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Ernst & Young sees knowledge grow through M&As
May 22, 2015 -- Utility firms know 'in their heads' change is here: Utility executives know "in their heads" that their business model is transforming with the rise of DG and smart grids, but they do not yet "know it in their hearts" and are slow to respond to the industry's changes . . . keep reading

French president reportedly calls for energy 'revolution'
May 22, 2015 -- French President François Hollande, French Minister of Energy Ségolène Royal and global corporate and government leaders yesterday stressed the crucial role of business investment in climate action and low carbon growth, a nonprofit called the Climate Group told the . . . keep reading

Landis & Gyr commits to G3-PLC after field tests
May 22, 2015 -- Landis & Gyr added a smart metering system that runs on G3-PLC technology, the firm told the press this week. It began field tests with G3-PLC this year in Norway and Switzerland and found "all measurement values can be collected from the meter in just a few seconds . . . keep reading

4 stories in 2 minutes
May 22, 2015 -- Zpryme, partners seek microgrid opportunities ... Enphase Energy teams with Swiss solar firm ... Elster offers cellular, RF mesh data collection ... ABB testimony cites power-grid risks . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
CYBERSECURITY PROS AGREE: NERC CIP not the answer
May 13, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Swearingen points to RTOs as possible salvation: The current utility regulatory model was developed by the utilities and does not do enough to protect the grid from cyber threats, Joe Weiss, managing partner for . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
Tantalus executives report on Chattanooga AMI
May 21, 2015 -- 15-minute reads offer municipal much data for apps: In the AMI program Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) and Tantalus recently completed, the utility collected data from customers at 15-minute intervals over a fiber optic network connecting customers' smart . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
DELOITTE: Renewables boom fostered by smart grid
April 24, 2015 -- 10% renewables threshold starts looking old fashioned: Getting the balance between renewables integration and power demand right presents challenges to utilities and the renewables sector -- and the merger and acquisition activity in them, consultancy Deloitte said . . . keep reading

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Briefs
4 stories in 2 minutes
May 22, 2015 -- Zpryme, partners seek microgrid opportunities ... Enphase Energy teams with Swiss solar firm ... Elster offers cellular, RF mesh data collection ... ABB testimony cites power-grid risks . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Venstar offers DR-ready smart C&I thermostats with WiFi
March 17, 2015 -- Venstar introduced its ColorTouch line of smart thermostats, the firm told the press last week. The line includes the WiFi-enabled T8850 and T8900 models, which can connect directly to the grid. The thermostats come programmed with automated DR software . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
Ernst & Young sees knowledge grow through M&As
May 22, 2015 -- Utility firms know 'in their heads' change is here: Utility executives know "in their heads" that their business model is transforming with the rise of DG and smart grids, but they do not yet "know it in their hearts" and are slow to respond to the industry's changes . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
Ernst & Young sees knowledge grow through M&As
May 22, 2015 -- Utility firms know 'in their heads' change is here: Utility executives know "in their heads" that their business model is transforming with the rise of DG and smart grids, but they do not yet "know it in their hearts" and are slow to respond to the industry's changes . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
ComEd, Schneider use Green Button for energy savings
May 20, 2015 -- Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and Schneider Electric will together deploy Green Button Connect My Data in northern Illinois, the firms told the press this week. The utility is among the first to roll out Green Button Connect My Data, which lets customers authorize third-party . . . keep reading

