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Would insurance firms succeed where feds failed?
April 17, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE -- As utilities rush to gain cyber coverage, DHS gets in on the act: Many utilities in the last 18 months have moved to insure themselves against problems caused by cyber attacks, Laila Khudairi, an enterprise risk cyber underwriter with Tokio Marine Kiln . . . keep reading

Duke to move ahead with solar farm on military base
April 17, 2015 -- The North Carolina Utilities Commission approved Duke Energy's plan to build a solar farm at the Lejeune Marine Corps base in Onslow County, NC, the utility told the press yesterday. The solar facility will be Duke's first on a military base. Duke Energy Progress, a unit . . . keep reading

Con Edison unit installing GE storage system in California
April 17, 2015 -- Con Edison Development is buying an 8-MWH energy storage system from GE and installing it in California's central valley region, the firm told the press yesterday. Con Edison Development is an unregulated unit of Consolidated Edison. The storage will use GE's plant-control . . . keep reading

CORRECTIONS
April 17, 2015 -- The headline and first two paragraphs of a story we published yesterday . . . keep reading

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April 17, 2015 -- AusNet picks equipment from Silver Spring . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Would insurance firms succeed where feds failed?
April 17, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE -- As utilities rush to gain cyber coverage, DHS gets in on the act: Many utilities in the last 18 months have moved to insure themselves against problems caused by cyber attacks, Laila Khudairi, an enterprise risk cyber underwriter with Tokio Marine Kiln . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
UK study finds people believe in AMI, despite concerns
April 15, 2015 -- Future smart grid development in the UK will depend on attracting investment in the sector and reassuring consumers, particularly on smart meter rollouts, the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) told the press this week. The group recently conducted a study funded by . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
Turkish city saves millions with smart meters
April 7, 2015 -- Turkcell and the Turkish city of Gaziantep are working together on the "Smart City Gaziantep" project, and Turkcell's business solutions in energy, water and vehicle tracking had helped the city save about US$13.5 million in the last year, the communications and tech firm told . . . keep reading

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Briefs
1 story in 20 seconds
April 17, 2015 -- AusNet picks equipment from Silver Spring . . . 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
Storage firm Stem raises $12 million, teams with Mitsui
April 15, 2015 -- Energy storage firm Stem raised $12 million to "enhance its grid services offerings while creating a powerful partnership for international market expansion," it told the press yesterday. Japanese firm Mitsui, a trading, investment and service firm with offices . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
DNV GL Energy report calls for old cities to get wired
April 3, 2015 -- Old cities need to get wired to accommodate "extra devices, such as the smart meters and smart appliances that are critical for demand response," DNV GL Energy CEO David Walker said in a report titled "World Energy Focus," that the World Energy Council publicized today. Smart meters, micro-grids, DG and plug-in cars are no-brainers in new . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
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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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTIONS
April 17, 2015 -- The headline and first two paragraphs of a story we published yesterday . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
ComEd proposes lower delivery rate, seeks comments
April 16, 2015 -- Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) filed its annual delivery service formula rate request that would result in a decrease of about $1 on the average monthly residential bill starting next year, the utility told the press yesterday. If request goes through as is, the utility would cut . . . 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
Would insurance firms succeed where feds failed?
April 17, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE -- As utilities rush to gain cyber coverage, DHS gets in on the act: Many utilities in the last 18 months have moved to insure themselves against problems caused by cyber attacks, Laila Khudairi, an enterprise risk cyber underwriter with Tokio Marine Kiln . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
Grid20/20 adds analysis to its middle-of-the-grid monitoring
April 15, 2015 -- Grid20/20 added a software package to accompany its grid sensors, letting customers analyze energy, voltage, current and temperature information returned from the "middle" of the smart grid, the firm's President Alan Snook told us this week. "Utilities need sensors . . . 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
Colorado Springs resource plan ramps up DG, DR
April 16, 2015 -- Colorado Springs Utilities wants added public comment on its Electric Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP) this month, having held the second of three public-comment meetings this week, the utility told the press. The firm is working with the EIRP's customer advisory group to plan . . . 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
CESI targets new markets for big smart grid growth
March 26, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Exec sheds light on how engineering firm can cash in: Countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are major untapped markets for large-scale smart meter programs, Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano (CESI) Senior Director . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
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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Distribution automation
Grid20/20 adds analysis to its middle-of-the-grid monitoring
April 15, 2015 -- Grid20/20 added a software package to accompany its grid sensors, letting customers analyze energy, voltage, current and temperature information returned from the "middle" of the smart grid, the firm's President Alan Snook told us this week. "Utilities need sensors . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
Greenlots connects EV charging with utility DR
March 25, 2015 -- CEO explains importance of utility role in charging: As the market for EVs grows and charging stations proliferate, utilities "absolutely have to play a role" in building and running EV charging infrastructure, Greenlots CEO Brett Hauser told us last week . . . 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
Cal-ISO OKs using EVs to balance grid, smooth renewables
March 31, 2015 -- Cal-ISO's board approved an update of its strategic plan for integrating renewables where the ISO advised using EVs to balance the grid and smooth integration of renewable energy sources, the board told the press last week. Cal ISO also said it would work with regulators to encourage more TOU pricing . . . 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
BuildingIQ helps utilities integrate DR, efficiency
April 13, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Japanese come calling ahead of power market deregulation: More utilities are taking up BuildingIQ's software, which contributes to DR programs with more "flexibility and resiliency," BuildingIQ VP of Business Development Scott . . . keep reading

