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California PUC votes to require smart inverters
December 19, 2014 -- DG owners required to upgrade in 2016: The California PUC voted 5-0 yesterday to require smart inverters on customer-owned DG and energy storage installed starting Dec 31, 2015, or 12 months after the Underwriters Laboratory approves new inverter standards, whichever is later . . . keep reading

California to let utilities own EV charging infrastructure
December 19, 2014 -- The California PUC lifted a blanket prohibition against utilities owning EV charging infrastructure, letting them own charging ports and stations on a case-by-case basis, the commission told the press yesterday. Under the PUC's previous rules, utilities had to show a market failure . . . keep reading

Tantalus to help 15 utilities head down path to AMI
December 19, 2014 -- Tantalus is set to add two-way communication to the encoder/receiver/transmitter (ERT)-reading devices at 15 public power utilities currently using electric, water and gas ERTs, the grid communications and applications vendor told the press yesterday. The firm provides two-way . . . keep reading

Political leader wants Saskatchewan to drop Sensus
December 19, 2014 -- The Canadian province of Saskatchewan should cut ties with Sensus, which "created one fire-prone dud model after another," New Democratic Party (NDP) Deputy Leader Trent Wotherspoon told the press this week. "Get our money back and get Sensus meters out of Saskatchewan . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
New SGIP president hints at structural changes
December 8, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- ALLEN: 'We have to continue to refine how we operate': Some structural tweaks are needed as SGIP moves forward, President Sharon Allan told us last week in an exclusive interview. The member-funded group seeks to advance the interoperability of . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
Tantalus to help 15 utilities head down path to AMI
December 19, 2014 -- Tantalus is set to add two-way communication to the encoder/receiver/transmitter (ERT)-reading devices at 15 public power utilities currently using electric, water and gas ERTs, the grid communications and applications vendor told the press yesterday. The firm provides two-way . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
TNO: TE finds powerful vehicle in PowerMatcher
December 18, 2014 -- Open source DR, DA software aims to revolutionize power: The interoperability standard from the Flexiblepower Alliance Network (the FAN standard) is letting a DR software package called PowerMatcher become a platform for load balancing and DR using . . . keep reading

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Briefs
2 stories in 90 seconds
December 18, 2014 -- SunPower invests in analytics firm Tendril . . . SGCC details how to reach seniors . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Elster to resell smart lighting using own brand awareness
November 17, 2014 -- Elster Solutions, a provider of smart grid and energy management systems with headquarters in Raleigh, NC, agreed to resell smart lighting systems from DimOnOff, a supplier of wireless lighting control and monitoring systems based in Quebec, Canada, it said last week . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
Sault Ste Marie center develops grid-building tool
December 15, 2014 -- Non-profit to help utilities plan better grid upgrades: The Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre, a Canadian nonprofit focused on science and technology, is developing software to help utilities assess their grid and zero in on the upgrades and maintenance projects . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
Grid Modernization Index finds smart grid growth
November 18, 2014 -- Illinois law boosts score by 13 points from 2013: The 2014 Grid Modernization Index, released yesterday by the GridWise Alliance and the Smart Grid Policy Center (the groups) to show how states are progressing in smart grid deployment, reported California and Texas were tied . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
VILLARREAL: Transactive energy looms ever nearer
December 16, 2014 -- A 'next wave' in energy, TE needs education, support: The smart grid industry has "a slew of unanswered questions that we need to explore" before transactive energy (TE) can become pervasive, California PUC Senior Regulatory Analyst Christopher Villarreal told us last . . . keep reading

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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTION
December 8, 2014 -- An article we published Friday was changed online to correct . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
South Carolina net-metering compromise pleases Duke
December 15, 2014 -- Net-metering customers in South Carolina will be credited at the retail rate through Dec 31, 2025, Duke Energy told the press last week, quoting a deal the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff filed with the state's PSC. The deal gives existing and future net-metering customers . . . keep reading

