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Shift Energy offers automated energy management
October 20, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE: EOS runs automation with data from Energy Mentor: When Shift Energy began offerings its first product, Energy Mentor in 2010, its goal was to provide large power users with an energy-management dashboard to . . . keep reading

Australian utility to use 1,000 batteries to support rural grid
October 20, 2014 -- Traditionally called expensive, storage may save firm millions: Ergon Energy distributes power to about 700,000 customers across Queensland, Australia and plans to install 20 grid-scale, battery-based energy-storage units -- or grid utility . . . keep reading

FirstEnergy's Mon Power to use automated HV gear
October 20, 2014 -- Mon Power, a subsidiary of the Akron, Ohio-based IOU FirstEnergy and serving 385,000 customers in 34 West Virginia counties, is installing new automated switching equipment on a 47-mile, 69,000-V transmission line in the Marlinton . . . keep reading

Cisco, Sensity build smart city out of smart lighting
October 20, 2014 -- Cisco is using Sensity Systems' "NetSense" platform as a foundation for its own city infrastructure management (CIM) software, the two firms said Friday. Under the deal, Cisco is joining Sensity's NetSense partner program . . . keep reading

Altus Power signs with town to provide solar net-metering
October 20, 2014 -- Altus Power America of Old Greenwich, Conn, a private investment firm with a focus on clean energy projects, signed a solar net-metering, credit-purchase agreement with the town of East Longmeadow in southern Massachusetts . . . keep reading

Tesla laments Michigan bill blocking direct car sales
October 20, 2014 -- The Michigan Automobile Dealers Assn on Oct 1 "succeeded in passing a bill that is harmful to consumers," the Tesla Blog said of legislation (HB5606), that reportedly passed both the state's house and senate. The bill would . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
EXCLUSIVE: EPRI lays foundation for EVs as smart grid devices
September 26, 2014 -- V2G technical leader built EV business at GM: EPRI's Sunil Chhaya is "on a mission to tie a variety of solar, storage, electric vehicles and smart appliances and the 'glue' that connects them to create functioning examples of how utility 2.0 can actually work . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
Opower analytics upgrade works with, without AMI
October 17, 2014 -- Arlington, Va-based provider of cloud-based customer engagement software for the utility industry, Opower released a new version of its analytics software called Opower 5.5: Flex. Built on investments made earlier this year, the new system lets over 95 utilities . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
CLNR issues report on study of UK AMI deployment
October 7, 2014 -- The UK-based Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) released in August a new study of data showing the power use and generation habits of over 12,000 utility customers across the UK, it told the press yesterday. The group is a coalition that includes Northern . . . keep reading

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Briefs
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October 20, 2014 -- Earth Networks to show WeatherBug Home . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Shift Energy offers automated energy management
October 20, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE: EOS runs automation with data from Energy Mentor: When Shift Energy began offerings its first product, Energy Mentor in 2010, its goal was to provide large power users with an energy-management dashboard to . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
USDA RUS grants $106 million for rural smart grid
October 17, 2014 -- US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced $1.4 billion in loan guarantees to improve power delivery in rural communities in 21 states including $106 million for smart grid technologies and $3 million for renewable energy programs and systems . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
France pares back 2020 AMI goal to 90% of meters
August 15, 2014 - Navigant analyst points out what nation is doing right: French energy regulator Commission de Régulation de l'Énergie (CRE) downsized the nation's goal of providing smart meters to 95% of power customers by 2020 to 90%, said a report on the Metering.com website . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
Apogee demos innovative customer engagement apps
October 2, 2014 -- Apogee Interactive, a provider of energy efficiency tools based in Atlanta, introduced three new customer experience applications, each with the potential to change the way customers engage with their utility firm, it said yesterday. The announcements were made at the firm's . . . keep reading

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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTION
May 5, 2014 - The online version of a story we published Friday titled "GE: 3-D . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
ICC OKs $46 million smart grid refund to ComEd customers
September 22, 2014 -- IOU allegedly failed to depreciate investment before recouping: The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved a memorandum of agreement (MOU) Thursday between State Attorney General Lisa Madigan; the consumer advocacy group, Citizens Utility Board (CUB), and Chicago-based . . . keep reading

