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S&C to release new 250-KW storage product
January 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Managers describe growing market for storage: S&C Electric is poised to introduce a mid-range energy storage system thus making the firm a "full-service provider, with a product portfolio that offers something for everyone," Utilities Business Division Sales Director . . . keep reading

Ontario tells utilities to replace certain Sensus meters
January 26, 2015 -- Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) directed the province's power distribution firms to discontinue use of and replace 5,400 Sensus "IConA Generation 3.2" remote-disconnect meters, the regulatory body told the press last week. "No serious safety incidents have been reported . . . keep reading

ZBB Energy pairs different battery types for Hawaii project
January 26, 2015 -- ZBB Energy is deploying its "EnerStore V3.3" zinc-bromide flow batteries and a lithium-ion storage module at a multi-tenant residential building in Hawaii, the vendor told the press last week. The grid-interconnected system will consist of the hybrid flow-battery and lithium-ion . . . keep reading

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January 26, 2015 -- Aclara hires engineering, technology executive . . . Prologis to sell solar power to LADWP . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
S&C to release new 250-KW storage product
January 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Managers describe growing market for storage: S&C Electric is poised to introduce a mid-range energy storage system thus making the firm a "full-service provider, with a product portfolio that offers something for everyone," Utilities Business Division Sales Director . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
Ontario tells utilities to replace certain Sensus meters
January 26, 2015 -- Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) directed the province's power distribution firms to discontinue use of and replace 5,400 Sensus "IConA Generation 3.2" remote-disconnect meters, the regulatory body told the press last week. "No serious safety incidents have been reported . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
TNO: TE finds powerful vehicle in PowerMatcher
December 18, 2014 -- Open source DR, DA software aims to revolutionize power: The interoperability standard from the Flexiblepower Alliance Network (the FAN standard) is letting a DR software package called PowerMatcher become a platform for load balancing and DR using . . . keep reading

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Briefs
2 stories in 1 minute
January 26, 2015 -- Aclara hires engineering, technology executive . . . Prologis to sell solar power to LADWP . . . 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
MERCOM: 2014 saw more VC deals, fewer dollars
January 23, 2015 -- Venture capital (VC) funding for smart grid technology firms totaled $383 million in 73 deals last year compared with $410 million in 64 deals in 2013, the consultancy Mercom Capital Group told the press this week. The firm was publicizing a $500 report on funding and mergers and . . . 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
DOE issues customer-data code of conduct
January 16, 2015 -- DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the Federal Smart Grid Task Force released a voluntary code of conduct on customer data access and security for utilities and smart grid firms, the agency said in a report publicized this week (link loads informational DOE web page with . . . keep reading

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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTION
December 8, 2014 -- An article we published Friday was changed online to correct . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
Xcel, market advocate seek net-metering fairness
January 21, 2015 -- GROWING PAINS -- Colorado's 30% renewables target adds urgency: Xcel, the largest IOU in Colorado, is conducting a series of meetings with the PUC to come up with a net-metering rate that is structured fairly and that reflects the fixed costs that all customers have to pay, Alice Jackson . . . keep reading

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Customers & advocacy
Kentucky regulators to hear from public on AMI
December 15, 2014 -- The Kentucky PSC will take public comments on the state's proposed rollout of smart meters, TOU pricing and smart grid technology, the PSC told the press last week. The Dec 16-17 meetings will be held at the PSC offices in Frankfort. The public comment meetings are part . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
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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Data analytics & management
EOn Spain, SAS use smart meter data to predict demand
January 23, 2015 -- Spanish power distributor EOn Spain and SAS Energy Forecasting teamed up to analyze smart meter data and forecast energy demand, SAS told the press last week. EOn Spain will use the Cary, NC-based firm's software to produce power-use forecasts ranging from one hour to 50 years . . . keep reading

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Decoupling utility firms
E21 expands smart grid regulatory-reform efforts
January 13, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Group's president describes multiple initiatives: The E21 Initiative, an energy industry collaboration formed under the umbrella of the Great Plains Institute, will be starting phase two of its stakeholder process next month, E21 President Rolf . . . keep reading

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Demand response
Upside Energy to pilot DR software for storage
January 23, 2015 -- National Grid, UK government, universities help out: Upside Energy is set to release its hosted-services, energy-storage DR software on Feb 1, Upside Energy Founder Graham Oakes told us Wednesday from a trade show in San Francisco called Clean & Cool Mission . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
S&C to release new 250-KW storage product
January 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Managers describe growing market for storage: S&C Electric is poised to introduce a mid-range energy storage system thus making the firm a "full-service provider, with a product portfolio that offers something for everyone," Utilities Business Division Sales Director . . . keep reading

