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Groups call for Massachusetts net-metering reform
July 2, 2015 -- Proposal pivots on removing caps, adjusting rates: A broad coalition of environmental advocacy groups, solar firms, health organizations and other groups is seeking a compromise in Massachusetts' solar net-metering quandary, Acadia Center Staff Attorney Mark . . . keep reading

Grant to help Smarter Grid analyze DG connections
July 2, 2015 -- The European Commission's Horizon 2020 competitive innovation funding program gave Smarter Grid Solutions a grant supporting its ECAP (easy connection analysis portal) project, the firm told the press last week, without specifying the size of the grant. ECAP is . . . keep reading

NOJA Power installs DA at Colombian utilities
July 2, 2015 -- NOJA Power installed DA technology for Colombian utilities Electrocaquetá and Empressa de Energia de Pereira (EEP), the electrical switchgear engineering firm told the press last week. The DA system included automatic circuit reclosers and controllers, NOJA said . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
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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AMI - advanced metering
Northeastern states take on energy modernization
July 1, 2015 -- State laws trigger various levels of research, change: Utilities in Massachusetts need to submit 10-year, grid-modernization plans by Aug 5 as the state considers TOU pricing, DG and other ways to restructure its grid, Acadia Center Grid Modernization . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
C3 Energy CEO describes big savings with analytics
June 10, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- BGE, Enel deployments show value in AMI, DA rollouts: A project C3 Energy is working on with Enel includes "aggregating 7 trillion rows of data" from meters, capacitors, transformers and synchrophasors and is likely to result in an overall . . . keep reading

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Briefs
2 stories in 1 minute
July 2, 2015 -- Green Button testing program opens online ... SEIA website helps tell value of solar DG . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Samsung, Telkonet to give hotel guests remote controls
June 17, 2015 -- Telkonet and Samsung Electronics America are set to work together on "intelligent automation and smart controls," the duo told the press yesterday, making specific mention of power use in hotel rooms. The partnership will use hardware and software integration as well . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
Maryland's advocate appeals Exelon/Pepco merger approval
June 15, 2015 -- The Maryland Office of People's Counsel (OPC) is appealing the PSC's decision approving the proposed merger of Exelon and Pepco Holdings. The OPC last week filed a petition for review at the Circuit Court for Queen Anne's County. The PSC approved the deal last month . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
Capgemini puts need for analytics in real-world context
May 26, 2015 -- About 680 million smart meters will be installed around the world by 2017, leading to 280 petabytes of data/year, Capgemini said in a recent report on "big data." The consultancy called the phenomenon "an opportunity for utilities to drive new levels of operational efficiency . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
Honeywell pairs thermostat app with Weatherbug
June 10, 2015 -- Customers in Texas using Honeywell's WiFi-enabled thermostats and Total Connect Comfort app will be able to use a software update from Weatherbug to adjust the . . . keep reading

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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTION
June 4, 2015 -- The headline on a story we published this week about Intel . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
CenterPoint Energy reports AMI benefits, ends surcharge
June 1, 2015 -- CenterPoint Energy's AMI deployment started in 2009 and since then the firm saved over 1 million gallons of fuel for vehicles it owns, the Houston IOU told the press last week. That was one of various statistics the utility told the press about last week as it ended the . . . 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 report from Smart Grid Today urges 14 actions
June 17, 2015 -- Modern Markets Intelligence (MMI), publisher of Smart Grid Today, today released for sale a report titled "The 2015 Fix," a comprehensive and illuminating special report on the state of cybersecurity inside electric utilities in the US. The report is a compilation . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
C3 Energy CEO describes big savings with analytics
June 10, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- BGE, Enel deployments show value in AMI, DA rollouts: A project C3 Energy is working on with Enel includes "aggregating 7 trillion rows of data" from meters, capacitors, transformers and synchrophasors and is likely to result in an overall . . . 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
AEMA, Comverge support PJM proposal to improve DR
June 30, 2015 -- DR interests last week welcomed a PJM filing designed to improve the accuracy of measuring and verifying loads of residential DR. The RTO's proposal would provide for more accurate measurements based on statistical sampling, letting DR firms do business . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Northeastern states take on energy modernization
July 1, 2015 -- State laws trigger various levels of research, change: Utilities in Massachusetts need to submit 10-year, grid-modernization plans by Aug 5 as the state considers TOU pricing, DG and other ways to restructure its grid, Acadia Center Grid Modernization . . . keep reading

