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New ABB router handles physical security threats
January 29, 2015 -- Self-healing function can handle snipped data lines: ABB Wireless began selling a fourth-generation outdoor broadband mesh router meant to improve physical security applications in T&D substations, the firm told the press yesterday, pointing to security problems from the . . . keep reading

KCP&L to install 1,000 EV stations with help from Nissan
January 29, 2015 -- Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) will install and run over 1,000 EV charging stations in and around Kansas City, Mo, the utility told the press this week. The Clean Charge Network will eventually support over 10,000 vehicles, making it the largest EV charging station . . . keep reading

Indiana bill seeks fairness in DG net metering
January 29, 2015 -- The Indiana House of Representatives is considering a bill to cut solar PV owners' reimbursements under net metering programs and let utilities tack surcharges onto their power bills, according to the bill itself that was posted on the legislative body's website. Introduced . . . keep reading

NV Energy upgrades DRMS to Alstom's latest version
January 29, 2015 -- Alstom delivered the latest version of its DRMS to Las Vegas, Nev-based utility NV Energy, the vendor told the press yesterday. NV Energy, a subsidiary of privately held Berkshire Hathaway Energy, will use the DRMS for functions in its DR programs. The utility first used Alstom's . . . keep reading

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January 29, 2015 -- Regen Energy, Ayla to offer DR software . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Duke Energy to expand use of batteries
January 28, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Storage, renewables, smart grid to work together: Duke Energy has six battery projects "on the ground," and will work with new battery sector partners and technology on projects it is likely to publicize in April or May, Duke Energy Technology Development . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
DEFG: Low-income consumers want smart grid data
January 28, 2015 -- A survey of low-income power consumers in the US by the Distributed Energy Financial Group (DEFG) found a ripening opportunity to better serve them by with daily smart grid information, the management consulting firm told the press yesterday. The survey included 723 adults . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
TNO: TE finds powerful vehicle in PowerMatcher
December 18, 2014 -- Open source DR, DA software aims to revolutionize power: The interoperability standard from the Flexiblepower Alliance Network (the FAN standard) is letting a DR software package called PowerMatcher become a platform for load balancing and DR using . . . keep reading

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Briefs
1 story in 20 seconds
January 29, 2015 -- Regen Energy, Ayla to offer DR software . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Elster to resell smart lighting using own brand awareness
November 17, 2014 -- Elster Solutions, a provider of smart grid and energy management systems with headquarters in Raleigh, NC, agreed to resell smart lighting systems from DimOnOff, a supplier of wireless lighting control and monitoring systems based in Quebec, Canada, it said last week . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
MERCOM: 2014 saw more VC deals, fewer dollars
January 23, 2015 -- Venture capital (VC) funding for smart grid technology firms totaled $383 million in 73 deals last year compared with $410 million in 64 deals in 2013, the consultancy Mercom Capital Group told the press this week. The firm was publicizing a $500 report on funding and mergers and . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
Consumers Energy deploys Ventyx workforce system
January 15, 2015 -- Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, picked Accenture to help deploy mobile workforce management (MWFM) software from Ventyx, an ABB unit, the consulting firm told the press yesterday. The system will help the utility's field workers improve safety, productivity and customer . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
DEFG: Low-income consumers want smart grid data
January 28, 2015 -- A survey of low-income power consumers in the US by the Distributed Energy Financial Group (DEFG) found a ripening opportunity to better serve them by with daily smart grid information, the management consulting firm told the press yesterday. The survey included 723 adults . . . keep reading

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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTION
December 8, 2014 -- An article we published Friday was changed online to correct . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
Xcel, market advocate seek net-metering fairness
January 21, 2015 -- GROWING PAINS -- Colorado's 30% renewables target adds urgency: Xcel, the largest IOU in Colorado, is conducting a series of meetings with the PUC to come up with a net-metering rate that is structured fairly and that reflects the fixed costs that all customers have to pay, Alice Jackson . . . keep reading

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Customers & advocacy
Kentucky regulators to hear from public on AMI
December 15, 2014 -- The Kentucky PSC will take public comments on the state's proposed rollout of smart meters, TOU pricing and smart grid technology, the PSC told the press last week. The Dec 16-17 meetings will be held at the PSC offices in Frankfort. The public comment meetings are part . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
White House takes steps in cybersecurity, privacy agenda
January 20, 2015 -- The White House set Feb 13 to host an event called Summit on Cybersecurity & Consumer Protection at Stanford University, the Obama administration told the press last week. The plan is to "help shape public and private-sector efforts to protect American consumers and companies . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
EOn Spain, SAS use smart meter data to predict demand
January 23, 2015 -- Spanish power distributor EOn Spain and SAS Energy Forecasting teamed up to analyze smart meter data and forecast energy demand, SAS told the press last week. EOn Spain will use the Cary, NC-based firm's software to produce power-use forecasts ranging from one hour to 50 years . . . keep reading

