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Sharp to sell battery system for C&I load shifting
August 1, 2014 - Economics of TOU tariffs drives demand for storage; Sharp Electronics this week launched SmartStorage, a lithium-ion battery-based energy storage system for C&I customers who want to stockpile cheap power when demand and power prices are low, for use when power prices . . . keep reading

HP uses own software to reveal IOT gear vulnerabilities
August 1, 2014 - Hewlett-Packard (HP) released results this week of a study that found 70% of the most commonly used internet of things (IOT) devices have vulnerabilities -- including password security, encryption and general lack of granular user-access permissions. The Palo Alto, Calif-based . . . keep reading

GridWise Alliance launches smart grid action plan
August 1, 2014 - The GridWise Alliance, a utility-backed coalition advocating for the modernization of the nation's electric system, launched its "Grid of the Future Transitional Action Plan," it said yesterday. With input from its members, the GridWise Alliance will develop a . . . keep reading

Grid2020, Dominion offer DR, volt/VAR without AMI
August 1, 2014 - Grid2020, a distribution transformer monitoring provider and Dominion Voltage, a grid optimization solutions provider, teamed up to bring grid optimization into new markets, Grid2020 said yesterday. The two combined what Grid2020 called "best-in-class" technologies . . . keep reading

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August 1, 2014 - GridPoint makes Canem first partner in Canada . . . Fraunhaufer reinvents wireless EV charger . . . ForceField, Noveda offer energy controls . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Gov Ritter explains power-industry recommendations
July 24, 2014 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Gist of 200 requests to Obama administration reviewed: Five recommendations that former Colorado Gov Bill Ritter Jr offered the Obama administration early this year on behalf of energy experts, business leaders and former government leaders are on the . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
Itron touts value of AMI-based outage management
July 31, 2014 - Firm's large IOU customers share 'dramatic' results: As hurricane season approaches, utilities facing expensive upgrades of the aging power grid to improve reliability have available an interim solution, Itron Director of Marketing for Smart Grid Solutions Tim Wolf told us . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
Australian smart grid demo hints at billions in savings
July 29, 2014 - Discoveries in federally funded trial shared freely: A consortium in Australia led by project design and engineering firm Arup said up to AU$28 billion (US$26.3 billion) in net economic benefits could accrue in the nation over 20 years if smart grid technologies tested . . . keep reading

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Briefs
3 stories in 90 seconds
August 1, 2014 - GridPoint makes Canem first partner in Canada . . . Fraunhaufer reinvents wireless EV charger . . . ForceField, Noveda offer energy controls . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Michigan county tests Korean energy management
July 28, 2014 - A Wayne County, Michigan, energy efficiency pilot program aimed at cutting utility costs and improving energy efficiency at the county's historic Guardian Building saw the installation of what the county called an energy operation center (EOC), it said. The $1 million-plus . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
Causam to acquire networking firm Power Analytics
July 30, 2014 - Causam Energy of Raleigh, NC has plans to acquire Power Analytics, a privately held software and professional services firm founded in 1983 with offices in San Diego and Raleigh, NC, it told the press yesterday. Financial terms were not disclosed by Causam, a private firm founded . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
DNV GL starts GridStor consortium to set storage guidelines
July 1, 2014 - DNV GL yesterday announced the GridStor Joint Industry Project, which aims to develop a recommended practice to drive the safe and secure implementation of grid-connected energy storage systems forward and accelerate the integration of renewable energy into the grid . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps & services
Energate DR, thermostats work on Sensus networks
July 30, 2014 - Executive VP describes first-ever use of paired systems: Energate, an Ottawa, Canada-based provider of home-energy management solutions and DR controls, believes it knows how to play a good "endgame," Executive VP of Sales & Marketing Louis Szablya told us recently. "We are . . . 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
E3 reports Nevada DG will pay ratepayers millions
July 17, 2014 - New net energy metering incentives to avoid cost shifting: New net energy metering (NEM) incentives now being phased in statewide in Nevada "will not benefit those residents with rooftop PV solar systems at the expense of those without," Jenya Kahn-Lang, a senior associate . . . keep reading

