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1Energy Systems software controls storage 'fleets'
September 3, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Former Duke project manager joined team, explains: 1Energy Systems is revising its control software to apply to multiple energy-storage systems, letting utilities run them as "fleets," the firm's Director of Power Systems Integration Dan Sowder told us . . . keep reading

SEI offers smart grid universal controller reference design
September 3, 2015 -- Smart Energy Instruments (SEI) introduced "the first smart grid universal controller reference design," the Toronto-based fabless semiconductor maker told the press this week. OEMs can . . . keep reading

Aclara calls new RF network 'most affordable' in field
September 3, 2015 -- Aclara came out with an integrated RF network product for electric, gas and water utilities, it told the press yesterday. The "Synergize" RF network builds on an RF protocol and . . . keep reading

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September 3, 2015 -- Silver Spring hires Michael Bell as CEO ... Leidos hires smart grid-as-a-service staff . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Korean smart city faces data-sharing legal hurdle
September 2, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS -- Existing law limits use of energy-use data by third parties: South Korea's Songdo International Business District (IBD) has in place all the pieces needed for a grid-connected "smart city," Gale International Executive VP Tom Murcott told . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
Aclara calls new RF network 'most affordable' in field
September 3, 2015 -- Aclara came out with an integrated RF network product for electric, gas and water utilities, it told the press yesterday. The "Synergize" RF network builds on an RF protocol and . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
Big northeast IOU Eversource files smart grid plan
September, 1, 2015 -- Hopes to spend $67-120 million/year for 5 years, filing says: Eversource Energy, formerly Northeast Utilities, wants to spend some $67-120 million/year over five years on distributed energy resources (DER) and reducing the frequency and duration of power outages . . . keep reading

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Briefs
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September 3, 2015 -- Silver Spring hires Michael Bell as CEO ... Leidos hires smart grid-as-a-service staff . . . keep reading

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Building automation
Meet 'demand flexibility,' DR kin targets retail markets
August 26, 2015 -- "Demand flexibility" (DF) can help utilities avoid $13 billion/year in new grid investments while also saving residential ratepayers 10-40% on their power bills, the Rocky Mountain Institute told the press today as it publicized a free report. The novel approach evolves . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
Big northeast IOU Eversource files smart grid plan
September, 1, 2015 -- Hopes to spend $67-120 million/year for 5 years, filing says: Eversource Energy, formerly Northeast Utilities, wants to spend some $67-120 million/year over five years on distributed energy resources (DER) and reducing the frequency and duration of power outages . . . keep reading

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

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Consumer apps & services
Malaysian utility pilots OPower customer engagement
August 17, 2015 -- Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), reportedly the largest power firm in Malaysia, is using OPower software to host a pilot customer-engagement program to help customers manage energy use and save money, OPower told the press last week. The utility serves about 8.6 million customers . . . keep reading

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Corrections & clarifications
CLARIFICATION
August 18, 2015 -- We changed the name of our "SGIG" topic category on our website . . . keep reading

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

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

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Cybersecurity
New DOE grant to help SMUD harden smart grid
August 18, 2015 -- US DOE gave the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) $600,000 to install smart-grid technologies to make the California municipal utility's grid "more adaptable to adversity," SMUD told the press last week. The utility mentioned natural disasters, cyberattacks . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
Siebel Energy Institute funds smart grid research
August 6, 2015 -- Founding members include C3, MIT, Honeywell, PG&E -- The Siebel Energy Institute awarded 24 smart grid research grants totaling $1 million as part of its official launch, the institute told the press this week. Grant recipients . . . 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
SCE puts 1,118 MWs of DR into wholesale markets
August 27, 2015 -- Southern California Edison (SCE) is integrating about 1,118 MWs of DR resources into California's wholesale energy markets, the utility told the press last week. The DR MWs . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Ergon Energy to test SunPower PV-storage hybrid
August 7, 2015 -- Australian utility Ergon Energy is testing SunPower's solar PV systems bundled with Sunverge Energy's storage systems at 33 homes in its Queensland service area, the firms told the press this week. The rollout is Ergon Energy's first offering of a combined solar and storage system, they said . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Marietta Georgia picks TUNet for AMR upgrade
August 27, 2015 -- Existing system automated, can grow DA as needed: Tantalus is helping Marietta Power & Water, a municipal utility serving over 45,000 electric customers in Georgia, deploy . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
UGE, Alpha Energy team up to offer renewable DG projects
September, 1, 2015 -- Renewable DG for C&I provider UGE International and Alpha Energy, an engineering procurement and construction firm, will work jointly to develop, install, maintain and finance DG . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Aclara calls new RF network 'most affordable' in field
September 3, 2015 -- Aclara came out with an integrated RF network product for electric, gas and water utilities, it told the press yesterday. The "Synergize" RF network builds on an RF protocol and . . . keep reading