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Decoupling utility firms
E21 expands smart grid regulatory-reform efforts
January 13, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Group's president describes multiple initiatives: The E21 Initiative, an energy industry collaboration formed under the umbrella of the Great Plains Institute, will be starting phase two of its stakeholder process next month, E21 President Rolf . . . keep reading

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Demand response
NV Energy upgrades DRMS to Alstom's latest version
January 29, 2015 -- Alstom delivered the latest version of its DRMS to Las Vegas, Nev-based utility NV Energy, the vendor told the press yesterday. NV Energy, a subsidiary of privately held Berkshire Hathaway Energy, will use the DRMS for functions in its DR programs. The utility first used Alstom's . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
S&C to release new 250-KW storage product
January 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Managers describe growing market for storage: S&C Electric is poised to introduce a mid-range energy storage system thus making the firm a "full-service provider, with a product portfolio that offers something for everyone," Utilities Business Division Sales Director . . . keep reading

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Deployments
ZBB Energy pairs different battery types for Hawaii project
January 26, 2015 -- ZBB Energy is deploying its "EnerStore V3.3" zinc-bromide flow batteries and a lithium-ion storage module at a multi-tenant residential building in Hawaii, the vendor told the press last week. The grid-interconnected system will consist of the hybrid flow-battery and lithium-ion . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
Indiana bill seeks fairness in DG net metering
January 29, 2015 -- The Indiana House of Representatives is considering a bill to cut solar PV owners' reimbursements under net metering programs and let utilities tack surcharges onto their power bills, according to the bill itself that was posted on the legislative body's website. Introduced . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Swiss school works on PMU sensors, new batteries
January 14, 2015 -- A Swiss university is testing a PMU sensor-based voltage monitoring system as part of a project examining renewable energy integration within a larger smart grid system, it told the press this week. The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is in Lausanne, Switzerland . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
National Grid to pilot smart grid in Worcester
January 16, 2015 -- National Grid rolled out its smart grid pilot for customers in Worcester, Mass, the utility told the press yesterday, noting the program includes grid technology upgrades and TOU pricing plans. As part of the program, National Grid is investing in new infrastructure and technologies . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
Illinois innovation foundation gives more outreach grants
January 9, 2015 -- The Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) is supporting 13 more organizations with outreach and education grants to further smart grid consumer engagement, it told the press recently. ISEIF has awarded 28 grants, including one to the Galvin Center for Electricity . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
KCP&L to install 1,000 EV stations with help from Nissan
January 29, 2015 -- Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) will install and run over 1,000 EV charging stations in and around Kansas City, Mo, the utility told the press this week. The Clean Charge Network will eventually support over 10,000 vehicles, making it the largest EV charging station . . . 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
BEAMA calls UK AMI plan 'big mountain to climb'
December 10, 2014 -- Delayed deadlines were prudent, consumer benefits clear: Although the UK's £11 billion (US$17 billion) smart meter rollout will start six to eight months later than originally planned, most of the country's 53 million smart meters still should be installed by the end . . . keep reading

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Energy management
Bidgely offers in-home device for utilities, customers
January 28, 2015 -- Bidgely introduced a set of products that "transform utilities' big data into powerful insights to drive long-term customer engagement and energy savings," the energy analytics software-as-a-service provider told the press yesterday. The new additions to the firm's "HomeBeat" . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Duke Energy to expand use of batteries
January 28, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Storage, renewables, smart grid to work together: Duke Energy has six battery projects "on the ground," and will work with new battery sector partners and technology on projects it is likely to publicize in April or May, Duke Energy Technology Development . . . keep reading

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Environmental
FERC to hold technical conferences on EPA CPP
December 10, 2014 -- FERC plans to hold technical conferences on EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP), a move that Republican energy leaders in Congress called for, according to Restructuring Today. The workshops will focus on reliability, markets, operations and infrastructure. The "building . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Duke Energy to expand use of batteries
January 28, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Storage, renewables, smart grid to work together: Duke Energy has six battery projects "on the ground," and will work with new battery sector partners and technology on projects it is likely to publicize in April or May, Duke Energy Technology Development . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
US, India pledge energy cooperation including smart grid
January 27, 2015 -- India and the US pledged to improve cooperation on climate and clean energy goals, the White House told the press Sunday. The nations came up with a five-year pact to move forward together -- but still need to sign the agreement. The new commitment included expanding the two . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
US readies to spend millions on Caribbean energy
January 27, 2015 -- US Vice President Joe Biden, D, and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, took part in the Caribbean Energy Security Summit yesterday in Washington, DC, the White House told the press yesterday. The event was a follow-up to the start of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI) . . . keep reading

