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Survalent automation scales from tiny to massive
September 2, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Firm's president reacts to new weather norms -- Part 2: One feature of Survalent Technology's utility automation software is that the same package scales from a small number of users to millions, the firm's President Steve Mueller told us recently in . . . keep reading

Consumers Energy shortens AMI plan by 2 years
September 2, 2014 -- Consumers Energy, the Michigan IOU serving 6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents, cited customer enthusiasm for its decision to accelerate AMI deployment to homes and businesses, it said Friday. The goal is to get AMI deployed to 1.8 million power meters and . . . keep reading

EDF: California lawmakers pass pro-DR bill
September 2, 2014 -- The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a Washington, DC-based advocacy group, lauded passage last week of California Senate Bill 1414, stating, "This vote will accelerate the use of demand response, a voluntary and cost-friendly tool that relies on people and technology . . . keep reading

Zuli wins more funds, describes smart-home energy angle
September 2, 2014 -- San Francisco-based smart-home firm Zuli last week announced a $1.65 million seed round of funding to let the firm bring its first product, the Zuli Smartplug, to market. The firm in January had an oversubscribed campaign on Kickstarter, the website for crowd-sourced fund . . . keep reading

Siemens wins energy-management deal with USGS
September 2, 2014 -- Siemens Government Technologies -- a division of the German engineering firm based in Arlington, Va -- was awarded an $11 million "task order" by the US Geological Survey (USGS) to implement energy conservation measures including building automation systems at three USGS . . . keep reading

2 stories in 90 seconds
September 2, 2014 -- China, Taiwan pick G.hn as standard . . . MyQ app links to Nest thermostat . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Survalent automation scales from tiny to massive
September 2, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Firm's president reacts to new weather norms -- Part 2: One feature of Survalent Technology's utility automation software is that the same package scales from a small number of users to millions, the firm's President Steve Mueller told us recently in . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
Survalent automation scales from tiny to massive
September 2, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Firm's president reacts to new weather norms -- Part 2: One feature of Survalent Technology's utility automation software is that the same package scales from a small number of users to millions, the firm's President Steve Mueller told us recently in . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
Hawaii's big IOUs present smart grid plans
August 28, 2014 -- Hawaii's three largest electric utilities, all subsidiaries of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Tuesday proposed plans for the 50th state's energy future that augur the deployment of a smart grid, energy storage, renewable generation and new DR services, they said. The firms . . . keep reading

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Briefs
2 stories in 90 seconds
September 2, 2014 -- China, Taiwan pick G.hn as standard . . . MyQ app links to Nest thermostat . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Siemens wins energy-management deal with USGS
September 2, 2014 -- Siemens Government Technologies -- a division of the German engineering firm based in Arlington, Va -- was awarded an $11 million "task order" by the US Geological Survey (USGS) to implement energy conservation measures including building automation systems at three USGS . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
Consumers Energy shortens AMI plan by 2 years
September 2, 2014 -- Consumers Energy, the Michigan IOU serving 6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents, cited customer enthusiasm for its decision to accelerate AMI deployment to homes and businesses, it said Friday. The goal is to get AMI deployed to 1.8 million power meters and . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
France pares back 2020 AMI goal to 90% of meters
August 15, 2014 - Navigant analyst points out what nation is doing right: French energy regulator Commission de Régulation de l'Énergie (CRE) downsized the nation's goal of providing smart meters to 95% of power customers by 2020 to 90%, said a report on the Metering.com website . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
Zuli wins more funds, describes smart-home energy angle
September 2, 2014 -- San Francisco-based smart-home firm Zuli last week announced a $1.65 million seed round of funding to let the firm bring its first product, the Zuli Smartplug, to market. The firm in January had an oversubscribed campaign on Kickstarter, the website for crowd-sourced fund . . . 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
E3 reports Nevada DG will pay ratepayers millions
July 17, 2014 - New net energy metering incentives to avoid cost shifting: New net energy metering (NEM) incentives now being phased in statewide in Nevada "will not benefit those residents with rooftop PV solar systems at the expense of those without," Jenya Kahn-Lang, a senior associate . . . keep reading