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Customers & advocacy
Kentucky regulators to hear from public on AMI
December 15, 2014 -- The Kentucky PSC will take public comments on the state's proposed rollout of smart meters, TOU pricing and smart grid technology, the PSC told the press last week. The Dec 16-17 meetings will be held at the PSC offices in Frankfort. The public comment meetings are part . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
10 power groups want cybersecurity bill passed
December 2, 2014 -- US lawmakers should this year pass a Senate bill called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014, 10 power organizations told several lawmakers in a letter, APPA told the press recently. The cybersecurity bill "is broadly supported by the business and critical infrastructure . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
Sault Ste Marie center develops grid-building tool
December 15, 2014 -- Non-profit to help utilities plan better grid upgrades: The Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre, a Canadian nonprofit focused on science and technology, is developing software to help utilities assess their grid and zero in on the upgrades and maintenance projects . . . 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
TNO: TE finds powerful vehicle in PowerMatcher
December 18, 2014 -- Open source DR, DA software aims to revolutionize power: The interoperability standard from the Flexiblepower Alliance Network (the FAN standard) is letting a DR software package called PowerMatcher become a platform for load balancing and DR using . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Siemens calls Duke, Ford demo an EV 'turning point'
December 8, 2014 -- In a test at the Duke Energy Envision Center in Erlanger, KY, Duke, Siemens and Ford showed that Siemens' residential EV supply equipment (EVSE) can be accessible by web-connected computers, smart phones and tablets, helping EV owners monitor the status of the EV . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Ontario Auditor General exposes AMI mishandling
December 12, 2014 -- At $1 billion over budget, results reportedly fall short -- Hydro One vows to deliver benefits to ratepayers: Ontario's smart metering initiative failed to achieve its expected benefits and the program's implementation "has been much more costly than projected," the . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
California PUC votes to require smart inverters
December 19, 2014 -- DG owners required to upgrade in 2016: The California PUC voted 5-0 yesterday to require smart inverters on customer-owned DG and energy storage installed starting Dec 31, 2015, or 12 months after the Underwriters Laboratory approves new inverter standards, whichever is later . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Aclara adopts aggressive schedule for new products
December 5, 2014 -- At least 12 said to be coming in next 12 months: Aclara Technologies is on a disruptive new mission it took up when Sun Capital Partners bought it for $150 million in March, CEO Allan Connolly told us this week. "Our corporate mandate today is radically different and much more . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
Energate to sell home energy-management gear
December 17, 2014 -- Executives describe successful utility pilots in Ontario: Energate plans to go retail, CEO Steve Dodds told us this week, taking advantage of utilities "offering their customers a 'bring your own device' plan. In line with that, Energate is getting ready to sell directly to the . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
VILLARREAL: Transactive energy looms ever nearer
December 16, 2014 -- A 'next wave' in energy, TE needs education, support: The smart grid industry has "a slew of unanswered questions that we need to explore" before transactive energy (TE) can become pervasive, California PUC Senior Regulatory Analyst Christopher Villarreal told us last . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
California to let utilities own EV charging infrastructure
December 19, 2014 -- The California PUC lifted a blanket prohibition against utilities owning EV charging infrastructure, letting them own charging ports and stations on a case-by-case basis, the commission told the press yesterday. Under the PUC's previous rules, utilities had to show a market failure . . . keep reading

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Electricity retailers
Itron trains African workforce to sell power, AMI
October 14, 2014 -- Managing director shares details on vision for region: Itron opened the first semester of its Itron Learning University (ILU) at the Riversands Incubation Hub in Johannesburg, South Africa, the firm told the press this month. The facility teaches students . . . keep reading

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Energy efficiency
BEAMA calls UK AMI plan 'big mountain to climb'
December 10, 2014 -- Delayed deadlines were prudent, consumer benefits clear: Although the UK's £11 billion (US$17 billion) smart meter rollout will start six to eight months later than originally planned, most of the country's 53 million smart meters still should be installed by the end . . . keep reading

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Energy management
TNO: TE finds powerful vehicle in PowerMatcher
December 18, 2014 -- Open source DR, DA software aims to revolutionize power: The interoperability standard from the Flexiblepower Alliance Network (the FAN standard) is letting a DR software package called PowerMatcher become a platform for load balancing and DR using . . . keep reading

More stories on this topic...
Energy storage
Eos Energy to test DC battery at PG&E Smart Grid Lab
December 17, 2014 -- Eos Energy Storage will test an energy storage system at PG&E's Smart Grid Lab in San Ramon, Calif, the firm told the press yesterday. The battery will integrate Eos Energy's Aurora DC battery and ETM Electromatic's electronic components -- and will run on Stem's software . . . keep reading