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Customers & advocacy
Vermont ACLU warns of AMI data risks, pushes own guidelines
May 19, 2014 - Allen Gilbert, long-time executive director of the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is anxious to address a problem utilities face with where to draw the line on . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
HP uses own software to reveal IOT gear vulnerabilities
August 1, 2014 - Hewlett-Packard (HP) released results this week of a study that found 70% of the most commonly used internet of things (IOT) devices have vulnerabilities -- including password security, encryption and general lack of granular user-access permissions. The Palo Alto, Calif-based . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
Pittsburgh picks Sensus FlexNet for water AMI
July 31, 2014 - The Pittsburgh (Pa) Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) picked Sensus water AMI network and data analytics technologies including the FlexNet communication network, meter data management software and a customer portal, Sensus said Tuesday. FlexNet is a long-range radio . . . 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
Grid2020, Dominion offer DR, volt/VAR without AMI
August 1, 2014 - Grid2020, a distribution transformer monitoring provider and Dominion Voltage, a grid optimization solutions provider, teamed up to bring grid optimization into new markets, Grid2020 said yesterday. The two combined what Grid2020 called "best-in-class" technologies . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Australian smart grid demo hints at billions in savings
July 29, 2014 - Discoveries in federally funded trial shared freely: A consortium in Australia led by project design and engineering firm Arup said up to AU$28 billion (US$26.3 billion) in net economic benefits could accrue in the nation over 20 years if smart grid technologies tested . . . keep reading

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Deployments
RWE Poland picks Landis & Gyr AMI for Warsaw deployment
July 17, 2014 - Landis & Gyr is set to deliver smart meter hardware and software to energy utility RWE in Poland, the vendor told the press yesterday. The products will be installed in residential buildings in Warsaw. Delivery is set to begin in September, with 50% system installation . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
E3 reports Nevada DG will pay ratepayers millions
July 17, 2014 - New net energy metering incentives to avoid cost shifting: New net energy metering (NEM) incentives now being phased in statewide in Nevada "will not benefit those residents with rooftop PV solar systems at the expense of those without," Jenya Kahn-Lang, a senior associate . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Grid2020, Dominion offer DR, volt/VAR without AMI
August 1, 2014 - Grid2020, a distribution transformer monitoring provider and Dominion Voltage, a grid optimization solutions provider, teamed up to bring grid optimization into new markets, Grid2020 said yesterday. The two combined what Grid2020 called "best-in-class" technologies . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
Sharp to sell battery system for C&I load shifting
August 1, 2014 - Economics of TOU tariffs drives demand for storage; Sharp Electronics this week launched SmartStorage, a lithium-ion battery-based energy storage system for C&I customers who want to stockpile cheap power when demand and power prices are low, for use when power prices . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
Illinois innovation foundation awards smart grid grants
July 24, 2014 - The Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF), an independent, smart grid consumer education fund, announced yesterday a second group of grantees and a new funding opportunity for community partners. ISEIF's fund is the largest independent smart grid consumer . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
EPRI teams with car makers, utilities, creates V2G platform
July 30, 2014 - EPRI teamed with eight car makers and 15 utilities to develop an open platform to integrate plug-in EVs (PEVs) with smart grid technologies, it told the press yesterday. If successful, the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) initiative would let utilities support EV charging, regardless of . . . keep reading

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Electricity retailers
NEM urges New York PSC to avoid REV mission creep
July 23, 2014 - Retailer association sees big opportunity for customers: Retailer association sees big opportunity for customers: The National Energy Marketers Assn (NEM) Friday urged the New York PSC to avoid utility mission creep in its "Reforming the energy vision" (REV) docket . . . keep reading

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Energy efficiency
New California rules require 'smart lighting,' DR
July 3, 2014 - Variety of experts tell us what the changes mean: New California Title 24 lighting efficiency regulations that took effect Tuesday mandated DR functionality, occupancy-sensing lighting controls and automatic daylight harvesting controls, among several approaches designed to . . . keep reading

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Energy management
Sharp to sell battery system for C&I load shifting
August 1, 2014 - Economics of TOU tariffs drives demand for storage; Sharp Electronics this week launched SmartStorage, a lithium-ion battery-based energy storage system for C&I customers who want to stockpile cheap power when demand and power prices are low, for use when power prices . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Sharp to sell battery system for C&I load shifting
August 1, 2014 - Economics of TOU tariffs drives demand for storage; Sharp Electronics this week launched SmartStorage, a lithium-ion battery-based energy storage system for C&I customers who want to stockpile cheap power when demand and power prices are low, for use when power prices . . . keep reading

