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Centrica Chief Executive Supports CMA Inquiry

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:39
Centrica chief executive Sam Laidlaw took to the editorial pages of The Times to comment on the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets’ (Ofgem) proposed investigation of the industry by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

US Considering Wind Development Offshore New York

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:38
The United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is considering a competitive lease process for wind energy development offshore New York of New York. The potential project is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to develop domestic clean energy sources, cut carbon pollution, and to create jobs.

Landis+Gyr Looking for Acquisitions

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:37
Landis+Gyr has announced plans to acquire companies specializing in power metering and networks. Chief operating officer Richard Mora says, “We aspire to be a company with $4 billion in revenue by 2020 and we will do this through organic growth and acquisitions. If there is a compelling case, they are ready and willing to allow us to make the investments. We are betting that smart grids will develop in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in Asia-Pacific and in South America. The opportunity is huge.”

Direct Energy Teams with Nest

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:37
Direct Energy is offering its customers the Nest Learning Thermostat to help save on energy costs and reduce energy use. Through the partnership Direct Energy will bring Nest’s Learning Thermostat to its key markets in the United States and Canada.

Ofgem Orders Scottish Power to Develop Public Awareness Plan

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:36
A recent Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) analysis found that customers on prepayment meters are charged around £80 a year more ($133) than direct debit customers. The Ofgem eport indicated energy suppliers were able to charge more to sticky customers who did not switch and gave cheaper deals to those who shopped around.

SunEdison to Install Solar Project at California School

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 18:18
SunEdison is partnering with the Rosedale Union School District (RUSD) in Bakersfield, California, to install, monitor, and manage 1.8 MW of solar at the district’s nine schools. The project is expected to save the district approximately $55,000 the first year and more than $2 million in energy costs over the next two decades. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Honeywell Enters Strategic Agreement with Hebei Province

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 18:14
Honeywell China has signed a strategic agreement with Hebei province’s Development and Reform Commission to cooperate on energy conservation and environmental protection related to smart grid, energy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy, and chemical processing solutions.

NIST Updating Smart Grid Roadmap

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 18:13
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking public comments on its NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0 draft. This is the first significant update in two years of the primary guiding document for creating the next-generation of smart energy grids. 

ClipperCreek and Itron Deliver New Charging Station

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 18:13
ClipperCreek has launched their ETL-listed utility smart grid connected charging station, the CS-40-SG2. Called the first of a kind charging station, ClipperCreek reports that the facility includes “an embedded revenue grade sub-meter and a variety of smart grid communications options. Built on the trusted ClipperCreek CS-Series charging platform and Itron’s proven utility meter and powerful communications technology, this solution will extend a utility’s energy management intelligence directly to the charging station through multiple wireless communication interfaces.”

Silver Spring Enhances DR Portfolio

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:38
Silver Spring Networks has added a smart grid-enabled mobile thermostat app and an expanded version of its demand optimizer demand response management system (DRMS) application to its demand response (DR) portfolio. 

Tantalus Completes TVA AMI Deployments

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:38
Tantalus has completed several advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployments within the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the United States’ largest public power provider. Numerous utilities within TVA selected the Tantalus Utility Network Tantalus (TUNet), a hybrid 200 MHz/900 MHz wireless that can simultaneously use fiber to the home (FTTH)/Ethernet to form a single AMI communications platform.

Study Predicts Connected Living Market to Reach $700 Million+ by 2020

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:37
Connected Living is an environment where consumers use multiple devices to implement services that integrate video, voice, and data services to provide access and anytime/anywhere connectivity. 

Ventyx Partners on Smart Grid Gotland Project

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:36
Ventyx has announced plans to join an initiative to create one of the world’s smartest electricity networks as part of the Smart Grid Gotland project in Sweden. Ventyx will deploy a comprehensive distribution system optimization solution encompassing network control, demand response management, demand forecasting, and business analytics to support the project. This infrastructure will enable large quantities of wind and other renewable and distributed energy sources to be integrated into the grid.

Smart Meter Technologies, En Verv Team on new AMI Solutions

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:35
Smart Meter Technologies is collaborating with EnVerv on a family of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) products for residential, commercial and industrial meters. EnVerv’s EV8000 power-line communications (PLC) modem system on chip (SoC) will be the communication engine of these platforms. 

Philippines Opens New Solar Plant

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 14:17
Philippines President Benigno Aquino III led the ribbon-cutting and switching-on ceremony at the inauguration of San Carlos Solar Energy’s (SaCaSol) solar plant, a ground mounted photovoltaic solar facility at the San Carlos City Economic Zone.

Landis+Gyr Acquires PowerSense

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 15:07
Landis+Gyr has acquired PowerSense, which has designed solutions to retrofit and digitalize existing power distribution infrastructures enabling utilities to balance and better manage grids in their medium and low voltage distribution network. This enables grid operators to meet the challenges of the future power grids such as an increasing number of distributed power generation options and unpredictable loads that significantly change the power consumption patterns.

BGE Deploys C3 Energy Solutions

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 15:06
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has successfully deployed C3 Revenue Protection and C3 AMI Operations across the utility’s two million meter smart grid network. The solutions analyze more than 35 billion rows of data from twelve BGE and third-party data sources to help BGE’s revenue protection and grid operational teams operate more efficiently and effectively.

Silver Spring Integrates Varentec Technology

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 15:05
Silver Spring Networks is integrating Varentec’s Grid Edge Control Solution with its IPv6-based smart grid networking platform to provide utilities with greater voltage/VAR optimization and conservation voltage reduction (CVR) capabilities.

ABB Named Most Valuable B2B Swiss Brand

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 15:03
Interbrand has ranked ABB seventh on its annual list of the most valuable Swiss brands, making it the most valuable B2B business brand in the country. B2B brands were included on the list for the first time this year. ABB’s brand is valued at around five billion Swiss francs. 

SDG&E Promoting Sustainability

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 15:02
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is taking a leading position in promoting energy efficiency and sustainability, both with its customers and within the utility’s own operations.