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Southern California Edison reports on 2-year demo
March 31, 2015 -- Technology director finds interoperability still lacking -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- As Southern California Edison (SCE) ends its tech demo project at the University of California, Irvine, interoperability is still showing up as critical for the future . . . keep reading

Duke Energy plans energy-storage research in Indiana
March 31, 2015 -- Duke Energy is teaming with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and the Battery Innovation Center to work to advance energy storage research, particularly as it applies to storing energy from the sun and wind and using it efficiently on the grid, Duke told the press yesterday. The project is part of a 2012 . . . keep reading

Cal-ISO OKs using EVs to balance grid, smooth renewables
March 31, 2015 -- Cal-ISO's board approved an update of its strategic plan for integrating renewables where the ISO advised using EVs to balance the grid and smooth integration of renewable energy sources, the board told the press last week. Cal ISO also said it would work with regulators to encourage more TOU pricing . . . keep reading

2 stories in 90 minutes
March 31, 2015 -- ComEd uses OPower software in DR rollout... GEMS adds testing to storage systems . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
CESI targets new markets for big smart grid growth
March 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Exec sheds light on how engineering firm can cash in: Countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are major untapped markets for large-scale smart meter programs, Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano (CESI) Senior Director . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
UK business group Institute of Directors pans AMI plan
March 30, 2015 -- The UK government's rollout of smart meters should be "halted, altered or scrapped," the Institute of Directors told the press Friday, asserting the project is "unwanted by consumers, devoid of credibility and mind-blowingly expensive." The UK member group helps businesses and their leadership succeed through research and learning, its website said . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
CESI targets new markets for big smart grid growth
March 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Exec sheds light on how engineering firm can cash in: Countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are major untapped markets for large-scale smart meter programs, Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano (CESI) Senior Director . . . keep reading

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Briefs
2 stories in 90 minutes
March 31, 2015 -- ComEd uses OPower software in DR rollout... GEMS adds testing to storage systems . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Venstar offers DR-ready smart C&I thermostats with WiFi
March 17, 2015 -- Venstar introduced its ColorTouch line of smart thermostats, the firm told the press last week. The line includes the WiFi-enabled T8850 and T8900 models, which can connect directly to the grid. The thermostats come programmed with automated DR software . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
Smart grid fares well in Exelon, Pepco Maryland merger deal
March 19, 2015 -- Exelon and Pepco recently struck a settlement deal with the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's in their merger-review case currently before the state PSC. The deal included a $50 million commitment to a Green Sustainability Fund for investments in energy . . . keep reading

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

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Consumer apps & services
Screaming Power wants to build better utility apps
March 9, 2015 -- CEO envisions utilities, customers both benefiting: Screaming Power is drawing to a close the yearlong conversation it had with a group of utility executives to look at mobility from the utility point of view, CEO Gary Michor told us this week. The Toronto-based firm . . . keep reading

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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTION
March 20, 2015 -- An article we published last week was changed online to . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
Louisiana PSC triggers debate with anti-net metering report
March 9, 2015 -- Louisiana's net-metering program has costs that outweigh the benefits to utility customers and fails to adequately recover costs associated with grid use, the Louisiana PSC said in a report it was promoting last week. The program, sometimes referred to as net energy . . . keep reading

