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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

New SRP net metering rate meant to end 'cost shifting'
March 5, 2015 -- Salt River Project (SRP) approved a new net-metering rate structure to charge solar PV customers for fixed costs associated with their grid use, the Phoenix-based public power utility told the press last week. "The new price plan ensures that the cost shift to our 985,000 . . . keep reading

Austrian telecom firm develops smart meter with 4G LTE
March 5, 2015 -- Telekom Austria's machine-to-machine (M2M) division is offering what it called Europe's first "long-term evolution" (LTE) wireless smart meter to Austrian customers, the telecom provider told the press yesterday. The firm developed the meter with Chinese tech firm Kaifa and . . . keep reading

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

3 stories in 90 seconds
March 5, 2015 -- Intel offers smart grid cybersecurity system . . . Apollo Metro, Viper to demo smart streetlights . . . Colorado Springs picks Clevest workforce system . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
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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AMI - advanced metering
Austrian telecom firm develops smart meter with 4G LTE
March 5, 2015 -- Telekom Austria's machine-to-machine (M2M) division is offering what it called Europe's first "long-term evolution" (LTE) wireless smart meter to Austrian customers, the telecom provider told the press yesterday. The firm developed the meter with Chinese tech firm Kaifa and . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
Quadlogic meters used in ritzy New York skyscraper
February 12, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- PSC OKs smart meter that can monitor 12 apartments: Quadlogic just wrapped up the installation of over 200 of its smart meters at One57, a 75-story skyscraper in New York that until recently was the tallest residential building in the city . . . keep reading

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Briefs
3 stories in 90 seconds
March 5, 2015 -- Intel offers smart grid cybersecurity system . . . Apollo Metro, Viper to demo smart streetlights . . . Colorado Springs picks Clevest workforce system . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Verizon predicts big growth in M2M behind the meter
February 25, 2015 -- Utilities and smart grid firms working with Verizon are seeing big growth in technology use on the distribution side of the grid, Verizon Energy & Utilities Global Marketing Manager Ernie Lewis told us yesterday as the firm publicized a report on the internet of things (IOT) . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
Patent office upholds TransData patent in 3 GE challenges
March 4, 2015 -- The US Patent & Trademark Office denied three requests from GE challenging the validity of TransData's smart meter equipment patents, TransData told the press yesterday. TransData's three patents cover the firm's smart meter technology, which it said is the first such meter on . . . 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 offers energy monitor mobile app
February 25, 2015 -- Energy management software firm Screaming Power developed a mobile application that lets businesses monitor energy use across various locations, the firm told the press yesterday. The app will initially be available on Blackberry phones, the Toronto-based vendor . . . keep reading

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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTION
February 10, 2015 -- An article we published Jan 9 about Varentec was changed . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
AMI saves Central Maine Power $8 million in 1 year
February 9, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Iberdrola to use data in New York regulatory efforts: An internal analysis Central Maine Power (CMP) finished last month found the Augusta, Maine, power provider realized nearly all the benefits of smart meters it forecasted in 2009, Laney Brown . . . 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
Germany weighs law creating nationwide AMI network
March 2, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Law would make all new medium, large PV plants use it: Germany is considering a law to require the rollout of a nationwide smart meter "gateway," or network, and that all medium and large solar PV panels be connected to the grid through . . . 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
Northwestern Energy seeks net metering changes
February 5, 2015 -- IOU challenged state bills, invites study, decoupling: After opposing a group of net-metering bills Montana legislators introduced last month, Northwestern Energy wants the state legislature to do a legislative study on net metering programs in the state, Butch Larcombe . . . keep reading

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Demand response
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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Demos & pilots
Bidgely teams with ComEd on home-monitor pilot
February 9, 2015 -- Data analytics firm Bidgely will work with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) on a home energy-use monitor for the utility's residential customers, the pair told the press last week. Bidgely's HomeBeat Energy Monitor will give customers personalized energy reports for . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Oslo utility Hafslund Nett picks Aidon meters for full rollout
February 25, 2015 -- Norwegian grid operator Hafslund Nett will use Aidon's smart meters in its AMI program covering 700,000 customers in the capital city of Oslo and 33 surrounding municipalities, the smart grid firm told the press yesterday. Aidon offers technology and services . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
New SRP net metering rate meant to end 'cost shifting'
March 5, 2015 -- Salt River Project (SRP) approved a new net-metering rate structure to charge solar PV customers for fixed costs associated with their grid use, the Phoenix-based public power utility told the press last week. "The new price plan ensures that the cost shift to our 985,000 . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Clear Blue mobile/computer app remote-controls off-grid gear
February 26, 2015 -- Clear Blue Technologies developed a new web-hosted software program for remotely controlling off-grid devices and solar-powered systems, the firm told the press yesterday. The web-hosted software, Illumience, lets vendors and their customers remotely control, maintain . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
CUB, EDF ask ICC to make IOUs offer optional TOU pricing
February 19, 2015 -- The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) last week asked the Illinois Commerce Commission to make the state's two main utilities offer optional time-of-use (TOU) pricing plans. The plans would reward efficient customers who shift their use . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
Illinois implements statewide smart meter outreach
February 10, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Cultural, hard-to-reach groups get special attention: Several organizations with 2014 grants administered by the Illinois Science & Environment Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) began reaching out last month to specific demographic groups in the state to . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
Dubai utility to reach 100 EV charging stations this year
March 2, 2015 -- Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) is installing EV charging stations throughout the city, the utility told the press last week. As part of the project's first phase, DEWA will install 16 charging stations for public use by March and 84 more by the end . . . 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
SPEER offers utilities efficiency advice from luminaries
February 19, 2015 -- Smart grid deployment is needed to drive efficiency actions, a non-profit group called the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) told the press this week. The group was publicizing a series of recommendations from the SPEER Commission on . . . keep reading

