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DTE Partners on New Mobile Energy Efficiency Platform

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 18:13

Detroit Edison (DTE) is partnering with Vectorform to provide an energy-efficiency mobile platform that enables customers to significantly improve home energy consumption and increase energy savings. The joint venture, called Powerley, is designed to allow utility companies to present real-time energy consumption information to their customers. According to DTE, the digital application platform allows consumers…

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Co-Op Leverages Sensus Smart Meter Solution

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 17:23

Wake Electric Membership Corporation is leveraging the Sensus FlexNet communication network to improve billing accuracy, system management, and customer service. The co-op has announced that it will take full advantage of its investment in the communication network through data analytics applications. According to Sensus, the The FlexNet system “is a long-range radio network that serves…

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Metrix Teams with Silver Spring in New Zealand

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:27

Metrix is partnering with Silver Spring Networks to deliver advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) services for electricity generator and energy telecoms retailer Trustpower, which serves 225,000 customers across New Zealand. The deployment will leverage Silver Spring’s multi-application, standards-based IPv6 networking platform and deliver two-way communications. Andrew Vlachiotis, Silver Spring Networks vice president of Asia-Pacific sales says…

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New Device Itemizes Energy Use, With or Without Smart Meter

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:53

A new home energy management solution called Smappee is designed to help consumers reduce power consumption by providing a detailed accounting of where exactly the energy is being used. Smappee’s business development manager Richard Morgan explains, “One of the first things you need is to get visibility on where the energy used is actually going.…

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UAE Encouraging Electric Vehicle Adoption

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:19

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is encouraging drivers to adopt electric vehicles as part of an effort to make Dubai an environmentally friendly smart city. To that end electric vehicle charge stations are planned for the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (Dewa) headquarters. The utility has also announced plans to establish 100 EV charging stations…

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College Dorms in Energy Conservation Contest

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:52

Williams College in Massachusetts is holding a week-long Do it in the Dark event in which dorms compete to reduce their energy consumption by the most. The buildings are divided into two categories—large and small—with one winner chosen from each category. According to the college, “WEC compares how much energy each dorm building uses during…

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Scotland Unveils New Smart Grid Initiative

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 21:39

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland will benefit from an initiative intended to boost smart grid research and development that provides access to power network testing facilities. The University of Strathclyde’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) and Scottish Enterprise launched the SME voucher access to provide funding to companies and stimulate the research output…

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Oman Introduced Smart Meter Initiative

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:47

CESI Middle East has signed an agreement with Oman’s Electricity Holding Company (EHC) to help introduce smart meters for high value customers by defining the customer segments and functional requirements of automated meter reading (AMR), planning the rollout approach, outlining security measures and standards, designing the market messaging system, detailing the solution architecture, and identifying…

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Smart Grid Event Scheduled in Brussels

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 19:05

The first Smart Grid Event will be held in Brussels this coming June. The conference is expected to attract leading to discuss the future of the electric grid in the face of an ever increasing reliance on sustainable energy and to brainstorm on ways to keep the public—and the news media—engaged in the ongoing transformation.…

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Ultra-Capacitors Support Irish Smart Grid Test Bed

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:18

Freqcon has installed an energy storage system for Ireland’s Tallaght smart grid test bed. The solution is integrated with Maxwell’s ultra-capacitors and lithium-ion batteries that are designed to support grid stability in residential and industrial settings. The test-bed also features Freqcon’s microgrid stabilizer to enable voltage and frequency stabilization. The Tallaght smart grid test bed,…

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San Diego Program Uses Smart Meters, Display Device to Identify Energy Use

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 01:42

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has introduced a loaner program that enables customers to borrow in-home display devices from the utility at no cost. The goal is to improve consumers’ understanding of their home’s energy use and to identify high energy use appliances with near-real time information and estimated energy costs. Consumers can borrow…

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BC Hydro Touts Smart Meters

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 14:07

BC Hyrdro reports that more than 24,000 new smart meters have been installed in the Campbell River area of British Columbia. BC Hydro’s Stephen Watson told the Courier-Islander, “Smart meters help BC Hydro in many ways, whether it’s improving our operations by providing us with better information on power outages, to assisting people in seeing…

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ComEd to Pilot Smart Streetlights

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 04:15

ComEd has announced a new pilot in Lombard and Bensenville, Illinois, that calls for the installation of approximately 400 smart LED streetlights. The trial will last for six months after which the cities’ leaders will decide if they want to continue with the smart light software package. If kept, the LED lights would remain free…

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Austria Announces Smart Meter Project

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 23:46

Telekom Austria Group M2M is partnering with bsf IT-Solutions on a smart meter deployment project for 23 grid operators with a total of 35,000 customer power systems in Austria. Telekom Austria Group M2M managing director Bernd Liebscher says, “We are delighted to be able to jointly achieve with bsf IT-Solutions the next smart metering roll-outs…

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Maine Investing in Smart Energy

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 06:48

A recent meeting between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galan focused on the state’s energy future. Iberdrola is the corporate parent of Central Maine Power (CMP). Galan notes, “CMP’s Maine Power Reliability Program is among our largest, most important projects in the United States in recent years. We are pleased with the…

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Brazil Announces Smart Grid, Meters Project

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:11

Telefônica Vivo will provide machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity solutions for a smart grid and smart metering project in development for Brazil’s state-run power group Eletrobras. The utility was selected by a consortium that includes Siemens, Telemont, and Itron, which won a public tender to develop a smart grid project for the state-owned power firm. The consortium…

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ICE Stresses Importance of Infrastructure

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:47

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is calling on the next UK government to make infrastructure projects—including energy—a national policy priority. In the organization’s Manifesto for Infrastructure, the ICE warns that failing to make infrastructure a priority could result in “other competing nations taking our edge and the UK’s resilience diminishing.” Key policies suggested by…

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Ameren Opens Smart Grid Innovation Center

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 23:39

The Ameren Corporation has opened an Innovation Center on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus. The Center will collaborate with university students and faculty and other companies to develop innovations to help Ameren better meet the future needs of its customers. The UIUC’s College of Engineering is among the highest ranked in the…

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EU Water Management Initiative to Deploy Smart Meters

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:52

As part of a new European Union-funded water management initiative, researchers will deploy smart meters in Almería, Spain. The UrbanWater initiative is designed to “help consumers use water more responsibly; help water utilities meet increased demand at reduced costs; and establish the European water sector as a global leader in resource efficiency.” According to the…

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Iberdrola Chairman Says Renewables Need Supportive Regulatory Framework

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 03:14

Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galán says the promise of renewables will only be achieved with the right regulatory framework. Speaking at the University of Strathclyde, Galán urged European governments including the UK, to adopt robust market-based frameworks to encourage more investment in renewables, and thus deliver reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Galán notes, “A strong market…

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