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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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Smart Home Devices Becoming More Ubiquitous

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 19:45

As the necessary infrastructure for the Internet of things becomes more ubiquitous, there is a growing cottage industry of smart products for the home making their debut. Some products are ingenious, some…not so much. But they all indicate that the era of smart home automation is here to stay. For example, yesteryear’s thick glass milk…

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UK Smart Grid Project Publishes New Consumer Data

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:11

The Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project has published new data showing the consumption and generation patterns of more than 12,000 UK electricity customers. The key partners in the project are Northern Powergrid, British Gas, EA Technology, Durham University and Newcastle University. The CLNR, which is partly paid for by the Office of Gas and Electricity…

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CE Energy Holds Smart Grid Security Workshop

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:11

C3 Energy held a two-day collaborative workshop that focused on smart grid operational cyber security to help utilities manage and protect against cyber risks. The participants included Enel, Exelon, Entergy, the US Department of Energy’s trustworthy cyber infrastructure for the power grid (TCIPG) Center, and the University of California, Berkeley. William Sanders, TCIPG director and…

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Landis+Gyr Selected for Brazil Smart Grid Project

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 19:00

Brazilian electricity utility Light is partnering with Landis+Gyr on a $313 million smart grid project, the largest in South American history. The contract is part of Light’s ongoing effort to improve the efficiency and reliability of its electricity grid to help reduce commercial losses. Light president Paulo Roberto Pinto says, “The goal is to provide…

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Masdar Partners with Statoil on Wind Farm

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 18:21

Masdar today announced its partnership with Norway’s Statoil and Statkraft in the 402 MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm project, off the Norfolk coast in Eastern England. The deal was announced at the recent United Nations’ Climate Change Summit in New York. Offshore construction is scheduled to start in 2016 and the project is expected to be…

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Westar Energy, Landis+Gyr to Deploy Smart Meters in Kansas

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 18:21

Westar Energy and Landis+Gyr are teaming on a smart grid infrastructure and services contract, which includes a deployment of 217,000 Gridstream-enabled smart meters in the utility;s Kansas service area. The devices feature remote service switch capability and a five-year services contract that comes with daily maintenance, cloud services for software and data, and integration support.…

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Kamstrup Acquires Saseco for Energy Management Solution

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 18:01

Kamstrup has acquired Danish software company Saseco, which specializes in analytical solutions for energy management, which will help turn the data collected by smart metering into improved efficiencies for both energy and water distributors and consumers. Kamstrupt technology manager Henrik Mørck Mogensen says, “In order to visualize data to drive intuitive fact based decisions we…

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Landis+Gyr Partners with National Grid on Smart Grid Project

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:36

Landis+Gyr is partnering with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) and the National Grid to develop strategies that improve reliability, sustainability, and the quality of energy used on the medical campus. Landis+Gyr will provide the critical networking infrastructure, grid sensors, software, and services for data collection and analysis. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is conducting…

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SCE Opens North America’s Largest Energy Storage Facility

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:36

Southern California Edison (SCE) has opened the Tehachapi Energy Storage Project, the largest battery energy storage project in North America. The facility is designed to modernize the grid to integrate more clean energy. The 32 megawatt-hours battery energy storage system, which features lithium-ion batteries, is located in the Tehachapi Wind Resource Area that is projected to generate…

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New Smart Grid Center Opens in Chicago

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:36

Politicians and energy industry stakeholders were on hand for at The Center for Smart Grid Application, Research, and Technology’s dedication. The facility was designed to leverage academia, utilities, and private enterprise to research, test, and analyze the latest smart grid and smart city technology advancement in a real-world environment. Located in Chicago at the Illinois…

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Wi-SUN Adds Two University Members

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:25

The Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, and Purdue University has joined the Wi-SUN Alliance as Contributor Members. Wi-SUN’s goal is to bring standardization and interoperability to a wide variety of smart utility and smart city network application areas that will play a significant role in the Internet of things. Wi-SUN Alliance chair Phil Beecher…

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Baroness Verma: Smart Meters Essential to Energy Efficiency

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:10

Department of Energy and Climate Change under secretary of state Baroness Verma told attendees of the Elmhurst Energy Conference that energy efficiency is fundamental to a thriving economy. “By cutting down on waste, businesses can increase their productivity, boost their profitability and improve their competitiveness…In the wider low carbon and environmental goods and services sector, the…

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Mainstream Renewable Power Acquires Ghana Wind Farm

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:09

Mainstream Renewable Power is acquiring the 225 MW Ayitepa wind farm, located at Accra, Ghana. The facility is currently owned by Swiss wind farm developer NEK Umwelttechnik. The total investment of the project is reported to be $525 million. The deal is expected to finalize in 2015 with power production starting in 2016. Until the…

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