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UK research finds energy displays can cause strife
October 31, 2014 -- LEYGUE: If it lowers energy use, maybe conflict is good: Roommates that split their monthly bills and have a smart meter and energy monitor installed can experience a wide range of emotions when the power bill arrives, the University of Nottingham in England found in . . . keep reading

Trilliant SEAL lets existing IT, OT systems talk to AMI
October 31, 2014 -- Trilliant of Redwood City, Calif, a smart grid communications provider, launched its Smart Energy Access Layer (SEAL), it said Wednesday, calling it a new way of integrating disparate IT systems and processes for AMI and the smart grid. SEAL gives a range of OT systems access . . . keep reading

Alevo turns cigarette plant into grid-scale storage factory
October 31, 2014 -- Alevo Group, a Martigny, Switzerland-based conglomerate, will deploy and run battery production lines in Concord, NC, in a 3.5 million-square-foot former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant, it said Monday. The $68.5 million facility was renamed Victory Industrial Park . . . keep reading

Alstom Grid helps DOE R&D microgrid in Philadelphia
October 31, 2014 -- Alstom Grid was awarded $1.2 million by the US DOE to research and design a community microgrid system in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Dept (PWD), the Paris-based smart grid firm said this week. PWD provides water, wastewater and storm water services for greater Philadelphia . . . keep reading

3 stories in 2 minutes
October 31, 2014 -- Nissan LEAF sets sales record for 2014 . . . Blue Earth deepens ties to PowerGenix . . . Utilismart, Automated Energy pair products . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
LG VP describes new world of smart appliances
October 30, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE: Energy management to ride coat tails of convenience: There's a community in Texas where the refrigerator ice-makers only run during off-peak hours, the washers and air conditioners turn on or off with a text from a remote smartphone, and the dryers leave . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
UK research finds energy displays can cause strife
October 31, 2014 -- LEYGUE: If it lowers energy use, maybe conflict is good: Roommates that split their monthly bills and have a smart meter and energy monitor installed can experience a wide range of emotions when the power bill arrives, the University of Nottingham in England found in . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
PG&E opens first of three grid-control centers in Fresno
October 30, 2014 -- Pacific Gas& Electric (PG&E), the IOU that serves most of Northern California, yesterday cut the ribbon at its $28.5 million electric distribution control center in Fresno, it said. The facility is the first of three new control centers meant to enhance reliability and . . . keep reading

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Briefs
3 stories in 2 minutes
October 31, 2014 -- Nissan LEAF sets sales record for 2014 . . . Blue Earth deepens ties to PowerGenix . . . Utilismart, Automated Energy pair products . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Survey finds affordable energy management needed
October 29, 2014 -- Although nearly 70% of corporate sustainability, engineering and facility managers are using some sort of technology to control and manage their buildings' energy use, most are using basic technology such as local sensors and efficient light fixtures, found a survey . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
New York Green Bank sets out first 7 transactions
October 23, 2014 -- New York Gov Andrew Cuomo, D, yesterday announced the first transactions of the New York (NY) Green Bank -- meant to kick off clean energy projects across the Empire State. These initial transactions were supported and agreed to in principle and will ultimately produce . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
UI to integrate Ventyx software into legacy IT, OT systems
October 28, 2014 -- Connecticut IOU United Illuminating (UI) teamed with consultancy Accenture and utility-industry consultancy Structure to help the industrial software firm Ventyx implement an outage lifecycle management system, it said yesterday. The partnership will integrate the Ventyx system . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
UK research finds energy displays can cause strife
October 31, 2014 -- LEYGUE: If it lowers energy use, maybe conflict is good: Roommates that split their monthly bills and have a smart meter and energy monitor installed can experience a wide range of emotions when the power bill arrives, the University of Nottingham in England found in . . . keep reading

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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTION
May 5, 2014 - The online version of a story we published Friday titled "GE: 3-D . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
Apex CoVantage releases ROI calculator for AMI deployments
October 24, 2014 -- Smart grid technology provider Apex CoVantage released a return on investment (ROI) calculator that helps utilities figure out time- and cost-savings when they use the firm's proprietary ProField platform for mobile workforce management to execute AMI deployments . . . keep reading

