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Ontario helps fund new smart EV-charging project
July 27, 2015 -- New project members include Nissan, SDG&E, SAP: Tech Mahindra's Intelligent EV Charging System (IEVCS) project in Ontario, Canada, saw new members including some big names, the Pune, India-based technology firm told the press Friday. The new members included Niagara-on-the-Lake . . . keep reading

Dubai's smart city plan includes nationwide AMI
July 27, 2015 -- Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) set in motion three initiatives to support a "smart city" initiative meant to turn Dubai into "the smartest city in the world within three . . . keep reading

California PUC bans some generators from DR auctions
July 27, 2015 -- The California PUC last week approved a pilot DR auction mechanism to ban backup fossil-fueled generators from providing the demand-side resource. The auction mechanism was . . . keep reading

Delhi utility buys 20-years of power from SunEdison
July 27, 2015 -- Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison for 180 MWs of solar power for the people of New Delhi, SunEdison told the press last . . . keep reading

Sonnenbatterie to stop using Eguana control systems
July 27, 2015 -- Eguana Technologies was unable to reach agreement with Sonnenbatterie on extending the supply of Bi-Direx power control systems, Eguana told the press last week. That firm will start to . . . keep reading

UK's DECC issues AMI implementation 'consultation'
July 27, 2015 -- The UK government this month released a Smart Metering Implementation Program consultation spelling out details for energy firms to deploy the technology by 2020, the Dept of Energy . . . keep reading

UK's Utilities Academy offers smart-meter diploma
July 27, 2015 -- The Utilities Academy is offering a new "dual-fuel smart-meter diploma," the UK organization told the press last week, asserting the course is a first for smart meter training. The course . . . keep reading

CORRECTION
July 27, 2015 -- An article we published Thursday (SGT, July-23) about New York's Reforming . . . keep reading

CORRECTION
July 27, 2015 -- The headline on an article we published Friday (SGT, July-24) was changed . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
NRG Renew VP Beavers warns of microgrid interconnection challenges
July 24, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Utility interconnection can pose critical deployment delays: Utilities need to streamline the interconnection process for energy storage the same way they have for rooftop solar, Robyn Beavers told us this week in an exclusive interview. She is senior VP . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
Dubai's smart city plan includes nationwide AMI
July 27, 2015 -- Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) set in motion three initiatives to support a "smart city" initiative meant to turn Dubai into "the smartest city in the world within three . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
New York readies 'track 2' of new energy vision
July 23, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Chief of staff to New York Chairman of Energy & Finance Richard Kauffman predicts massive changes: New York is set to issue a "track two" order in its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceedings next week, Gov Andrew Cuomo's Chief of Staff Kate Burson told us this week in an exclusive interview. The so-called . . . keep reading

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Briefs
1 story in 30 seconds
July 24, 2015 -- Texas town picks Silver Spring network . . . keep reading

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

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Business & finance
Sonnenbatterie to stop using Eguana control systems
July 27, 2015 -- Eguana Technologies was unable to reach agreement with Sonnenbatterie on extending the supply of Bi-Direx power control systems, Eguana told the press last week. That firm will start to . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
DNV offers help for 2 RES Americas storage projects
July 15, 2015 -- DNV GL will provide Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas) with financial and technical assistance on two of its energy-storage projects in Illinois, the firms told the press this week. RES Americas expects to finish both storage projects next year . . . keep reading

