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Electric industry cautiously readies for CO2 rules
August 4, 2015 -- Impact on smart grid, related industries expected: Utilities will have to play a central role in deploying smart grid technology and other DG measures to meet the requirements of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that US President Barack Obama released yesterday, even as third-party . . . keep reading

Black & Veatch targets affordable options amid change
August 4, 2015 -- DG, net metering policies worry utilities, survey finds: On the DG front, 80% of electric utilities believe DG, particularly solar PV, "represents a serious challenge to their business," the firm said. Nearly 1/3 of electric utilities told Black & Veatch they were reviewing . . . keep reading

Industry survey reveals CIP 5 compliance concerns
August 4, 2015 -- More than half of the 435 people surveyed May 14 through June 5 at North American-based utilities felt they were prepared to address the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection . . . keep reading

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August 4, 2015 -- Sensus, BAI offer smart grid to Australia ... Wake Electric picks OATI voltage software . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
NRG Renew VP Beavers warns of microgrid interconnection challenges
July 24, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Utility interconnection can pose critical deployment delays: Utilities need to streamline the interconnection process for energy storage the same way they have for rooftop solar, Robyn Beavers told us this week in an exclusive interview. She is senior VP . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
SaskPower picks Elster AMI after controversy
August 3, 2015 -- After fires, utility announces path to redeployment: The Canadian city of Saskatoon will rebuild much of its AMI deployment using Elster AMI, Elster told the press last week. The meters will replace Sensus smart meters that were removed after a half dozen fires at meter installations . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
Black & Veatch targets affordable options amid change
August 4, 2015 -- DG, net metering policies worry utilities, survey finds: On the DG front, 80% of electric utilities believe DG, particularly solar PV, "represents a serious challenge to their business," the firm said. Nearly 1/3 of electric utilities told Black & Veatch they were reviewing . . . keep reading

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Briefs
2 stories in 30 seconds
August 4, 2015 -- Sensus, BAI offer smart grid to Australia ... Wake Electric picks OATI voltage software . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
IHS: Honeywell stock grows on plan to buy Elster
July 31, 2015 -- Honeywell's plan to buy Melrose Industries' Elster Group for about $5.1 billion early next year, announced this week, is "a very savvy move by Honeywell CEO David Cote," Jacob Pereira . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
IHS: Honeywell stock grows on plan to buy Elster
July 31, 2015 -- Honeywell's plan to buy Melrose Industries' Elster Group for about $5.1 billion early next year, announced this week, is "a very savvy move by Honeywell CEO David Cote," Jacob Pereira . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
DNV offers help for 2 RES Americas storage projects
July 15, 2015 -- DNV GL will provide Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas) with financial and technical assistance on two of its energy-storage projects in Illinois, the firms told the press this week. RES Americas expects to finish both storage projects next year . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
Honeywell pairs thermostat app with Weatherbug
June 10, 2015 -- Customers in Texas using Honeywell's WiFi-enabled thermostats and Total Connect Comfort app will be able to use a software update from Weatherbug to adjust the . . . keep reading

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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTION
July 27, 2015 -- An article we published Thursday (SGT, July-23) about New York's Reforming . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
TURN attacks California PUC's proposed solar charges
July 6, 2015 -- Recent changes to a California PUC proposal to "eliminate conservation incentives are a sham and inadequate to protect consumers," TURN (The Utility Reform Network) told the press . . . keep reading

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Customers & advocacy
National Black Chamber of Commerce pans some net metering
April 2, 2015 -- The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) views as unfair the net metering programs in Louisiana and other states that pay customers more than the market rate for solar, the group told the press this week. The recent study from the Louisiana PSC confirmed the unequal benefits of the state's net-metering program, NBCC President Harry . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
Industry survey reveals CIP 5 compliance concerns
August 4, 2015 -- More than half of the 435 people surveyed May 14 through June 5 at North American-based utilities felt they were prepared to address the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
EMotorWerks uses OSISoft system for smart EV charging
July 29, 2015 -- OSISoft and EMotorWerks are creating an EV-charging system that integrates data from ISOs and utilities, the firms told the press this week. EMotorWerks will use OSISoft's data analytics . . . keep reading

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Decoupling utility firms
Wellinghoff urges creation of distribution ISOs
March 17, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- IOUs would own grid, maintain it but not run it: In retail markets, grid ownership and operation should be separated to allow competitive energy sales, Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of FERC, told us recently in an exclusive interview . . . keep reading