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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTION
May 7, 2015 -- A story in our May 4 issue about the HomeGrid Forum was changed . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
Nevada Senate OKs bill to make PV users pay more
May 20, 2015 -- Nevada's Senate passed a bill to let the state's PUC impose added charges on customers with solar PV enrolled in net metering programs, the legislative body said in posting the bill on its website this week. The Senate referred the bill to the Nevada Assembly, where it is . . . 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
CYBERSECURITY PROS AGREE: NERC CIP not the answer
May 13, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Swearingen points to RTOs as possible salvation: The current utility regulatory model was developed by the utilities and does not do enough to protect the grid from cyber threats, Joe Weiss, managing partner for . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
Tantalus executives report on Chattanooga AMI
May 21, 2015 -- 15-minute reads offer municipal much data for apps: In the AMI program Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) and Tantalus recently completed, the utility collected data from customers at 15-minute intervals over a fiber optic network connecting customers' smart . . . 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
FERC: PJM has 6,900 fewer MWs of DR this summer
May 18, 2015 -- PJM will be going into this summer with 6,900 fewer MWs of DR than the 14,800 MWs it procured through the base residual capacity auction back in 2012, said the summer reliability assessment FERC released last week. A big number of market participants traded away their . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Southern California Edison reports on 2-year demo
March 31, 2015 -- Technology director finds interoperability still lacking -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- As Southern California Edison (SCE) ends its tech demo project at the University of California, Irvine, interoperability is still showing up as critical for the future . . . keep reading

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Deployments
White House announces USDA funds, QER Part One
April 22, 2015 -- Smart grid figures prominently in both federal efforts: US President Barack Obama issued executive actions on energy, the White House told the press yesterday, including allocating $72 million in USDA loans for smart grid and solar projects in rural areas . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
Nevada Senate OKs bill to make PV users pay more
May 20, 2015 -- Nevada's Senate passed a bill to let the state's PUC impose added charges on customers with solar PV enrolled in net metering programs, the legislative body said in posting the bill on its website this week. The Senate referred the bill to the Nevada Assembly, where it is . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Stem fits energy storage into smart grid toolbox
May 15, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- COO Butterfield explains benefits for SCE, HECO, others: Energy storage firm Stem's work with Cal-ISO portends the firm's future, Stem COO Karen Butterfield told us this week in an exclusive interview. The work includes . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
Senators, others debate net metering, DG bills
May 15, 2015 -- Net metering policies in the US will likely move "from simplicity to complexity" as utilities try to create rules that are at once fair for consumers and acknowledge larger amounts of DG on the grid, Sen Angus King, I-Maine, said at a US Senate hearing yesterday in Washington . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
Smart Energy GB takes Smart Energy Week to Leicester, UK
March 18, 2015 -- Smart Energy GB is taking Smart Energy Week to Leicester this week, organizers of the national consumer campaign for smart meters told the press this week. The event is a chance for residents to find out more about how smart meters can "transform the way we buy . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
Tech Mahindra to build 'intelligent' EV charging system
May 21, 2015 -- Tech Mahindra plans to build an intelligent electric vehicle charging system, with funding from the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative, the technology firm told the press this week. The project will analyze the effects of EV charging on transformers by creating "a real-time . . . 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
French president reportedly calls for energy 'revolution'
May 22, 2015 -- French President François Hollande, French Minister of Energy Ségolène Royal and global corporate and government leaders yesterday stressed the crucial role of business investment in climate action and low carbon growth, a nonprofit called the Climate Group told the . . . keep reading

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Energy management
French president reportedly calls for energy 'revolution'
May 22, 2015 -- French President François Hollande, French Minister of Energy Ségolène Royal and global corporate and government leaders yesterday stressed the crucial role of business investment in climate action and low carbon growth, a nonprofit called the Climate Group told the . . . keep reading

More stories on this topic...
Energy storage
French president reportedly calls for energy 'revolution'
May 22, 2015 -- French President François Hollande, French Minister of Energy Ségolène Royal and global corporate and government leaders yesterday stressed the crucial role of business investment in climate action and low carbon growth, a nonprofit called the Climate Group told the . . . keep reading