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Customers & advocacy
Which asks DECC to ensure UK AMI is cost effective
October 9, 2014 -- Which, a London-based consumer oriented research and publishing company, called on Edward Davey, head of the UK government's Dept of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) , to take action now to reduce the cost of installing smart meters in homes across the nation. The firm supports the . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
Merit Network to develop cybersecurity, share findings
October 21, 2014 -- Nonprofit research and education corporation Merit Network started an investigation into cyber threats against critical infrastructure including the smart grid, the firm said last week. Merit Network is owned and governed by the state of Michigan's public universities . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
Tendril adds new analytics to ESM software platform
October 24, 2014 -- Tendril, a provider of data-driven energy services management (ESM), expanded the analytics in its software platform to include "zero" data functionality and weather normalization, the Boulder, Colo-based firm said yesterday. The new capabilities will help energy providers . . . keep reading

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Decoupling utility firms
Michigan decoupling ends with 2 settlement deals
July 11, 2014 - Experts explain why killing decoupling is a mistake: Experts explain why killing decoupling is a mistake - The Michigan PSC approved two settlement deals Tuesday, reconciling Upper Peninsula Power's (UPP) 2013 revenue decoupling mechanism (RDM) . . . keep reading

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Demand response
LG VP describes new world of smart appliances
October 30, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE: Energy management to ride coat tails of convenience: There's a community in Texas where the refrigerator ice-makers only run during off-peak hours, the washers and air conditioners turn on or off with a text from a remote smartphone, and the dryers leave . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
LG VP describes new world of smart appliances
October 30, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE: Energy management to ride coat tails of convenience: There's a community in Texas where the refrigerator ice-makers only run during off-peak hours, the washers and air conditioners turn on or off with a text from a remote smartphone, and the dryers leave . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Georgia Power picks GE to monitor transformers
October 29, 2014 -- Data from 2,000 transformers to improve reliability: GE announced yesterday what it called "an historic deal," to support efforts by Georgia Power to deliver more reliable power to its 2.4 million customers statewide . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
New York Green Bank sets out first 7 transactions
October 23, 2014 -- New York Gov Andrew Cuomo, D, yesterday announced the first transactions of the New York (NY) Green Bank -- meant to kick off clean energy projects across the Empire State. These initial transactions were supported and agreed to in principle and will ultimately produce . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
PG&E opens first of three grid-control centers in Fresno
October 30, 2014 -- Pacific Gas& Electric (PG&E), the IOU that serves most of Northern California, yesterday cut the ribbon at its $28.5 million electric distribution control center in Fresno, it said. The facility is the first of three new control centers meant to enhance reliability and . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
LG VP describes new world of smart appliances
October 30, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE: Energy management to ride coat tails of convenience: There's a community in Texas where the refrigerator ice-makers only run during off-peak hours, the washers and air conditioners turn on or off with a text from a remote smartphone, and the dryers leave . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
British Gas uses AMI challenges to elevate awareness
September 24, 2014 -- British Gas is taking part in the UK's smart grid rollout due to be completed by 2020, and partnered with London-based research agency, the Futures Company, to create a five-week "Smart Meter Challenge," it said last month. The challenges is actually five weekly challenges for . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
Delta, DOE, DTE show off smart grid-connected EV chargers
October 30, 2014 -- Delta Products of Fremont, Calif, yesterday demonstrated its new smart EV charging technology at the Detroit headquarters of regional utility DTE Energy, the two firms told the press yesterday. DOE was present as was a representative of its National Labs and a group . . . keep reading

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Electricity retailers
Itron trains African workforce to sell power, AMI
October 14, 2014 -- Managing director shares details on vision for region: Itron opened the first semester of its Itron Learning University (ILU) at the Riversands Incubation Hub in Johannesburg, South Africa, the firm told the press this month. The facility teaches students . . . keep reading

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Energy efficiency
SGCC survey reveals tips on engaging customers
October 22, 2014 -- Poll finds clues on why some care but waste energy: The Atlanta-based Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) yesterday released its first-ever study of the factors that motivate consumers to engage with utilities and smart grid-enabled products. "Our consumer polls . . . keep reading

