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SP AusNet Chooses Ericsson’s Solution For Smart Meter Communications

November 26, 2013

Ericsson will provide a standards-based 3G network in Victoria, Australia designed to allow communications directly to smart meters over an existing Australian public mobile network.

IUS Technologies Develops New Smart Sensors for Theft Detection

November 26, 2013

Forward-looking utilities are implementing smart sensors to complement AMI/AMR systems in detecting fraud, unauthorized use, and inefficient energy distribution. The line of sensors introduced by IUS is designed to provide power usage data that can be compared with AMI/AMR smart meter readings to pinpoint illegal or unauthorized power usage immediately.

FERC Announces Rule Changes to Facilitate Interconnections for Small Renewable Energy Systems

November 22, 2013

In a far-reaching decision, yesterday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission adopted significant modifications to the agency’s Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP), which should facilitate a more efficient interconnection process for small renewable generators.

IEEE Approves Standard for Low-Frequency, Narrowband PLC Communications and Smart Grid Applications

November 22, 2013

Because the IEEE 1901.2 standard was natively designed for the modern smart grid, it leverages techniques and recent innovations in communications technology and the smart grid security framework.

Self Healing Lithium-ion Battery Developed

November 22, 2013

Researchers at Stanford and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a self-healing battery electrode that is likely to provide greater charge capacity in lithium-ion batteries.

PSEG Receives Support For Energy Strong Proposal

November 22, 2013

Energy Strong calls for investing $3.9 billion over 10 years, including $2.6 billion in the first five years, to protect critical facilities, install backup distribution lines and improve communications capabilities.

Verizon Launches Security Suite to Protect the Internet of Things

November 20, 2013

One way to enable smart grid security is to provide certificates during device production or client-site installation. This way, devices can be authenticated when talking to each other while also maintaining a secure connection for the traffic to traverse. Devices not configured with a certificate would not be able to penetrate or attach to the network, helping to protect the energy grid from harm.

DecisionPoint and Landis+Gyr Form Partnership

November 20, 2013

The agreement is focused on software tools used by technicians to install, provision and troubleshoot advanced meters in the field.

Silver Spring Networks Introduces Smart City Network-as-a-Service Offering

November 19, 2013

The company is introducing a new Network-as-a-Service offering whereby it will deploy, manage and operate smart city networks on behalf of cities, allowing them to avoid upfront capital equipment and deployment costs as well as reduce operational and management expenditures.

Duke Energy Carolinas Files New Renewable Energy Program

November 19, 2013

The Gree Source Rider is an experimental program designed to give energy-intensive customers, such as manufacturers, data centers, college campuses and big-box retailers, the option of offsetting some or all of their energy consumption from new load — such as a new or expanded facility — with renewable energy.

Smart Cities Council Releases Readiness Guide

November 18, 2013

The Guide is a collection of guidelines, best practices and more than 50 case studies. It is intended to help a city create its own customized wish list with the confidence that it has not left out anything essential and that all the pieces will work together even if they are built in stages.

EaglePicher Technologies Partners with Arista Power on New York City Demand Reduction Project

November 18, 2013

EPT’s system is designed to provide 200 kW/900 kWh of energy storage integrated into Arista Power’s Power on Demand (PoD) system that will be installed in the selected building. The system utilizes energy storage to reduce utility costs, specifically demand charges, and is intended to allow seamless enrollment to demand response programs.

City of Holly Springs to Implement Smart Grid SaaS to Modernize Grid

November 15, 2013

Under the terms of the agreement, GE will provide Holly Springs with a pre-integrated package of services ranging from electric, water and gas meter services for the city’s advanced metering infrastructure to prepaid electric billing on a consumer web portal. The package also includes services such as outage detection, asset monitoring and support for the city’s grid for 10 years.

Las Vegas Deploys Predictive Energy Optimization

November 15, 2013

BuildingIQ recently announced that Las Vegas is the first city to deploy its cloud-based energy management system broadly for optimized power consumption. The deployment is part of utility NV Energy’s mPowered program.

GridSense Announces Another Order With A Large Midwest Utility

November 15, 2013

GridSense reports that a large Midwestern utility has concluded a year-long pilot of the company’s LineIQ monitoring solution for older distribution substations, and that the utility has ordered 150 units for deployment to more than 50 sites over the next year.

Survey Finds Consumers Willing to Pay for Alternative Energy, Less So for Reliability

November 13, 2013

The Consumer Pulse Survey, undertaken earlier this year by Market Strategies International, determined that more than 60 percent of consumers are willing to pay an extra $2, $5 or $15 a month to support deployment of alternative energy. Less than 60 percent were willing to pay those amounts to improve reliability.

Accenture: Smart Grid Benefits Set To Exceed Industry Forecasts

November 11, 2013

More than two-thirds of utility executives believe that the benefits of smart grids and smart meter deployments — which include improved customer service, reliability and outage response — will exceed original industry forecasts, according to a recent survey by Accenture. A large majority of executives surveyed (85 percent) also expect the industry’s competitive landscape to change in the next five years, with more new entrants in the areas of energy efficiency and demand response, data services and distributed power generation.

Annual Worldwide Solar PV Installations To Double by 2020

November 11, 2013

According to the report by Navigant, annual installations of new solar PV capacity will grow from 35.9 GW in 2013 to 73.4 GW in 2020. The Asia Pacific region is expected to be the leading regional market for solar PV installations throughout the forecast period, led by China, where more than 100 GW of solar PV will be deployed by 2020.

ISO New England Regional Plan Details Power Grid Progress and Initiatives

November 11, 2013

The predominant reliability challenges include the region’s reliance on natural gas for power generation, the potential retirements of older fossil-fuel-fired generation, and the interconnection of increasing levels of renewable resources. Changes to operating procedures and market rules are underway to address these challenges.

Mexico Smart Grid Market To Grow From $205m to $2.1bn Per Year

November 5, 2013

Mexico’s energy regulator Comision Reguladora de Energia (CRE) is in the final stages of developing a smart grid roadmap to help spur a market that will cumulatively reach $12.1 billion by 2023, according to a new report from Northeast Group. This spending will be allocated across 17 smart grid market segments including smart metering, transmission and distribution network infrastructure and information technology.

Five Key Trends Driving Smart Building Technology

November 5, 2013

Facing pressure to manage costs, risks and energy consumption, commercial building owners and investors are exploring how smart building technologies can help a company’s triple bottom line (people, planet, profits). Five key trends are making smart buildings a no-brainer for commercial property owners and investors, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s latest report.

The senators’ legislation would create the first national threshold for utilities to provide a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable resources, including wind, solar, biomass and hydrokinetic energy. The bill would set a 6 percent requirement by 2014, followed by gradual increases thereafter to meet the 25 percent by 2025 goal.

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