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Riverside signs up for Ingenu IOT for smart grid
April 28, 2016 – Utility is first in city to sign up for new public network: Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) in Riverside, Calif, was the first customer of Ingenu's planned IOT network in the city and will use it for DA, Ingenu said yesterday. The deployment will be a public IOT network powered . . . keep reading

BPA seeks non-wires alternative to peak HV congestion
April 28, 2016 – BPA is looking for a non-wires alternative to manage peak congestion on HV transmission lines in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, the federally owned utility said . . . keep reading

Simple Energy delivers online services for Central Hudson
April 28, 2016 – Central Hudson Gas & Electric launched CenHub – a digital program that lets customers take control of their energy use, utility account and energy savings in a centralized, online . . . keep reading

Group uses UtilityAPI at event to build gamification app
April 28, 2016 – Over a weekend at the Boston Cleanweb Hackathon, four software engineers used UtilityAPI to create a prize-winning app called Energy Bee, UtilityAPI, designer of the UtilityAPI . . . keep reading

Construction begins on first-ever New York community solar
April 28, 2016 – The New York State Energy R&D Authority (NYSERDA) joined the New York State Dept of Public Service (DPS), EnterSolar and Clean Energy Collective (CEC) yesterday in announcing . . . keep reading

ScottMadden reports on SEPA's 51st State summit in Denver
April 28, 2016 – Energy consultancy ScottMadden recently joined energy industry thought leaders at the 51st State Phase II Summit in Denver, Colo, the firm said. The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) . . . keep reading

Casa, Mnubo pair smart appliances with energy analytics
April 28, 2016 – Energy management firm Casa partnered with Mnubo, calling it the leading IOT data analytics firm, to deliver real-time actionable insights to thousands of smart home customers . . . keep reading

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April 28, 2016 – Verengo Solar to sell Swell home storage ... Saft picked for 2 MW battery for Fortum . . . keep reading

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Interviews, exclusives
Silver Spring shares tips from decade of networks
April 7, 2016 – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – CTO Vaswani reveals power of micro-APs, mesh flexibility: A lot has changed in the last 10 years for Silver Spring Networks – with developments in its own technology and in interoperability standards, improvements in transport technologies it . . . keep reading

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AMI
Sun Capital buys ProField developer Apex CoVantage
April 27, 2016 – The Apex CoVantage division called Smart Grid Solutions (SGS), the mobile workforce management technology used for AMI deployments, was acquired by Sun Capital Partners, Outcome . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
Con Edison proposes 6 metrics for PSC to track AMI
April 25, 2016 – Tracking to include DG, engagement, outages, billing, more: Consolidated Edison's (Con Edison) AMI panel submitted supplemental testimony at the New York PSC and the commission posted it on its website last week. The posted its original testimony on the IOU's AMI and DA plans in January. The personnel on the AMI panel did not change from last time. It was comprised of Thomas Magee, general manager of the AMI implementation team in the utility's Electric Operations office; James Prettitore, director of the AMI implementation . . . keep reading

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Briefs
2 stories in 1 minute
April 28, 2016 – Verengo Solar to sell Swell home storage ... Saft picked for 2 MW battery for Fortum . . . keep reading

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Building automation
Casa, Mnubo pair smart appliances with energy analytics
April 28, 2016 – Energy management firm Casa partnered with Mnubo, calling it the leading IOT data analytics firm, to deliver real-time actionable insights to thousands of smart home customers . . . keep reading

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Business, finance
David Crane hired as executive by Pegasus Capital Advisers
April 26, 2016 – Pegasus Capital Advisors said Friday former NRG Energy, David Crane will join the firm as senior operating executive (SOE), after serving as CEO of NRG from 2003 until 2015 . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
ScottMadden reports on SEPA's 51st State summit in Denver
April 28, 2016 – Energy consultancy ScottMadden recently joined energy industry thought leaders at the 51st State Phase II Summit in Denver, Colo, the firm said. The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps, services
Simple Energy delivers online services for Central Hudson
April 28, 2016 – Central Hudson Gas & Electric launched CenHub – a digital program that lets customers take control of their energy use, utility account and energy savings in a centralized, online . . . keep reading

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Corrections, clarifications
CORRECTION
March 22, 2016 – A story we published yesterday about Earth Hour was changed online . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
Ohio PUC highlights smart grid in OK of FirstEnergy ESP
April 1, 2016 – The Ohio PUC yesterday approved with some changes the electric-security plan (ESP), an Ohio regulatory invention that plots out an IOU's approved actions, for FirstEnergy's . . . keep reading