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Deployments
ZBB Energy pairs different battery types for Hawaii project
January 26, 2015 -- ZBB Energy is deploying its "EnerStore V3.3" zinc-bromide flow batteries and a lithium-ion storage module at a multi-tenant residential building in Hawaii, the vendor told the press last week. The grid-interconnected system will consist of the hybrid flow-battery and lithium-ion . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
Xcel, market advocate seek net-metering fairness
January 21, 2015 -- GROWING PAINS -- Colorado's 30% renewables target adds urgency: Xcel, the largest IOU in Colorado, is conducting a series of meetings with the PUC to come up with a net-metering rate that is structured fairly and that reflects the fixed costs that all customers have to pay, Alice Jackson . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Swiss school works on PMU sensors, new batteries
January 14, 2015 -- A Swiss university is testing a PMU sensor-based voltage monitoring system as part of a project examining renewable energy integration within a larger smart grid system, it told the press this week. The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is in Lausanne, Switzerland . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
National Grid to pilot smart grid in Worcester
January 16, 2015 -- National Grid rolled out its smart grid pilot for customers in Worcester, Mass, the utility told the press yesterday, noting the program includes grid technology upgrades and TOU pricing plans. As part of the program, National Grid is investing in new infrastructure and technologies . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
Illinois innovation foundation gives more outreach grants
January 9, 2015 -- The Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) is supporting 13 more organizations with outreach and education grants to further smart grid consumer engagement, it told the press recently. ISEIF has awarded 28 grants, including one to the Galvin Center for Electricity . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
DOE EV study reveals rampant communication errors
January 13, 2015 -- Some utilities have experienced EV charging station meter interoperability issues, DOE said in a report published last month that was based on data from six California utilities. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) "found that available products with ZigBee radios were not . . . 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
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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Energy management
Earth Networks connects WeatherBug with smart grid
January 22, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- National Grid, Con Edison rely on new weather systems: Looking at the big picture actually limits the value of severe weather forecasting, Dennis Stewart, meteorologist at WeatherBug parent Earth Networks told us this week . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
S&C to release new 250-KW storage product
January 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Managers describe growing market for storage: S&C Electric is poised to introduce a mid-range energy storage system thus making the firm a "full-service provider, with a product portfolio that offers something for everyone," Utilities Business Division Sales Director . . . keep reading

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Environmental
FERC to hold technical conferences on EPA CPP
December 10, 2014 -- FERC plans to hold technical conferences on EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP), a move that Republican energy leaders in Congress called for, according to Restructuring Today. The workshops will focus on reliability, markets, operations and infrastructure. The "building . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
S&C to release new 250-KW storage product
January 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Managers describe growing market for storage: S&C Electric is poised to introduce a mid-range energy storage system thus making the firm a "full-service provider, with a product portfolio that offers something for everyone," Utilities Business Division Sales Director . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
USTDA seeks US firms to build smart grid in Turkey
December 2, 2014 -- US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is looking for proposals to help Yedas Yesilirmak Elektrik Dagitim AS (YEDAS) implement "second-stage" smart grid technologies to expand the capabilities of its existing SCADA system, the US agency told the press last week. YEDAS is one . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
Ontario tells utilities to replace certain Sensus meters
January 26, 2015 -- Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) directed the province's power distribution firms to discontinue use of and replace 5,400 Sensus "IConA Generation 3.2" remote-disconnect meters, the regulatory body told the press last week. "No serious safety incidents have been reported . . . 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
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
Ontario tells utilities to replace certain Sensus meters
January 26, 2015 -- Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) directed the province's power distribution firms to discontinue use of and replace 5,400 Sensus "IConA Generation 3.2" remote-disconnect meters, the regulatory body told the press last week. "No serious safety incidents have been reported . . . keep reading

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Industry conferences
S&C VP sees smaller utilities as big new market
January 8, 2015 -- Smaller municipal and rural utilities are becoming big smart grid customers, S&C Electric US Regional VP Michael Edmonds told us this week. Nearly all rural electric utilities have some sort of smart grid effort in place, judging from the results of the 2014 Rural Smart Grid Survey Report . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
FERC makes opening DR pitch to Supreme Court
January 21, 2015 -- The Solicitor General and FERC officially appealed the ruling that vacated Order 745 to the Supreme Court in a petition for a writ of certiorari filed last week. The mandate from that order was stayed pending final Supreme Court action. The filing laid out the history of the industry and . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
EPRI releases Open-ADR software for appliances
January 23, 2015 -- EPRI is releasing new ADR software that lets grid-connected appliances and devices respond automatically to changes in energy price and demand, as well as power, the organization told the press yesterday. The Open ADR Alliance-certified software can help grid operators cut a DR . . . keep reading

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Law
FERC makes opening DR pitch to Supreme Court
January 21, 2015 -- The Solicitor General and FERC officially appealed the ruling that vacated Order 745 to the Supreme Court in a petition for a writ of certiorari filed last week. The mandate from that order was stayed pending final Supreme Court action. The filing laid out the history of the industry and . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
S&C VP sees smaller utilities as big new market
January 8, 2015 -- Smaller municipal and rural utilities are becoming big smart grid customers, S&C Electric US Regional VP Michael Edmonds told us this week. Nearly all rural electric utilities have some sort of smart grid effort in place, judging from the results of the 2014 Rural Smart Grid Survey Report . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
S&C to release new 250-KW storage product
January 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Managers describe growing market for storage: S&C Electric is poised to introduce a mid-range energy storage system thus making the firm a "full-service provider, with a product portfolio that offers something for everyone," Utilities Business Division Sales Director . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
Xcel, market advocate seek net-metering fairness
January 21, 2015 -- GROWING PAINS -- Colorado's 30% renewables target adds urgency: Xcel, the largest IOU in Colorado, is conducting a series of meetings with the PUC to come up with a net-metering rate that is structured fairly and that reflects the fixed costs that all customers have to pay, Alice Jackson . . . keep reading

