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Gov Ritter explains power-industry recommendations
July 24, 2014 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Gist of 200 requests to Obama administration reviewed: Five recommendations that former Colorado Gov Bill Ritter Jr offered the Obama administration early this year on behalf of energy experts, business leaders and former government leaders are on the . . . keep reading

New York to spend $3.3 million on grid R&D, demo projects
July 24, 2014 - Gov Andrew Cuomo, D, this week announced $3.3 million was awarded to seven research teams to develop technologies to add resiliency and efficiency to the New York State grid. These "smart grid" technologies will use innovative methods to enhance grid performance, cut outages . . . keep reading

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

6 stories in 4 minutes
July 24, 2014 - Smart Grid Oregon is now Smart Grid NW . . . European Investment Bank supports AMI . . . EEI challenges IOUs to procure more EVs . . . EMerge Alliance promotes DC microgrids for Asia . . . British Gas picks 2 firms for AMI . . . Saft batteries picked to balance Kauai solar . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Gov Ritter explains power-industry recommendations
July 24, 2014 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Gist of 200 requests to Obama administration reviewed: Five recommendations that former Colorado Gov Bill Ritter Jr offered the Obama administration early this year on behalf of energy experts, business leaders and former government leaders are on the . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
SaskPower halts deployment to study overheating meters
July 23, 2014 - SaskPower, the principal electric utility in Saskatchewan, Canada, is suspending smart meter installations while it probes what it characterized as "a small number of meter failures" over the past two months -- six fires that occurred during the replacement of legacy meters . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
British Gas installs millionth smart natural gas meter
June 27, 2014 - British Gas, the UK's biggest energy supplier, serving 12 million homes nationwide, said Thursday it reached the milestone of having installed 1 million smart meters in British homes, for a cumulative 1.4 million nationwide including commercial deployments. The millionth smart . . . keep reading

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Briefs
6 stories in 4 minutes
July 24, 2014 - Smart Grid Oregon is now Smart Grid NW . . . European Investment Bank supports AMI . . . EEI challenges IOUs to procure more EVs . . . EMerge Alliance promotes DC microgrids for Asia . . . British Gas picks 2 firms for AMI . . . Saft batteries picked to balance Kauai solar . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Dell, Intel, Samsung, others start home-IOT group
July 9, 2014 - Technology industry players Atmel, Broadcom , Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River created a new industry consortium focused on improving interoperability and defining connectivity needs for the billions of devices that will make up the internet of things (IOT), they said yesterday . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
CEO of smart-city gear maker Gowex fired for lying
July 9, 2014 - Spanish exchange freezes stock, firm is bankrupt: Spain's junior stock exchange operator, the Mercado Alternàtivo Bursatel (MAB), released a statement Monday about the bankruptcy and insolvency of Let's Gowex (Gowex), a Madrid-based firm offering Wi-Fi-enabled smart-city . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
DNV GL starts GridStor consortium to set storage guidelines
July 1, 2014 - DNV GL yesterday announced the GridStor Joint Industry Project, which aims to develop a recommended practice to drive the safe and secure implementation of grid-connected energy storage systems forward and accelerate the integration of renewable energy into the grid . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
NEM urges New York PSC to avoid REV mission creep
July 23, 2014 - Retailer association sees big opportunity for customers: Retailer association sees big opportunity for customers: The National Energy Marketers Assn (NEM) Friday urged the New York PSC to avoid utility mission creep in its "Reforming the energy vision" (REV) docket . . . 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
Vermont ACLU warns of AMI data risks, pushes own guidelines
May 19, 2014 - Allen Gilbert, long-time executive director of the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is anxious to address a problem utilities face with where to draw the line on . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
Senate passes terrorism-insurance extension with 2 changes
July 23, 2014 - The US Senate last week passed legislation to re-authorize and extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which is set to expire at the end of 2014. The legislation was sponsored by Senators Charles Schumer, D-NY; Dean Heller, R-NV; Mark Kirk, R-Ill, and Jack Reed . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
Bit Stew system offers computing at edge of network
July 23, 2014 - Bit Stew Systems, a provider of integrated, real-time network operations for the utility industry, yesterday announced "MIx Core," calling it an application-processing engine specifically designed to enable machine intelligence for the industrial internet of things (IIOT) . . . 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
Eco-Shift Power offers new DR peak advisory service
July 16, 2014 - Eco-Shift Power (ECOP) is offering a peak advisory notification service meant to generate DR savings of as much as $300,000/MW/year for C&I clients with mid- to large-size facilities, the Canadian firm told the press yesterday. The new service is designed to help reduce . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Honda to open-source plans for smart home technology
July 11, 2014 - American Honda this week announced intentions to open-source the plans for its Smart Home US -- on the campus of the University of California Davis. The home is a showcase facility for the automaker's vision for sustainable, zero-carbon living and . . . keep reading