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Customers, advocacy
Itron annual survey finds consumers, utilities drifting apart
March 30, 2016 – Itron released its third annual "Resourcefulness Index" report, calling it a global survey and index to benchmark energy- and water-resources management, the smart grid . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
Columbia, Tenn, utility picks N-Dimension cybersecurity
April 26, 2016 – Cybersecurity firm N-Dimension was picked by Columbia (Tenn) Power & Water Systems (CPWS) to deploy its N-Sentinel Monitoring and N-Sentinel Vulnerability Assessment products, the firm . . . keep reading

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Data analytics, management
Group uses UtilityAPI at event to build gamification app
April 28, 2016 – Over a weekend at the Boston Cleanweb Hackathon, four software engineers used UtilityAPI to create a prize-winning app called Energy Bee, UtilityAPI, designer of the UtilityAPI . . . keep reading

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Decoupling utility firms
SPEER works to inform Texas PUC about decoupling
March 29, 2016 – Regulatory changes offer IOUs revenues, boost efficiency: IOUs are often reluctant to help their customers save too much energy because it reduces utility profits, said the Southcentral Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) yesterday in promoting a . . . keep reading

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Demand response
Nest study shows smart-home awareness growth
April 27, 2016 – Adds 50 energy-firm partners offering smart thermostat: Consumer awareness of the connected home is growing fast according to research from Kelton Global and Research Now in the US earlier this year that was commissioned by smart thermostat maker Nest, the Google subsidiary said yesterday . . . keep reading

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Demos, pilots
Smart inverters turn APS DG into solar power plant
April 8, 2016 – This week, hundreds of APS (Arizona Public Service) customers that joined the firm's Solar Partner Program will help the utility make history with remote-controlled smart inverters installed with the solar panels on their homes, the utility said yesterday. The program is a trial . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Con Edison proposes 6 metrics for PSC to track AMI
April 25, 2016 – Tracking to include DG, engagement, outages, billing, more: Consolidated Edison's (Con Edison) AMI panel submitted supplemental testimony at the New York PSC and the commission posted it on its website last week. The posted its original testimony on the IOU's AMI and DA plans in January. The personnel on the AMI panel did not change from last time. It was comprised of Thomas Magee, general manager of the AMI implementation team in the utility's Electric Operations office; James Prettitore, director of the AMI implementation . . . keep reading

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DER
BPA seeks non-wires alternative to peak HV congestion
April 28, 2016 – BPA is looking for a non-wires alternative to manage peak congestion on HV transmission lines in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, the federally owned utility said . . . keep reading

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Distributed generation
Construction begins on first-ever New York community solar
April 28, 2016 – The New York State Energy R&D Authority (NYSERDA) joined the New York State Dept of Public Service (DPS), EnterSolar and Clean Energy Collective (CEC) yesterday in announcing . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Riverside signs up for Ingenu IOT for smart grid
April 28, 2016 – Utility is first in city to sign up for new public network: Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) in Riverside, Calif, was the first customer of Ingenu's planned IOT network in the city and will use it for DA, Ingenu said yesterday. The deployment will be a public IOT network powered . . . keep reading

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Dynamic, TOU pricing
OEB raises TOU prices, nights/weekends cost half
April 15, 2016 – Ontario Energy Board (OEB), the Canadian province's utility regulator, yesterday announced new TOU electricity prices for non-shopping households and small businesses with smart . . . keep reading

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Education, outreach
UK AMI grows by nearly a half million in Q4 2015
April 1, 2016 – Business group calls for halt, AMI group fires back: The latest quarterly statistics on the roll-out of smart meters in Great Britain for Q4 of 2015 included for the first time figures from small energy suppliers as previous reports only included the large suppliers, the nation's . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
Tesla offers update ahead of today's Tesla 3 reveal
March 31, 2016 – Ahead of its big reveal today of the Tesla 3, calling it the vehicle the firm set out to build at its inception, the firm released a fact sheet of some of its achievements in its . . . keep reading

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Electricity retailers
Nest study shows smart-home awareness growth
April 27, 2016 – Adds 50 energy-firm partners offering smart thermostat: Consumer awareness of the connected home is growing fast according to research from Kelton Global and Research Now in the US earlier this year that was commissioned by smart thermostat maker Nest, the Google subsidiary said yesterday . . . keep reading

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Energy efficiency
Simple Energy delivers online services for Central Hudson
April 28, 2016 – Central Hudson Gas & Electric launched CenHub – a digital program that lets customers take control of their energy use, utility account and energy savings in a centralized, online . . . keep reading

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Energy management
Simple Energy delivers online services for Central Hudson
April 28, 2016 – Central Hudson Gas & Electric launched CenHub – a digital program that lets customers take control of their energy use, utility account and energy savings in a centralized, online . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Tesla puts price calculator for C&I battery packs online
April 27, 2016 – Tesla has an energy storage pricing tool on its website to let potential C&I customers change power and energy settings to see the effect on duration of discharge, number of . . . keep reading

