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New Energy Scheduling Model Being Tested

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 13:42

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new power scheduling technique that coordinates both produced and stored energy by moving away from centralized management and tapping into the distributed computing power of energy devices. Traditionally, the power infrastructure uses a centralized scheduling approach to forecast and coordinate energy production. But as more renewable…

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UK Announces New Home Energy Management Project

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 21:10

  Cooperative Energy is collaborating with Energy Local on the Swell pilot project. Consumers served by Westmill Solar Cooperative—the first community-owned solar farm in the UK—participating in the trial will be provided a new home energy management system that enables users to control home appliances, see how much energy they are consuming in real time,…

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Nigeria Utility Set to Deploy Smart Meters

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 02:13

Ikeja Electric has announced the pilot deployment of two thousand smart meters will begin at the end of June. An additional five thousand of the digital meters are scheduled to be installed in July. Pekun Adeyanju, Ikeja Electric’s assistant general manager of public affairs, told the News Agency of Nigeria that, “Consumers who engage in…

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Landis+Gyr Chosen for Smart Meter Rollout in Austria

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 18:35

Netz Burgenland Strom has selected Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream smart metering solution, which will run on G3 PLC technology. The deal includes infrastructure for the utility’s head-end-system that remote reading of all meters in its network. Under terms of the agreement, the first three thousand smart meters will be deployed in late 2015, with 20,000 additional devices…

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New IoT-based Technology for Smart Water Conservation

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 13:24

AT&T, IBM and Mueller Water Products have designed a new solution to help cities save water by using an Internet of Things (IoT) technology that municipalities can quickly install to help manage water and prevent leaks. The smart water technology, and data from trial conducted in Atanta, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, was introduced at…

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Enel Expands Solar Footprint

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:19

Enel Green Power (EGP) has broken ground on a new solar power plant in South Africa. The facility will have a total installed capacity of 82.5 MW and when operational will generate more than 150 GWh per year, enough to power 48,000 South African households and eliminating more than 138,000 tonnes of CO2. The energy…

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E.ON Adds New Smart Meter Service

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:39

E.ON has introduced the Smart Pay As You Go pilot that the utility says enables it to take the existing benefits of smart meters, such as increased visibility and control of individuals’ energy use, to the next level. More importantly for consumers, the new technology provides Smart Pay As You Go customers the choice of all…

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ComEd Customers to Share Smart Energy Usage Data

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 14:42

ComEd is partnering with Schneider Electric on a Green Button Connect My Data initiative in northern Illinois that enables customers to authorize third-party service providers to receive direct access to their smart energy usage analytics. ComEd is also offering Energy Insights Online, a free web-based energy analysis service that interfaces with Green Button. According to…

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Johannesburg Touts Smart Meter Deployment

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 14:04

The city of Johannesburg is nearly halfway through its planned smart meter deployment. The new devices were adopted in part to mitigate load shedding and reduce meter-reading cost. The city is scheduled to install 70 000 smart meters by June and a total of 150 000 by the end of September. In a statement, city…

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Landis+Gyr to Give Navy Yard Smart Energy Facelift

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:22

The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), the city’s public-private economic development corporation, has selected Landis+Gyr to establish an energy infrastructure at The Navy Yard. The initial phase of the project will be the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure solution elements, including smart meters, a Gridstream communications network, meter data management software, and related cloud based…

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PowerNet Deploys Smart Meters in NZ

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 15:49

PowerNet is deploying the first of 60,000 advanced power meters being installed as part of a $24.5 million, three-year roll out plan across parts of New Zealand. According to The Southland Times, once the requisite testing and systems installation was completed, retail power companies began contacting businesses and homeowners to arrange installation. PowerNet project manager…

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Ericsson To Supply Smart Meters in Norway

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 02:14

Skagerak Nett has selected Ericsson as sole supplier of 180,000 smart meters to be deployed in Norway beginning in 2016. The project is part of a large-scale modernization of the Norwegian power grid. Geir Kulås, Skagerak Nett chief executive officer, says: “We are very pleased with the choice of Ericsson and look forward to a…

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New Zealand Company Giving Away Free Power to Smart Meter Homes

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 16:33

A New Zealand-based online electricity company is giving away free power for an hour a day during one of the two off-peak times. Electric Kiwi caters only to consumers who have smart meters installed. According to the start-up, “Rates will differ region to region and household size but all customers will pay a fixed rate…

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California Certifies Kamstrup’s Smart Meters

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 05:45

The State of California has certified Kamstrup’s flowIQ smart water meter for individual metering applications. The certification is to ensure devices are accurate, reliable, and do not facilitate fraud. Smart water metering particularly benefits tenants and property managers. Kamstrup reports, “Without a reliable water meter, often times water bills are estimated or equally distributed to…

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Certicom’s New Certificate Service Secures Smart Meters, IoT Devices

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:44

BlackBerry subsidiary Certicom has introduced a new managed public key infrastructure certificate service designed to help device manufacturers and service providers secure their Internet of things (IoT) networks and ecosystems. Certicom began issuing certificates in mid-April for the UK’s smart meter initiative. The British market has more than 104 million smart meters and home energy…

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DTE, Vectorform Team on Smart Energy Mobile Platform

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:43

Vectorform and Detroit Edison (DTE) have collaborated on a smart energy mobile platform that enables consumers to significantly increase energy savings. The Powerley platform allow utility companies to present real-time energy consumption information to their customers, who can then adjust their usage to create significant energy savings. Previously, utilities could only provide dated information to…

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US Utility Installs One Millionth Smart Meter

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:11

One million down, three million to go. Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) has installed the one millionth smart meter in its service territory since 2013, and is scheduled to install three million more by 2018, three years ahead of the original 2021 end date. Michael McMahan, ComEd’s vice president of automated metering infrastructure implementation, says, “We’re…

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Smart Doorbell Doubles as Security Device

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 09:32

This is not your father’s doorbell. Ring is more door butler than simple smart appliance. The user-friendly device includes a wide-angle camera, speaker, microphone, motion sensor and a button that triggers your home’s doorbell chime. When a visitor or delivery person approaches your home, Ring sends an alert to your smartphone that there is someone…

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Sensus Opens Smart Meter Manufacturing Facility in China

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 19:23

Sensus has established a new smart meter manufacturing and assembly facility in China’s Fujian Province. The facility was designed to produce 150,000 meters yearly to help meet the region’s growing demand for advanced meters. Sensus president Randy Bays notes, “Quality is the way we set ourselves apart from the competition. This factory builds upon that…

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AutoGrid Systems Launches New Smart Energy Platform

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:37

AutoGrid has released the third version of its energy data platform (EDP). The solution, which includes applications for customer engagement, grid operation, and revenue assurance, provides a real-time assessment of a utility’s energy assets through expanded core tools, platform services, analytics, big data, and data science capabilities. The upgrades were designed to improve customer engagement,…

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