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California reconsiders EV charging-station control
November 21, 2014 -- Utility-vendor partnerships to drastically cut costs: Proposed rule changes at the California PUC meant to ease restrictions against utilities owning EV charging equipment at charging ports might well bring about a "boon in investment" in EVs, ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano . . . keep reading

London Hydro picks Bidgely for data analytics
November 21, 2014 -- Canadian utility London Hydro is set to integrate Bidgely's business intelligence software, reaching over 150,000 homes with appliance-level monitoring and personalized energy-savings recommendations via its web presence, the vendor told the press yesterday. London Hydro . . . keep reading

REPORT: Grid-scale storage grows 35%/year
November 21, 2014 -- The global market for grid-scale energy storage is set to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 35.5% in the next five years, at least in part due to a growing need to cut outages, online report store Research & Markets told the press yesterday. The firm was quoting a report it . . . keep reading

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November 21, 2014 -- JCPB picks ADMS from Survalent . . . Venstar firmware update adds ADR . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
AEP smart grid plans focus on transmission
November 19, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Asset Health Center to see $200 million in upgrades: Columbus, Ohio-based IOU American Electric Power (AEP) plans to invest at least $4.8 billion in its transmission businesses over the next three years, its CEO Nick Akins said earlier this month in an . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
Smart grid market watchers see big growth ahead
November 20, 2014 -- Navigant puts market at $70 billion/year by 2023: "Large industrial and tech sector companies have been seeking to boost their leverage to the grid solutions market," Raymond James & Associates Senior VP and Equity Research Analyst Pavel Molchanov told us in a recent interview. "GE, of course, bought Alstom earlier this year…," and before that, "there were . . . 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
2 stories in 30 seconds
November 21, 2014 -- JCPB picks ADMS from Survalent . . . Venstar firmware update adds ADR . . . 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
New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank opens doors
November 7, 2014 -- Heads of bank offer advice on filing winning applications: The New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank (ERB) is now accepting applications from critical facilities such as hospitals, wastewater treatment plants and universities that want to upgrade to "islandable" or . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
Grid Modernization Index finds smart grid growth
November 18, 2014 -- Illinois law boosts score by 13 points from 2013: The 2014 Grid Modernization Index, released yesterday by the GridWise Alliance and the Smart Grid Policy Center (the groups) to show how states are progressing in smart grid deployment, reported California and Texas were tied . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
Silver Spring to deploy pro-customer tech for Consumers
November 7, 2014 -- Silver Spring Networks was picked to deploy a customer-engagement and energy efficiency program by Michigan IOU Consumers Energy, the smart grid firm said Wednesday. The utility will use Sliver Spring's "CustomerIQ" suite of products, powered by its "SilverLink" sensor . . . 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
Indiana consumers counsel challenges Duke upgrades
November 19, 2014 -- AMI, other tech called beyond scope of ratemaking: The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) -- the state agency that represents consumer interests in all cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) -- recommended denial of Duke Energy's . . . keep reading

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Customers & advocacy
Pro-solar groups offer new net-metering policy guide
November 19, 2014 -- Interconnection policies, state rankings included: Advocacy groups Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) released last week the 2014 edition of "Freeing the Grid" -- a policy guide that grades all 50 US states on the adoption and availability of . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity confidence grows as investments grow
November 20, 2014 -- ThreatTrack Security of Reston, Va, a provider of preventative solutions for cyber threats, this week released the results of a survey that found expectations for data security in 2015 were quite optimistic, despite 2014 reportedly having been the worst on record for data breaches. Some 81% of security staffers in organizations with 2,000+ employees said they would . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
London Hydro picks Bidgely for data analytics
November 21, 2014 -- Canadian utility London Hydro is set to integrate Bidgely's business intelligence software, reaching over 150,000 homes with appliance-level monitoring and personalized energy-savings recommendations via its web presence, the vendor told the press yesterday. London Hydro . . . 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
Viridity to sell vanadium CellCubes for New York DR
November 18, 2014 -- American Vanadium of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada intends to work with New York City-based DR provider Viridity Energy to deploy its "CellCube" vanadium-flow batteries for Viridity customers to use in the state's DR program, the energy storage firm said last week. The batteries . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Pepco to run DR pilot using EV-charging gear
November 12, 2014 -- Washington, DC-based IOU Pepco is running a DR test using EV-charging technology provided by Itron and ClipperCreek, Itron said last week. ClipperCreek makes grid-ready EV charging stations and will combine them with Itron's embedded sensors to support Pepco's EV demand . . . keep reading