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Environmental
French president reportedly calls for energy 'revolution'
May 22, 2015 -- French President François Hollande, French Minister of Energy Ségolène Royal and global corporate and government leaders yesterday stressed the crucial role of business investment in climate action and low carbon growth, a nonprofit called the Climate Group told the . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
CYBERSECURITY PROS AGREE: NERC CIP not the answer
May 13, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Swearingen points to RTOs as possible salvation: The current utility regulatory model was developed by the utilities and does not do enough to protect the grid from cyber threats, Joe Weiss, managing partner for . . . 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
FERC: PJM has 6,900 fewer MWs of DR this summer
May 18, 2015 -- PJM will be going into this summer with 6,900 fewer MWs of DR than the 14,800 MWs it procured through the base residual capacity auction back in 2012, said the summer reliability assessment FERC released last week. A big number of market participants traded away their . . . 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
PNNL adds big battery research to smart grid projects
March 20, 2015 -- Manager describes multiple projects, upcoming conference: The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is working on six smart grid initiatives with some wrapping up and others just getting started, PNNL Energy Infrastructure Manager Carl Imhoff told . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
FERC: PJM has 6,900 fewer MWs of DR this summer
May 18, 2015 -- PJM will be going into this summer with 6,900 fewer MWs of DR than the 14,800 MWs it procured through the base residual capacity auction back in 2012, said the summer reliability assessment FERC released last week. A big number of market participants traded away their . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
Singapore technology university teams with DOE lab
April 28, 2015 -- Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is partnering with the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) to collaborate on smart grid, energy storage and renewable energy research, the university told the press yesterday. The partnership is set to last five years . . . keep reading

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Law
Nevada Senate OKs bill to make PV users pay more
May 20, 2015 -- Nevada's Senate passed a bill to let the state's PUC impose added charges on customers with solar PV enrolled in net metering programs, the legislative body said in posting the bill on its website this week. The Senate referred the bill to the Nevada Assembly, where it is . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
NAVIGANT: Microgrid projects worldwide tripled in year
May 20, 2015 -- Navigant knows of 12,031 MWs of microgrid capacity throughout the world, up from 4,393 MWs in a year ago, thus a near tripling of the known scope of the microgrid market, it told the press this week as it publicized a $3,600 annual update of its report on grid-tied . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
NAVIGANT: Microgrid projects worldwide tripled in year
May 20, 2015 -- Navigant knows of 12,031 MWs of microgrid capacity throughout the world, up from 4,393 MWs in a year ago, thus a near tripling of the known scope of the microgrid market, it told the press this week as it publicized a $3,600 annual update of its report on grid-tied . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
Nevada Senate OKs bill to make PV users pay more
May 20, 2015 -- Nevada's Senate passed a bill to let the state's PUC impose added charges on customers with solar PV enrolled in net metering programs, the legislative body said in posting the bill on its website this week. The Senate referred the bill to the Nevada Assembly, where it is . . . keep reading

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Networks
Landis & Gyr commits to G3-PLC after field tests
May 22, 2015 -- Landis & Gyr added a smart metering system that runs on G3-PLC technology, the firm told the press this week. It began field tests with G3-PLC this year in Norway and Switzerland and found "all measurement values can be collected from the meter in just a few seconds . . . keep reading

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Outage management
Polish utilities pick Landis & Gyr in new regulatory climate
May 7, 2015 -- Landis & Gyr will sell smart grid equipment to four of Poland's largest grid operators by the end of the year, the smart grid firm told the press yesterday. The deal includes over 36,000 S650 smart grid terminals for Enea Operator, PGE Dystrybucja, RWE Stoen Operator and . . . keep reading

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Prepay programs
DEFG finds prepay energy satisfies two-thirds of users
April 1, 2015 -- One third of people in the US who have used prepayment for energy were "very satisfied" and 41% were "somewhat satisfied," a survey late last year of 1,000 consumers in the US found, Distributed Energy Financial Group (DEFG) told the press yesterday. DEFG is a consulting firm specializing in consumers and consumer-facing offerings in . . . 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
MIT urges US government to invest in storage R&D
May 11, 2015 -- A larger scale deployment of solar power on the grid will require the US government to invest more in R&D for low cost, large-scale energy storage, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Energy Initiative (MITEI) told the press last week. The federal government . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
NEC to deploy 60 MWs of storage for Amergin Energy
May 14, 2015 -- NEC Energy Solutions is set to deploy at least 60 MWs of integrated battery storage for Amergin Energy for use within PJM, the firms told the press yesterday. This network is expected to be . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
Maryland cites reliability in Exelon, Pepco merger order
May 19, 2015 -- The Maryland PSC approved the Exelon-Pepco Holdings merger in a three-to-two order issued Friday with 46 conditions. The only approvals left now are the Delaware PSC where a settlement is pending and the District of Columbia PSC, which just took initial briefs on . . . keep reading