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Environmental
ADS notes absence of smart grid in EPA carbon draft
June 4, 2014 - While the Assn for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) -- a Washington, DC-based industry group -- lauded the release Monday of EPA's Clean Power Plant proposal, which for the first time would mandate cuts in CO2 pollution from existing power plants nationwide, it balked at the absence . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Gov Ritter explains power-industry recommendations
July 24, 2014 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Gist of 200 requests to Obama administration reviewed: Five recommendations that former Colorado Gov Bill Ritter Jr offered the Obama administration early this year on behalf of energy experts, business leaders and former government leaders are on the . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
Cisco, India's 'Silicon Valley' to create IOT development hub
July 3, 2014 - Cisco and India's Electronics City Industries Assn (ELCIA), representing what the association called the "Silicon Valley of India," plan to develop what they called Asia's first end-to-end "internet of things" (IOT) innovation hub in Bangalore. Riding on India's . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
Taskforce from across IEEE issues draft QER report
July 30, 2014 - IEEE helped DOE consider a set of priority issues for the White House's Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), it told the press yesterday. A multi-disciplinary, IEEE-wide taskforce consisting of IEEE volunteers delivered a draft report responding to the DOE's priority issues, it added . . . 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
Group CBS is exclusive distributor in US for IntelliSAW
July 28, 2014 - Group CBS entered into what it called "an exclusive master distributor agreement for the US with IntelliSAW, a provider of next-generation wireless temperature, humidity and soon-to-be-released partial-discharge monitoring systems for all power applications," it said Tuesday . . . keep reading

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Health & safety
SaskPower halts deployment to study overheating meters
July 23, 2014 - SaskPower, the principal electric utility in Saskatchewan, Canada, is suspending smart meter installations while it probes what it characterized as "a small number of meter failures" over the past two months -- six fires that occurred during the replacement of legacy meters . . . 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
Cal-ISO upgrades mobile app, adds net-demand chart
July 11, 2014 - The Cal-ISO introduced an updated and improved version of its mobile app called ISO Today, to include a net-demand chart, an extended calendar to display important ISO events and a speedier emergency alert notification system, it said yesterday. The net-demand . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
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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Law
Connecticut proposes greatly expanding sub-metering
July 29, 2014 - The state of Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on July 14 issued a draft interim decision proposing new rules for sub-metering where there is no onsite generation, said an alert from Pullman & Comley, providers of legal services in Connecticut, the Northeast . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
Australian smart grid demo hints at billions in savings
July 29, 2014 - Discoveries in federally funded trial shared freely: A consortium in Australia led by project design and engineering firm Arup said up to AU$28 billion (US$26.3 billion) in net economic benefits could accrue in the nation over 20 years if smart grid technologies tested . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
Schneider, Green Energy to offer easier microgrid
July 21, 2014 - Schneider Electric and Green Energy Corp are set to jointly provide standardized microgrid solutions to a variety of public and private clients around the world, Schneider told the press last week. The partnership combines Schneider Electric's expertise in distributed . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
E3 reports Nevada DG will pay ratepayers millions
July 17, 2014 - New net energy metering incentives to avoid cost shifting: New net energy metering (NEM) incentives now being phased in statewide in Nevada "will not benefit those residents with rooftop PV solar systems at the expense of those without," Jenya Kahn-Lang, a senior associate . . . keep reading

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Networks
Pittsburgh picks Sensus FlexNet for water AMI
July 31, 2014 - The Pittsburgh (Pa) Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) picked Sensus water AMI network and data analytics technologies including the FlexNet communication network, meter data management software and a customer portal, Sensus said Tuesday. FlexNet is a long-range radio . . . keep reading