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HANs
EnergyHub to give TXU thermostats location awareness
December 18, 2014 -- Texas energy retailer TXU Energy teamed with DR software firm EnergyHub to add location-based thermostat adjustments to TXU's smart thermostats, the firms told the press yesterday. The changes will let customers program thermostats to lower heating and AC while they are away and use . . . 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
Ontario tells utilities to replace certain Sensus meters
January 26, 2015 -- Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) directed the province's power distribution firms to discontinue use of and replace 5,400 Sensus "IConA Generation 3.2" remote-disconnect meters, the regulatory body told the press last week. "No serious safety incidents have been reported . . . keep reading

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Industry conferences
S&C VP sees smaller utilities as big new market
January 8, 2015 -- Smaller municipal and rural utilities are becoming big smart grid customers, S&C Electric US Regional VP Michael Edmonds told us this week. Nearly all rural electric utilities have some sort of smart grid effort in place, judging from the results of the 2014 Rural Smart Grid Survey Report . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
FERC makes opening DR pitch to Supreme Court
January 21, 2015 -- The Solicitor General and FERC officially appealed the ruling that vacated Order 745 to the Supreme Court in a petition for a writ of certiorari filed last week. The mandate from that order was stayed pending final Supreme Court action. The filing laid out the history of the industry and . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
EPRI releases Open-ADR software for appliances
January 23, 2015 -- EPRI is releasing new ADR software that lets grid-connected appliances and devices respond automatically to changes in energy price and demand, as well as power, the organization told the press yesterday. The Open ADR Alliance-certified software can help grid operators cut a DR . . . keep reading

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Law
Indiana bill seeks fairness in DG net metering
January 29, 2015 -- The Indiana House of Representatives is considering a bill to cut solar PV owners' reimbursements under net metering programs and let utilities tack surcharges onto their power bills, according to the bill itself that was posted on the legislative body's website. Introduced . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
S&C VP sees smaller utilities as big new market
January 8, 2015 -- Smaller municipal and rural utilities are becoming big smart grid customers, S&C Electric US Regional VP Michael Edmonds told us this week. Nearly all rural electric utilities have some sort of smart grid effort in place, judging from the results of the 2014 Rural Smart Grid Survey Report . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
S&C to release new 250-KW storage product
January 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Managers describe growing market for storage: S&C Electric is poised to introduce a mid-range energy storage system thus making the firm a "full-service provider, with a product portfolio that offers something for everyone," Utilities Business Division Sales Director . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
Indiana bill seeks fairness in DG net metering
January 29, 2015 -- The Indiana House of Representatives is considering a bill to cut solar PV owners' reimbursements under net metering programs and let utilities tack surcharges onto their power bills, according to the bill itself that was posted on the legislative body's website. Introduced . . . keep reading

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Networks
New ABB router handles physical security threats
January 29, 2015 -- Self-healing function can handle snipped data lines: ABB Wireless began selling a fourth-generation outdoor broadband mesh router meant to improve physical security applications in T&D substations, the firm told the press yesterday, pointing to security problems from the . . . keep reading

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Outage management
Consumers Energy deploys Ventyx workforce system
January 15, 2015 -- Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, picked Accenture to help deploy mobile workforce management (MWFM) software from Ventyx, an ABB unit, the consulting firm told the press yesterday. The system will help the utility's field workers improve safety, productivity and customer . . . keep reading

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Prepay programs
BEAMA calls UK AMI plan 'big mountain to climb'
December 10, 2014 -- Delayed deadlines were prudent, consumer benefits clear: Although the UK's £11 billion (US$17 billion) smart meter rollout will start six to eight months later than originally planned, most of the country's 53 million smart meters still should be installed by the end . . . keep reading

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Privacy - data security
White House takes steps in cybersecurity, privacy agenda
January 20, 2015 -- The White House set Feb 13 to host an event called Summit on Cybersecurity & Consumer Protection at Stanford University, the Obama administration told the press last week. The plan is to "help shape public and private-sector efforts to protect American consumers and companies . . . keep reading