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

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Corrections & clarifications
CORRECTION
July 27, 2015 -- An article we published Thursday (SGT, July-23) about New York's Reforming . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
TURN attacks California PUC's proposed solar charges
July 6, 2015 -- Recent changes to a California PUC proposal to "eliminate conservation incentives are a sham and inadequate to protect consumers," TURN (The Utility Reform Network) told the press . . . 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
FERC proposal would change CIP reliability standards
July 22, 2015 -- FERC last week issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to revise the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) reliability standards to address risks to communication networks and related bulk power system assets. The proposed rules would develop standards for supply-chain . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
EDF urges utilities with AMI to do data management
July 21, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Customers failing to benefit as data kept from them: While smart grid investments have helped utilities save money via remote meter reading, fewer truck rolls and better balanced loads, many consumers have yet to benefit, . . . 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
California PUC bans some generators from DR auctions
July 27, 2015 -- The California PUC last week approved a pilot DR auction mechanism to ban backup fossil-fueled generators from providing the demand-side resource. The auction mechanism was . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Ontario helps fund new smart EV-charging project
July 27, 2015 -- New project members include Nissan, SDG&E, SAP: Tech Mahindra's Intelligent EV Charging System (IEVCS) project in Ontario, Canada, saw new members including some big names, the Pune, India-based technology firm told the press Friday. The new members included Niagara-on-the-Lake . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Dubai's smart city plan includes nationwide AMI
July 27, 2015 -- Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) set in motion three initiatives to support a "smart city" initiative meant to turn Dubai into "the smartest city in the world within three . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
JUWI: Smaller PV plants can compete on price
July 23, 2015 -- Juwi is building a 558-KW capacity, ground-mounted solar PV power plant at the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) campus in Pretoria, South Africa, the firm told the . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
CG picked to supply feeder protection to Saudi Electricity
July 20, 2015 -- Avantha Group subsidiary Crompton Greaves (CG) is set to supply its Ziv brand feeder protection to Saudi Electricity Co (SEC), which serves about 5 million customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), CG told the press yesterday. The order set the supplier's position as "an important . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
Glendale weighs array of AMI-supported services
June 29, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- AMI data enables outage management, TOU rates, more: Glendale (California) Water & Power (GWP) is mulling new TOU and off-peak EV charging rates as part of its strategic plan through 2019, the utility's General Manager Steve Zurn told . . . keep reading

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

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Electric vehicles - EVs
Ontario helps fund new smart EV-charging project
July 27, 2015 -- New project members include Nissan, SDG&E, SAP: Tech Mahindra's Intelligent EV Charging System (IEVCS) project in Ontario, Canada, saw new members including some big names, the Pune, India-based technology firm told the press Friday. The new members included Niagara-on-the-Lake . . . 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
Sealed, Smarter Grid Solutions to do New York REV demos
July 14, 2015 -- Smarter Grid Solutions and Sealed are to take part in demonstration projects under New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, the New York University (NYU) Polytechnic School of Engineering told the press last week. The school is hosting the projects that . . . keep reading

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Energy management
EnTouch Controls builds on DR system with new service
July 24, 2015 -- Energy management firm EnTouch Controls introduced its "advanced" peak-energy management service for restaurant and retail facilities, the firm told the press yesterday. The system . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Sonnenbatterie to stop using Eguana control systems
July 27, 2015 -- Eguana Technologies was unable to reach agreement with Sonnenbatterie on extending the supply of Bi-Direx power control systems, Eguana told the press last week. That firm will start to . . . keep reading

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Environmental
EDF urges utilities with AMI to do data management
July 21, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Customers failing to benefit as data kept from them: While smart grid investments have helped utilities save money via remote meter reading, fewer truck rolls and better balanced loads, many consumers have yet to benefit, . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
NRG Renew VP Beavers warns of microgrid interconnection challenges
July 24, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Utility interconnection can pose critical deployment delays: Utilities need to streamline the interconnection process for energy storage the same way they have for rooftop solar, Robyn Beavers told us this week in an exclusive interview. She is senior VP . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
Bird Energy seeks bids for US-Israel joint projects
April 29, 2015 -- Bird Energy is soliciting proposals for US-Israel joint projects with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the organization told the press yesterday. Smart grid R&D is eligible and the initial concept submissions are due by June 30. Full proposals are . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
Ontario helps fund new smart EV-charging project
July 27, 2015 -- New project members include Nissan, SDG&E, SAP: Tech Mahindra's Intelligent EV Charging System (IEVCS) project in Ontario, Canada, saw new members including some big names, the Pune, India-based technology firm told the press Friday. The new members included Niagara-on-the-Lake . . . 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
Regulatory experts offer smart grid advice in DC
July 20, 2015 -- Projects should emphasize public good, cost savings: Utilities and other entities trying to get regulatory approval for microgrids need to articulate a public-interest benefit such as deferred substation construction or greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction -- while accounting for potentia . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
California PUC bans some generators from DR auctions
July 27, 2015 -- The California PUC last week approved a pilot DR auction mechanism to ban backup fossil-fueled generators from providing the demand-side resource. The auction mechanism was . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
5-year Pacific Northwest smart grid demo completed
July 9, 2015 -- Lessons learned prepare utilities for bigger rollouts: In the just-ended, five-year Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, Battelle found utilities using automated, electronic signals called "transactive controls" to predict peak power demand and send . . . keep reading