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Environmental
NRDC: Paris Agreement sees largest ever first-day signing
April 26, 2016 – National Resource Defense Council's (NRDC) Jake Schmidt wrote in a post yesterday on the environmental group's blog that the 175 countries that signed the Paris Agreement on . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
NRDC: Paris Agreement sees largest ever first-day signing
April 26, 2016 – National Resource Defense Council's (NRDC) Jake Schmidt wrote in a post yesterday on the environmental group's blog that the 175 countries that signed the Paris Agreement on . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
Senate energy act drives smart grid, cybersecurity
April 22, 2016 – DOE to oversee risks, test emergency plans, work with DHS: The full text of the Senate-passed version of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 plus details about how each voting senator voted were added to the Senate's website yesterday after the bill passed the Senate Wednesday . . . keep reading

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Government funding
Senate energy act drives smart grid, cybersecurity
April 22, 2016 – DOE to oversee risks, test emergency plans, work with DHS: The full text of the Senate-passed version of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 plus details about how each voting senator voted were added to the Senate's website yesterday after the bill passed the Senate Wednesday . . . keep reading

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Hardware - parts - chips - firmware
Smart grid to help drive microcontroller market growth
January 4, 2016 – The global microcontroller unit (MCU) market is expected to reach $27 billion by 2020 and large scale migration from conventional to smart grid regulatory scenario for . . . keep reading

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Health & safety
Kentucky PSC says utilities can deploy smart grid
April 14, 2016 – 3.5-year effort saw collaboration, some public pushback: The Kentucky PSC completed a review of the use of smart grid technology and in an order issued yesterday, gave utilities lots of flexibility in deciding how to deploy the advanced systems, the PSC said yesterday . . . keep reading

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Industry conferences
Meet SEPA, the smart grid industry alliance 2.0
March 10, 2016 -- INTERVIEW -- Smart Electric Power Alliance promotes solar, DER: Solar is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the US, but growth by itself is not enough, the newly-named but well established industry group called SEPA, told the press yesterday in announcing its new . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
RES to build storage for Exelon frequency regulation
April 20, 2016 – Renewable Energy Systems (RES) developed a 10 MW battery storage facility to be built in Clinton County, Ohio, for Exelon Generation, RES said yesterday. Exelon Generation will own and run the plant and RES, specializing in energy storage, will start building in Q2 of this year . . . keep reading

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Labs, tech alliances
DOE, national labs report to FERC on evolving US grid
April 22, 2016 – FERC heard from experts on grid modernization from DOE and the national labs at its regular meeting yesterday. The grid is undergoing major changes in resource mix and is becoming more . . . keep reading

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Law
Senate energy act drives smart grid, cybersecurity
April 22, 2016 – DOE to oversee risks, test emergency plans, work with DHS: The full text of the Senate-passed version of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 plus details about how each voting senator voted were added to the Senate's website yesterday after the bill passed the Senate Wednesday . . . keep reading

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Market research, analysis
Nest study shows smart-home awareness growth
April 27, 2016 – Adds 50 energy-firm partners offering smart thermostat: Consumer awareness of the connected home is growing fast according to research from Kelton Global and Research Now in the US earlier this year that was commissioned by smart thermostat maker Nest, the Google subsidiary said yesterday . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
New Hartford microgrid uses Bloom fuel cells, state funds
April 14, 2016 – The City of Hartford, Conn; energy marketer Constellation Energy, and fuel cell maker Bloom Energy started building a microgrid powered by fuel cells, they said yesterday . . . keep reading

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Net metering
SolarCity sides with New York IOUs on net metering
April 20, 2016 – Solar Progress Partnership forms to end 'cost shifting': Six New York IOUs joined SolarCity and other solar firms in the creation of the Solar Progress Partnership, a group that yesterday filed a joint proposal with the state's PSC with a net metering plan aimed at the . . . keep reading

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Networks
Riverside signs up for Ingenu IOT for smart grid
April 28, 2016 – Utility is first in city to sign up for new public network: Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) in Riverside, Calif, was the first customer of Ingenu's planned IOT network in the city and will use it for DA, Ingenu said yesterday. The deployment will be a public IOT network powered . . . keep reading

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Outage management
New Hartford microgrid uses Bloom fuel cells, state funds
April 14, 2016 – The City of Hartford, Conn; energy marketer Constellation Energy, and fuel cell maker Bloom Energy started building a microgrid powered by fuel cells, they said yesterday . . . keep reading

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Power theft, loss
FICO wins patents for cybersecurity, using AMI to spot fraud
February 24, 2016 – Global analytic software firm FICO was awarded new patents related to cybersecurity and utility network protection, it said earlier this month, bringing the number to 169 . . . keep reading