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Customers & advocacy
Group tracks efforts to stop transmission projects
August, 27, 2014 -- A study released yesterday by the Center for Rural Affairs (CRA), a nonprofit group in Lyons, Neb, that advocates for family farms and rural communities, found opposition to new transmission projects has been growing. The findings were based on news reports about proposed transmission . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
Telos adds NetAlert to network security system Se7en
August 29, 2014 -- Telos, an Ashburn, Va-based firm that provides federal and Dept of Defense (DoD) solutions for secure networks and cybersecurity, announced the general availability of Se7en NetAlert, calling it a new web application that monitors and safeguards the physical security . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
GE announces data lake approach for industrial internet
August 12, 2014 - General Electric (GE) created what it called "the first-ever industrial 'data lake' approach to help global industrial customers like airlines, railroads, hospitals and utilities better access, analyze and store terabytes or even petabytes of industrial-strength . . . 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
EDF: California lawmakers pass pro-DR bill
September 2, 2014 -- The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a Washington, DC-based advocacy group, lauded passage last week of California Senate Bill 1414, stating, "This vote will accelerate the use of demand response, a voluntary and cost-friendly tool that relies on people and technology . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Hawaii's big IOUs present smart grid plans
August 28, 2014 -- Hawaii's three largest electric utilities, all subsidiaries of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Tuesday proposed plans for the 50th state's energy future that augur the deployment of a smart grid, energy storage, renewable generation and new DR services, they said. The firms . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Consumers Energy shortens AMI plan by 2 years
September 2, 2014 -- Consumers Energy, the Michigan IOU serving 6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents, cited customer enthusiasm for its decision to accelerate AMI deployment to homes and businesses, it said Friday. The goal is to get AMI deployed to 1.8 million power meters and . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
National Grid leads group planning underground microgrid
August 21, 2014 - An underground microgrid to be built in Potsdam, in Upstate New York, has become a vital part of the Empire State's plan to harden its energy infrastructure in preparation for severe weather (SGT, July-24), IOU National Grid and its partners told the . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Survalent automation scales from tiny to massive
September 2, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Firm's president reacts to new weather norms -- Part 2: One feature of Survalent Technology's utility automation software is that the same package scales from a small number of users to millions, the firm's President Steve Mueller told us recently in . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
Consumers Energy shortens AMI plan by 2 years
September 2, 2014 -- Consumers Energy, the Michigan IOU serving 6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents, cited customer enthusiasm for its decision to accelerate AMI deployment to homes and businesses, it said Friday. The goal is to get AMI deployed to 1.8 million power meters and . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
Illinois innovation foundation awards smart grid grants
July 24, 2014 - The Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF), an independent, smart grid consumer education fund, announced yesterday a second group of grantees and a new funding opportunity for community partners. ISEIF's fund is the largest independent smart grid consumer . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
Moscow to compete in fast EV-charger market
August 26, 2014 -- Moscow-based KRET, a division of the Russian state energy firm Rostec, developed a rapid-charging technology called FOR A, it said this month, that it believes could be used "universally" to repower EVs domestically and abroad. The state-owned Ryazan Instrument Plant . . . keep reading

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Electricity retailers
Direct Energy gives away SmartThings smart home
August 12, 2014 - Direct Energy, a Houston-based mega-retailer of energy and energy services, will offer a connected home system to its residential customers in Texas through a partnership with the Washington, DC-based startup SmartThings, it said yesterday. Starting this week . . . keep reading

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Energy efficiency
GU announces quarter-finalists in community energy contest
August 18, 2014 - The Georgetown University (GU) Energy Prize (GUEP) announced April 23 entered the quarter-final round with 52 teams in that many cities working on innovative solutions to "reduce America's energy consumption," the school said . . . keep reading

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Energy management
Zuli wins more funds, describes smart-home energy angle
September 2, 2014 -- San Francisco-based smart-home firm Zuli last week announced a $1.65 million seed round of funding to let the firm bring its first product, the Zuli Smartplug, to market. The firm in January had an oversubscribed campaign on Kickstarter, the website for crowd-sourced fund . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Lockheed Martin buys flow-battery firm Sun Catalytix
August 29, 2014 -- Lockheed Martin completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Sun Catalytix of Cambridge, Mass, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spinoff launched in 2008 by chemistry Professor Daniel Nocera. The firm is developing a flow battery for grid-scale . . . keep reading

