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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work with each other on the development of hydrokinetic projects, which will generate power from waves, tides, ocean currents, and the flow of rivers.
Lafarge, Saint-Gobain, and Schneider Electric have signed of letter of intent (LOI) with Russia’s A_PRIORI Project to develop energy efficient houses. The pilot project, one of the first energy efficient houses in the Moscow region with energy consumption less than 35KWH/m2.yr, is scheduled to begin construction in May 2013. The second project to be realized in the framework of the Energy Efficient Houses is the multi-storey house, which is currently in pre-design phase.
Enexis and Kamstrup announced the deployment of the 150,000th smart meter of their collaborations. Enexis partnered with Kamstrup in 2009 because it was the only supplier able to both fulfill the Dutch standard for Smart Metering, NTA 8130, and deliver the meters on time. After Kamstrup secured the first pilot project of 25,000 meters, Enexis placed additional orders, which is now in excess of 150,000 meters.
Elster Solutions and Milsoft Utility Solutions announced the companies are delivering stackable answers for Elster’s Callisto grid performance system. Callisto helps utilities reduce their risk, lower the total cost of ownership (TCO), and achieve the exact functionality desired through its stackable and incremental modularity. The monitoring and notification capabilities built into Callisto give utilities the ease of operation they want for day-to-day activities.
Ambient Corporation has announced that all of the company’s Smart Grid Node family is now certified on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. This marks the first time that a high-speed, high-bandwidth communications network is currently available to connect mission-critical utility and M2M smart grid applications.
The Canadian Smart Grid Standards Roadmap, published by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), recommends formation of a steering committee to promote smart grid standardization and advance policy objectives. The Roadmap development was overseen by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Canadian National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission (CNC/IEC).