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Deployments
RWE Poland picks Landis & Gyr AMI for Warsaw deployment
July 17, 2014 - Landis & Gyr is set to deliver smart meter hardware and software to energy utility RWE in Poland, the vendor told the press yesterday. The products will be installed in residential buildings in Warsaw. Delivery is set to begin in September, with 50% system installation . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
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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Distribution automation
Landis & Gyr Command Center upgrade offers new tools
July 23, 2014 - Landis & Gyr announced yesterday the release of version 6.2 of its operating software, Command Center, for the Gridstream AMI and grid management system. The latest version supports new network management tools for routers and collectors, improved monitoring of load-side . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
Nexant helps utilities meet growing demand for net metering
July 15 , 2014 - More utilities are interested in net metering, so Nexant is helping them offer what it considers commercial-type pricing for residential customers as those customers "become more sophisticated in monitoring their energy usage," Tanya Shepherd, VP of professional services 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
'Big Three' car makers help fund better-battery research
July 23, 2014 - A collaboration among the "Big Three" Detroit-based automakers -- Chrysler, Ford and General Motors -- called the US Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) has a sub-group called the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) that awarded a $7.7 million deal to Envia Systems of . . . keep reading

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Electricity retailers
NEM urges New York PSC to avoid REV mission creep
July 23, 2014 - Retailer association sees big opportunity for customers: Retailer association sees big opportunity for customers: The National Energy Marketers Assn (NEM) Friday urged the New York PSC to avoid utility mission creep in its "Reforming the energy vision" (REV) docket . . . keep reading

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Energy efficiency
New California rules require 'smart lighting,' DR
July 3, 2014 - Variety of experts tell us what the changes mean: New California Title 24 lighting efficiency regulations that took effect Tuesday mandated DR functionality, occupancy-sensing lighting controls and automatic daylight harvesting controls, among several approaches designed to . . . keep reading

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Energy management
NEM urges New York PSC to avoid REV mission creep
July 23, 2014 - Retailer association sees big opportunity for customers: Retailer association sees big opportunity for customers: The National Energy Marketers Assn (NEM) Friday urged the New York PSC to avoid utility mission creep in its "Reforming the energy vision" (REV) docket . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Canadian government announces first flywheel storage
July 23, 2014 - The Canadian Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli, announced yesterday the start of commercial operations for NRStor's 2-MW flywheel energy storage facility in Harriston, Ontario. NRStor is a privately held, Toronto-based energy storage project developer and the project is . . . keep reading

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Environmental
ADS notes absence of smart grid in EPA carbon draft
June 4, 2014 - While the Assn for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) -- a Washington, DC-based industry group -- lauded the release Monday of EPA's Clean Power Plant proposal, which for the first time would mandate cuts in CO2 pollution from existing power plants nationwide, it balked at the absence . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Gov Ritter explains power-industry recommendations
July 24, 2014 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Gist of 200 requests to Obama administration reviewed: Five recommendations that former Colorado Gov Bill Ritter Jr offered the Obama administration early this year on behalf of energy experts, business leaders and former government leaders are on the . . . 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
Gov Ritter explains power-industry recommendations
July 24, 2014 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Gist of 200 requests to Obama administration reviewed: Five recommendations that former Colorado Gov Bill Ritter Jr offered the Obama administration early this year on behalf of energy experts, business leaders and former government leaders are on the . . . 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
Universal Devices offers DR platform in under-$100 range
July 2, 2014 - Universal Devices (UD), providers of energy management and automation devices, announced yesterday what it called "an industry first" -- a fully compliant, under-$100 OEM platform for DR called ISY-DR. The system builds on the popular ISY994 platform, UD said, and is a low-cost . . . keep reading

