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Middle East, North Africa Hotbed of Solar Investment

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:43
A new report predicts that the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region could see more than $50 billion worth of solar power investment by 2020 as regional governments recognize the opportunity afforded by their country’s sun-belt status. 

Kx Systems Provides Ontario Smart Meter Processing

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:41
Kx Systems is providing its kdb+ database to Ontario-based Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to assist in retrieving and analyzing smart meter data processed by Ontario’s meter data management and repository (MDM/R) system.

Landis+Gyr Provides Software for Oregon Utility

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:40
Oregon-based Central Lincoln People’s Utility District has signed a five-year contract for Gridstream MDMS to host the utility’s advanced metering data. Landis+Gyr announced it will host Central Lincoln’s software and data storage as part of its Cloud Services offering.

Pinetop Water Deploys Sensus Smart Solution

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:39
In rural areas of the United States, especially during the winter months, it can be challenging for utilities to inspect meters, wells, and tanks. Arizona’s Pinetop Water utilizes a Sensus smart water network and automation technology to remotely monitor wells and tanks and to read water meters.

GE Provides Saas in Oklahoma

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:38
The city of Skiatook, Oklahoma, has announced plans to implement GE’s advanced Grid IQTM solutions as a service (SaaS) grid-modernization technology. The SaaS solution gives cities and utilities the benefits of a modern grid without incurring the overhead expenses associated with developing their own smart grid networks.

Security Still Seen as Major Concern

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:28
In a new survey, 61 percent of energy executives polled say they consider security to be a significant problem for the smart grid, and nearly two-thirds believe that the grid is not prepared for security threats. However, only eight percent of utilities plan to invest more than $5 million in cyber security technologies over the next five years.

Echelon Introduces New SoC

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:28
Echelon Corporation has introduced its FT 6050 system on chip (SoC) that provides reliable, cost-effective, and flexible wired IP connectivity for devices in the industrial internet of things (IIoT). The new chip is based on Echelon’s ISO-standard Free Topology (FT) architecture.

Ofgem Responds to Falling Consumer Confidence

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:27
New research by the consumer group Which? found that overall customer satisfaction for energy companies has fallen to a new low of 41 percent, an eight percent year-to-tear drop. Survey participants gave the UK’s six largest energy companies received the six lowest scores.

Enel Signs New Deal

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:23
Enel is working with Svimez, the association for the industrial development of Southern Italy, signed a two-year agreement to work on projects that encourage the development of renewable energy and promote better energy efficiency practices. Both parties have agreed to lend 100 thousand Euros towards the program, which may also receive third party funding.

Driverless Cars the New Must-Have Appliance

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:19
By Kathleen Tracy The definition of appliance is an electrical device within the home that is time and/or labor saving. It could be argued that the new generation of digitzed, home-connected, power-generating cars are a new kind of appliance. Where automobiles were imagined as an electric horse of sorts completely under human control, car are becoming more automatic and do more than simply move us from point A to point B. At the recent Consumer Electronics show, exhibitors showed off a driverless car that made it clear the stuff of 20th century sci-fi is 21st reality.

Extreme Weather Forces New York to Upgrade Energy Supply

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:18
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently introduced a new $17 billion strategy designed to better protect the state from extreme weather by upgrading New York’s infrastructure, transportation networks, energy supply, coastal protection, weather warning system, and emergency management.  

SmartEnergy IP Introduces Customer Education Solution

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:18
SmartEnergy IP has announced the launch of the first of its kind smart grid customer education model, which provides a common framework for utilities to educate customers on the benefits of smart grid as well as encouraging close collaboration and communication between IT, metering, and marketing departments within utilities.

Kamstrup to Provide Smart Meters in Denmark

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:17
A consortium of eight Danish utilities called the MV Group has selected Kamstrup to provide 153,000 smart meters over a three-year period. The commitment to smart meters is designed to prepare for the smart grid by enabling crucial optimizations of grid management and administration.

Landis+Gyr Selected for German Smart Meter Pilot

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:17
Landis+Gyr is partnering with EnBW to test state-of-the-art smart metering systems. The collaboration will be the first time a smart metering system meets German regulatory mandates regarding end-consumer protection and security.

GEO Launches Solution for Retail Energy Management

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:17
Green Energy Options (GEO) has launched its connected system architecture that enables service providers to build customized, own-brand energy management solutions for their retail customers. GEO’s components provide a consistent and integrated in-home, online, and mobile consumer experience.

Dacor Introduces Wi-Fi Connected Wall Oven

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:16
It used to be that yachts and foreign sports cars were a measure of conspicuous consumption. Now it’s all about whose got the smarter appliances. At the recent Consumer electronics Show, Dacor introduced its 30” Discovery iQ, the world’s first wall oven to feature the integrated Discovery iQ Controller for Android.

LG Doubles Down on Smart Appliances

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:16
One of the largest exhibits at the recent Consumer electronics Show was LG, who displayed a wide range of devices, from re-imagined 3D televisions to a portfolio of smart appliances that use the company’s Home Chat smart platform.

Enel Signs MoU in Mexico

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:15
Enel chief executive officer Fulvio Conti and José Luis Fernàndez Zayas, Executive Director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at cooperation in geothermal generation as well as smart grids. The signing ceremony took place in Mexico City at the presidential palace.

Google Adds Nest Labs to Its Tech Hardware Acquisitions

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:15
On the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show, Google announced it has agreed to purchase tech hardware company Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. At least for the present, Tony Fadell will continue to lead Nest and the company will retain its distinct brand identity. 

Smart Appliances Proliferating

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:14
Just as home entertainment systems drove cable services in the United States, smart appliances are showing consumers the practical value of wireless technology in ways smart meters can’t. The array of smart appliances on display at the Consumer Electronics Show sometimes seems straight out of The Jetson’s.