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Energy management
UK research finds energy displays can cause strife
October 31, 2014 -- LEYGUE: If it lowers energy use, maybe conflict is good: Roommates that split their monthly bills and have a smart meter and energy monitor installed can experience a wide range of emotions when the power bill arrives, the University of Nottingham in England found in . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Alevo turns cigarette plant into grid-scale storage factory
October 31, 2014 -- Alevo Group, a Martigny, Switzerland-based conglomerate, will deploy and run battery production lines in Concord, NC, in a 3.5 million-square-foot former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant, it said Monday. The $68.5 million facility was renamed Victory Industrial Park . . . keep reading

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Environmental
New DOE rule helps federal buildings be more 'green'
October 15, 2014 -- DOE recently issued a final rule on testing federal buildings for compliance with energy and water use reduction goals and a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for public comment on designs for federal buildings that cut the use on non-renewable fuels, the agency said online . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
LG VP describes new world of smart appliances
October 30, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE: Energy management to ride coat tails of convenience: There's a community in Texas where the refrigerator ice-makers only run during off-peak hours, the washers and air conditioners turn on or off with a text from a remote smartphone, and the dryers leave . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
Canadian, Korean utilities to develop new DA system
September 26, 2014 -- Canadian municipal utility PowerStream teamed with Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO), reportedly South Korea's largest electric utility, to develop a DA system, PowerStream said Monday. PowerStream is power distribution firm jointly owned by the cities of Vaughn, Barrie . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
Alstom Grid helps DOE R&D microgrid in Philadelphia
October 31, 2014 -- Alstom Grid was awarded $1.2 million by the US DOE to research and design a community microgrid system in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Dept (PWD), the Paris-based smart grid firm said this week. PWD provides water, wastewater and storm water services for greater Philadelphia . . . keep reading

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HANs
Nest, Samsung help form consortium called Thread
July 16, 2014 - Recognizing the need for a better way to connect products in the home, seven firms plan to work together to build and promote an IP-based wireless networking protocol called Thread, the group told the press yesterday. Thread will, they said, let product developers . . . keep reading

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Hardware - parts - chips - firmware
Broadcom pairs home-gateway with Smartenit products
October 6, 2014 -- Smartenit, a provider of home automation products with headquarters in San Juan Capistrano, Calif, teamed with Broadcom, a fabless semiconductor firm in Irvine, Calif, Smartenit said Friday. The two firms plan to integrate Smartenit's home automation technology -- based on Wi-Fi . . . keep reading

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Health & safety
Sensus reaches SaskPower settlement, remains vendor
September 12, 2014 -- Sensus reached a settlement with SaskPower over the utility removing its smart meters from 105,000 customer endpoints in Saskatchewan, Canada, following a spate of device-related fires, the utility told the press Tuesday. The deal includes R&D at Sensus on new meters that will . . . keep reading

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Industry conferences
Cybersecurity events draw strong list of presenters
July 8, 2014 - London-based cybersecurity event planner Cyber Senate scheduled two strategic global forums amid ongoing threats to the energy sector such as the Heartbleed Bug vulnerability and the Havex Remote Access Trojan, it said. The events will look at ongoing concerns over abilities . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
US appeals court grants FERC stay on Order 745
October 21, 2014 -- The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit yesterday granted FERC's request for a stay on the decision that vacated Order 745. The commission sought the appeal so it could take more time to consider a path forward . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
Sandia to test TransPower storage, develop test protocols
October 30, 2014 -- DOE's Sandia National Lab (SNL) began evaluating TransPower's "GridSaver," it said last week, calling it the largest grid-energy storage system to be analyzed at the Energy Storage Test Pad at the lab's headquarters in Albuquerque, NM. GridSaver is an integrated, modular energy . . . keep reading

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Law
FirstEnergy complaint on DR draws heavy debate
October 27, 2014 -- What if Supreme Court rejects appeal? What even is DR? PJM told FERC Wednesday that even if it agreed with FirstEnergy's interpretation that the EPSA (Electric Power Supply Assn) decision on FERC Order 745 included capacity markets, FERC should not put the firm's . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
SGCC survey reveals tips on engaging customers
October 22, 2014 -- Poll finds clues on why some care but waste energy: The Atlanta-based Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) yesterday released its first-ever study of the factors that motivate consumers to engage with utilities and smart grid-enabled products. "Our consumer polls . . . keep reading

