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The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are collaborating to find out whether businesses, experts and individuals believe being part of the European Union helps or hinders their work on the environment and climate change and what impact EU policies have on the UK.
Scotland has opened Europe’s first state of the art electricity grid research centre and test facility, which is designed to investigate how advanced technologies can response to the growing demand for secure, reliable, and environmentally-friendly power while shaping tomorrow’s low-carbon power industry.
Itron has formed a strategic alliance with Brazilian technology company Choice. The deal calls for the companies to integrate and jointly market a non-technical loss (NTL) solution, focusing particularly on Brazilian utilities although the product will be marketed globally. The goal is to develop a solution that enables utilities to quickly identify areas of NTL in their service territory so they can deliver a high return on investment.
The Wi-SUN Alliance now has more than 30 member companies. Recent additions as Contributor members include Access Company, CM Engineering, Exegin Technologies, ISB Corporation, Osaka Gas, Rohde & Schwartz, Semtech, Silicon Laboratories, Tateyama Kagaku Wireless Technology, Tessera Technology, and Toshiba Corporation.
Orga Systems has joined the eMeter Alliance Program as an Integration, Technology, and Developer Partner. Orga Systems and eMeter will partner to develop and sell integrated solutions for utility smart grid systems. Atreya Chaganty, Orga Systems vice president of business strategy development says, “We are delighted to join the eMeter Alliance Program and believe that our OS.Energy solution, integrated with eMeter’s industry leading EnergyIP platform, will form a key offering for smart utility companies. Offering new tariff options and smart payments, which provide the end customer with transparency and control over the electricity bill, will be essential for utility companies in changing market dynamics.”
Outland Energy Services officially debuted as part of Duke Energy Renewables during the recent American Wind Energy Association trade show in Chicago. Duke Energy Renewables acquired the Minnesota-based company in late 2012. Prior to the acquisition, Outland Energy Services provided monitoring, maintenance, and site management services for wind generation facilities both domestically and internationally. It continues to provide the same services, just under the Duke Energy Renewables banner.
Enel chairman Paolo Andrea Colombo and chief executive officer and general manager Fulvio Conti honored the winners of the 2012 PlayEnergy competition. PlayEnergy, now in its ninth edition, reflects Enel’s renewed commitment to young people and schools. The initiative promotes awareness of, and concern for, energy issues by encouraging children and teens to discover the world of energy and science.
Cisco has announced expanded solutions and services that help utilities enhance grid operations while facing greater levels of automation, increased security, and changing regulatory requirements. Cisco’s security strategy addresses both the physical and cyber security layers combined with utility-specific grid service offerings based on Connected Grid Security Architecture. Cisco also extended its substation network solutions to let utilities better manage the grid.
Ventyx has signed deals valued at $6.5 to provide solutions for Ecuador’s smart grid. Transelectric and Ecuador’s National Energy Control Center (CENACE) will upgrade to Ventyx’ latest energy management and wide-area monitoring technologies to optimize the country’s generation and transmission network assets. The agreement includes long-term service, maintenance, and support.