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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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ComEd Announces Energy Monitor Pilot

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 02:04

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has announced plans to launch a pilot to test Bidgely’s new HomeBeat energy monitor and web & mobile engagement solution, which will provide customers with personalized energy reports detailing how and when they use energy in their home. The project is part of ComEd’s SmartGridExchange, a collaboration between the utility, technology start-ups,…

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Silver Spring Network Showcasing BIg Data Solution

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 15:23

Silver Spring Networks is exhibiting its SilverLink Sensor Network at DistribuTECH. The solution enables utilities to draw on smart grid big data for innovative new services including customer engagement, load disaggregation, real-time voltage management, and network management. According to Silver Spring, “The SilverLink Sensor Network unlocks and accelerates data from any sensor network to fuel any…

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Elster Opens New Smart Meter Plant

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 04:17

Elster has opened a new assembly plant that will produce the company’s new Linky electric smart meters for the French market. The plant will be located in Estrées-Deniécourt in Picardie, which is located between Paris and Lille. The Linky project will create a smart meter and communications network replacing 35 million meters over the next…

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Elster Introduce New Smart Grid Software Solution

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 15:55

Elster has launched Connexo, a next-generation smart grid software suite that integrates key operational workflows, business processes, and smart grid data from multiple devices and vendors into a single interoperable solution. Connexo was designed to solve problems utilities encounter when managing escalating volumes, types, and complexity of smart grid data needed to meet evolving business,…

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AT&T, GE Team on Smart Energy Solutions

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:08

AT&T is collaborating with GE to create the next generation of smart energy solutions for the industrial Internet of things (IoT) at the telecom’s IoT Foundry in Plano, Texas. The goal is to simplify asset connectivity for the grid. GE Digital Energy vice president John Lavelle notes, “Our innovations are resulting in a host of…

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Landis+Gyr, Ericsson Team on MIddle East Smart Meter Projects

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 04:01

Landis+Gyr and Ericsson are partnering to address smart meter and smart grid transformation projects in the Middle East. The ultimate goal is to create smart energy networks capable of managing large amounts of data enabling efficient grid and energy consumption management and seamless integration of micro-generated, renewable energy sources. Landis+Gyr’s Middle East managing director Rajiv…

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Johannesburg Counting on Smart Meters

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 01:31

Johannesburg officials have express optimism that smart meters will help residents save power and avoid load shedding. According to Business Day Live, Loyiso Ntshikila, a spokesman for the city’s mayor, notes that the proliferation of smart meters would enable the city to implement load management. Previously public utility Eskom had warned there was a high…

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FortisBC Rep Touts Smart Meter Safety

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 17:24

FortisBC customer service representative Mark Warren recently wrote a column in the Daily Courier regarding the company’s advanced smart meter program. Warren stressed that safety is a Fortis BC priority. “For our advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project, safety is considered from the testing and certification of our meters, to the safe installation process and the…

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California Utility to Offer Customers Total Solar Power Option

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 06:23

California State regulators have approved a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) plan to offer electric customers a clean energy program that will provide up to 100 percent solar power for a modest monthly premium. The utility expects to start enrolling customers in late 2015. Under a separate program option, customers will be able to…

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Duke Energy to Build Solar Facility for Marine Corps Base

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 05:38

Duke Energy (DEP) is collaborating with the United States Department of the Navy (DON) on a 13-megawatt (AC), 80 acre solar facility being built at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The facility will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Progress (DEP) and is expected to be operational in 2015. Duke…

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Itron Named North American Smart City Company of the Year

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:22

Frost & Sullivan has named Itron the the 2014 North American Company of the Year, based on n its recent analysis of the smart city market that concluded Itron has “consistently diversified its offerings to address emerging market needs and has exhibited market expansion, year-over-year growth in customer wins and repeat business.” Over the last…

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Silver Spring Introduces New Smart Grid Platform

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:34

Silver Spring Networks has unveiled the fifth generation of its Gen5 networking platform, which was designed to strengthen core smart grid operations and enable an emerging set of applications for real-time operations data, distribution automation, dynamic applications at the edge of the network, and smart city services. In addition, Silver Spring also introduced several new…

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Sensus Teams with California Utility for Smart Meter Solution

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:23

Long Beach, California’s Gas & Oil Department (LBGO) has selected Sensus FlexNet network for its smart communications network, which is designed to improve the utility’s operational efficiency, customer service, and strategic planning at the municipality. The initiative includes more than 154,000 metered services, 50,000 new Sensus gas meters, and managed software services. LBGO department director…

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San Francisco Bay Area Utility Announces Smart Meter Program

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:19

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has launched a smart meter pilot project to integrate advanced meters in Alameda’s 300 largest businesses. The pilot is designed to review business processes and technology and there will be no charge to customers having the new meters installed. A small residential pilot with 135 participating homes is also being developed…

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Itron Introduced New Smart Meter Solution

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 05:46

Itron has launched a new smart metering solution that features the OpenWay CENTRON 4G LTE meter, which provides broad territory coverage, low latency, and network longevity. The OpenWay smart grid solution enables utilities to deploy any combination of cellular and RF mesh communications, including 4G LTE, all under the same network management system. According to Itron,…

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