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Prepay programs
Itron wins interoperability certification for prepay system
April 13, 2016 – AMI gear maker Itron received interoperability certification for its prepay system called Total Outcomes for smart payment, it said yesterday. The standard transfer specification (STS) . . . keep reading

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Privacy, data sharing
London Hydro wins first Green Button DMD UL certification
February 11, 2016 – London Hydro of London, Ontario, Canada, and the Green Button Alliance (GBA), which fosters the development, compliance and wide-spread adoption of the Green Button standard . . . keep reading

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R&D
Senate energy act drives smart grid, cybersecurity
April 22, 2016 – DOE to oversee risks, test emergency plans, work with DHS: The full text of the Senate-passed version of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 plus details about how each voting senator voted were added to the Senate's website yesterday after the bill passed the Senate Wednesday . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
RES to build storage for Exelon frequency regulation
April 20, 2016 – Renewable Energy Systems (RES) developed a 10 MW battery storage facility to be built in Clinton County, Ohio, for Exelon Generation, RES said yesterday. Exelon Generation will own and run the plant and RES, specializing in energy storage, will start building in Q2 of this year . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
ScottMadden reports on SEPA's 51st State summit in Denver
April 28, 2016 – Energy consultancy ScottMadden recently joined energy industry thought leaders at the 51st State Phase II Summit in Denver, Colo, the firm said. The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) . . . keep reading

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Reliability
New Hartford microgrid uses Bloom fuel cells, state funds
April 14, 2016 – The City of Hartford, Conn; energy marketer Constellation Energy, and fuel cell maker Bloom Energy started building a microgrid powered by fuel cells, they said yesterday . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Construction begins on first-ever New York community solar
April 28, 2016 – The New York State Energy R&D Authority (NYSERDA) joined the New York State Dept of Public Service (DPS), EnterSolar and Clean Energy Collective (CEC) yesterday in announcing . . . keep reading

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Reprints
Comverge offers new DR/EE software, adds thermostats
February 3, 2016 -- DR/energy efficiency firm Comverge yesterday announced a new software platform called IntelliConnect that helps utilities deploy bring-your-own-device (BYOD) DR and energy . . . keep reading

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Smart cities
Current adds partners for smart cities, smart buildings
April 26, 2016 – GE's Current is adding 15 partners and microservices to its open intelligent environments ecosystem, it said yesterday, adding that it will deploy intelligent LED infrastructure . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Casa, Mnubo pair smart appliances with energy analytics
April 28, 2016 – Energy management firm Casa partnered with Mnubo, calling it the leading IOT data analytics firm, to deliver real-time actionable insights to thousands of smart home customers . . . keep reading

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Software
Group uses UtilityAPI at event to build gamification app
April 28, 2016 – Over a weekend at the Boston Cleanweb Hackathon, four software engineers used UtilityAPI to create a prize-winning app called Energy Bee, UtilityAPI, designer of the UtilityAPI . . . keep reading

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Standards
DOE: Orange Button to make solar data available
April 18, 2016 – Effort aimed at making solar much more affordable: DOE picked four recipients of nearly $4 million combined to work together to create a solar version of the Green Button Initiative called Orange Button, the agency said Friday. The effort is aimed at boosting solar-market . . . keep reading

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Testing, certificationion
Landis & Gyr confirms AMI meets strict German code
April 1, 2016 – Field test results showed Landis & Gyr's smart metering software is ready for use Zug, Switzerland, the smart grid technology firm said yesterday. The firm successfully completed one . . . keep reading

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Trade groups, associations
ScottMadden reports on SEPA's 51st State summit in Denver
April 28, 2016 – Energy consultancy ScottMadden recently joined energy industry thought leaders at the 51st State Phase II Summit in Denver, Colo, the firm said. The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) . . . keep reading

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Training, staff certification
AEE: California advanced energy jobs grew 18% in 2015
April 14, 2016 – Employment in California's advanced energy industry grew 18% last year, six times the statewide employment growth rate, said Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) in promoting a . . . keep reading

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Transactive energy
Cazalet, Barrager offer shared vision of TE future
April 5, 2016 – SEPA 51st State draws transactive energy roadmaps: A new transactive energy (TE) roadmap was submitted to the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) 51st State Project and made available recently on the TEMIX website for free download. The detailed roadmap was prepared by . . . keep reading

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Transmission - HV lines
BPA seeks non-wires alternative to peak HV congestion
April 28, 2016 – BPA is looking for a non-wires alternative to manage peak congestion on HV transmission lines in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, the federally owned utility said . . . keep reading

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Utility operations
Sun Capital buys ProField developer Apex CoVantage
April 27, 2016 – The Apex CoVantage division called Smart Grid Solutions (SGS), the mobile workforce management technology used for AMI deployments, was acquired by Sun Capital Partners, Outcome . . . keep reading

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