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Environmental
EDF: California lawmakers pass pro-DR bill
September 2, 2014 -- The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a Washington, DC-based advocacy group, lauded passage last week of California Senate Bill 1414, stating, "This vote will accelerate the use of demand response, a voluntary and cost-friendly tool that relies on people and technology . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Survalent automation scales from tiny to massive
September 2, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Firm's president reacts to new weather norms -- Part 2: One feature of Survalent Technology's utility automation software is that the same package scales from a small number of users to millions, the firm's President Steve Mueller told us recently in . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
Cisco, India's 'Silicon Valley' to create IOT development hub
July 3, 2014 - Cisco and India's Electronics City Industries Assn (ELCIA), representing what the association called the "Silicon Valley of India," plan to develop what they called Asia's first end-to-end "internet of things" (IOT) innovation hub in Bangalore. Riding on India's . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
New York PSC proposes letting utilities do DG, DR
August, 27, 2014 -- Straw-man argues benefits of markets, modernizing: The New York PSC staff issued a straw-man proposal Friday on how to achieve the commission's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) goals, reaffirming the PSC's goals for the integration of distributed . . . 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
Toshiba puts multiple AMI functions on single chip
August 19, 2014 -- Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) -- a division of the Tokyo-based engineering and electronics conglomerate with offices in Silicon Valley -- yesterday announced the newest addition to its TX04 series of ARM Cortex-M4F core-based . . . keep reading

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Health & safety
New Sensus meters sense heat, some can shut off
August 28, 2014 -- Smart meter maker Sensus introduced the IConA and IConB, generation-four residential electric meters, offering expanded measuring, monitoring and protection capabilities, the firm said yesterday. That protection includes a patented and patent-pending high-temperature detection . . . 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
ERCOT reports to board on DR rule changes, stats
August 14, 2014 - ERCOT can expect to see demand drop by up to 430 MWs on the hottest days this summer, the Texas ISO's Board of Directors was told in a report on DR participation at its Aug 12 meeting. The prediction was for times when prices move toward the system-wide offer cap and . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
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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Law
EDF: California lawmakers pass pro-DR bill
September 2, 2014 -- The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a Washington, DC-based advocacy group, lauded passage last week of California Senate Bill 1414, stating, "This vote will accelerate the use of demand response, a voluntary and cost-friendly tool that relies on people and technology . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
ERCOT reports to board on DR rule changes, stats
August 14, 2014 - ERCOT can expect to see demand drop by up to 430 MWs on the hottest days this summer, the Texas ISO's Board of Directors was told in a report on DR participation at its Aug 12 meeting. The prediction was for times when prices move toward the system-wide offer cap and . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
Vermont breaks ground on microgrid with solar, storage
August, 27, 2014 -- Aug 12, a consortium of government agencies, businesses and non-governmental organizations Aug 12 broke ground in Rutland, Vt, on a microgrid to provide emergency power to a community shelter at a nearby high school. The project features solar power generation and . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
Michigan tracks growth in state-mandated net metering
August 6, 2014 - The Michigan PSC yesterday issued its annual net metering and solar pilot program report, showing a boost of 18% in the program's size in 2013 over the previous year. Public Act 295 in 2008 required a statewide net metering program and by 2012 it had 1,330 participants . . . keep reading

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Networks
National Grid picks Trilliant for network to demo VVO
August, 27, 2014 -- Trilliant was picked by the London-based mega-utility National Grid to demo Volt/VAR optimization (VVO) in Rhode Island, the Redwood, Calif-based smart grid communications gear maker said yesterday. National Grid has over 8 million customers in the northeastern . . . keep reading

