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Fiveworx Licenses New Energy Technology

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 19:21
Energy efficiency specialist Fiveworx has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) technology that will help consumers reduce their utility bills by analyzing their home energy usage.

LADWP Expands Contract with Itron

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 20:00
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has awarded a new smart metering contract to Itron. LADWP will implement Itron’s cellular solution to supply advanced time-of-use and net time-of-use residential, commercial, and industrial electric metering to the utility’s customers. The solution will enable LADWP to improve customer service, expand green energy initiatives, and facilitate meeting the increasing demands from applications for solar net metered customers.

Enel Expands China Collaboration

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 20:00
Enel has signed two agreements with the heads of the China Huaneng Group and the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to further expand their relationship by collaborating on the development of projects utilizing renewable energy sources, management research in the fields of social economy, sustainable development, policies and regulation, and the management of carbon assets and carbon strategy.

Texas Instruments Introduces New PLC Modem Platform

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 20:00
The smart grid depends on power line communication (PLC) to connect smart meters and utilities. Currently there are three major established standards: PRIME, G3-PLC and IEEE-1901.2. But the lack of a single standard always raises the lack of interoperability specter.

CG Contracted to Supply Smart Meters in Spain

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 20:00
Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) has awarded CG`s Automation Business Unit a contract to supply 750,000 smart meters and will be one of its main smart meter suppliers for the next two years. 

University of Strathclyde Professor Appointed to the ScottishPower Chair

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 20:00
University of Strathclyde Professor Keith Bell has been appointed to the ScottishPower Chair in Smart Grid Technology, a role designed to support research, development, and knowledge exchange in the smart grid domain.

Landis+Gyr to Acquire GRIDiant

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 20:00
Landis+Gyr has agreed to acquire utility analytics company GRIDiant Corporation. The deal will expand Landis+Gyr’s software analytics portfolio and enhance end to end solution capability. GRIDiant’s analytics suite will be integrated into Landis+Gyr’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution grid management, and cloud-based solutions for utility customers.

HP to Collaborate with Swansea University

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:39
HP has agreed to a three-year collaboration with Swansea University that will hopefully lead to developing sustainable next-generation cities, communities, and campuses using HP technology and leveraging smart metering, intelligent cities, situational awareness, data analytics, and security threat detection.

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.