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Deployments
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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Distributed - onsite generation
Groups call for Massachusetts net-metering reform
July 2, 2015 -- Proposal pivots on removing caps, adjusting rates: A broad coalition of environmental advocacy groups, solar firms, health organizations and other groups is seeking a compromise in Massachusetts' solar net-metering quandary, Acadia Center Staff Attorney Mark . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
NOJA Power installs DA at Colombian utilities
July 2, 2015 -- NOJA Power installed DA technology for Colombian utilities Electrocaquetá and Empressa de Energia de Pereira (EEP), the electrical switchgear engineering firm told the press last week. The DA system included automatic circuit reclosers and controllers, NOJA said . . . 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
Northeastern states take on energy modernization
July 1, 2015 -- State laws trigger various levels of research, change: Utilities in Massachusetts need to submit 10-year, grid-modernization plans by Aug 5 as the state considers TOU pricing, DG and other ways to restructure its grid, Acadia Center Grid Modernization . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
EV/grid coordination gets help from California government
June 30, 2015 -- The California Energy Commission (CEC) gave the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) a $1.5 million grant to lead development of an advanced management platform for integrating EV charging with utility-scale energy systems, CSE told the press recently . . . 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
Pennsylvania PUC OKs phase-3 rules for efficiency law
June 12, 2015 -- The Pennsylvania PUC approved an implementation order for the third phase of Act 129 energy efficiency and conservation programs, the commission told the press . . . keep reading

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Energy management
Samsung, Telkonet to give hotel guests remote controls
June 17, 2015 -- Telkonet and Samsung Electronics America are set to work together on "intelligent automation and smart controls," the duo told the press yesterday, making specific mention of power use in hotel rooms. The partnership will use hardware and software integration as well . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Duke, Samsung to upgrade energy storage at wind plant
July 1, 2015 -- Duke Energy, Samsung SDI and Younicos plan to update Duke Energy's 36-MW energy storage and power management system at the firm's Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas, Duke told the press yesterday. The system has been running since 2012 with lead-acid batteries . . . keep reading

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Environmental
Supreme Court rejects EPA's MATS on cost concerns
June 30, 2015 -- The EPA will have to take another crack at justifying the cost of its Mercury & Air Toxics Standard (MATS) after the US Supreme Court yesterday issued a five-to-four majority decision in Michigan et al v EPA. The opinion, written by Justice Antonin . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
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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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
WHITE HOUSE: Anti-CPP bill undermines Clean Air Act
June 24, 2015 -- US President Barack Obama "strongly opposes" a bill to block enforcement of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), under his EPA would force states to lower carbon emissions from power plants, the White House told the press yesterday. Power plants account for roughly 1/3 of all . . . 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
Long Island microgrid to set stage for huge savings
June 18, 2015 -- Clean Coalition founder shares details on scope, goals: The Long Island, NY, microgrid project that won a grant in the state's NY Prize program will "set the stage for pre-empting hundreds of millions of dollars that are currently in the business-as-usual . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
Duke, Samsung to upgrade energy storage at wind plant
July 1, 2015 -- Duke Energy, Samsung SDI and Younicos plan to update Duke Energy's 36-MW energy storage and power management system at the firm's Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas, Duke told the press yesterday. The system has been running since 2012 with lead-acid batteries . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
Lawrence Livermore Lab joins storage group CalCharge
June 25, 2015 -- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) became a partner member of CalCharge, a public-private consortium meant to accelerate the development and deployment of energy-storage . . . keep reading

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Law
Democrats in Senate ask for energy-policy input
June 30, 2015 -- Governors asked to comment on infrastructure upgrades: Nearly every Democrat in the US Senate yesterday sought input from the governors of all 50 US states in "the first new, national energy policy in almost a decade," the senators told the press . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
USAT reports years of growth in M2M cellular at utilities
June 9, 2015 -- The last three years saw adoption rates of M2M cellular connectivity including smart grid applications grow fast, Beverly McRae, director of sales at networking technology . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
RES strategy evolves ahead of energy-storage boom
June 24, 2015 -- Envisions grid fueled by renewables, supported by storage: Renewable Energy Systems (RES) will by the end of the year have completed or begun building seven energy storage projects in the Americas, including one with Puget Sound Energy, the technology firm's VP of . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
Groups call for Massachusetts net-metering reform
July 2, 2015 -- Proposal pivots on removing caps, adjusting rates: A broad coalition of environmental advocacy groups, solar firms, health organizations and other groups is seeking a compromise in Massachusetts' solar net-metering quandary, Acadia Center Staff Attorney Mark . . . keep reading

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Networks
NOJA Power installs DA at Colombian utilities
July 2, 2015 -- NOJA Power installed DA technology for Colombian utilities Electrocaquetá and Empressa de Energia de Pereira (EEP), the electrical switchgear engineering firm told the press last week. The DA system included automatic circuit reclosers and controllers, NOJA said . . . keep reading