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Demand response
Utilities in Columbia, Turkey pick Innovari for DR
July 30, 2015 -- Colombian utility Empresas Municipales de Cali (EMCALI) is using Innovari's "interactive energy" software to manage power use in buildings and the grid in Cali, Colombia, Innovari told the press this week. EMCALI is using Innovari's software as part of a broader effort to move away from . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Ontario helps fund new smart EV-charging project
July 27, 2015 -- New project members include Nissan, SDG&E, SAP: Tech Mahindra's Intelligent EV Charging System (IEVCS) project in Ontario, Canada, saw new members including some big names, the Pune, India-based technology firm told the press Friday. The new members included Niagara-on-the-Lake . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Portugal's EDP picks Ziv smart meters from CG
July 31, 2015 -- Energias de Portugal (EDP) picked Ziv single-phase smart meters from Avantha Group subsidiary Crompton Greaves (CG), CG told the press yesterday. EDP previously chose CG as the main . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
Electric industry cautiously readies for CO2 rules
August 4, 2015 -- Impact on smart grid, related industries expected: Utilities will have to play a central role in deploying smart grid technology and other DG measures to meet the requirements of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that US President Barack Obama released yesterday, even as third-party . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
I2O CEO Hagan offers data analytics to water firms
July 28, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Appeal of analytics includes archiving knowledge: Data acquisition and analytics is increasingly important for utilities as they contend with not only a smarter grid but also a slew of retirees who are taking institutional knowledge with them as they retire . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
Glendale weighs array of AMI-supported services
June 29, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- AMI data enables outage management, TOU rates, more: Glendale (California) Water & Power (GWP) is mulling new TOU and off-peak EV charging rates as part of its strategic plan through 2019, the utility's General Manager Steve Zurn told . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
Northeastern states take on energy modernization
July 1, 2015 -- State laws trigger various levels of research, change: Utilities in Massachusetts need to submit 10-year, grid-modernization plans by Aug 5 as the state considers TOU pricing, DG and other ways to restructure its grid, Acadia Center Grid Modernization . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
EMotorWerks uses OSISoft system for smart EV charging
July 29, 2015 -- OSISoft and EMotorWerks are creating an EV-charging system that integrates data from ISOs and utilities, the firms told the press this week. EMotorWerks will use OSISoft's data analytics . . . keep reading

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Electricity retailers
Retailer/generator MP2 Energy widens scope to homes
February 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Home solar PV, DR play growing roll in firm's offerings: Power generator and retailer MP2 Energy is growing its customer base beyond just C&I customer to include new DR and solar PV services aimed at residential customers, MP2 VP of Sustainable . . . keep reading

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Energy efficiency
Sealed, Smarter Grid Solutions to do New York REV demos
July 14, 2015 -- Smarter Grid Solutions and Sealed are to take part in demonstration projects under New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, the New York University (NYU) Polytechnic School of Engineering told the press last week. The school is hosting the projects that . . . keep reading

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Energy management
EnTouch Controls builds on DR system with new service
July 24, 2015 -- Energy management firm EnTouch Controls introduced its "advanced" peak-energy management service for restaurant and retail facilities, the firm told the press yesterday. The system . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
New York readies to share wealth of microgrid data
July 31, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- NY Prize director give a glimpse of what lies ahead: New York State is expecting by February to have "more robust data than anywhere else in the world" on the financial and technical feasibility of community microgrids by February, NY Prize Director Micah . . . keep reading

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Environmental
Electric industry cautiously readies for CO2 rules
August 4, 2015 -- Impact on smart grid, related industries expected: Utilities will have to play a central role in deploying smart grid technology and other DG measures to meet the requirements of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that US President Barack Obama released yesterday, even as third-party . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
NRG Renew VP Beavers warns of microgrid interconnection challenges
July 24, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Utility interconnection can pose critical deployment delays: Utilities need to streamline the interconnection process for energy storage the same way they have for rooftop solar, Robyn Beavers told us this week in an exclusive interview. She is senior VP . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
Bird Energy seeks bids for US-Israel joint projects
April 29, 2015 -- Bird Energy is soliciting proposals for US-Israel joint projects with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the organization told the press yesterday. Smart grid R&D is eligible and the initial concept submissions are due by June 30. Full proposals are . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
Electric industry cautiously readies for CO2 rules
August 4, 2015 -- Impact on smart grid, related industries expected: Utilities will have to play a central role in deploying smart grid technology and other DG measures to meet the requirements of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that US President Barack Obama released yesterday, even as third-party . . . 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
New Everspin RAM for AMI lasts 30 years in harsh climates
February 27, 2015 -- Everspin Technology developed a smart meter data management and memory system for its radio and microelectronic (RIM), 3-phase smart meters, it said recently. The firm calls its MR25H40 a "Magnetoresistive RAM" memory system, for use in environments that need data integrity . . . keep reading