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Customers & advocacy
Maine PUC asks CMP to let customers share use data
March 23, 2015 -- The Maine PUC recommended that Central Maine Power (CMP) set up a website letting customers share their power-use data with AMI firms, the commission said in a report posted on its website this month. The proposed website came out of a prior PUC order directing Maine's largest . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
NOJA proves RC10 controller works with DNP3-SAv5
March 24, 2015 -- NOJA Power proved its RC10 control and communication cubicle works with IEDs (intelligent electronic devices) from other vendors using the DNP3-SAv5 protocol, the electrical switchgear engineering firm told the press recently. DNP stands for distributed network . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
Utilidata aims grid software at Saudi Arabian grid
March 4, 2015 -- Smart grid software firm Utilidata is partnering with IT firm Al-Rushaid Technologies to take its smart grid and cybersecurity technology to Saudi Arabia, the firms told the press yesterday. The software collects and analyzes real-time data from the grid for utilities . . . 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
Greenlots connects EV charging with utility DR
March 25, 2015 -- CEO explains importance of utility role in charging: As the market for EVs grows and charging stations proliferate, utilities "absolutely have to play a role" in building and running EV charging infrastructure, Greenlots CEO Brett Hauser told us last week . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Southern California Edison reports on 2-year demo
March 31, 2015 -- Technology director finds interoperability still lacking -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- As Southern California Edison (SCE) ends its tech demo project at the University of California, Irvine, interoperability is still showing up as critical for the future . . . keep reading

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Deployments
CESI targets new markets for big smart grid growth
March 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Exec sheds light on how engineering firm can cash in: Countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are major untapped markets for large-scale smart meter programs, Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano (CESI) Senior Director . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
SunEdison to buy Imergy batteries for Indian 'minigrids'
March 30, 2015 -- SunEdison is set to buy up to 1,000 vanadium flow batteries (over 100 MWHs) from Imergy Power Systems, the buyer told the press last week. The batteries will be used to store solar-generated power for SunEdison's rural electrification and solar powered "minigrid" projects in India, SunEdison said . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Southern California Edison reports on 2-year demo
March 31, 2015 -- Technology director finds interoperability still lacking -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- As Southern California Edison (SCE) ends its tech demo project at the University of California, Irvine, interoperability is still showing up as critical for the future . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
Greenlots connects EV charging with utility DR
March 25, 2015 -- CEO explains importance of utility role in charging: As the market for EVs grows and charging stations proliferate, utilities "absolutely have to play a role" in building and running EV charging infrastructure, Greenlots CEO Brett Hauser told us last week . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
Smart Energy GB takes Smart Energy Week to Leicester, UK
March 18, 2015 -- Smart Energy GB is taking Smart Energy Week to Leicester this week, organizers of the national consumer campaign for smart meters told the press this week. The event is a chance for residents to find out more about how smart meters can "transform the way we buy . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
Cal-ISO OKs using EVs to balance grid, smooth renewables
March 31, 2015 -- Cal-ISO's board approved an update of its strategic plan for integrating renewables where the ISO advised using EVs to balance the grid and smooth integration of renewable energy sources, the board told the press last week. Cal ISO also said it would work with regulators to encourage more TOU pricing . . . 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
Pennsylvania PUC seeks comment on efficiency programs
March 12, 2015 -- The Pennsylvania PUC wants comments on a tentative implementation order on the future of energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) programs under Act 129 of 2008, the PUC told the press yesterday. The current EE&C plans are valid through May 2016, at which time the law directs . . . keep reading

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Energy management
Thread Group works to better smart home networks
March 27, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Exec tells us why ZigBee gear is simpler with Thread: Seven technology firms in July formed a San Ramon, Calif-based alliance called the Thread Group to try to change the global conversation around home automation. The group developed an IP-based . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Duke Energy plans energy-storage research in Indiana
March 31, 2015 -- Duke Energy is teaming with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and the Battery Innovation Center to work to advance energy storage research, particularly as it applies to storing energy from the sun and wind and using it efficiently on the grid, Duke told the press yesterday. The project is part of a 2012 . . . keep reading

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Environmental
Paniolo Power makes NextEra/HECO merger motion
March 11, 2015 -- Paniolo Power Co filed a motion with the Hawaii PUC to merge NextEra's acquisition of Hawaiian Electric (HECO) and HECO's clean energy plan into one case, the renewable energy firm told the press this week. HECO and NextEra filed an application with the PUC for the merger last month . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
CESI targets new markets for big smart grid growth
March 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Exec sheds light on how engineering firm can cash in: Countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are major untapped markets for large-scale smart meter programs, Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano (CESI) Senior Director . . . keep reading