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Energy management
SolarCity to give away 10,000 Nest thermostats
April 14, 2015 -- SolarCity will give a Nest Learning Thermostat to the first 10,000 new customers in California who sign up for its solar systems, it told the press yesterday. Customers have to have a compatible AC system and have to agree to connect the thermostat to SolarCity . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Con Edison unit installing GE storage system in California
April 17, 2015 -- Con Edison Development is buying an 8-MWH energy storage system from GE and installing it in California's central valley region, the firm told the press yesterday. Con Edison Development is an unregulated unit of Consolidated Edison. The storage will use GE's plant-control . . . keep reading

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Environmental
SPP again considers Clean Power Plan's compliance cost
April 13, 2015 -- Using a regional-compliance approach to the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) would let the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) footprint meet the plan's 2030 deadline and cost about $2.9 billion/year in generation-resource capital investment and energy production, SPP told the . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Would insurance firms succeed where feds failed?
April 17, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE -- As utilities rush to gain cyber coverage, DHS gets in on the act: Many utilities in the last 18 months have moved to insure themselves against problems caused by cyber attacks, Laila Khudairi, an enterprise risk cyber underwriter with Tokio Marine Kiln . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
Grids in EU 'must evolve' in big way, EC official says
April 6, 2015 -- Smart grids "will play a key role" in ensuring the European Union (EU) can integrate renewables at a level that meets power demand and ultimately in the EU's development of an "energy union," or integrated energy market, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
NREL's ESIF offers equipment testing on grand scale
April 14, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Big energy systems fixed up before deployment: NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) is playing a part in Hawaiian Electric's (HECO) deployment of home solar, Ben Kroposki, director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at NREL, told us last week. Solar City, . . . 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
Ontario ISO offers RFPs for DR pilot projects
April 3, 2015 -- Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is accepting RFPs for DR pilot projects to add a total of 100 MWs to the province's grid, the body told the press yesterday. The program will look to DR to provide an alternative to managing generation output, IESO said . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
NREL's ESIF offers equipment testing on grand scale
April 14, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Big energy systems fixed up before deployment: NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) is playing a part in Hawaiian Electric's (HECO) deployment of home solar, Ben Kroposki, director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at NREL, told us last week. Solar City, . . . keep reading

