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G7 Energy Ministers Issue Statement

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 14:52
The energy ministers of the G7 countries—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the EU Commissioner for Energy—issued a declaration after their recent meeting in Rome in advance of the G7 Summit next month in Brussels.

Silver Spring to Acquire Streetlight.Vision

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 14:51
Silver Spring Networks has entered into an agreement to acquire Streetlight.Vision, a Paris-based company that provides  control and management software for street lights. Silver Spring’s acquisition was designed to enhance Silver Spring’s networked street light solution, expand its geographic reach, and can be leveraged for additional solutions within the blossoming smart city market.

Madrid Rewards Drivers with Fuel-Efficient Cars

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 14:48
Madrid announced plans to introduce smart parking meters that will determine rates based on the car’s emission level. Those with the lowest emissions will be charged the least expensive parking rate. The new system is scheduled to go into effect July 1.

Echelon Signs Agreement with Digi-Key

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 14:47
Echelon Corporation has entered into a distribution agreement with global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation. Under terms of the agreement, Digi-Key will distribute Echelon’s portfolio of products—including chips, modules, routers, and software—for the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) market globally, with the exception of Japan. 

Washington Utility Deploys Smart Water Meter

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 14:47
Ferguson Meter & Automation Group has subcontracted Apex CoVantage to install a full-scale advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for Woodinville Water District in Washington State. Following successful pilots with advanced meter reading (AMR) and AMI technology, the deployment marks the first complete network overhaul of its kind in the district. 

Jordan Moves forward with Solar Plans

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 14:46
Martifer Solar and Adenium Energy Capital have secured a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) for a 10 MW alternating current solar PV plant in southern Jordan. The deal is part of the country’s National Renewable Energy Plan. 

Canadian Solar Gets Funding for Three Solar Projects

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 14:45
The National Bank of Canada will provide Canadian Solar with C$115.5 million in short-term construction financing to help build three solar power projects in Ontario, Canada, totaling 30 MW alternating current (ac).

EnerTech Investing in Morgan Solar

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 14:45
EnerTech Holding Company has entered into a strategic investment and partnership agreement with Canadian-based Morgan Solar Inc. (MSI), which reports it has developed a low cost and high efficiency solar concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology and a two-axis tracker that has great potential for adoption in the Middle East.

Japan, UK Reaffirm Commitment to Clean Energy

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 14:44
The UK and Japan have reaffirmed their commitment to reducing emissions and maintaining a secure supply of power. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s met with the Department Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Minister Ed Davey during the P.M.’s two day visit to the UK.

Sacramento Utility Recognized for Demand Response Program

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:23
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) was honored for having the Outstanding Public-Owned Utility Demand Response Program at the eleventh Annual Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) Awards.

GE Smart Meters Earn UL Certification

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:23
GE’s digital energy business’ smart meters have achieved Underwriters Laboratories (UL) voluntary safety certification, the first meters in the industry to do so. Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) is deploying GE’s UL-certified smart meters as part of the utility’s grid modernization initiative, which includes the installation of approximately four million meters across ComEd’s service area.

Trilliant Teams with Malaysia Utility

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:22
Malaysia’s largest utility, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Trilliant that calls for the two companies to exchange technical information and training and to explore models to deliver smart grid benefits such as enhanced energy efficiency, improved reliability, and energy security throughout TNB’s customer base.

ADS Announces New Members Attendance to Town Meeting

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:21
Nest, C3 Energy, and Sensus have announced plans to attend the upcoming National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid as new members of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS).

British Gas Pays for Switching Errors

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:21
An investigations by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) determined that British Gas Business improperly prevented business customers from changing to other suppliers and failed to notify customers when their contract was about to expire. As a result of these findings British Gas Business is paying a £5.6 million fine.

GE, PowerStream Team on Microgrid Demo

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:20
GE and PowerStream have launched a joint microgrid demonstration project in Vaughan, Ontario. The project is designed to show how power customers and utilities could conceivably generate and distribute their own energy using renewable resources.

Earth Day Focused on Smart City Infrastructure

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:19
As the smart grid infrastructure and smart meters become more ubiquitous, attention on this Earth Day is turning to implementing smart technology to help create smart cities. As cities become ever more crowded traffic and gridlock, sufficient energy production, and adequate water and food resources will challenge their infrastructures. 

Zesa Holdings Replacing Pre-Paid Meters with Smart Meters

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:18
Zesa Holdings will pay out more than $100 million to install 300,000 smart meters in order to replace its two-year-old prepaid meter system. The utility will also invest approximately $7 million for a meter data management (MDM) system that enables remote communication with installed smart meters.

NYISO Opens New Grid Control Center

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:18
The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) is celebrating its new $38 million primary power control center that features the latest digital monitoring technologies designed to improve the state’s grid reliability and security. The 64,000-square-foot control facility is the primary operations and control center for NYISO.

Silver Spring, MongoDB Partner on Real-Time Smart Grid Data Platform

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:17
Silver Spring Networks will use the MongoDB database to capture and store high volumes of machine-to-machine (M2M) data for its new SilverLink Sensor Network, which enables developers to access enriched data to deliver new applications and services for utilities and energy consumers. The new solution will be up to 10x faster and cost a tenth of traditional utility IT infrastructure.