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Enlighted invents autonomous smart lighting retrofits
October 24, 2014 -- Fixture digitally senses occupancy, temp, shares data: When Tanuj Mohan founded Enlighted in 2009, he was hoping to take part in a predicted LED boom in the lighting industry that never quite hit. So instead the firm created an autonomous, self-sufficient lighting retrofit . . . keep reading

Eneres orders 10,000 10-KW Toshiba battery systems
October 24, 2014 -- Toshiba was picked by Eneres, a provider of energy management systems for independent power producers and suppliers, to provide 10,000 energy storage systems to be installed at end-user sites by Eneres, Toshiba said yesterday. Both firms are based in Tokyo and the lithium-ion battery . . . keep reading

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

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

Clean Energy Collective offers solar subscriptions
Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a four-year-old, "community-solar" developer with headquarters in Carbondale, Colo, yesterday announced the launch of SolarPerks -- a program that gives every ratepayer in Massachusetts' NStar and National Grid territories the chance to take part in a shared . . . keep reading

3 stories in 2 minutes
October 24, 2014 -- Sub-metering gear maker Quadlogic adds services . . . National Aquarium buys Constellation solar power . . . Daimler reorganizes cooperation with Tesla . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
EXCLUSIVE: EPRI lays foundation for EVs as smart grid devices
September 26, 2014 -- V2G technical leader built EV business at GM: EPRI's Sunil Chhaya is "on a mission to tie a variety of solar, storage, electric vehicles and smart appliances and the 'glue' that connects them to create functioning examples of how utility 2.0 can actually work . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
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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Benefits of smart grid
Pepco to use Landis & Gyr analytics across all its utilities
October 23, 2014 -- Pepco Holdings signed an enterprise-wide licensing deal to deploy Landis & Gyr grid analytics including a suite of applications aimed at enhancing asset life, increasing system reliability and optimizing Pepco's distribution system, the two firms said yesterday . . . keep reading

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Briefs
3 stories in 2 minutes
October 24, 2014 -- Sub-metering gear maker Quadlogic adds services . . . National Aquarium buys Constellation solar power . . . Daimler reorganizes cooperation with Tesla . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Enlighted invents autonomous smart lighting retrofits
October 24, 2014 -- Fixture digitally senses occupancy, temp, shares data: When Tanuj Mohan founded Enlighted in 2009, he was hoping to take part in a predicted LED boom in the lighting industry that never quite hit. So instead the firm created an autonomous, self-sufficient lighting retrofit . . . 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
France pares back 2020 AMI goal to 90% of meters
August 15, 2014 - Navigant analyst points out what nation is doing right: French energy regulator Commission de Régulation de l'Énergie (CRE) downsized the nation's goal of providing smart meters to 95% of power customers by 2020 to 90%, said a report on the Metering.com website . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
Apogee demos innovative customer engagement apps
October 2, 2014 -- Apogee Interactive, a provider of energy efficiency tools based in Atlanta, introduced three new customer experience applications, each with the potential to change the way customers engage with their utility firm, it said yesterday. The announcements were made at the firm's . . . 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
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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Demos & pilots
PowerStream to use Energate gear for TOU pricing pilot
October 23, 2014 -- PowerStream, a power provider to over 370,000 customers in Toronto and other parts of Ontario, partnered with the province's Ministry of Energy and smart grid firm Energate of Ottowa to roll out a TOU pricing pilot, the utility told the press Monday. The plan is called . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Alstom Grid automation picked for UK transmission system
October 22, 2014 -- Paris-based energy management specialist Alstom Grid won a deal with the UK's ScottishPower Transmission to provide a flexible, wide-area monitoring system geared to strengthen grid stability and reliability, Alstom said yesterday. The project is called "visualization . . . 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
Tollgrade VP tells how UK project spurs innovation
October 23, 2014 -- 3 new projects in UK pair firm's sensors, analytics: Tollgrade Communications of Cranberry Township, Penn, a provider of fault detection hardware and predictive analytics software for electric utilities, is actively engaged in three projects in the UK including a . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
PowerStream to use Energate gear for TOU pricing pilot
October 23, 2014 -- PowerStream, a power provider to over 370,000 customers in Toronto and other parts of Ontario, partnered with the province's Ministry of Energy and smart grid firm Energate of Ottowa to roll out a TOU pricing pilot, the utility told the press Monday. The plan is called . . . 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
Panasonic, Powertree build 68 San Francisco charge stations
October 22, 2014 -- Panasonic will be partnering with Powertree Services to build 68 EV charging stations at multi-unit residential properties in San Francisco, the two firms said yesterday. San Francisco-based Powertree specializes in charging stations that link solar energy with battery storage . . . 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: he 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
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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Energy storage
Eneres orders 10,000 10-KW Toshiba battery systems
October 24, 2014 -- Toshiba was picked by Eneres, a provider of energy management systems for independent power producers and suppliers, to provide 10,000 energy storage systems to be installed at end-user sites by Eneres, Toshiba said yesterday. Both firms are based in Tokyo and the lithium-ion battery . . . 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
EXCLUSIVE: EPRI lays foundation for EVs as smart grid devices
September 26, 2014 -- V2G technical leader built EV business at GM: EPRI's Sunil Chhaya is "on a mission to tie a variety of solar, storage, electric vehicles and smart appliances and the 'glue' that connects them to create functioning examples of how utility 2.0 can actually work . . . 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
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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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
WSU to have 'most comprehensive' US smart grid lab
October 23, 2014 -- Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman are building what they called "the most comprehensive smart city laboratory in the US," to test smart grid technologies, the school said Friday. Pullman is one of just a few "smart grid cities" nationwide, it added, and the . . . keep reading

