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SaskPower Puts Smart Meter Rollout on Hold

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:06

SaskPower has put its smart meter roll out on hold while the utility investigates fires associated with the installation of new smart meters. During the past two months there have been six reported fires related to the installation of the new meters. Tyler Hopson, a SaskPower spokesman pointed out that the six fires “is a…

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Ofgem Okays Scottish Subsea Link

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:31

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has approved a new subsea link in the north of Scotland. Scottish Hydro Electricity (SHE) Transmission’s power network £1.2 billion upgrade is expected to connect 1.2GW of new renewable electricity generation when completed in 2018. The upgrade will help meet Britain’s renewable target at a lower cost…

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USDA Invests in Rural Smart Grid Projects

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:19

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that agency is investing $263.3 million, much of it on smart grid projects to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems located in eight states. The USDA has a long history, dating back to the days following the Great Depression, of working…

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S&C, Green States Energy Team on Solar Farm

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:55

S&C Electric Company is partnering with Green States Energy (GSE) on an $11 million project to design and build a 3.6 MW solar photovoltaic farm in Devens, Massachusetts. This will be the third facility built by S&C for GSE and will connect to the grid via a standardized electrical system scheme. According to S&C, the…

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China, US Sign MoU on Electric Vehicle Cooperation

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:18

US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz recently attended the sixth US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Beijing. The conference is considered a leading channel for government-to-government discussion between the two nations on issues relating to global, regional, and national security and economic issues. Moniz focused on opportunities to expand and deepen US-China collaborations on clean…

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Landis+Gyr, RWE in Smart Meter Solutions Deal

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:12

Landis+Gyr has contracted to deliver its Gridstream end-to-end solution, including 50,000 smart meters and an AIM head end system to Polish energy utility RWE. The smart meter products and software solutions will be installed in residential buildings throughout Warsaw. A four year service contract is also included in the contract terms. The first deliveries are…

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Itron Signs Deal with Utilita

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:09

Utilita has contracted with Itron for a full suite of services so power customers can use key prepayment electricity meters. The deal in unprecedented for Itron, which is expanding provide managed services for small energy suppliers. Under the agreement, Itron reports it will support the backend operations of Utilita’s key prepayment offering so consumers can…

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Younger Generation Embracing Smart Energy

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:34

New research on the Internet of Things (IoT) found that young consumers, people with children, and individuals who have owned their homes for three to four years are the top adopters of Internet-connected energy devices. Parks Associates’ “Home Energy Management Adopters” study reports that more than 10 percent of United States broadband households headed by…

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E.ON Wind Farm Gets Approval

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:31

Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, had given E.ON consent for the company’s Rampion Offshore Wind Farm development. The approval will make Rampion the first offshore wind farm located off the southern coast of England. E.ON is permitted to construct a wind farm comprised of between 100 and 175 turbines…

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Smaller, Smarter Homes Latest US Trend

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:29

In the United States’ heyday of conspicuous consumption bigger was always better. Some states (we’re talking to you, Texas) even made over-the-top extravagance part of their image—Big D, big hair, and big oil. Well, as Dylan proclaimed a half century ago, the times they are a-changing. Again. According to the U.S. Census Bureau more than…

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Enel Green Power Signs Deals in Italy, US

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:26

Enel Green Power has announced the company will assume Sharp Corporation’s obligations related to a off-take agreement concerning the output of photovoltaic panels manufactured at the Catania factory of 3Sun Srl, the joint venture between Enel Green Power, Sharp, and STMicroelectronics. Through the off-take agreement Enel Green Power and Sharp committed to purchase the entire…

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British Gas Announces Solar Energy Project

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:24

The solar division of British Gas is teaming with Generation Community and Social Finance to build a pipeline of solar energy projects worth up to £60 million. The collaboration is designed to benefit local communities by offering solar panels for local government sites such as schools and town halls throughout the UK. According to the…

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Trimble Enhances Software for Smart Water Infrastructure

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:00

Trimble has introduced an updated version of its smart water infrastructure mapping and work management software. Trimble Connect version 1.8 is the latest release of the cloud-based, geographic information system (GIS)-centric software, featuring a suite of applications that enable water, wastewater, and storm water utilities to efficiently manage their network maintenance and data collection activities.…

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Tantalus Appoints New COO

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:56

Tantalus has appointed Dermot O’Leary as the company’s chief operating officer. A thirty-five year utility industry veteran, O’Leary has a wide breadth of experience including strategic planning, product development, manufacturing and supply chain processes, customer deployments, business development, contracting, and international business. Tantalus president and chief executive officer Peter Londa says the company “is strategically…

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Telefónica Joins UK Smart Meter Rollout

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:19

CGI has announced plans to integrate its Smart Data Service with Telefónica UK’s communication network, enabling CGI to offer its energy company customers that are rolling out smart meters Telefónica’s communication services, increasing the range of communication options available to them. CGI UK’s vice president energy and utilities Tara McGeehan explains, “We are providing our…

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Sensus FlexNet Named Best Smart Grid Solution

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:03

At the recent Municipal Smart Grid Summit (MSGS) Sensus’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) product portfolio received the Best Smart Grid Solution award. The technology features the FlexNet communication system, a long-range radio network that communicates via primary-use Federal Communications Commission licensed spectrum. The summit featured smart grid technology companies presenting to more than one hundred…

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Bidgely Launches Solar Disaggregation for Utilities

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:02

Bidgely has introduced solar disaggregation, which enables utilities and their residential solar customers to track solar generation and consumption in tandem with grid energy use on the HomeBeat home energy portal. The new technology provides a unified energy management experience through which utilities gain a comprehensive view of the energy demands of all solar and…

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LG Introduces HomeChat Appliance Service

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:02

LG Electronics has introduced the HomeChat messaging service for its premium smart appliances. Currently just available in South Korea, HomeChat utilizes natural language processing (NLP) and LINE, a mobile messenger app with more than 300 million users, to let homeowners communicate, control, monitor, and share content with LG’s latest smart appliances. LG’s premium smart appliance…

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FERC to Request Rehearing on Demand Response Ruling

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:01

The Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) has issued a statement supporting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision to request a rehearing of the US Court of Appeals May 23 ruling that vacated a 2011 FERC order requiring grid operators to pay customers and demand-response providers the market value of unused electricity. AEMA executive director…

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Consumers Energy Improves Power Reliability

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:01

Consumers Energy is using state of the art technologies to improve customer electric reliability, prevent animal interference, and quickly locate outages. Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy delivery says, “Our Promise to Michigan is delivering the energy you need whenever you need it. This continued investment in electric reliability upgrades using the best…

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