More stories on this topic...
Microgrids
Alstom Grid helps DOE R&D microgrid in Philadelphia
October 31, 2014 -- Alstom Grid was awarded $1.2 million by the US DOE to research and design a community microgrid system in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Dept (PWD), the Paris-based smart grid firm said this week. PWD provides water, wastewater and storm water services for greater Philadelphia . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
Altus Power signs with town to provide solar net-metering
October 20, 2014 -- Altus Power America of Old Greenwich, Conn, a private investment firm with a focus on clean energy projects, signed a solar net-metering, credit-purchase agreement with the town of East Longmeadow in southern Massachusetts . . . keep reading

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Networks
Itron to put Sierra Wireless cellular modules in Openway
October 17, 2014 -- Itron picked Sierra Wireless' Airprime 2G, 3G and 4G LTE cellular modules for use in Itron's Openway AMI network, the communications technology maker said yesterday. Sierra calls itself the global leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and cloud services. "Our strong . . . keep reading

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Outage management
UI to integrate Ventyx software into legacy IT, OT systems
October 28, 2014 -- Connecticut IOU United Illuminating (UI) teamed with consultancy Accenture and utility-industry consultancy Structure to help the industrial software firm Ventyx implement an outage lifecycle management system, it said yesterday. The partnership will integrate the Ventyx system . . . keep reading

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Prepay programs
SmartGridCIS picked for prepay pilot by Hawaii's HECO
June 11, 2014 - AMI-enabled prepay billing and customer information solutions (CIS) maker SmartGridCIS was picked by Hawaiian Electric (HECO) to take part in the IOU's "Pre-Pay Metering" pilot project, it said yesterday. Prepaid billing can cut customer costs up to 10-12%, keep ratepayers . . . keep reading

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Privacy - data security
TRUSTE: Internet users have privacy concerns over IOT
May 30, 2014 - Most internet users in a recent survey said they would want to understand and be able to control the data being collected before buying or using smart devices such as connected appliances, said TRUSTe, a global data privacy-promotion firm, in publicizing the report ion the survey . . . keep reading

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R&D
Alstom Grid helps DOE R&D microgrid in Philadelphia
October 31, 2014 -- Alstom Grid was awarded $1.2 million by the US DOE to research and design a community microgrid system in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Dept (PWD), the Paris-based smart grid firm said this week. PWD provides water, wastewater and storm water services for greater Philadelphia . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
German Energy Agency roadmap tackles decentralization
August 4, 2014 - In the future, distributed, decentralized energy systems will help to ensure the stability of grid operations, the German Energy Agency -- Deutsche Energie-Agentur (DENA) -- said in a report released July 29. DENA expects that fewer conventional power stations will be . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
FirstEnergy complaint on DR draws heavy debate
October 27, 2014 -- What if Supreme Court rejects appeal? What even is DR? PJM told FERC Wednesday that even if it agreed with FirstEnergy's interpretation that the EPSA (Electric Power Supply Assn) decision on FERC Order 745 included capacity markets, FERC should not put the firm's . . . keep reading

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Reliability
PG&E opens first of three grid-control centers in Fresno
October 30, 2014 -- Pacific Gas& Electric (PG&E), the IOU that serves most of Northern California, yesterday cut the ribbon at its $28.5 million electric distribution control center in Fresno, it said. The facility is the first of three new control centers meant to enhance reliability and . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Small Alliant substation stymies Iowa wind project
October 28, 2014 -- At its October meeting, the Grinnell College Board of Trustees was forced to cancel plans to build a 5.1-MW wind farm north of its Grinnell, Iowa, campus that it believed would meet nearly half its energy needs. The school was told by Madison, Wisc-based IOU Alliant Energy that . . . keep reading

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Reprints
TENDRIL: Customers can now get customized service
July 10, 2014 - Data analytics lets utilities serve customers individually: The utility business in the last 10 years changed a lot in what services are offered, who is offering them and in the expectations of customers and Tendril offers data analytics to help utilities manage . . . keep reading