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Reliability
Maryland cites reliability in Exelon, Pepco merger order
May 19, 2015 -- The Maryland PSC approved the Exelon-Pepco Holdings merger in a three-to-two order issued Friday with 46 conditions. The only approvals left now are the Delaware PSC where a settlement is pending and the District of Columbia PSC, which just took initial briefs on . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Ernst & Young sees knowledge grow through M&As
May 22, 2015 -- Utility firms know 'in their heads' change is here: Utility executives know "in their heads" that their business model is transforming with the rise of DG and smart grids, but they do not yet "know it in their hearts" and are slow to respond to the industry's changes . . . keep reading

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Reprints
BROWN: Use market-based pricing, not net metering
April 16, 2015 -- DG is increasingly getting market penetration in the US, but may not have much of an impact on grid congestion or carbon emissions due to ill-conceived reimbursement programs, Harvard Electricity Policy Group Executive Director . . . keep reading

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SGIGs
CenterPoint tallies outage minutes saved since 2011
April 9, 2015 -- CenterPoint Energy has since 2011 helped customers avoid more than 100 million outage minutes, in part because it installed distribution-management system software from ABB, the vendor told the press yesterday. CenterPoint's "self-healing" grid can more quickly identify . . . keep reading

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Smart cities
XLink to sell Cyan smart grid gear in South Africa
March 25, 2015 -- Johannesburg, South Africa-based XLink Communications is set to distribute Cyan's smart energy communication technology -- that allows the measurement and control of energy use for the metering and lighting markets -- in South Africa, Cyan told the press yesterday. XLink will . . . keep reading

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Smart home
ComEd does smart-thermostat DR with Nest, Comcast
May 18, 2015 -- Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) is partnering with Nest Labs and Comcast on a smart thermostat-driven DR program, the utility told the press last week. ComEd will be able to remotely adjust participating customers' thermostats during the hottest summer days to manage . . . keep reading

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Software
Screaming Power wants to build better utility apps
March 9, 2015 -- CEO envisions utilities, customers both benefiting: Screaming Power is drawing to a close the yearlong conversation it had with a group of utility executives to look at mobility from the utility point of view, CEO Gary Michor told us this week. The Toronto-based firm . . . keep reading

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Standards
Landis & Gyr commits to G3-PLC after field tests
May 22, 2015 -- Landis & Gyr added a smart metering system that runs on G3-PLC technology, the firm told the press this week. It began field tests with G3-PLC this year in Norway and Switzerland and found "all measurement values can be collected from the meter in just a few seconds . . . 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
Storage association sees market evolve regionally
April 20, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE -- California, Texas, PJM play various, growing roles: Energy storage is "widespread today" in the US and will move forward rapidly once various trends in different regions come together, Energy Storage Assn Executive Director Matt Roberts told us last week in an exclusive interview. "If we put all these different market structures together, we would have one amazing . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
Tecnalia promotes smart grid lab on Basque campus
March 6, 2015 -- Tecnalia opened a group of smart grid labs on the campus of the Bizkaia Science & Technology Park in Bilbao, Spain, the firm told the press recently. The Spanish technological research firm invested 14 million Euros (US$15.4 million) in the laboratories, which will research . . . 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
Energy Pool demos DR with transmission in Norway
May 12, 2015 -- Norwegian transmission system operator Statnett automatically steered the power demand of 13 buildings in the distribution area of Trollfjordkraft in northern Norway -- by remotely controlling boilers and backup generators in a pilot project, France-based . . . 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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