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Customers & advocacy
Which asks DECC to ensure UK AMI is cost effective
October 9, 2014 -- Which, a London-based consumer oriented research and publishing company, called on Edward Davey, head of the UK government's Dept of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) , to take action now to reduce the cost of installing smart meters in homes across the nation. The firm supports the . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
Wurldtech offers Achilles to keep SCADA secure
October 14, 2014 -- Wurldtech Security Technologies of Vancouver, BC, Canada, announced late last week the release of its Achilles Industrial Next Gen Firewall (NGFW) for operational technology (OT) environments such as SCADA. The system monitors network traffic and blocks unexpected and malicious . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
Shift Energy offers automated energy management
October 20, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE: EOS runs automation with data from Energy Mentor: When Shift Energy began offerings its first product, Energy Mentor in 2010, its goal was to provide large power users with an energy-management dashboard to . . . 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
Nissan starts testing EVs in home, C&I DR program
October 17, 2014 -- Nissan is testing for a new EV-based DR program to ease the burden on grids during peak demand times, it said yesterday. The Japanese car maker hopes to design a DR system that can ensure continuity of supply during natural disasters, and could also potentially . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Kyocera, IBM to demo automated DR network until spring
October 9, 2014 -- Kyocera is partnering with IBM and Tokyu Community Corp, a Tokyo-based building management firm, to demo an automated DR network starting this month using the OpenADR 2.0 Profile B international standard, Kyocera said Monday. The Kyoto, Japan-based manufacturer . . . keep reading

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Deployments
USDA RUS grants $106 million for rural smart grid
October 17, 2014 -- US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced $1.4 billion in loan guarantees to improve power delivery in rural communities in 21 states including $106 million for smart grid technologies and $3 million for renewable energy programs and systems . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
Ohio net-metering case nears state supreme court
October 17, 2014 -- PUC files for dismissal, SEIA adds moral support: In a struggle that will decide the future of net metering in Ohio, IOU AEP Ohio argued it "was unreasonable and unlawful" for the Ohio PUC to incorporate not only energy charges into the "net-excess" credit, "but to also . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
SourceOne to deploy modern SCADA for Vineland Municipal
October 10, 2014 -- SourceOne, a Boston-based energy services firm, is serving as owner's representative for the design and implementation of a "state-of-the-art" SCADA system for the Vineland Municipal Electric Utility (VMEU), the technology firm said. VMEU is the only municipally-owned electric . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
CLNR issues report on study of UK AMI deployment
October 7, 2014 -- The UK-based Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) released in August a new study of data showing the power use and generation habits of over 12,000 utility customers across the UK, it told the press yesterday. The group is a coalition that includes Northern . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
British Gas uses AMI challenges to elevate awareness
September 24, 2014 -- British Gas is taking part in the UK's smart grid rollout due to be completed by 2020, and partnered with London-based research agency, the Futures Company, to create a five-week "Smart Meter Challenge," it said last month. The challenges is actually five weekly challenges for . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
Tesla laments Michigan bill blocking direct car sales
October 20, 2014 -- The Michigan Automobile Dealers Assn on Oct 1 "succeeded in passing a bill that is harmful to consumers," the Tesla Blog said of legislation (HB5606), that reportedly passed both the state's house and senate. The bill would . . . 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
WRI, Johnson Controls craft building efficiency initiative
October 3, 2014 -- The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Johnson Controls created a building-efficiency initiative to support and promote moves toward energy efficiency in cities, Johnson Controls told the press yesterday. The move will merge Johnson Controls' expertise in building efficiency . . . keep reading

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Energy management
Opower analytics upgrade works with, without AMI
October 17, 2014 -- Arlington, Va-based provider of cloud-based customer engagement software for the utility industry, Opower released a new version of its analytics software called Opower 5.5: Flex. Built on investments made earlier this year, the new system lets over 95 utilities . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Australian utility to use 1,000 batteries to support rural grid
October 20, 2014 -- Traditionally called expensive, storage may save firm millions: Ergon Energy distributes power to about 700,000 customers across Queensland, Australia and plans to install 20 grid-scale, battery-based energy-storage units -- or grid utility . . . keep reading

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Environmental
New DOE rule helps federal buildings be more 'green'
October 15, 2014 -- DOE recently issued a final rule on testing federal buildings for compliance with energy and water use reduction goals and a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for public comment on designs for federal buildings that cut the use on non-renewable fuels, the agency said online . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
EXCLUSIVE: EPRI lays foundation for EVs as smart grid devices
September 26, 2014 -- V2G technical leader built EV business at GM: EPRI's Sunil Chhaya is "on a mission to tie a variety of solar, storage, electric vehicles and smart appliances and the 'glue' that connects them to create functioning examples of how utility 2.0 can actually work . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
Canadian, Korean utilities to develop new DA system
September 26, 2014 -- Canadian municipal utility PowerStream teamed with Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO), reportedly South Korea's largest electric utility, to develop a DA system, PowerStream said Monday. PowerStream is power distribution firm jointly owned by the cities of Vaughn, Barrie . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
Ohio net-metering case nears state supreme court
October 17, 2014 -- PUC files for dismissal, SEIA adds moral support: In a struggle that will decide the future of net metering in Ohio, IOU AEP Ohio argued it "was unreasonable and unlawful" for the Ohio PUC to incorporate not only energy charges into the "net-excess" credit, "but to also . . . keep reading