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Health & safety
Smart meter opt-outs tangled in California scandal
February 13, 2015 -- TURN questions communications between PG&E, PUC: Ratepayer advocacy group the Utility Reform Network (TURN) supports the California PUC's decision ordering Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to let customers opt out of its smart meter program and does not want it overturned . . . keep reading

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Industry conferences
Regulatory experts offer smart grid advice in DC
July 20, 2015 -- Projects should emphasize public good, cost savings: Utilities and other entities trying to get regulatory approval for microgrids need to articulate a public-interest benefit such as deferred substation construction or greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction -- while accounting for potentia . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
FERC allows annual DR into transitional auctions
July 28, 2015 -- A FERC order issued last week granted requests to let annual DR into the transitional auctions for capacity performance. The decision caused PJM to delay its transitional . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
New storage group CalCharge members include Toyota
July 31, 2015 -- Energy storage consortium CalCharge added five members, it told the press this week. The group plans to accelerate breakthrough energy storage technologies and added Blue Current . . . keep reading

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Law
NV Energy proposes new net metering rates for solar
August 3, 2015 -- Nevada utility NV Energy filed a proposal with the state PUC outlining new rates and rules for net metering customers, the utility told the press last week. The proposal was the utility's . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
EPRI: Grid equipment needs to match changing world
July 29, 2015 -- The electrical grid will require added utility capacity, or "the total ability of a utility to generate and/or deliver power," EPRI said in a report it publicized this week . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
New York readies to share wealth of microgrid data
July 31, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- NY Prize director give a glimpse of what lies ahead: New York State is expecting by February to have "more robust data than anywhere else in the world" on the financial and technical feasibility of community microgrids by February, NY Prize Director Micah . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
Black & Veatch targets affordable options amid change
August 4, 2015 -- DG, net metering policies worry utilities, survey finds: On the DG front, 80% of electric utilities believe DG, particularly solar PV, "represents a serious challenge to their business," the firm said. Nearly 1/3 of electric utilities told Black & Veatch they were reviewing . . . keep reading

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Networks
Elster AMI picked by CFE for 2 new projects in Mexico
July 15, 2015 -- Comision Federal de Electricidad de Mexico (CFE) is set to deploy Elster's AMI in northern Mexico, the AMI technology maker told the press last week. The deployment is meant to cut costs . . . keep reading

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Outage management
GE Digital Energy hits AMI milestone in Dominican Republic
June 23, 2015 -- On-Ramp handles 20,000 meters with one concentrator: GE Digital Energy is over halfway through installing 24,000 smart meters and AMI infrastructure in Punta Cana, reportedly the Dominican Republic's most popular tourist destination, Ed Myszka, GE Digital's general . . . keep reading

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Prepay programs
DEFG finds prepay energy satisfies two-thirds of users
April 1, 2015 -- One third of people in the US who have used prepayment for energy were "very satisfied" and 41% were "somewhat satisfied," a survey late last year of 1,000 consumers in the US found, Distributed Energy Financial Group (DEFG) told the press yesterday. DEFG is a consulting firm specializing in consumers and consumer-facing offerings in . . . 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
New York readies to share wealth of microgrid data
July 31, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- NY Prize director give a glimpse of what lies ahead: New York State is expecting by February to have "more robust data than anywhere else in the world" on the financial and technical feasibility of community microgrids by February, NY Prize Director Micah . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
Duke, Samsung to upgrade energy storage at wind plant
July 1, 2015 -- Duke Energy, Samsung SDI and Younicos plan to update Duke Energy's 36-MW energy storage and power management system at the firm's Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas, Duke told the press yesterday. The system has been running since 2012 with lead-acid batteries . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
Electric industry cautiously readies for CO2 rules
August 4, 2015 -- Impact on smart grid, related industries expected: Utilities will have to play a central role in deploying smart grid technology and other DG measures to meet the requirements of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that US President Barack Obama released yesterday, even as third-party . . . keep reading