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Energy management
Verizon predicts big growth in M2M behind the meter
February 25, 2015 -- Utilities and smart grid firms working with Verizon are seeing big growth in technology use on the distribution side of the grid, Verizon Energy & Utilities Global Marketing Manager Ernie Lewis told us yesterday as the firm publicized a report on the internet of things (IOT) . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Powin Energy offers container-housed power storage
March 4, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- 396-KWH system can be shrunk or linked to more: Powin Energy is six months into commercializing its battery systems for energy storage after a $25 million investment from SF Suntech, a US-based unit of the Chinese firm Shunfent Photovoltaic . . . keep reading

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Environmental
Regulators debate EPA CPP targets at NARUC event
February 19, 2015 -- Not all states threatened by 2020 CO2 deadlines: State regulators got to hear from and talk to the EPA on its Clean Power Plan (CPP) at NARUC's Winter Meetings Tuesday. The agency's proposed rule is in its "awkward teenage" phase where EPA has released a proposal and . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
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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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
Patent office upholds TransData patent in 3 GE challenges
March 4, 2015 -- The US Patent & Trademark Office denied three requests from GE challenging the validity of TransData's smart meter equipment patents, TransData told the press yesterday. TransData's three patents cover the firm's smart meter technology, which it said is the first such meter on . . . 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
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
SDG&E pairs EV charging, storage with Cal-ISO markets
February 24, 2015 -- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is working to integrate a group of energy storage systems and EV fleets together as one resource into the Cal-ISO's energy markets, the utility told the press yesterday. The plan combines stationary storage systems with EV fleets at . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
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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Law
Patent office upholds TransData patent in 3 GE challenges
March 4, 2015 -- The US Patent & Trademark Office denied three requests from GE challenging the validity of TransData's smart meter equipment patents, TransData told the press yesterday. TransData's three patents cover the firm's smart meter technology, which it said is the first such meter on . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
Verizon predicts big growth in M2M behind the meter
February 25, 2015 -- Utilities and smart grid firms working with Verizon are seeing big growth in technology use on the distribution side of the grid, Verizon Energy & Utilities Global Marketing Manager Ernie Lewis told us yesterday as the firm publicized a report on the internet of things (IOT) . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
PNM solar/storage project informs power industry
February 25, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Firm had to design control system, PNM manager says: Public Service Co of New Mexico (PNM) is collaborating with Arizona Power and Southern California Edison to design a control system (CS) for solar PV with energy storage that does . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
New SRP net metering rate meant to end 'cost shifting'
March 5, 2015 -- Salt River Project (SRP) approved a new net-metering rate structure to charge solar PV customers for fixed costs associated with their grid use, the Phoenix-based public power utility told the press last week. "The new price plan ensures that the cost shift to our 985,000 . . . keep reading

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Networks
Austrian telecom firm develops smart meter with 4G LTE
March 5, 2015 -- Telekom Austria's machine-to-machine (M2M) division is offering what it called Europe's first "long-term evolution" (LTE) wireless smart meter to Austrian customers, the telecom provider told the press yesterday. The firm developed the meter with Chinese tech firm Kaifa and . . . 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
PNM solar/storage project informs power industry
February 25, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Firm had to design control system, PNM manager says: Public Service Co of New Mexico (PNM) is collaborating with Arizona Power and Southern California Edison to design a control system (CS) for solar PV with energy storage that does . . . 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
New York PSC delays net metering decision, SEIA approves
March 3, 2015 -- The Solar Energy Industries Assn (SEIA) supports the New York PSC's recent decision giving utilities and renewable energy firms in the state more time to transition to new net-metering rules, the group told the press yesterday. The PSC decided to stay its December decision . . . 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
New SRP net metering rate meant to end 'cost shifting'
March 5, 2015 -- Salt River Project (SRP) approved a new net-metering rate structure to charge solar PV customers for fixed costs associated with their grid use, the Phoenix-based public power utility told the press last week. "The new price plan ensures that the cost shift to our 985,000 . . . keep reading

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Reprints
Utilities balk on security fix due to NERC rules
February 6, 2015 -- Affordable protection from attacks goes unused: Fixing the grid-security problems identified in the Idaho National Labs Aurora Project would require adding technology to each vulnerable substation, at about $5,000/device, costing up to $180 million at a large utility . . . 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 to do smart streetlights in Baltimore, Chicago, DC
February 12, 2015 -- Baltimore Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) in Chicago and the Washington, DC, metro area's Pepco chose Silver Spring Networks to help them with networked streetlight and smart city projects, the vendor told the press this week. Florida Power & Light (FPL) expanded . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Savant Systems makes smart home more affordable
March 3, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Maker of top-notch systems adds mid-range version: A hosted-service offering called Savant Plus could be the key to utility entry into home automation, Tim McInerney, director of product marketing for Hyannis, Mass-based home automation provider . . . keep reading

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Software
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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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
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
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
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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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
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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