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GE Smart Meters Earn UL Certification

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:23
GE’s digital energy business’ smart meters have achieved Underwriters Laboratories (UL) voluntary safety certification, the first meters in the industry to do so. Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) is deploying GE’s UL-certified smart meters as part of the utility’s grid modernization initiative, which includes the installation of approximately four million meters across ComEd’s service area.

Trilliant Teams with Malaysia Utility

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:22
Malaysia’s largest utility, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Trilliant that calls for the two companies to exchange technical information and training and to explore models to deliver smart grid benefits such as enhanced energy efficiency, improved reliability, and energy security throughout TNB’s customer base.

ADS Announces New Members Attendance to Town Meeting

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:21
Nest, C3 Energy, and Sensus have announced plans to attend the upcoming National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid as new members of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS).

British Gas Pays for Switching Errors

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:21
An investigations by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) determined that British Gas Business improperly prevented business customers from changing to other suppliers and failed to notify customers when their contract was about to expire. As a result of these findings British Gas Business is paying a £5.6 million fine.

GE, PowerStream Team on Microgrid Demo

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:20
GE and PowerStream have launched a joint microgrid demonstration project in Vaughan, Ontario. The project is designed to show how power customers and utilities could conceivably generate and distribute their own energy using renewable resources.

Earth Day Focused on Smart City Infrastructure

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:19
As the smart grid infrastructure and smart meters become more ubiquitous, attention on this Earth Day is turning to implementing smart technology to help create smart cities. As cities become ever more crowded traffic and gridlock, sufficient energy production, and adequate water and food resources will challenge their infrastructures. 

Zesa Holdings Replacing Pre-Paid Meters with Smart Meters

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:18
Zesa Holdings will pay out more than $100 million to install 300,000 smart meters in order to replace its two-year-old prepaid meter system. The utility will also invest approximately $7 million for a meter data management (MDM) system that enables remote communication with installed smart meters.

NYISO Opens New Grid Control Center

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:18
The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) is celebrating its new $38 million primary power control center that features the latest digital monitoring technologies designed to improve the state’s grid reliability and security. The 64,000-square-foot control facility is the primary operations and control center for NYISO.

Silver Spring, MongoDB Partner on Real-Time Smart Grid Data Platform

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:17
Silver Spring Networks will use the MongoDB database to capture and store high volumes of machine-to-machine (M2M) data for its new SilverLink Sensor Network, which enables developers to access enriched data to deliver new applications and services for utilities and energy consumers. The new solution will be up to 10x faster and cost a tenth of traditional utility IT infrastructure.

Energee Acquires WEST, UK Invests in Smart Energy Demonstrator

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:50
West Coast Energee (Scotland) Limited (Energee) has completed its acquisition of West Electrical Services and Testing Limited (WEST). Based on the Isle of Lewis, WEST provides electrical services and renewable energy solutions.

Davey Comments on Scottish Energy Report

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 06:25
The UK Government has published the “Scotland Analysis: Energy” report, which examines the potential impact of Scottish independence on Great Britain’s energy industry. The paper argues that the current single market has driven the Scottish energy industry’s success, has helped to keep Scottish energy bills down, and is the most effective way of managing energy liabilities. The paper concludes that the current integrated GB energy system could not continue as it is now if Scotland became a separate independent state.

E.ON Sets Information Sessions for Isles Wind Farm

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 06:25
E.ON has invited local community members to attend one or both of two planned final public information sessions for the Isles Wind Farm. Based on comments from previous public hearings, E.ON has made amendments to its original plans that featured up to 45 turbines. The final proposal now calls for a 24 turbine wind farm, located about 1.5 km to the east of Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. The facility would have a capacity up to 48 MW and could generate enough electricity for approximately 27,000 homes.

Ofgem Announces New Reform

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 06:24
The Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has announced a project to reform the industry’s settlement arrangements, which give suppliers incentives to buy energy to meet the power their customers consume every half hour throughout the day. Up to now, that half hour amount is estimated by taking meter readings to determine the consumer’s total energy consumption then breaking up between half-hour periods. But since smart meters can record actual consumption each half hour, there is no longer a need to estimate it.

E.ON Testing Home Energy Management in Trial

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 06:23
E.ON, which has extended its European partnership with GreenWave Reality for smart home solutions, also continues to test smart home technologies via the Thinking Energy trial that involves 75 family homes in Milton Keynes. The initiative is designed to develop and test ways to manage energy use in the home resulting in improved convenience and cost savings.

Enel Signs MoU with China’s State Grid

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 06:22
The Enel Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State Grid Corporation of China to collaborate on smart grid technologies and share experiences in the implementation of renewable energy generation. State Grid is the world’s largest and China’s dominant distribution and transmission utility.

Silver Springs Partners with Smarter Grid Solutions

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 06:22
A new collaboration will integrate Silver Spring Networks’ IPv6 smart grid networking platform with Smarter Grid Solutions autonomous grid management technology. This solution enables electrical grid operators to better manage renewable energy sources and grid devices by improving the overall reliability and efficiency of the grid.

Sensus Acquires Smart Grid Analytics Company

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 06:21
Sensus has acquired Verdeeco, an Atlanta-based smart grid analytics company that provides big data solutions for power, water, and gas utilities. Verdeeco will remain a separate brand but will operate as a part of Sensus.