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Health & safety
SaskPower halts deployment to study overheating meters
July 23, 2014 - SaskPower, the principal electric utility in Saskatchewan, Canada, is suspending smart meter installations while it probes what it characterized as "a small number of meter failures" over the past two months -- six fires that occurred during the replacement of legacy meters . . . 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
Cal-ISO upgrades mobile app, adds net-demand chart
July 11, 2014 - The Cal-ISO introduced an updated and improved version of its mobile app called ISO Today, to include a net-demand chart, an extended calendar to display important ISO events and a speedier emergency alert notification system, it said yesterday. The net-demand . . . 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
Senate passes terrorism-insurance extension with 2 changes
July 23, 2014 - The US Senate last week passed legislation to re-authorize and extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which is set to expire at the end of 2014. The legislation was sponsored by Senators Charles Schumer, D-NY; Dean Heller, R-NV; Mark Kirk, R-Ill, and Jack Reed . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
EPRI reports findings in 7-year smart grid demo program
June 2, 2014 - EPRI released a six-minute video on May 16 that provided a sampling of key findings to date from its seven-year (2008-2015), international, collaborative Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative. The initiative, which is dedicated to exploring the integration of distributed energy . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
Schneider, Green Energy to offer easier microgrid
July 21, 2014 - Schneider Electric and Green Energy Corp are set to jointly provide standardized microgrid solutions to a variety of public and private clients around the world, Schneider told the press last week. The partnership combines Schneider Electric's expertise in distributed . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
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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Networks
Cisco adds smart grid, IOE to electricians' training
July 22, 2014 - Cisco is offering a new Networking Academy Internet of Everything (IOE) curriculum, it said this month, to give electricians the Internet Protocol (IP) skills needed to service the millions of potential new intelligent smart grid devices, such as the estimated 240 million meters . . . keep reading

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Outage management
Elster conversion of AMI software from 9.0 to 9.1, done
July 9, 2014 - Smart grid technology firm Elster Solutions released version 9.1 of its EnergyAxis AMI solution, it said yesterday, completing the final refinement and commercialization of the recently introduced 9.0 version and its availability for purchase by utilities. EnergyAxis . . . 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
New York to spend $3.3 million on grid R&D, demo projects
July 24, 2014 - Gov Andrew Cuomo, D, this week announced $3.3 million was awarded to seven research teams to develop technologies to add resiliency and efficiency to the New York State grid. These "smart grid" technologies will use innovative methods to enhance grid performance, cut outages . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
TANTALUS: Tennessee town beats rest of US in using CLVR
June 9, 2014 - Savings from peak-voltage regulation reach 6 figures: Tantalus, a provider of smart grid communications technology with offices in Raleigh, NC, announced June 5 that its closed-loop voltage reduction (CLVR) application -- deployed at Morristown Utility Systems (MUS) in . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
FERC NERC NOPR suggests two changes to standard
July 22, 2014 - FERC issued a NOPR at its regular meeting last week on NERC's proposed physical security standard, suggesting two changes before it becomes a mandatory reliability standard. NERC moved the standard through fast in March, beating by two weeks FERC's 90-day clock in its order . . . keep reading

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Reliability
House passes bill with $1 million to study grid hardening
July 14, 2014 - The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted in favor of setting aside $1 million to study electric grids in the US and find ways to strengthen, modernize and upgrade the power systems around the country to better weather natural disasters and cyber attacks, according . . . keep reading

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Renewables
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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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
Cisco to put IOE innovation center in Barcelona
July 23, 2014 - Cisco and the City Council of Barcelona, Spain, yesterday announced they are collaborating on plans to open a Cisco Global Internet of Everything (IOE) innovation center. The center will provide a platform for research, technological development and new market . . . keep reading

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Smart home
LG Smart AC Module offers smartphone AC control
July 21, 2014 - LG Electronics USA is selling its new LG Smart AC Module, which enables smartphone control of duct-free LG air conditioning (AC) systems, the firm told the press last week. The product helps consumers enhance their personal comfort and save energy, even while . . . keep reading

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Software
Landis & Gyr Command Center upgrade offers new tools
July 23, 2014 - Landis & Gyr announced yesterday the release of version 6.2 of its operating software, Command Center, for the Gridstream AMI and grid management system. The latest version supports new network management tools for routers and collectors, improved monitoring of load-side . . . keep reading

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Standards
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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Testing - certification
ComEd asks GE to get UL seal based on consumer expectations
May 8, 2014 - As Chicago IOU Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) started to plan its full rollout of AMI, it held stakeholder meetings where "we were often asked if the meters were UL-certified, because that is what consumers are . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
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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Training - staff certification
Cisco adds smart grid, IOE to electricians' training
July 22, 2014 - Cisco is offering a new Networking Academy Internet of Everything (IOE) curriculum, it said this month, to give electricians the Internet Protocol (IP) skills needed to service the millions of potential new intelligent smart grid devices, such as the estimated 240 million meters . . . 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
American Superconductor plans Chicago 'supergrid'
July 18, 2014 - DHS plays role, high-temperature superconductor used: American Superconductor (AMSC) will work with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a deployment proposal for its high-temperature superconductor technology -- which it plans to use to build a superconducting . . . 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
EnerNOC to acquire global utility billing firm EnTech
April 15, 2014 - DR giant EnerNOC plans to acquire EnTech USB, a London-based utility bill management (UBM) software firm, and expects the deal to close this month. EnTech supports 200,000 utility tariffs worldwide and processes over 1 million utility bills/year for its customers -- making billing . . . keep reading

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