension that is designed to make smart grid a reality in Qatar and elsewhere. The center is intended to train engineering students and professionals in energy-related concepts and technologies in Qatar as well as integrating electricity, information, and communication infrastructures to produce power more…

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British Gas Smart Meters Challenge Shows Savings

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:11

Results from the British Gas National Smart Meter Challenge shows that during the 10 weeks of the experiment, participants used 6 percent less gas and 7 percent less electricity than comparable homes without smart meters, simply by being more aware of their energy use. Prorated to 52, that would mean the average consumer would save £66…

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Indian Prime Minister Urges More Global Clean Energy R&D

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:39

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is urging G20 nations to establish a global virtual centre dedicated to clean energy research and development. Modi says, “Let us increase the collective research and development efforts and collaboration and ensure dissemination to all countries, stated Modi. For this, a global virtual centre for clean energy research and development…

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Arizona Commission Determines Smart Meters Safe and Noninvasive

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:01

A study conducted by the Arizona Department of Health Services concludes that smart meters pose no health hazard. The Arizona Corporation Commission called for the year-long review in response to some customers’ concern about the safety of smart meters’ pulsed transmissions. Smart meters transmit usage information via radio waves directly to the utility at regular…

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C3 Chairman Discussion Cybersecurity

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:46

In his keynote address at the recent Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) annual industry workshop, C3 Energy chairman and chief executive officer Tom Siebel discussed the need to provide utilities advanced diagnostics and predictive tools to identify, monitor, and reduce the risks of grid cybersecurity threats. Siebel noted: “The real-time integration of…

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Elster Provides SaaS to Manage Power Meters

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:09

Supermarket chain ASDA, which is owned by Walmart, has signed a five-year contract with Elster EnergyICT to deliver EnactoTM 9.3, the latest version of the energy monitoring management platform. ASDA will use the solution, delivered as software as a service (SaaS), to manage more than 10,000 meters in more than 660 sites across the UK.…

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Atos to Manage Smart Meter Rollout in Austria

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 12:58

Salzburg AG has selected Atos as its lead partner to manage the transition of 470,000 electric meters to smart meters and monitor the necessary infrastructure. An international team consisting of Atos and Atos Worldgrid consultants from Italy, France, Germany, and Austria is currently working on the transition. The smart meters are scheduled to be installed…

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US Energy Secretary Comments on Climate Change Report

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:00

The US Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, says the final Synthesis Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reiterates many of the same conclusions presented in the Third Annual Climate Assessment released by the Obama Administration over the summer. Moniz notes, “Leading climate scientists from many countries have restated their conclusion that the…

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Smart Water Meters Can Help Address Poverty

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:35

Smart water meters can do more than just save consumers money on their monthly bills. They also reduce the amount of wasted water, which has much larger social implications than helping water utilities reduce their bottom line. Water efficiency is an integral tool in combating global poverty and hunger. The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI),…

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Oman Announces Large Scale Wind Farm

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:20

Oman’s Rural Areas Electricity Company is partnering with Masdar to build a $125 million wind farm that when fully operational will provide power to 16,000 homes. According to Masdar, an Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company, the Oman project is the first large-scale wind project in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. The company also estimates…

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The Netherlands Inaugurate First Smart Highway

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 19:46

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has introduced the smart highway in an effort to modernize European highways and make them more energy efficient and safer. Roosegaarde has explained his vision as both aesthetic and practical. “We live in a city of endless gray concrete roads, surrounded by steel lamps. They have a huge visual impact on…

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Texas Instruments’ PLC Reference Designs for Smart Grid Certified

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 19:45

The G3-PLC Alliance has certified Texas Instruments’ (TI) power line communication (PLC) reference designs. An executive member of the alliance, TI has long advanced and promoted G3-PLC technology for applications in the smart grid. The certification assures smart grid technology providers of compliance and interoperability when they choose TI’s system solution for G3-PLC applications. According…

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Cayman Islands Utility Selects Smart Meter Rollout Solution

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 19:45

Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC), located in the Cayman Islands, has selected Apex CoVantage’s ProField software and services to optimize the rollout of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) as part of an island initiative. Apex touts ProField as the industry’s only integrated ERP solution for mobile workforce management, which improves reliability, reduces risk, increases compliance, and…

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