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

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Government agencies
UK business group Institute of Directors pans AMI plan
March 30, 2015 -- The UK government's rollout of smart meters should be "halted, altered or scrapped," the Institute of Directors told the press Friday, asserting the project is "unwanted by consumers, devoid of credibility and mind-blowingly expensive." The UK member group helps businesses and their leadership succeed through research and learning, its website said . . . 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
PNNL adds big battery research to smart grid projects
March 20, 2015 -- Manager describes multiple projects, upcoming conference: The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is working on six smart grid initiatives with some wrapping up and others just getting started, PNNL Energy Infrastructure Manager Carl Imhoff told . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
Cal-ISO OKs using EVs to balance grid, smooth renewables
March 31, 2015 -- Cal-ISO's board approved an update of its strategic plan for integrating renewables where the ISO advised using EVs to balance the grid and smooth integration of renewable energy sources, the board told the press last week. Cal ISO also said it would work with regulators to encourage more TOU pricing . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
Thread Group works to better smart home networks
March 27, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Exec tells us why ZigBee gear is simpler with Thread: Seven technology firms in July formed a San Ramon, Calif-based alliance called the Thread Group to try to change the global conversation around home automation. The group developed an IP-based . . . keep reading

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Law
Illinois bill lets ComEd spend $300 million on microgrids
March 27, 2015 -- A bill Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) said would expand renewable energy and support microgrid construction is headed to the floor of the Illinois Senate for a full vote, the utility told the press yesterday, noting the bill passed out of the state Senate's Energy & Public . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
IHS expects smart grid sensor market to boom
March 18, 2015 -- The market for smart grid sensors is likely to expand rapidly in the next decade, with revenues growing nearly tenfold between last year and 2021, IHS told the press yesterday as it publicized a study from IHS Technology. A good part of the growth will come from a move . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
SunEdison to buy Imergy batteries for Indian 'minigrids'
March 30, 2015 -- SunEdison is set to buy up to 1,000 vanadium flow batteries (over 100 MWHs) from Imergy Power Systems, the buyer told the press last week. The batteries will be used to store solar-generated power for SunEdison's rural electrification and solar powered "minigrid" projects in India, SunEdison said . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
Tucson Electric Power proposes lower net-metering rate
March 27, 2015 -- Tucson Electric Power (TEP) proposed a new net-metering rate to cut the amount the utility pays to solar PV customers who sell power to the grid by $22/month, the utility told the press this week. The proposal would eliminate what the utility calls "subsidies" embedded . . . keep reading

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Networks
Thread Group works to better smart home networks
March 27, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Exec tells us why ZigBee gear is simpler with Thread: Seven technology firms in July formed a San Ramon, Calif-based alliance called the Thread Group to try to change the global conversation around home automation. The group developed an IP-based . . . keep reading

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Outage management
JCP&L to put remote-controlled gear on 94 circuits
February 24, 2015 -- Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is about to install remote-controlled equipment on 94 circuits, the utility told the press yesterday as it outlined the $267-million plan to cut the duration of outages. The plan will help the utility meet future load growth in its . . . keep reading

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

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

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R&D
Duke Energy plans energy-storage research in Indiana
March 31, 2015 -- Duke Energy is teaming with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and the Battery Innovation Center to work to advance energy storage research, particularly as it applies to storing energy from the sun and wind and using it efficiently on the grid, Duke told the press yesterday. The project is part of a 2012 . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
Sunverge helps utilities realize the value of DG
February 20, 2015 -- With over 400 deployments, CEO describes how: Sunverge CEO Ken Munson sees the utility sector as his DG firm's vital market long term, and he is adamant that there is no "death spiral" in DG and renewable energy for utilities, he told us this week . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
Tucson Electric Power proposes lower net-metering rate
March 27, 2015 -- Tucson Electric Power (TEP) proposed a new net-metering rate to cut the amount the utility pays to solar PV customers who sell power to the grid by $22/month, the utility told the press this week. The proposal would eliminate what the utility calls "subsidies" embedded . . . keep reading