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Environmental
FERC to hold technical conferences on EPA CPP
December 10, 2014 -- FERC plans to hold technical conferences on EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP), a move that Republican energy leaders in Congress called for, according to Restructuring Today. The workshops will focus on reliability, markets, operations and infrastructure. The "building . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
New SGIP president hints at structural changes
December 8, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- ALLEN: 'We have to continue to refine how we operate': Some structural tweaks are needed as SGIP moves forward, President Sharon Allan told us last week in an exclusive interview. The member-funded group seeks to advance the interoperability of . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
USTDA seeks US firms to build smart grid in Turkey
December 2, 2014 -- US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is looking for proposals to help Yedas Yesilirmak Elektrik Dagitim AS (YEDAS) implement "second-stage" smart grid technologies to expand the capabilities of its existing SCADA system, the US agency told the press last week. YEDAS is one . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
California PUC votes to require smart inverters
December 19, 2014 -- DG owners required to upgrade in 2016: The California PUC voted 5-0 yesterday to require smart inverters on customer-owned DG and energy storage installed starting Dec 31, 2015, or 12 months after the Underwriters Laboratory approves new inverter standards, whichever is later . . . 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
Broadcom pairs home-gateway with Smartenit products
October 6, 2014 -- Smartenit, a provider of home automation products with headquarters in San Juan Capistrano, Calif, teamed with Broadcom, a fabless semiconductor firm in Irvine, Calif, Smartenit said Friday. The two firms plan to integrate Smartenit's home automation technology -- based on Wi-Fi . . . keep reading

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Health & safety
Political leader wants Saskatchewan to drop Sensus
December 19, 2014 -- The Canadian province of Saskatchewan should cut ties with Sensus, which "created one fire-prone dud model after another," New Democratic Party (NDP) Deputy Leader Trent Wotherspoon told the press this week. "Get our money back and get Sensus meters out of Saskatchewan . . . keep reading

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Industry conferences
LAFLEUR: EVs, solar help smart grid visibility
December 3, 2014 -- NATIONAL SUMMIT ON SMART GRID & CLIMATE CHANGE -- Ohio IOUs maintain wait-and-see AMI strategy: In addition to young consumers embracing smart grid technology, the smart grid in general is getting more visibility nationwide, FERC Chairperson Cheryl LaFleur told attendees at the National Summit on Smart Grid & Climate Change in Washington, DC, yesterday . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
Court lets Order 745 stand until Supreme Court acts
December 16, 2014 -- The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday extended the stay of its ruling that vacated Order 745 and put FERC's jurisdiction over all kinds of DR into question. FERC had asked to extend the stay from today until Jan 15 so the government could craft an appeal to the Supreme . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
ZigBee Alliance announces plans for ZigBee 3.0
November 19, 2014 -- The ZigBee Alliance plans to put all types of its low-power wireless technology under one standard called ZigBee 3.0, in a move that could make it easier to connect many wireless devices, the alliance said yesterday. The firm wants to see smart thermostats, lighting, appliances and . . . keep reading

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Law
Court lets Order 745 stand until Supreme Court acts
December 16, 2014 -- The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday extended the stay of its ruling that vacated Order 745 and put FERC's jurisdiction over all kinds of DR into question. FERC had asked to extend the stay from today until Jan 15 so the government could craft an appeal to the Supreme . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
REPORT: Grid-scale storage grows 35%/year
November 21, 2014 -- The global market for grid-scale energy storage is set to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 35.5% in the next five years, at least in part due to a growing need to cut outages, online report store Research & Markets told the press yesterday. The firm was quoting a report it . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
VILLARREAL: Transactive energy looms ever nearer
December 16, 2014 -- A 'next wave' in energy, TE needs education, support: The smart grid industry has "a slew of unanswered questions that we need to explore" before transactive energy (TE) can become pervasive, California PUC Senior Regulatory Analyst Christopher Villarreal told us last . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
New York doubles net-metering cap to 6% of 2005 peak load
December 18, 2014 -- The New York PSC will increase the state's net metering cap to 6% from 3%, Gov Andrew Cuomo's office told the press last week, doubling the amount of DG power the state's utilities have to buy from customers. The PSC raised the caps in response to market uncertainty, as well as . . . keep reading

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Networks
Tantalus to help 15 utilities head down path to AMI
December 19, 2014 -- Tantalus is set to add two-way communication to the encoder/receiver/transmitter (ERT)-reading devices at 15 public power utilities currently using electric, water and gas ERTs, the grid communications and applications vendor told the press yesterday. The firm provides two-way . . . keep reading

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Outage management
UI to integrate Ventyx software into legacy IT, OT systems
October 28, 2014 -- Connecticut IOU United Illuminating (UI) teamed with consultancy Accenture and utility-industry consultancy Structure to help the industrial software firm Ventyx implement an outage lifecycle management system, it said yesterday. The partnership will integrate the Ventyx system . . . keep reading