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Reliability
Smart grid boosts Ameren Illinois reliability 17%
July 28, 2015 -- The smart grid projects Ameren Illinois completed in 2012 saved customers $48 million/year, reducing power outages by an average of 238,000/year over the last two years, the utility told . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Electric industry cautiously readies for CO2 rules
August 4, 2015 -- Impact on smart grid, related industries expected: Utilities will have to play a central role in deploying smart grid technology and other DG measures to meet the requirements of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that US President Barack Obama released yesterday, even as third-party . . . keep reading

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Reprints
NRG Renew VP Beavers warns of microgrid interconnection challenges
July 24, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Utility interconnection can pose critical deployment delays: Utilities need to streamline the interconnection process for energy storage the same way they have for rooftop solar, Robyn Beavers told us this week in an exclusive interview. She is senior VP . . . keep reading

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SGIGs
DOE: TOU opt-in works better at multiple utilities
June 22, 2015 -- Utilities using AMI to put customers on different TOU and peak-use based rate structures see far more participation when they go the opt-out route rather than opt-in, DOE said last week in an update on work by recipients of its Smart Grid Investment Grants (SGIGs). The utilities . . . keep reading

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Smart cities
Dubai's smart city plan includes nationwide AMI
July 27, 2015 -- Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) set in motion three initiatives to support a "smart city" initiative meant to turn Dubai into "the smartest city in the world within three . . . keep reading

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Smart home
IHS: Honeywell stock grows on plan to buy Elster
July 31, 2015 -- Honeywell's plan to buy Melrose Industries' Elster Group for about $5.1 billion early next year, announced this week, is "a very savvy move by Honeywell CEO David Cote," Jacob Pereira . . . keep reading

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Software
Utilities in Columbia, Turkey pick Innovari for DR
July 30, 2015 -- Colombian utility Empresas Municipales de Cali (EMCALI) is using Innovari's "interactive energy" software to manage power use in buildings and the grid in Cali, Colombia, Innovari told the press this week. EMCALI is using Innovari's software as part of a broader effort to move away from . . . keep reading

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Standards
FERC proposal would change CIP reliability standards
July 22, 2015 -- FERC last week issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to revise the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) reliability standards to address risks to communication networks and related bulk power system assets. The proposed rules would develop standards for supply-chain . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
MESA compatibility, interoperability testing center planned
July 16, 2015 -- The MESA (Modular Energy Storage Architecture) Standards Alliance and the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) will create the first MESA compatibility and interoperability testing center in the world, in Indiana, the pair told the press yesterday. The center will . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
AREM, DACC urge California to make storage policies fair
July 21, 2015 -- The Alliance for Retail Energy Markets (AREM) and the Direct Access Customers Coalition (DACC) urged the California PUC in comments posted last week to make energy storage policies fair . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
UK's Utilities Academy offers smart-meter diploma
July 27, 2015 -- The Utilities Academy is offering a new "dual-fuel smart-meter diploma," the UK organization told the press last week, asserting the course is a first for smart meter training. The course . . . keep reading

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Transactive energy
Wellinghoff urges creation of distribution ISOs
March 17, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- IOUs would own grid, maintain it but not run it: In retail markets, grid ownership and operation should be separated to allow competitive energy sales, Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of FERC, told us recently in an exclusive interview . . . keep reading

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Transmission - HV lines
TechSci Research tracks growth in packaged substations
July 8, 2015 -- The global "packaged substation" market is projected to grow 9% between this year and 2020, TechSci Research told the press Monday as it publicized a $3,700 report on the market . . . keep reading

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US stimulus
DOE: TOU opt-in works better at multiple utilities
June 22, 2015 -- Utilities using AMI to put customers on different TOU and peak-use based rate structures see far more participation when they go the opt-out route rather than opt-in, DOE said last week in an update on work by recipients of its Smart Grid Investment Grants (SGIGs). The utilities . . . keep reading

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Utility operations
I2O CEO Hagan offers data analytics to water firms
July 28, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Appeal of analytics includes archiving knowledge: Data acquisition and analytics is increasingly important for utilities as they contend with not only a smarter grid but also a slew of retirees who are taking institutional knowledge with them as they retire . . . keep reading

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