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Reliability
Dominican Republic utility orders 14,000 GE meters, Grid IQ
February 24, 2015 -- A utility in the Dominican Republic picked GE to deliver over 14,000 smart meters and GE's Grid IQ AMI system, the vendor told the press recently. Consorcio Energético Punta Cana Macao (CEPM) reportedly handles power generation and T&D in Bávaro and Punta Cana in the eastern . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Cal-ISO OKs using EVs to balance grid, smooth renewables
March 31, 2015 -- Cal-ISO's board approved an update of its strategic plan for integrating renewables where the ISO advised using EVs to balance the grid and smooth integration of renewable energy sources, the board told the press last week. Cal ISO also said it would work with regulators to encourage more TOU pricing . . . keep reading

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Reprints
GridSolar works to be Maine smart grid coordinator
March 11, 2015 -- State's big utility CMP asks PUC to deny firm's bid: GridSolar filed an exception to a February Maine PUC examiner's report, Steve Hinchman, the firm's general counsel, told us this week. The report recommended against designating GridSolar as Maine's smart grid . . . 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
XLink to sell Cyan smart grid gear in South Africa
March 25, 2015 -- Johannesburg, South Africa-based XLink Communications is set to distribute Cyan's smart energy communication technology -- that allows the measurement and control of energy use for the metering and lighting markets -- in South Africa, Cyan told the press yesterday. XLink will . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Thread Group works to better smart home networks
March 27, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Exec tells us why ZigBee gear is simpler with Thread: Seven technology firms in July formed a San Ramon, Calif-based alliance called the Thread Group to try to change the global conversation around home automation. The group developed an IP-based . . . keep reading

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Software
Screaming Power wants to build better utility apps
March 9, 2015 -- CEO envisions utilities, customers both benefiting: Screaming Power is drawing to a close the yearlong conversation it had with a group of utility executives to look at mobility from the utility point of view, CEO Gary Michor told us this week. The Toronto-based firm . . . keep reading

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Standards
Southern California Edison reports on 2-year demo
March 31, 2015 -- Technology director finds interoperability still lacking -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- As Southern California Edison (SCE) ends its tech demo project at the University of California, Irvine, interoperability is still showing up as critical for the future . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
PowerStream to be first to use new Schneider test lab
March 5, 2015 -- Schneider Electric opened the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory at Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy in Toronto, the firm told the press yesterday. The facility will provide a space for partners to test new products or grid strategies, conduct research . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
APPA works to shore up potential cybersecurity gaps
March 18, 2015 -- The APPA remains concerned about potential cybersecurity issues with smart grid technology and is looking for tech firms "to provide better assurances" that their products are secure, APPA Senior VP of Legislative & Political Affairs Joy Ditto told us last week . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
Tecnalia promotes smart grid lab on Basque campus
March 6, 2015 -- Tecnalia opened a group of smart grid labs on the campus of the Bizkaia Science & Technology Park in Bilbao, Spain, the firm told the press recently. The Spanish technological research firm invested 14 million Euros (US$15.4 million) in the laboratories, which will research . . . 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
New Smart Wires technology manages HV power flows
March 5, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Former researcher for inventor explains breakthrough: Even with 300,000 miles of HV utility transmission lines spanning the US, there are few power firms not struggling with "gridlock," Smart Wires Director of Product Management . . . 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
OPower adds customer care to utility software system
February 18, 2015 -- OPower upgraded its customer-engagement software, calling it OPower 6, the firm told the press today. The important new feature the firm added with this upgrade was "customer care," OPower said. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will be the first utility to deploy the customer-care . . . keep reading

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