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Outage management
Itron touts value of AMI-based outage management
July 31, 2014 - Firm's large IOU customers share 'dramatic' results: As hurricane season approaches, utilities facing expensive upgrades of the aging power grid to improve reliability have available an interim solution, Itron Director of Marketing for Smart Grid Solutions Tim Wolf told us . . . 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
Google, IEEE offer $1 million to team that can shrink inverter
July 25, 2014 - Google teamed with IEEE to offer $1 million to the engineering team that can "shrink" a power inverter to laptop- or tablet-size, Google said this week on its official blog. The inverter could be used for vehicle-to-grid charging when the power network experiences an . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
Grid2020, Dominion offer DR, volt/VAR without AMI
August 1, 2014 - Grid2020, a distribution transformer monitoring provider and Dominion Voltage, a grid optimization solutions provider, teamed up to bring grid optimization into new markets, Grid2020 said yesterday. The two combined what Grid2020 called "best-in-class" technologies . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
Taskforce from across IEEE issues draft QER report
July 30, 2014 - IEEE helped DOE consider a set of priority issues for the White House's Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), it told the press yesterday. A multi-disciplinary, IEEE-wide taskforce consisting of IEEE volunteers delivered a draft report responding to the DOE's priority issues, it added . . . keep reading

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Reliability
New Jersey says 'energy resilience' bank is nation's first
July 25, 2014 - The administration of New Jersey Gov Chris Christie, R, this week announced the New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank (ERB), calling it the first public infrastructure bank in the nation to focus on energy resilience. Using $200 million through the state's second Community Development . . . keep reading

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Renewables
SolarReserve finds buyers for El Salvador solar output
July 28, 2014 - SolarReserve, a global developer of utility-scale solar power projects and thermal energy storage technology, Friday said it signed a supply contract for its 20-MW, Acajutla PV solar power project in El Salvador as part of a tender solicitation by the local electric distribution firms . . . 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 to put IOE innovation center in Barcelona
July 23, 2014 - Cisco and the City Council of Barcelona, Spain, yesterday announced they are collaborating on plans to open a Cisco Global Internet of Everything (IOE) innovation center. The center will provide a platform for research, technological development and new market . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Ceiva Energy gear used in National Grid DR program
July 30, 2014 - Ceiva Energy's utility-controlled, home energy management system (HEMS) was launched as part of National Grid's Smart Energy Solutions program that included nearly 15,000 of the utility's customers in Worcester, Mass, the HEMS maker said yesterday. The utility implemented . . . keep reading

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Software
HP uses own software to reveal IOT gear vulnerabilities
August 1, 2014 - Hewlett-Packard (HP) released results this week of a study that found 70% of the most commonly used internet of things (IOT) devices have vulnerabilities -- including password security, encryption and general lack of granular user-access permissions. The Palo Alto, Calif-based . . . keep reading

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Standards
New Elster meter adds flexibility with cellular support
July 29, 2014 - Elster Solutions, a provider of smart grid and energy management solutions, released a new version of its REXUniversal meter, it said yesterday, that further enhances the smart-meter line's interoperability and interchangeability with other smart grid vendors. The new version . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
ComEd asks GE to get UL seal based on consumer expectations
May 8, 2014 - As Chicago IOU Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) started to plan its full rollout of AMI, it held stakeholder meetings where "we were often asked if the meters were UL-certified, because that is what consumers are . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
GridWise Alliance launches smart grid action plan
August 1, 2014 - The GridWise Alliance, a utility-backed coalition advocating for the modernization of the nation's electric system, launched its "Grid of the Future Transitional Action Plan," it said yesterday. With input from its members, the GridWise Alliance will develop a . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
Cisco adds smart grid, IOE to electricians' training
July 22, 2014 - Cisco is offering a new Networking Academy Internet of Everything (IOE) curriculum, it said this month, to give electricians the Internet Protocol (IP) skills needed to service the millions of potential new intelligent smart grid devices, such as the estimated 240 million meters . . . 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
Moxa offers new Ethernet switches geared for substations
July 25, 2014 - Moxa, maker of industrial networking, computing and automation gear, introduced its new PowerTrans PT-7528 series this month, calling it the world's first Ethernet switches with MMS data modeling. The line fulfills the requirements of the IEC 61850-90-4 standard . . . 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
Utility Associates invention helps utility crews connect
July 29, 2014 - Utility Associates of Atlanta, a provider of critical connectivity and mobile video, received a US patent for the technology used in its Rocket Vehicle Router family of products, it said yesterday. The Rocket is a ruggedized universal wireless communications router that provides . . . keep reading

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