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Outage management
Survalent automation scales from tiny to massive
September 2, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Firm's president reacts to new weather norms -- Part 2: One feature of Survalent Technology's utility automation software is that the same package scales from a small number of users to millions, the firm's President Steve Mueller told us recently in . . . 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
DOE invests $55 million for vehicle research including EVs
August 15, 2014 - DOE will give $55 million for 31 new projects aimed at accelerating R&D on critical vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency and cut costs, it said yesterday, including work to advance EV batteries. The new projects are aimed at meeting the goals and objectives . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
German Energy Agency roadmap tackles decentralization
August 4, 2014 - In the future, distributed, decentralized energy systems will help to ensure the stability of grid operations, the German Energy Agency -- Deutsche Energie-Agentur (DENA) -- said in a report released July 29. DENA expects that fewer conventional power stations will be . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
EDF: California lawmakers pass pro-DR bill
September 2, 2014 -- The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a Washington, DC-based advocacy group, lauded passage last week of California Senate Bill 1414, stating, "This vote will accelerate the use of demand response, a voluntary and cost-friendly tool that relies on people and technology . . . keep reading

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Reliability
Alstom Grid demos asset-management at CIGRÉ
August 28, 2014 -- System uses hardware, software -- scales up or down: Alstom Grid demoed a new asset-management system comprising software, hardware and services that the Paris-based firm said could cut equipment failure rates up to 70% and maintenance costs by up to 30%. The demo was at . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Group tracks efforts to stop transmission projects
August, 27, 2014 -- A study released yesterday by the Center for Rural Affairs (CRA), a nonprofit group in Lyons, Neb, that advocates for family farms and rural communities, found opposition to new transmission projects has been growing. The findings were based on news reports about proposed transmission . . . 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, EDMI expand smart city, smart energy focus
August 6, 2014 - Silver Spring Networks of Redwood City, Calif, and Singapore-based smart meter provider EDMI expanded their relationship to offer smart city and smart energy solutions in several new regions globally, they said this week. After a successful first phase of deployment . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Zuli wins more funds, describes smart-home energy angle
September 2, 2014 -- San Francisco-based smart-home firm Zuli last week announced a $1.65 million seed round of funding to let the firm bring its first product, the Zuli Smartplug, to market. The firm in January had an oversubscribed campaign on Kickstarter, the website for crowd-sourced fund . . . keep reading

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Software
HP uses own software to reveal IOT gear vulnerabilities
August 1, 2014 - Hewlett-Packard (HP) released results this week of a study that found 70% of the most commonly used internet of things (IOT) devices have vulnerabilities -- including password security, encryption and general lack of granular user-access permissions. The Palo Alto, Calif-based . . . keep reading

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Standards
IEEE-SA to test PMUs with Consumers Energy
August 25, 2014 -- The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), based in Piscataway, NJ, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Michigan utility Consumers Energy to develop a "synchrophasor conformity assessment program" to ensure phasor measurement units (PMUs) comply with its . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
IEEE-SA to test PMUs with Consumers Energy
August 25, 2014 -- The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), based in Piscataway, NJ, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Michigan utility Consumers Energy to develop a "synchrophasor conformity assessment program" to ensure phasor measurement units (PMUs) comply with its . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
GSGF: Interoperability still threatens smart grid
August 8, 2014 - Study reveals long-known roadblock far from fixed: Progress on the smart grid will stall if the utility industry continues to develop its next-generation network within a multi-vendor, multi-standard, local manufacturing and multi-operator environment, said the Global . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
Landis & Gyr earns PMP certification for North American team
August 14, 2014 - Landis & Gyr completed project management professional (PMP) certification for its entire North American team of "Gridstream" deployment project and program managers, the firm said yesterday, calling PMP a globally-recognized certification in project management by the Project . . . keep reading

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Transactive energy
PNNL's new $10 million smart grid lab to study complex systems
February 5, 2014 - TRANSACTIVE ENERGY: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) new $10 million R&D lab will be a "home base" for the DOE-backed organization's power grid and smart grid research, PNNL spokesperson Franny White told us yesterday. "We've built new buildings with high-end research labs for . . . keep reading

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Transmission - HV lines
Survalent automation scales from tiny to massive
September 2, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Firm's president reacts to new weather norms -- Part 2: One feature of Survalent Technology's utility automation software is that the same package scales from a small number of users to millions, the firm's President Steve Mueller told us recently in . . . 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
Alstom Grid demos asset-management at CIGRÉ
August 28, 2014 -- System uses hardware, software -- scales up or down: Alstom Grid demoed a new asset-management system comprising software, hardware and services that the Paris-based firm said could cut equipment failure rates up to 70% and maintenance costs by up to 30%. The demo was at . . . keep reading

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