Smart Meter Revenue to Surpass $6 Billion by 2023

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:45

A new report forecasts that global revenue from smart meters will increase over the next decade from $5.1 billion in 2014 to $6.6 billion in 2023. The data from Navigant Research examined the worldwide market opportunities for smart electric meters. With roll outs in North American slowing, the smart electric meter market is now focusing…

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Now that nuclear is on the way out, Germany considers the future of coal

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:58
Germany’s aggressive shift to renewables has caused a lot of head scratching and attracted a lot of criticism, and more is sure to come. Following the German government decision to abandon its nuclear program in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, officials are now focused on the future of its coal industry.

How the evolving utility-customer relationship is changing home energy management

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:40
More consumers are becoming aware of energy efficiency and managing their energy use. While that can certainly be considered progress, the trend also attracted a new set of competitors for utilities. Guest author Jenny Roehm provides an overview, as well as recommendations for how utilities can counter that competition.

Ohio regulators OK FirstEnergy plan to cut back energy efficiency programs

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:29
With approval from state regulators, Ohio utility FirstEnergy is well on its way toward shelving most of its energy efficiency programs for at least two years. State lawmakers passed a bill to suspend efficiency programs earlier this year, saying it was needed to give them time to study the economics of the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.

St. Kitts Prepares for Smart Meters Rollout

SmartMeters.com - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:48

St. Kitts Electricity Corporation (SKELEC), which is preparing to rollout smart meters and related supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, has commissioned an Intermittent Renewable Energy Infusion Stud, which was undertaken to determine the total capacity of intermittent renewable energy that the utility can safely integrate into the electricity grid without compromising system stability.…

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Interview with Deutsche Telekom Jon Carter: Smart Home Opportunities and Challenges

SmartMeters.com - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:51

Although still in its infancy, the smart home market is rapidly evolving as devices and technologies embracing the Internet of things (IoT) become more ubiquitous. Stakeholders from utilities to consumer electronics manufacturers to telecoms are strategically positioning their companies to stake out their plot of choice digital real estate. Deutsche Telekom, one of the companies…

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ZigBee Announces New Internet of Things Standard

SmartMeters.com - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 13:02

The ZigBee Alliance, has announced the unification of its wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0, which will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices, providing consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services. The new standard impacts tens of millions of devices already using ZigBee standards. The company reports…

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UK smart meter rollout stalled until late 2016

SmartGridNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:30
The UK is putting its smart meter deployment on hold because an essential part of the project will not be complete in time to meet the initial deadline. Installations were to begin next year and be completed by 2020. But the company responsible for delivering the communications system for the meters has said the system won’t be completed until late in 2016, a delay that will be costly.

Ice Energy wins 16 contracts from SCE and other smart grid wins

SmartGridNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:17
This week’s smart grid wins roundup touches on energy storage, smart meter deployments and solar installation projects. The collection also includes a milestone for Silver Spring Networks and an energy efficiency award for Building IQ.

SunEdison to become world’s biggest renewables company with First Wind buy

SmartGridNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:04
With the acquisition of wind power developer First Wind, solar power giant SunEdison will become the world’s leading renewable energy development company. SunEdison and subsidiary Terra Forma partnered for the First Wind acquisition.

Georgia Power rolls out EV charging rebate for business customers

SmartGridNews - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:21
As part of a multi-faceted electric vehicle transportation pilot, Georgia Power has begun an EV charging rebate program for its business customers intended to build interest in electric transportation. Read the story for details on the rebate program and why the utility is doing it.

Hawaiian Electric testing smart water heaters for several grid applications

SmartGridNews - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:09
Smart water heaters are not new, but they have typically been used for demand response applications. Hawaiian Electric will test how effective they can be in other roles. Utility officials think they may be able to help manage an electric grid that has been heavily integrated with intermittent solar power.

U.S. power grid hit by hackers 79 times so far this year

SmartGridNews - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:03
News of cyberattacks on the U.S. energy grid seems almost continuous. But it’s still startling to see that the country has been hit by hackers a total of 79 times since the beginning of the year. Click to learn more about the attacks and why it is a particular concern for the energy industry.

San Diego Utility Receives Reliability Award

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:39

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is the recipient of the 2014 ReliabilityOne National Reliability Excellence Award and was also recognized for outstanding customer engagement. SDG&E president and chief operating officer Steven D. Davis says, “We’re honored to be named the most reliable utility in the nation. At SDG&E we’re focused on our core business of…

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CG to Open Grenoble Smart Meter Facility

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:18

Avantha Group Company CG is opening a new Grenoble facility in 2015 that can produce, test, and calibrate more than two million ZIV smart meters per year. CG is participating in ERDF’s massive rollout of Linky smart meters. CG chief executive officer and managing director Laurent Demortier says, “We are pleased to be setting up this…

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Toshiba to demo renewables + hydrogen power system

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:56
Toshiba Corporation will conduct a demonstration of an independent power supply system that incorporates renewable energy and hydrogen. The system, which will run on water and sunlight, will be able to provide electricity and hot water during emergencies, and act to help manage changes in power demand at other times.

Smart water meter market to almost double in a few years

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:49
While the U.S. is leading in the adoption of smart water meters now, the real growth is in Europe where France is the fastest growing market, analysts say. Read about this and more market news in this week’s smart grid market roundup.

The multi-state approach for Clean Power Plan compliance sounds good, but is it?

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:43
While many stakeholders and observers approve of the multi-state strategy to meet the requirements of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, states could find themselves with several high hurdles to clear. While states that work together have an extra year to develop their plans, officials from many states say that is still not enough time.

Silver Spring Networks’ New Smart City Platform

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 17:09

Silver Spring Networks has unveiled the next gen of its IPv6-based smart city networking platform, which enables operators to deploy multiple applications atop a single, standards-based network. Brandon Davito, Silver Spring Networks’ vice president of smart lighting and cities, notes, “Our secure, reliable, and globally proven IPv6 smart city platform gives cities and critical infrastructure…

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Texas A&M University at Qatar Opens Smart Grid Center

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 16:00

Texas A&M University at Qatar had opened the Smart Grid Center extension that is designed to make smart grid a reality in Qatar and elsewhere. The center is intended to train engineering students and professionals in energy-related concepts and technologies in Qatar as well as integrating electricity, information, and communication infrastructures to produce power more…

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