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

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Education - outreach
Big northeast IOU Eversource files smart grid plan
September, 1, 2015 -- Hopes to spend $67-120 million/year for 5 years, filing says: Eversource Energy, formerly Northeast Utilities, wants to spend some $67-120 million/year over five years on distributed energy resources (DER) and reducing the frequency and duration of power outages . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
Siebel Energy Institute funds smart grid research
August 6, 2015 -- Founding members include C3, MIT, Honeywell, PG&E -- The Siebel Energy Institute awarded 24 smart grid research grants totaling $1 million as part of its official launch, the institute told the press this week. Grant recipients . . . keep reading

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Electricity retailers
GDF Suez offers new DR program for C&I customers
August 19, 2015 -- Energy retailer GDF Suez Energy Resources is introducing a new DR program for C&I customers, it told the press yesterday, billing the plan as a free, voluntary approach to help C&I customers cut power use during peak demand times. Customers with peak monthly demand loads between . . . keep reading

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

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Energy management
NAVIGANT: Non-utility HEM growth spurs industry
September, 1, 2015 -- Home energy management (HEM) products and services -- home energy reports, websites, in-home displays (IHDs), standalone HEM and networked HEM -- will grow steadily through . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
1Energy Systems software controls storage 'fleets'
September 3, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Former Duke project manager joined team, explains: 1Energy Systems is revising its control software to apply to multiple energy-storage systems, letting utilities run them as "fleets," the firm's Director of Power Systems Integration Dan Sowder told us . . . keep reading

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Environmental
Xcel Energy to cut CO2 emissions 30% by 2020
August 31, 2015 -- Xcel Energy is on track to achieve a 30% reduction in CO2 companywide by 2020 from 2005 levels, the firm told the press last week. The utility cut over 20% of its GHG emissions in the . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Korean smart city faces data-sharing legal hurdle
September 2, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS -- Existing law limits use of energy-use data by third parties: South Korea's Songdo International Business District (IBD) has in place all the pieces needed for a grid-connected "smart city," Gale International Executive VP Tom Murcott told . . . keep reading

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

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Government agencies
Scottish government pours millions into smart grid firm
August 31, 2015 -- Plan includes competing in UK, Europe, US markets: The Scottish Loan Fund (SLF) invested £2 million (US$3.1 million) in Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS), the fund told the press last week. The firm will use the cash to accelerate product development and fund its . . . keep reading

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Government funding
Scottish government pours millions into smart grid firm
August 31, 2015 -- Plan includes competing in UK, Europe, US markets: The Scottish Loan Fund (SLF) invested £2 million (US$3.1 million) in Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS), the fund told the press last week. The firm will use the cash to accelerate product development and fund its . . . keep reading

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HANs
NAVIGANT: Non-utility HEM growth spurs industry
September, 1, 2015 -- Home energy management (HEM) products and services -- home energy reports, websites, in-home displays (IHDs), standalone HEM and networked HEM -- will grow steadily through . . . keep reading

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Hardware - parts - chips - firmware
SEI offers smart grid universal controller reference design
September 3, 2015 -- Smart Energy Instruments (SEI) introduced "the first smart grid universal controller reference design," the Toronto-based fabless semiconductor maker told the press this week. OEMs can . . . keep reading

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

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

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ISO - RTOs
SCE puts 1,118 MWs of DR into wholesale markets
August 27, 2015 -- Southern California Edison (SCE) is integrating about 1,118 MWs of DR resources into California's wholesale energy markets, the utility told the press last week. The DR MWs . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
PNNL highlights multiple projects in new building
August 24, 2015 -- Research includes DR for local utility Energy Northwest: The new systems engineering building at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) in Richland, Wash, will host local utility Energy Northwest's DR programs, Carl Imhoff, manager of PNNL's electricity infrastructure . . . keep reading

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Law
Korean smart city faces data-sharing legal hurdle
September 2, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS -- Existing law limits use of energy-use data by third parties: South Korea's Songdo International Business District (IBD) has in place all the pieces needed for a grid-connected "smart city," Gale International Executive VP Tom Murcott told . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
NAVIGANT: Non-utility HEM growth spurs industry
September, 1, 2015 -- Home energy management (HEM) products and services -- home energy reports, websites, in-home displays (IHDs), standalone HEM and networked HEM -- will grow steadily through . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
OATI to use EnSync Energy controls in microgrid
August 27, 2015 -- OATI and EnSync Energy Systems will install EnSync's energy management and energy storage system on the future OATI South Campus and microgrid in Bloomington, Minn, the firms . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
As Nevada hits net metering cap, PUC can still act
August 24, 2015 -- Nevada hit its 235-MW net metering cap and all new applications will be subject to new rules the PUC has to create this year, NV Energy told the press last week. As of Friday, the state . . . keep reading