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HANs
Nest, Samsung help form consortium called Thread
July 16, 2014 - Recognizing the need for a better way to connect products in the home, seven firms plan to work together to build and promote an IP-based wireless networking protocol called Thread, the group told the press yesterday. Thread will, they said, let product developers . . . keep reading

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Hardware - parts - chips - firmware
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
Sensus reaches SaskPower settlement, remains vendor
September 12, 2014 -- Sensus reached a settlement with SaskPower over the utility removing its smart meters from 105,000 customer endpoints in Saskatchewan, Canada, following a spate of device-related fires, the utility told the press Tuesday. The deal includes R&D at Sensus on new meters that will . . . keep reading

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Industry conferences
Cybersecurity events draw strong list of presenters
July 8, 2014 - London-based cybersecurity event planner Cyber Senate scheduled two strategic global forums amid ongoing threats to the energy sector such as the Heartbleed Bug vulnerability and the Havex Remote Access Trojan, it said. The events will look at ongoing concerns over abilities . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
REPORT: ERCOT saw 933 MWs of voluntary DR in 2013
October 15, 2014 -- ERCOT had at least 933 MWs of DR in the summer of 2013, outside of the emergency programs the ISO runs that kick in when the grid is stressed, said a report released last week. Titled "2013-2014 Retail Demand Response & Dynamic Pricing Project," the report was written by . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
Ford joins big car makers, EPRI in V2G testing
October 15, 2014 -- Ford Motor Company will join seven other global automakers, EPRI and a long list of big utility firms to test technology to let utilities communicate with plug-in EVs (PEVs) via the cloud, it said yesterday. The technology is often called vehicle-to-grid (V2G), though Ford . . . keep reading

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Law
Tesla laments Michigan bill blocking direct car sales
October 20, 2014 -- The Michigan Automobile Dealers Assn on Oct 1 "succeeded in passing a bill that is harmful to consumers," the Tesla Blog said of legislation (HB5606), that reportedly passed both the state's house and senate. The bill would . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
REPORT: ERCOT saw 933 MWs of voluntary DR in 2013
October 15, 2014 -- ERCOT had at least 933 MWs of DR in the summer of 2013, outside of the emergency programs the ISO runs that kick in when the grid is stressed, said a report released last week. Titled "2013-2014 Retail Demand Response & Dynamic Pricing Project," the report was written by . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
WindStream mobile wind/solar hybrid wows testers
October 16, 2014 -- Called MobileMill, new invention can produces lots of power: The Indiana Dept of Homeland Security (IDHS) in late September held a simulated earthquake response exercise in the small town of New Harmony, a suburb of Evansville, that included emergency responders from across . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
Altus Power signs with town to provide solar net-metering
October 20, 2014 -- Altus Power America of Old Greenwich, Conn, a private investment firm with a focus on clean energy projects, signed a solar net-metering, credit-purchase agreement with the town of East Longmeadow in southern Massachusetts . . . keep reading

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Networks
Itron to put Sierra Wireless cellular modules in Openway
October 17, 2014 -- Itron picked Sierra Wireless' Airprime 2G, 3G and 4G LTE cellular modules for use in Itron's Openway AMI network, the communications technology maker said yesterday. Sierra calls itself the global leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and cloud services. "Our strong . . . keep reading

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Outage management
PG&E smart grid report shows big reliability boost
October 3, 2014 -- Records fewest outage minutes in company history: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) installed roughly 10 million smart meters to date, and added automation technology to nearly 600 distribution circuits and a new transmission monitoring system, said the IOU's third Smart . . . keep reading

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Prepay programs
SmartGridCIS picked for prepay pilot by Hawaii's HECO
June 11, 2014 - AMI-enabled prepay billing and customer information solutions (CIS) maker SmartGridCIS was picked by Hawaiian Electric (HECO) to take part in the IOU's "Pre-Pay Metering" pilot project, it said yesterday. Prepaid billing can cut customer costs up to 10-12%, keep ratepayers . . . keep reading

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Privacy - data security
TRUSTE: Internet users have privacy concerns over IOT
May 30, 2014 - Most internet users in a recent survey said they would want to understand and be able to control the data being collected before buying or using smart devices such as connected appliances, said TRUSTe, a global data privacy-promotion firm, in publicizing the report ion the survey . . . keep reading