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Prepay programs
BEAMA calls UK AMI plan 'big mountain to climb'
December 10, 2014 -- Delayed deadlines were prudent, consumer benefits clear: Although the UK's £11 billion (US$17 billion) smart meter rollout will start six to eight months later than originally planned, most of the country's 53 million smart meters still should be installed by the end . . . 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
Eos Energy to test DC battery at PG&E Smart Grid Lab
December 17, 2014 -- Eos Energy Storage will test an energy storage system at PG&E's Smart Grid Lab in San Ramon, Calif, the firm told the press yesterday. The battery will integrate Eos Energy's Aurora DC battery and ETM Electromatic's electronic components -- and will run on Stem's software . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
Samsung, S&C, Younicos run 6-MW UK battery
December 16, 2014 -- S&C Electric Europe, Samsung SDI and Younicos yesterday began operating what they call Europe's largest battery project at a UK Power Networks substation in the town of Leighton Buzzard in the UK, Younicos told the press. The storage system is an automated 6-MW/10-MWH . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
California PUC votes to require smart inverters
December 19, 2014 -- DG owners required to upgrade in 2016: The California PUC voted 5-0 yesterday to require smart inverters on customer-owned DG and energy storage installed starting Dec 31, 2015, or 12 months after the Underwriters Laboratory approves new inverter standards, whichever is later . . . keep reading

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Reliability
ConEdison expects Alstom DRMS to boost reliability
November 7, 2014 -- Paris-based Alstom Grid delivered its DR management system (DRMS) to New York City IOU Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) as part of the Smart Grid Demonstration Program funded by the US DOE, the technology maker said yesterday. The project will help the utility manage its . . . keep reading

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Renewables
California PUC votes to require smart inverters
December 19, 2014 -- DG owners required to upgrade in 2016: The California PUC voted 5-0 yesterday to require smart inverters on customer-owned DG and energy storage installed starting Dec 31, 2015, or 12 months after the Underwriters Laboratory approves new inverter standards, whichever is later . . . 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
Silver Spring upgrades smart city application platform
November 19, 2014 -- Silver Spring Networks introduced the next generation of its multi-application, IPv6-based smart city networking platform, it said yesterday at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The platform includes new control, monitoring and management systems and . . . keep reading

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Smart home
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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Software
TNO: TE finds powerful vehicle in PowerMatcher
December 18, 2014 -- Open source DR, DA software aims to revolutionize power: The interoperability standard from the Flexiblepower Alliance Network (the FAN standard) is letting a DR software package called PowerMatcher become a platform for load balancing and DR using . . . keep reading

More stories on this topic...
Standards
New SGIP president hints at structural changes
December 8, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- ALLEN: 'We have to continue to refine how we operate': Some structural tweaks are needed as SGIP moves forward, President Sharon Allan told us last week in an exclusive interview. The member-funded group seeks to advance the interoperability of . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
Sandia to test TransPower storage, develop test protocols
October 30, 2014 -- DOE's Sandia National Lab (SNL) began evaluating TransPower's "GridSaver," it said last week, calling it the largest grid-energy storage system to be analyzed at the Energy Storage Test Pad at the lab's headquarters in Albuquerque, NM. GridSaver is an integrated, modular energy . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
BEAMA calls UK AMI plan 'big mountain to climb'
December 10, 2014 -- Delayed deadlines were prudent, consumer benefits clear: Although the UK's £11 billion (US$17 billion) smart meter rollout will start six to eight months later than originally planned, most of the country's 53 million smart meters still should be installed by the end . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
Eltel fast-tracks UK base as smart meters catch on
December 1, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Finnish firm to add resources in UK: Building on the success of a joint venture upgrading the UK's power transmission network, Finland-based Eltel Networks plans to set up a base in the UK by early next year to capitalize on the nation's . . . keep reading

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Transactive energy
TNO: TE finds powerful vehicle in PowerMatcher
December 18, 2014 -- Open source DR, DA software aims to revolutionize power: The interoperability standard from the Flexiblepower Alliance Network (the FAN standard) is letting a DR software package called PowerMatcher become a platform for load balancing and DR using . . . keep reading

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Transmission - HV lines
AEP smart grid plans focus on transmission
November 19, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Asset Health Center to see $200 million in upgrades: Columbus, Ohio-based IOU American Electric Power (AEP) plans to invest at least $4.8 billion in its transmission businesses over the next three years, its CEO Nick Akins said earlier this month in an . . . 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
Aclara adopts aggressive schedule for new products
December 5, 2014 -- At least 12 said to be coming in next 12 months: Aclara Technologies is on a disruptive new mission it took up when Sun Capital Partners bought it for $150 million in March, CEO Allan Connolly told us this week. "Our corporate mandate today is radically different and much more . . . keep reading

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