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Networks
Aclara calls new RF network 'most affordable' in field
September 3, 2015 -- Aclara came out with an integrated RF network product for electric, gas and water utilities, it told the press yesterday. The "Synergize" RF network builds on an RF protocol and . . . keep reading

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Outage management
PG&E opens new smart-grid enabled control center
August 21, 2015 -- Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) opened a new, $40 million electric distribution control center in Concord, Calif, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. The center is equipped with systems that support the firm's current smart grid technology, but will also support future . . . keep reading

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Prepay programs
Elster, Redknee to offer pre-pay AMI system for utilities
August 13, 2015 -- AMI technology firm Elster and Redknee Solutions are partnering to deliver a prepayment system for the utilities sector "that combines Elster's smart grid software solutions with elements of the Redknee Connected Suite for smart utility billing," Elster told the press this week . . . keep reading

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Privacy - data security
Korean smart city faces data-sharing legal hurdle
September 2, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS -- Existing law limits use of energy-use data by third parties: South Korea's Songdo International Business District (IBD) has in place all the pieces needed for a grid-connected "smart city," Gale International Executive VP Tom Murcott told . . . keep reading

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R&D
PNNL highlights multiple projects in new building
August 24, 2015 -- Research includes DR for local utility Energy Northwest: The new systems engineering building at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) in Richland, Wash, will host local utility Energy Northwest's DR programs, Carl Imhoff, manager of PNNL's electricity infrastructure . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
Younicos touts energy storage-as-a-service product
August 28, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Alternative SAAS offers utilities, C&I convenient options: Younicos is offering a storage-as-service model under which utilities and other energy buyers can pay a recurring fee to store and access power, Stephen Prince, Younicos group chief . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
Big northeast IOU Eversource files smart grid plan
September, 1, 2015 -- Hopes to spend $67-120 million/year for 5 years, filing says: Eversource Energy, formerly Northeast Utilities, wants to spend some $67-120 million/year over five years on distributed energy resources (DER) and reducing the frequency and duration of power outages . . . keep reading

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Reliability
PG&E opens new smart-grid enabled control center
August 21, 2015 -- Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) opened a new, $40 million electric distribution control center in Concord, Calif, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. The center is equipped with systems that support the firm's current smart grid technology, but will also support future . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Tri-State G&T Assn signs up for more solar from Juwi
September 2, 2015 -- Juwi will supply power, from a solar project slated to be built in Colorado, to Tri-State G&T Assn, a wholesale power supplier owned by 44 member electric cooperatives and public . . . keep reading

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Reprints
Younicos touts energy storage-as-a-service product
August 28, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Alternative SAAS offers utilities, C&I convenient options: Younicos is offering a storage-as-service model under which utilities and other energy buyers can pay a recurring fee to store and access power, Stephen Prince, Younicos group chief . . . keep reading

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Government funding
Scottish government pours millions into smart grid firm
August 31, 2015 -- Plan includes competing in UK, Europe, US markets: The Scottish Loan Fund (SLF) invested £2 million (US$3.1 million) in Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS), the fund told the press last week. The firm will use the cash to accelerate product development and fund its . . . keep reading

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Smart cities
Korean smart city faces data-sharing legal hurdle
September 2, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS -- Existing law limits use of energy-use data by third parties: South Korea's Songdo International Business District (IBD) has in place all the pieces needed for a grid-connected "smart city," Gale International Executive VP Tom Murcott told . . . keep reading

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Smart home
NAVIGANT: Non-utility HEM growth spurs industry
September, 1, 2015 -- Home energy management (HEM) products and services -- home energy reports, websites, in-home displays (IHDs), standalone HEM and networked HEM -- will grow steadily through . . . keep reading

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Software
1Energy Systems software controls storage 'fleets'
September 3, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Former Duke project manager joined team, explains: 1Energy Systems is revising its control software to apply to multiple energy-storage systems, letting utilities run them as "fleets," the firm's Director of Power Systems Integration Dan Sowder told us . . . keep reading

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

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

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

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

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

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Transmission - HV lines
RES Canada joins IESO Ontario C&I DR pilot
August 10, 2015 -- Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Canada will take part in Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Ontario's DR pilot, the firm told the press last week. RES will use smart grid technology at C&I locations such as retail stores and supermarkets to shift their power use away from peak times, it said . . . keep reading

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

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