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Law
ComEd proposes lower delivery rate, seeks comments
April 16, 2015 -- Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) filed its annual delivery service formula rate request that would result in a decrease of about $1 on the average monthly residential bill starting next year, the utility told the press yesterday. If request goes through as is, the utility would cut . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
UK study finds people believe in AMI, despite concerns
April 15, 2015 -- Future smart grid development in the UK will depend on attracting investment in the sector and reassuring consumers, particularly on smart meter rollouts, the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) told the press this week. The group recently conducted a study funded by . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
NREL's ESIF offers equipment testing on grand scale
April 14, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Big energy systems fixed up before deployment: NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) is playing a part in Hawaiian Electric's (HECO) deployment of home solar, Ben Kroposki, director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at NREL, told us last week. Solar City, . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
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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Networks
Ericsson, 2 others test use of LTE for smart meters
April 13, 2015 -- Ericsson is working with Telefónica Germany E.On's research center at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen University to investigate long-term evolution (LTE) prioritization and whether utilities can use it as an alternative to powerline, or fixed, network . . . keep reading

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Outage management
Another Canadian utility picks OMS from ACS
April 10, 2015 -- Advanced Control Systems is installing its outage management system (OMS) in Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro's grid in southwestern Ontario, Canada, the firm told the press this week. The utility chose ACS' system because it could integrate with its . . . 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
NREL's ESIF offers equipment testing on grand scale
April 14, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Big energy systems fixed up before deployment: NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) is playing a part in Hawaiian Electric's (HECO) deployment of home solar, Ben Kroposki, director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at NREL, told us last week. Solar City, . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
Sunverge helps utilities realize the value of DG
February 20, 2015 -- With over 400 deployments, CEO describes how: Sunverge CEO Ken Munson sees the utility sector as his DG firm's vital market long term, and he is adamant that there is no "death spiral" in DG and renewable energy for utilities, he told us this week . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
ComEd proposes lower delivery rate, seeks comments
April 16, 2015 -- Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) filed its annual delivery service formula rate request that would result in a decrease of about $1 on the average monthly residential bill starting next year, the utility told the press yesterday. If request goes through as is, the utility would cut . . . keep reading

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Reliability
Dominican Republic utility orders 14,000 GE meters, Grid IQ
February 24, 2015 -- A utility in the Dominican Republic picked GE to deliver over 14,000 smart meters and GE's Grid IQ AMI system, the vendor told the press recently. Consorcio Energético Punta Cana Macao (CEPM) reportedly handles power generation and T&D in Bávaro and Punta Cana in the eastern . . . keep reading

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Renewables
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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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
SolarCity to give away 10,000 Nest thermostats
April 14, 2015 -- SolarCity will give a Nest Learning Thermostat to the first 10,000 new customers in California who sign up for its solar systems, it told the press yesterday. Customers have to have a compatible AC system and have to agree to connect the thermostat to SolarCity . . . 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
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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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
APPA works to shore up potential cybersecurity gaps
March 18, 2015 -- The APPA remains concerned about potential cybersecurity issues with smart grid technology and is looking for tech firms "to provide better assurances" that their products are secure, APPA Senior VP of Legislative & Political Affairs Joy Ditto told us last week . . . 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 Smart Wires technology manages HV power flows
March 5, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Former researcher for inventor explains breakthrough: Even with 300,000 miles of HV utility transmission lines spanning the US, there are few power firms not struggling with "gridlock," Smart Wires Director of Product Management . . . keep reading

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US stimulus
NorthWestern Energy demo shows DA, TOU-based DR really works
January 23, 2014 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Restoration for most customers cut from 2 hours to seconds: NorthWestern Energy (NWE) used Cooper Power Systems' Yukon Feeder Automation software for outage restoration and cut outage restoration times drastically, June Pusich-Lester, an engineer who works with NWE's energy efficiency programs, told us in a recent, exclusive interview . . . keep reading

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Utility operations
OPower adds customer care to utility software system
February 18, 2015 -- OPower upgraded its customer-engagement software, calling it OPower 6, the firm told the press today. The important new feature the firm added with this upgrade was "customer care," OPower said. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will be the first utility to deploy the customer-care . . . keep reading

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