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Deployments
London Hydro picks Bidgely for data analytics
November 21, 2014 -- Canadian utility London Hydro is set to integrate Bidgely's business intelligence software, reaching over 150,000 homes with appliance-level monitoring and personalized energy-savings recommendations via its web presence, the vendor told the press yesterday. London Hydro . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
PowerShield gear monitors, controls battery banks
November 10, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Serves DG, microgrids at NASA, Microsoft, Samsung: The battery management technology from New Zealand-based PowerShield is helping big-named clients support DG installations and grid operators keep the lights on. Those clients include Microsoft . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Alstom to deliver smart transmission to Saudi utility
November 18, 2014 -- Alstom Grid was awarded a €47 million (US$59 million) turnkey contract by Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to supply "flexible AC transmission systems" (FACTS) across the Saudi Arabia-based utility's footprint, Alstom said yesterday. The project includes a static VAR compensator . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
ISO-NE asks FERC to OK price-responsive demand in market
November 3, 2014 -- ISO-NE asked FERC Friday to approve rule changes to let price-responsive demand provide operating reserves and take part in the forward-reserves market. The rules are part of the second step for Order 745 compliance and would not go into effect until 2017. The ISO always opposed . . . 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
California reconsiders EV charging-station control
November 21, 2014 -- Utility-vendor partnerships to drastically cut costs: Proposed rule changes at the California PUC meant to ease restrictions against utilities owning EV charging equipment at charging ports might well bring about a "boon in investment" in EVs, ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano . . . 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
Silver Spring to deploy pro-customer tech for Consumers
November 7, 2014 -- Silver Spring Networks was picked to deploy a customer-engagement and energy efficiency program by Michigan IOU Consumers Energy, the smart grid firm said Wednesday. The utility will use Sliver Spring's "CustomerIQ" suite of products, powered by its "SilverLink" sensor . . . keep reading

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Energy management
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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Energy storage
California reconsiders EV charging-station control
November 21, 2014 -- Utility-vendor partnerships to drastically cut costs: Proposed rule changes at the California PUC meant to ease restrictions against utilities owning EV charging equipment at charging ports might well bring about a "boon in investment" in EVs, ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano . . . keep reading

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Environmental
New South Wales to let customers decide on smart meters
November 4, 2014 -- New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Minister for Resources & Energy Anthony Roberts last week announced a "market-led rollout" of smart meters to be launched in 2015. The NSW government will reduce barriers to smart meters, ahead of the introduction of a national regulatory framework . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
AEP smart grid plans focus on transmission
November 19, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Asset Health Center to see $200 million in upgrades: Columbus, Ohio-based IOU American Electric Power (AEP) plans to invest at least $4.8 billion in its transmission businesses over the next three years, its CEO Nick Akins said earlier this month in an . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
Haiti Energie, Florida school to build solar microgrids
November 10, 2014 -- Haitian solar energy firm Haiti Energie is partnering with Florida International University's (FIU) Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering in a bid to build solar-based smart grid and microgrid systems in Haiti, it said Friday. The Miami-based school will assist . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
California reconsiders EV charging-station control
November 21, 2014 -- Utility-vendor partnerships to drastically cut costs: Proposed rule changes at the California PUC meant to ease restrictions against utilities owning EV charging equipment at charging ports might well bring about a "boon in investment" in EVs, ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano . . . 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
Saskatchewan political party calls for meter probe
November 5, 2014 -- Canada's Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP) accused the provincial government of a lack of proper oversight in the recent deployment of smart meters by regional utility SaskPower. NDP is a social-democratic political party that is the official opposition to the Saskatchewan . . . 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
BRATTLE: ERCOT power storage investments can work
November 13, 2014 -- Report finds iffy scenarios, offers strategy for success: An Oncor-commissioned report by the Brattle Group found that deploying 3,000-5,000 MWs of storage in ERCOT would save consumers money. The report pegged the cost of storage at $350/KWH, but found that would be offset . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
ZigBee Alliance announces plans for ZigBee 3.0
November 19, 2014 -- The ZigBee Alliance plans to put all types of its low-power wireless technology under one standard called ZigBee 3.0, in a move that could make it easier to connect many wireless devices, the alliance said yesterday. The firm wants to see smart thermostats, lighting, appliances and . . . keep reading