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R&D
US, India pledge energy cooperation including smart grid
January 27, 2015 -- India and the US pledged to improve cooperation on climate and clean energy goals, the White House told the press Sunday. The nations came up with a five-year pact to move forward together -- but still need to sign the agreement. The new commitment included expanding the two . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
Duke Energy to expand use of batteries
January 28, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Storage, renewables, smart grid to work together: Duke Energy has six battery projects "on the ground," and will work with new battery sector partners and technology on projects it is likely to publicize in April or May, Duke Energy Technology Development . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
HECO faces big challenges after solar PV explosion
January 27, 2015 -- With 12% of customers using PV, new rules were needed -- Solar business slows dramatically behind inspection queue: As Hawaii's electric utilities address reliability issues stemming from an explosion in home PV systems, there are solar-integration lessons to be learned . . . keep reading

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Reliability
HECO faces big challenges after solar PV explosion
January 27, 2015 -- With 12% of customers using PV, new rules were needed -- Solar business slows dramatically behind inspection queue: As Hawaii's electric utilities address reliability issues stemming from an explosion in home PV systems, there are solar-integration lessons to be learned . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Indiana bill seeks fairness in DG net metering
January 29, 2015 -- The Indiana House of Representatives is considering a bill to cut solar PV owners' reimbursements under net metering programs and let utilities tack surcharges onto their power bills, according to the bill itself that was posted on the legislative body's website. Introduced . . . keep reading

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Reprints
Upside Energy to pilot DR software for storage
January 23, 2015 -- National Grid, UK government, universities help out: Upside Energy is set to release its hosted-services, energy-storage DR software on Feb 1, Upside Energy Founder Graham Oakes told us Wednesday from a trade show in San Francisco called Clean & Cool Mission . . . 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
Silver Spring upgrades smart city application platform
November 19, 2014 -- Silver Spring Networks introduced the next generation of its multi-application, IPv6-based smart city networking platform, it said yesterday at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The platform includes new control, monitoring and management systems and . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Bidgely offers in-home device for utilities, customers
January 28, 2015 -- Bidgely introduced a set of products that "transform utilities' big data into powerful insights to drive long-term customer engagement and energy savings," the energy analytics software-as-a-service provider told the press yesterday. The new additions to the firm's "HomeBeat" . . . keep reading

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Software
NV Energy upgrades DRMS to Alstom's latest version
January 29, 2015 -- Alstom delivered the latest version of its DRMS to Las Vegas, Nev-based utility NV Energy, the vendor told the press yesterday. NV Energy, a subsidiary of privately held Berkshire Hathaway Energy, will use the DRMS for functions in its DR programs. The utility first used Alstom's . . . keep reading

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Standards
New SGIP president hints at structural changes
December 8, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- ALLEN: 'We have to continue to refine how we operate': Some structural tweaks are needed as SGIP moves forward, President Sharon Allan told us last week in an exclusive interview. The member-funded group seeks to advance the interoperability of . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
Sensus meters pass UL tests for 2 Canadian utilities
January 14, 2015 -- Independent tests performed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) at the request of two Sensus customers confirmed the Sensus Generation 3 ICon A 2S remote-disconnect electric meter complies with its latest safety standards, the meter vendor told the press yesterday. The test requests . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
E21 expands smart grid regulatory-reform efforts
January 13, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Group's president describes multiple initiatives: The E21 Initiative, an energy industry collaboration formed under the umbrella of the Great Plains Institute, will be starting phase two of its stakeholder process next month, E21 President Rolf . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
Eltel fast-tracks UK base as smart meters catch on
December 1, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Finnish firm to add resources in UK: Building on the success of a joint venture upgrading the UK's power transmission network, Finland-based Eltel Networks plans to set up a base in the UK by early next year to capitalize on the nation's . . . keep reading

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Transactive energy
Australian researchers see TE curing solar woes
January 16, 2015 -- Smart systems manage energy use more effectively: Globally, transactive energy (TE) is one of the most important developments for the future of the grid and potentially a key part of the solution for addressing a growing social justice issue in energy prices in Australia, a leader in . . . keep reading

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Transmission - HV lines
New ABB router handles physical security threats
January 29, 2015 -- Self-healing function can handle snipped data lines: ABB Wireless began selling a fourth-generation outdoor broadband mesh router meant to improve physical security applications in T&D substations, the firm told the press yesterday, pointing to security problems from the . . . 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
Earth Networks connects WeatherBug with smart grid
January 22, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- National Grid, Con Edison rely on new weather systems: Looking at the big picture actually limits the value of severe weather forecasting, Dennis Stewart, meteorologist at WeatherBug parent Earth Networks told us this week . . . keep reading

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