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Law
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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Market research & analysis
SGCC survey reveals tips on engaging customers
October 22, 2014 -- Poll finds clues on why some care but waste energy: he 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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Microgrids
WindStream mobile wind/solar hybrid wows testers
October 16, 2014 -- Called MobileMill, new invention can produces lots of power: The Indiana Dept of Homeland Security (IDHS) in late September held a simulated earthquake response exercise in the small town of New Harmony, a suburb of Evansville, that included emergency responders from across . . . 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
Schneider Electric lists upgrades in new ADMS 3.5
October 21, 2014 -- Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management, yesterday released the latest version of its advanced distribution management system (ADMS) called ADMS 3.5, the firm told the press. The new version simplifies deployments, reduces maintenance, optimizes capital . . . 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
WSU to have 'most comprehensive' US smart grid lab
October 23, 2014 -- Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman are building what they called "the most comprehensive smart city laboratory in the US," to test smart grid technologies, the school said Friday. Pullman is one of just a few "smart grid cities" nationwide, it added, and the . . . 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
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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Reliability
Schneider Electric lists upgrades in new ADMS 3.5
October 21, 2014 -- Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management, yesterday released the latest version of its advanced distribution management system (ADMS) called ADMS 3.5, the firm told the press. The new version simplifies deployments, reduces maintenance, optimizes capital . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Clean Energy Collective offers solar subscriptions
Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a four-year-old, "community-solar" developer with headquarters in Carbondale, Colo, yesterday announced the launch of SolarPerks -- a program that gives every ratepayer in Massachusetts' NStar and National Grid territories the chance to take part in a shared . . . 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
Cisco, Sensity build smart city out of smart lighting
October 20, 2014 -- Cisco is using Sensity Systems' "NetSense" platform as a foundation for its own city infrastructure management (CIM) software, the two firms said Friday. Under the deal, Cisco is joining Sensity's NetSense partner program . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Oort touts Bluetooth Smart in its smart-home gear
October 16, 2014 -- Smart home technology firm Oort opened an online store to offer what it calls the first ecosystem of intelligent home devices based exclusively on Bluetooth "Smart" and that can be controlled with a single application, it said yesterday. The first available device . . . 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
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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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
Alstom Grid automation picked for UK transmission system
October 22, 2014 -- Paris-based energy management specialist Alstom Grid won a deal with the UK's ScottishPower Transmission to provide a flexible, wide-area monitoring system geared to strengthen grid stability and reliability, Alstom said yesterday. The project is called "visualization . . . 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
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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