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R&D
Stanford scientists develop batteries with overheat alerts
October 17, 2014 -- Scientists at Stanford University reported Monday they developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that provides a warning to users before overheating and catching fire. EV drivers who depend on lithium-ion battery packs were alarmed by occasional incidents of battery . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
German Energy Agency roadmap tackles decentralization
August 4, 2014 - In the future, distributed, decentralized energy systems will help to ensure the stability of grid operations, the German Energy Agency -- Deutsche Energie-Agentur (DENA) -- said in a report released July 29. DENA expects that fewer conventional power stations will be . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
Ohio net-metering case nears state supreme court
October 17, 2014 -- PUC files for dismissal, SEIA adds moral support: In a struggle that will decide the future of net metering in Ohio, IOU AEP Ohio argued it "was unreasonable and unlawful" for the Ohio PUC to incorporate not only energy charges into the "net-excess" credit, "but to also . . . keep reading

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Reliability
Australian utility to use 1,000 batteries to support rural grid
October 20, 2014 -- Traditionally called expensive, storage may save firm millions: Ergon Energy distributes power to about 700,000 customers across Queensland, Australia and plans to install 20 grid-scale, battery-based energy-storage units -- or grid utility . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Altus Power signs with town to provide solar net-metering
October 20, 2014 -- Altus Power America of Old Greenwich, Conn, a private investment firm with a focus on clean energy projects, signed a solar net-metering, credit-purchase agreement with the town of East Longmeadow in southern Massachusetts . . . keep reading

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Reprints
TENDRIL: Customers can now get customized service
July 10, 2014 - Data analytics lets utilities serve customers individually: The utility business in the last 10 years changed a lot in what services are offered, who is offering them and in the expectations of customers and Tendril offers data analytics to help utilities manage . . . keep reading

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SGIGs
Florida municipal reveals AMI planning details, lessons learned
February 28, 2014 - Florida's Lakeland Electric is responsible for rolling out 122,000 smart meters and paid close attention to concurrent AMI deployments by large utilities in Texas and California, Randy Dotson told us this week. He is Lakeland's . . . keep reading

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Smart cities
Cisco, Sensity build smart city out of smart lighting
October 20, 2014 -- Cisco is using Sensity Systems' "NetSense" platform as a foundation for its own city infrastructure management (CIM) software, the two firms said Friday. Under the deal, Cisco is joining Sensity's NetSense partner program . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Oort touts Bluetooth Smart in its smart-home gear
October 16, 2014 -- Smart home technology firm Oort opened an online store to offer what it calls the first ecosystem of intelligent home devices based exclusively on Bluetooth "Smart" and that can be controlled with a single application, it said yesterday. The first available device . . . keep reading

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Software
Swaziland buys software upgrade from Ventyx
October 8, 2014 -- Ventyx signed a significant software license agreement with Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC), the government-owned provider of power generation and T&D to the Kingdom of Swaziland, the Atlanta, Ga-based provider of enterprise software said yesterday. Swaziland is a . . . keep reading

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Standards
NIST releases Framework 3.0, cybersecurity report
October 9, 2014 -- Big AMI, PMU rollouts drove much of new version: NIST this month published two new documents including the "NIST Framework & Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0," -- a document that reflects advances in smart grid technologies and developments . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
NIST releases Framework 3.0, cybersecurity report
October 9, 2014 -- Big AMI, PMU rollouts drove much of new version: NIST this month published two new documents including the "NIST Framework & Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0," -- a document that reflects advances in smart grid technologies and developments . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
WIRES: Grid technology no substitute for new transmission
October 7, 2014 -- A new study from transmission association WIRES (Working Group for Investment in Reliable and EconomicElectric Systems) -- and responding to FERC's requirement in Order No 1000 that planners take account of "non-transmission alternatives," -- found DG, energy efficiency . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
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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Transactive energy
PNNL's new $10 million smart grid lab to study complex systems
February 5, 2014 - TRANSACTIVE ENERGY: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) new $10 million R&D lab will be a "home base" for the DOE-backed organization's power grid and smart grid research, PNNL spokesperson Franny White told us yesterday. "We've built new buildings with high-end research labs for . . . keep reading

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Transmission - HV lines
FirstEnergy's Mon Power to use automated HV gear
October 20, 2014 -- Mon Power, a subsidiary of the Akron, Ohio-based IOU FirstEnergy and serving 385,000 customers in 34 West Virginia counties, is installing new automated switching equipment on a 47-mile, 69,000-V transmission line in the Marlinton . . . 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
Swaziland buys software upgrade from Ventyx
October 8, 2014 -- Ventyx signed a significant software license agreement with Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC), the government-owned provider of power generation and T&D to the Kingdom of Swaziland, the Atlanta, Ga-based provider of enterprise software said yesterday. Swaziland is a . . . keep reading

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