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Networks
Australia's Horizon Power picks Silver Spring AMI network
January 22, 2015 -- Horizon Power, a western Australian, government-owned utility, is set to use Silver Spring Network's IPv6 network platform to connect its 47,000 customers for AMI, the technology maker told the press yesterday. The utility will be the first in Australia to pursue a non-mandated AMI . . . keep reading

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Outage management
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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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

More stories on this topic...
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

More stories on this topic...
R&D
Swiss school works on PMU sensors, new batteries
January 14, 2015 -- A Swiss university is testing a PMU sensor-based voltage monitoring system as part of a project examining renewable energy integration within a larger smart grid system, it told the press this week. The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is in Lausanne, Switzerland . . . keep reading

More stories on this topic...
Regulation services
Xcel, market advocate seek net-metering fairness
January 21, 2015 -- GROWING PAINS -- Colorado's 30% renewables target adds urgency: Xcel, the largest IOU in Colorado, is conducting a series of meetings with the PUC to come up with a net-metering rate that is structured fairly and that reflects the fixed costs that all customers have to pay, Alice Jackson . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
Ontario tells utilities to replace certain Sensus meters
January 26, 2015 -- Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) directed the province's power distribution firms to discontinue use of and replace 5,400 Sensus "IConA Generation 3.2" remote-disconnect meters, the regulatory body told the press last week. "No serious safety incidents have been reported . . . keep reading

More stories on this topic...
Reliability
Earth Networks connects WeatherBug with smart grid
January 22, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- National Grid, Con Edison rely on new weather systems: Looking at the big picture actually limits the value of severe weather forecasting, Dennis Stewart, meteorologist at WeatherBug parent Earth Networks told us this week . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Duke to run 13-MW solar plant at Camp Lejeune
January 23, 2015 -- Duke Energy, the US Navy and the US Marine Corps are working together to build a 13-MW solar facility at the Camp Lejeune US Marine base in Onslow County, NC, the utility told the press yesterday. Duke will own and run the solar facility, using it to help it meet its obligations under . . . 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
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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Software
Upside Energy to pilot DR software for storage
January 23, 2015 -- National Grid, UK government, universities help out: Upside Energy is set to release its hosted-services, energy-storage DR software on Feb 1, Upside Energy Founder Graham Oakes told us Wednesday from a trade show in San Francisco called Clean & Cool Mission . . . keep reading

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Standards
New SGIP president hints at structural changes
December 8, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- ALLEN: 'We have to continue to refine how we operate': Some structural tweaks are needed as SGIP moves forward, President Sharon Allan told us last week in an exclusive interview. The member-funded group seeks to advance the interoperability of . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
Sensus meters pass UL tests for 2 Canadian utilities
January 14, 2015 -- Independent tests performed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) at the request of two Sensus customers confirmed the Sensus Generation 3 ICon A 2S remote-disconnect electric meter complies with its latest safety standards, the meter vendor told the press yesterday. The test requests . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
E21 expands smart grid regulatory-reform efforts
January 13, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Group's president describes multiple initiatives: The E21 Initiative, an energy industry collaboration formed under the umbrella of the Great Plains Institute, will be starting phase two of its stakeholder process next month, E21 President Rolf . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
Eltel fast-tracks UK base as smart meters catch on
December 1, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Finnish firm to add resources in UK: Building on the success of a joint venture upgrading the UK's power transmission network, Finland-based Eltel Networks plans to set up a base in the UK by early next year to capitalize on the nation's . . . keep reading

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Transactive energy
Australian researchers see TE curing solar woes
January 16, 2015 -- Smart systems manage energy use more effectively: Globally, transactive energy (TE) is one of the most important developments for the future of the grid and potentially a key part of the solution for addressing a growing social justice issue in energy prices in Australia, a leader in . . . keep reading

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Transmission - HV lines
ABB to bring automation to 3 substations in Sri Lanka
January 12, 2015 -- ABB India will upgrade an existing substation and build two new 220-KV substations with substation-automation technology in Sri Lanka as part of a 2.56 billion rupee (US$40 million) deal with the Ceylon Electricity Board, the vendor told the press last week. ABB will design, engineer . . . 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
Earth Networks connects WeatherBug with smart grid
January 22, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- National Grid, Con Edison rely on new weather systems: Looking at the big picture actually limits the value of severe weather forecasting, Dennis Stewart, meteorologist at WeatherBug parent Earth Networks told us this week . . . keep reading

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