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Outage management
GE Digital Energy hits AMI milestone in Dominican Republic
June 23, 2015 -- On-Ramp handles 20,000 meters with one concentrator: GE Digital Energy is over halfway through installing 24,000 smart meters and AMI infrastructure in Punta Cana, reportedly the Dominican Republic's most popular tourist destination, Ed Myszka, GE Digital's general . . . 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
Alstom, Penn State build microgrid center in Philadelphia
June 4, 2015 -- Alstom will work with Pennsylvania State University to set up a global center of excellence for microgrids at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, the vendor told the press yesterday. The center strengthens the ongoing development and demonstration of microgrid technologies . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
Duke, Samsung to upgrade energy storage at wind plant
July 1, 2015 -- Duke Energy, Samsung SDI and Younicos plan to update Duke Energy's 36-MW energy storage and power management system at the firm's Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas, Duke told the press yesterday. The system has been running since 2012 with lead-acid batteries . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
Groups call for Massachusetts net-metering reform
July 2, 2015 -- Proposal pivots on removing caps, adjusting rates: A broad coalition of environmental advocacy groups, solar firms, health organizations and other groups is seeking a compromise in Massachusetts' solar net-metering quandary, Acadia Center Staff Attorney Mark . . . keep reading

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Reliability
S&C Electric opens Florida plant to supply FPL demand
June 2, 2015 -- S&C Electric opened a manufacturing plant in West Palm Beach, Florida, to produce thousands of smart grid devices meant to improve service for Florida Power & Light's (FPL) 4.8 million customers, the utility told the press yesterday. FPL's "high demand for automated devices . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Groups call for Massachusetts net-metering reform
July 2, 2015 -- Proposal pivots on removing caps, adjusting rates: A broad coalition of environmental advocacy groups, solar firms, health organizations and other groups is seeking a compromise in Massachusetts' solar net-metering quandary, Acadia Center Staff Attorney Mark . . . keep reading

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Reprints
ConEdison Solutions expands smart grid strategy
June 15, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- VP describes factors driving, challenging new products: Power and natural gas retailer ConEdison Solutions plans to offer renewable energy services and expand its DR offerings, VP of Marketing & Business Development Michael Perna told us recently . . . keep reading

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SGIGs
DOE: TOU opt-in works better at multiple utilities
June 22, 2015 -- Utilities using AMI to put customers on different TOU and peak-use based rate structures see far more participation when they go the opt-out route rather than opt-in, DOE said last week in an update on work by recipients of its Smart Grid Investment Grants (SGIGs). The utilities . . . keep reading

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Smart cities
Lucid technology fosters Connected Cities projects
June 16, 2015 -- Orlando, Santa Cruz utilities sign up for energy smarts: Smart-building technology maker Lucid Design Group is starting its Connected Cities program in Orlando, Fla, and Santa Cruz, Calif, the firm's CEO Vladi Shunturov told us last week. Lucid's goal is to help . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Samsung, Telkonet to give hotel guests remote controls
June 17, 2015 -- Telkonet and Samsung Electronics America are set to work together on "intelligent automation and smart controls," the duo told the press yesterday, making specific mention of power use in hotel rooms. The partnership will use hardware and software integration as well . . . keep reading

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Software
USTDA helps Turkish utility with OSIsoft demo
June 19, 2015 -- The US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) is giving Turkish utility Kayseri ve Civar? Elektrik Türk AS (KCETAS) a grant to investigate the deployment of OSIsoft software as "a real-time data infrastructure," OSIsoft told the press yesterday. "By enabling real-time . . . keep reading

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Standards
QualityLogic, UL offer formal testing for SEP 2 standard
July 1, 2015 -- QualityLogic, a developer of interoperability test tools for the smart grid industry is set to work with Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) on formal testing programs for emerging smart grid standards, the pair told the press yesterday. The first program is for the . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
QualityLogic, UL offer formal testing for SEP 2 standard
July 1, 2015 -- QualityLogic, a developer of interoperability test tools for the smart grid industry is set to work with Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) on formal testing programs for emerging smart grid standards, the pair told the press yesterday. The first program is for the . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
HECO urged by group to get serious about TOU rates
June 22, 2015 -- Hawaiian Electric Co (HECO) should transition from pilots to permanently putting in place TOU rates that encourage off-peak and daytime EV charging, the International Council on Clean Transportation said in a report it publicized last week. Shifting to permanent . . . 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
New York group attacks HV line proposal as anti-DG
June 19, 2015 -- Report calls Hudson Valley line 'out-of-step' with REV: The New York PSC wants public comment (Case 13-E-0488) and plans to hold a technical conference July 20, 21 and 31 in Albany on a proposed $1.4 billion Hudson Valley transmission line project, the commission . . . keep reading

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US stimulus
DOE: TOU opt-in works better at multiple utilities
June 22, 2015 -- Utilities using AMI to put customers on different TOU and peak-use based rate structures see far more participation when they go the opt-out route rather than opt-in, DOE said last week in an update on work by recipients of its Smart Grid Investment Grants (SGIGs). The utilities . . . 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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