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Study Concludes Smart Energy to Significantly Undercut Utilities’ Revenue

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:23

The good news for consumers and the environment: smart energy and renewables such as solar and wind are steadily increasing the amount of energy they provide municipalities around the world. The bad news for utilities: smart energy and renewables such as solar and wind are steadily increasing the amount of energy they provide municipalities around…

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Icontrol Adds Nest to Its Smart Home Portfolio

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:47

Icontrol Networks has added the Nest learning thermostat to its OpenHome ecosystem. One of Icontrol’s partners, Peq is already offering the Nest thermostat on its system and other Icontrol-powered providers are expected to follow suit. Icontrol Networks chief executive officer Robert Hagerty says. “The Icontrol and Nest integration shows how two leading companies are working together to break…

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DECC’s Baroness Verma Calls Smart Meters Revolutionary

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:33

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) under secretary of state Baroness Verma gave attendees of the Smart Metering Forum a state-of-the energy system address, saying the UK’s smart meter initiative is part of an effort by the government, industry, and other stakeholders to revolutionize the current infrastructure. “A system that will keep our energy…

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Brazil Adds to Its Renewable Energy Portfolio

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:48

An A-5 Brazilian public auction has awarded Enel Green Power the right to sign 20-year power supply contracts with a Brazilian electricity distribution companies with power produced by the new 114 MW Morro do Chapéu wind project. The facility will be constructed in Bahia State, located in north-eastern Brazil, where the company already manages approximately…

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Enel Partners with ZTE on Smart Grid Solutions

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:46

Enel has signed an agreement with ZTE Corporation, a top telecommunications equipment and systems company in China. The deal is intended to initiate cooperation in electric mobility, smart grids, and renewable generation. For example, the two companies have agreed to share technological solutions on vehicle charging, as well as explore integrated solutions and synergies for…

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Hybrid Energy Systems Could Boost Renewable Use in US

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 06:52

A new report found that better energy storage could significantly increase the use of renewable energy in the United States. The study also urges the development of hybrid systems in which one form of renewable energy, such as solar, is available while the other, such as wind, is minimal. Up to now the primary drawback…

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Schneider Electric Launches Go Green in the City Smart Energy Challenge

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 06:25

Schneider Electric has initiated the fifth Go Green in the City challenge, which focuses on innovative energy solutions for smart cities. From now to February 1, 2015, bachelor, master, and MBA business and engineering students are invited to join the challenge. The challenge calls for teams of two that includes at least one woman to…

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Ontario Approves New Smart Grid Projects

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 04:23

The Canadian province of Ontario has announced the approval of 17 new energy projects through its Smart Grid Fund program, which will invest almost $24 million on the initiatives. The projects include energy storage, to allow stored energy to balance system needs; electric vehicle integration to assist with electric vehicle (EV) adoption; ‘behind the meter’…

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Memphis Utility Investing in More Smart Meters

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 03:54

Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) has announced plans to invest $27 million out of its $1.7 billion budget on implementing the next phase of smart meter deployment, which includes purchasing 50,000 smart electric, gas, and water meters, funding a telecommunications system to collect data transmitted from smart meters, and a data management system to…

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Smart Meter Revenue to Surpass $6 Billion by 2023

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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St. Kitts Prepares for Smart Meters Rollout

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

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

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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San Diego Utility Receives Reliability Award

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

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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Silver Spring Networks’ New Smart City Platform

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

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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British Gas Smart Meters Challenge Shows Savings

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:11

Results from the British Gas National Smart Meter Challenge shows that during the 10 weeks of the experiment, participants used 6 percent less gas and 7 percent less electricity than comparable homes without smart meters, simply by being more aware of their energy use. Prorated to 52, that would mean the average consumer would save £66…

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Indian Prime Minister Urges More Global Clean Energy R&D

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:39

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is urging G20 nations to establish a global virtual centre dedicated to clean energy research and development. Modi says, “Let us increase the collective research and development efforts and collaboration and ensure dissemination to all countries, stated Modi. For this, a global virtual centre for clean energy research and development…

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Arizona Commission Determines Smart Meters Safe and Noninvasive

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:01

A study conducted by the Arizona Department of Health Services concludes that smart meters pose no health hazard. The Arizona Corporation Commission called for the year-long review in response to some customers’ concern about the safety of smart meters’ pulsed transmissions. Smart meters transmit usage information via radio waves directly to the utility at regular…

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