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SGIGs
Florida municipal reveals AMI planning details, lessons learned
February 28, 2014 - Florida's Lakeland Electric is responsible for rolling out 122,000 smart meters and paid close attention to concurrent AMI deployments by large utilities in Texas and California, Randy Dotson told us this week. He is Lakeland's . . . keep reading

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Smart cities
Smart-city to be deployed by Telefonica/VIVO, ISPM in Brazil
October 28, 2014 -- Telefonica/VIVO, reportedly the largest telecom service provider in Brazil and based in São Paulo teamed with London-based TV software firm ISPM to transform the city of Águas de São Pedro near São Paulo into the first smart city in Brazil, the two said last week. The project . . . keep reading

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Smart home
UK research finds energy displays can cause strife
October 31, 2014 -- LEYGUE: If it lowers energy use, maybe conflict is good: Roommates that split their monthly bills and have a smart meter and energy monitor installed can experience a wide range of emotions when the power bill arrives, the University of Nottingham in England found in . . . keep reading

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Software
Tendril adds new analytics to ESM software platform
October 24, 2014 -- Tendril, a provider of data-driven energy services management (ESM), expanded the analytics in its software platform to include "zero" data functionality and weather normalization, the Boulder, Colo-based firm said yesterday. The new capabilities will help energy providers . . . keep reading

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Standards
NIST releases Framework 3.0, cybersecurity report
October 9, 2014 -- Big AMI, PMU rollouts drove much of new version: NIST this month published two new documents including the "NIST Framework & Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0," -- a document that reflects advances in smart grid technologies and developments . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
Sandia to test TransPower storage, develop test protocols
October 30, 2014 -- DOE's Sandia National Lab (SNL) began evaluating TransPower's "GridSaver," it said last week, calling it the largest grid-energy storage system to be analyzed at the Energy Storage Test Pad at the lab's headquarters in Albuquerque, NM. GridSaver is an integrated, modular energy . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
WIRES: Grid technology no substitute for new transmission
October 7, 2014 -- A new study from transmission association WIRES (Working Group for Investment in Reliable and EconomicElectric Systems) -- and responding to FERC's requirement in Order No 1000 that planners take account of "non-transmission alternatives," -- found DG, energy efficiency . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
Itron trains African workforce to sell power, AMI
October 14, 2014 -- Managing director shares details on vision for region: Itron opened the first semester of its Itron Learning University (ILU) at the Riversands Incubation Hub in Johannesburg, South Africa, the firm told the press this month. The facility teaches students . . . keep reading

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Transactive energy
PNNL's new $10 million smart grid lab to study complex systems
February 5, 2014 - TRANSACTIVE ENERGY: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) new $10 million R&D lab will be a "home base" for the DOE-backed organization's power grid and smart grid research, PNNL spokesperson Franny White told us yesterday. "We've built new buildings with high-end research labs for . . . keep reading

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Transmission - HV lines
Small Alliant substation stymies Iowa wind project
October 28, 2014 -- At its October meeting, the Grinnell College Board of Trustees was forced to cancel plans to build a 5.1-MW wind farm north of its Grinnell, Iowa, campus that it believed would meet nearly half its energy needs. The school was told by Madison, Wisc-based IOU Alliant Energy that . . . keep reading

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US stimulus
NorthWestern Energy demo shows DA, TOU-based DR really works
January 23, 2014 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Restoration for most customers cut from 2 hours to seconds: NorthWestern Energy (NWE) used Cooper Power Systems' Yukon Feeder Automation software for outage restoration and cut outage restoration times drastically, June Pusich-Lester, an engineer who works with NWE's energy efficiency programs, told us in a recent, exclusive interview . . . keep reading

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Utility operations
Trilliant SEAL lets existing IT, OT systems talk to AMI
October 31, 2014 -- Trilliant of Redwood City, Calif, a smart grid communications provider, launched its Smart Energy Access Layer (SEAL), it said Wednesday, calling it a new way of integrating disparate IT systems and processes for AMI and the smart grid. SEAL gives a range of OT systems access . . . keep reading

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