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Law
Pro-solar groups offer new net-metering policy guide
November 19, 2014 -- Interconnection policies, state rankings included: Advocacy groups Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) released last week the 2014 edition of "Freeing the Grid" -- a policy guide that grades all 50 US states on the adoption and availability of . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
REPORT: Grid-scale storage grows 35%/year
November 21, 2014 -- The global market for grid-scale energy storage is set to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 35.5% in the next five years, at least in part due to a growing need to cut outages, online report store Research & Markets told the press yesterday. The firm was quoting a report it . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
PowerShield gear monitors, controls battery banks
November 10, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Serves DG, microgrids at NASA, Microsoft, Samsung: The battery management technology from New Zealand-based PowerShield is helping big-named clients support DG installations and grid operators keep the lights on. Those clients include Microsoft . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
Pro-solar groups offer new net-metering policy guide
November 19, 2014 -- Interconnection policies, state rankings included: Advocacy groups Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) released last week the 2014 edition of "Freeing the Grid" -- a policy guide that grades all 50 US states on the adoption and availability of . . . keep reading

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Networks
ZigBee Alliance announces plans for ZigBee 3.0
November 19, 2014 -- The ZigBee Alliance plans to put all types of its low-power wireless technology under one standard called ZigBee 3.0, in a move that could make it easier to connect many wireless devices, the alliance said yesterday. The firm wants to see smart thermostats, lighting, appliances and . . . 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
NEC to R&D smart grid, cybersecurity in Singapore
November 18, 2014 -- Japanese tech giant NEC and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) plan to collaborate on smart grid and energy project R&D, they said Friday, citing a memorandum of understanding where NEC agreed develop an "internet of things" platform to drive projects in several . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
RES Americas builds 2 big storage plants near Chicago
November 13, 2014 -- Renewable energy storage firm Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Americas is building two grid-scale, energy-storage projects outside of Chicago after acquiring them from Glidepath Power in September, it said Tuesday. The Jake Energy Storage Center and Elwood Energy Storage . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
California reconsiders EV charging-station control
November 21, 2014 -- Utility-vendor partnerships to drastically cut costs: Proposed rule changes at the California PUC meant to ease restrictions against utilities owning EV charging equipment at charging ports might well bring about a "boon in investment" in EVs, ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano . . . keep reading

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Reliability
ConEdison expects Alstom DRMS to boost reliability
November 7, 2014 -- Paris-based Alstom Grid delivered its DR management system (DRMS) to New York City IOU Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) as part of the Smart Grid Demonstration Program funded by the US DOE, the technology maker said yesterday. The project will help the utility manage its . . . keep reading

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Renewables
California reconsiders EV charging-station control
November 21, 2014 -- Utility-vendor partnerships to drastically cut costs: Proposed rule changes at the California PUC meant to ease restrictions against utilities owning EV charging equipment at charging ports might well bring about a "boon in investment" in EVs, ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano . . . 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
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
GE, Quirky offer new smart home sensors, controls
November 13, 2014 -- Quirky, a New York City-based product innovation site that commercializes popular submissions from its inventor community, and its mega-partner General Electric (GE) Tuesday unveiled seven new smart home devices including two focused on energy. Quirky and GE created a . . . keep reading

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Software
BPA to use AutoGrid DR optimization, management
November 13, 2014 -- Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in America's Pacific Northwest picked AutoGrid Systems' DR optimization and management system (DROMS) to schedule and automate events, and see actual load shed during events, AutoGrid said yesterday. The federal power entity . . . keep reading

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Standards
ZigBee Alliance announces plans for ZigBee 3.0
November 19, 2014 -- The ZigBee Alliance plans to put all types of its low-power wireless technology under one standard called ZigBee 3.0, in a move that could make it easier to connect many wireless devices, the alliance said yesterday. The firm wants to see smart thermostats, lighting, appliances and . . . 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
Smart grid group AllSeen Alliance adds 9 new members
November 6, 2014 -- Smart grid industry partnership AllSeen Alliance added nine new members, broadening the group's partnership to include smart lighting, security and networking services, it said yesterday. The new additions bring the alliance's membership to 80 firms and 12 sponsored members . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
Texas A&M campus in Doha launches smart grid center
November 14, 2014 -- Texas A&M University's campus in Doha launched the Smart Grid Center Qatar (SGC-Q) extension office Wednesday with an event attended by local industry leaders. The center will "strive to become a reference point and a key player in the field of smart grid in the community and in the region, working toward ensuring energy security," the school said . . . keep reading

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Transactive energy
Grid Modernization Index finds smart grid growth
November 18, 2014 -- Illinois law boosts score by 13 points from 2013: The 2014 Grid Modernization Index, released yesterday by the GridWise Alliance and the Smart Grid Policy Center (the groups) to show how states are progressing in smart grid deployment, reported California and Texas were tied . . . keep reading

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Transmission - HV lines
AEP smart grid plans focus on transmission
November 19, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Asset Health Center to see $200 million in upgrades: Columbus, Ohio-based IOU American Electric Power (AEP) plans to invest at least $4.8 billion in its transmission businesses over the next three years, its CEO Nick Akins said earlier this month in an . . . 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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