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Law
Cantwell, Murkowski make energy-policy bill official
July 23, 2015 -- US Sens Maria Cantwell, D-Wash, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday formally introduced the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, the pair told the press. The bill, first . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
ESOURCE: Customers believe utilities do not mind solar
July 17, 2015 -- Over 1/3 of 802 US and Canadian businesses ESource surveyed this year have onsite solar installed at their largest site, the research firm told the press this week. The report was publicized . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
NRG Renew VP Beavers warns of microgrid interconnection challenges
July 24, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- Utility interconnection can pose critical deployment delays: Utilities need to streamline the interconnection process for energy storage the same way they have for rooftop solar, Robyn Beavers told us this week in an exclusive interview. She is senior VP . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
EMRF reports on fairness in net-metering costs for utilities
July 15, 2015 -- New business models and a panoply of emerging energy technologies such as rooftop solar, microgrids and distributed generation could imperil the availability of affordable electricity . . . keep reading

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Networks
Elster AMI picked by CFE for 2 new projects in Mexico
July 15, 2015 -- Comision Federal de Electricidad de Mexico (CFE) is set to deploy Elster's AMI in northern Mexico, the AMI technology maker told the press last week. The deployment is meant to cut costs . . . keep reading

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Outage management
GE Digital Energy hits AMI milestone in Dominican Republic
June 23, 2015 -- On-Ramp handles 20,000 meters with one concentrator: GE Digital Energy is over halfway through installing 24,000 smart meters and AMI infrastructure in Punta Cana, reportedly the Dominican Republic's most popular tourist destination, Ed Myszka, GE Digital's general . . . keep reading

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Prepay programs
DEFG finds prepay energy satisfies two-thirds of users
April 1, 2015 -- One third of people in the US who have used prepayment for energy were "very satisfied" and 41% were "somewhat satisfied," a survey late last year of 1,000 consumers in the US found, Distributed Energy Financial Group (DEFG) told the press yesterday. DEFG is a consulting firm specializing in consumers and consumer-facing offerings in . . . keep reading

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Privacy - data security
White House takes steps in cybersecurity, privacy agenda
January 20, 2015 -- The White House set Feb 13 to host an event called Summit on Cybersecurity & Consumer Protection at Stanford University, the Obama administration told the press last week. The plan is to "help shape public and private-sector efforts to protect American consumers and companies . . . keep reading

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R&D
Canada/Israel teamwork to use defense tech for smart grid
July 10, 2015 -- Canada and Israel are set to collaborate on smart grid technology that "aims to develop a novel and sustainable approach to energy management," the Canada-Israel Industrial . . . keep reading

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

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Regulatory policies
California PUC bans some generators from DR auctions
July 27, 2015 -- The California PUC last week approved a pilot DR auction mechanism to ban backup fossil-fueled generators from providing the demand-side resource. The auction mechanism was . . . keep reading

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Reliability
FERC proposal would change CIP reliability standards
July 22, 2015 -- FERC last week issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to revise the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) reliability standards to address risks to communication networks and related bulk power system assets. The proposed rules would develop standards for supply-chain . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Delhi utility buys 20-years of power from SunEdison
July 27, 2015 -- Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison for 180 MWs of solar power for the people of New Delhi, SunEdison told the press last . . . keep reading

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

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

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Smart cities
Dubai's smart city plan includes nationwide AMI
July 27, 2015 -- Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) set in motion three initiatives to support a "smart city" initiative meant to turn Dubai into "the smartest city in the world within three . . . keep reading

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

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Software
Sonnenbatterie to stop using Eguana control systems
July 27, 2015 -- Eguana Technologies was unable to reach agreement with Sonnenbatterie on extending the supply of Bi-Direx power control systems, Eguana told the press last week. That firm will start to . . . keep reading

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Standards
FERC proposal would change CIP reliability standards
July 22, 2015 -- FERC last week issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to revise the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) reliability standards to address risks to communication networks and related bulk power system assets. The proposed rules would develop standards for supply-chain . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
MESA compatibility, interoperability testing center planned
July 16, 2015 -- The MESA (Modular Energy Storage Architecture) Standards Alliance and the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) will create the first MESA compatibility and interoperability testing center in the world, in Indiana, the pair told the press yesterday. The center will . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
AREM, DACC urge California to make storage policies fair
July 21, 2015 -- The Alliance for Retail Energy Markets (AREM) and the Direct Access Customers Coalition (DACC) urged the California PUC in comments posted last week to make energy storage policies fair . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
UK's Utilities Academy offers smart-meter diploma
July 27, 2015 -- The Utilities Academy is offering a new "dual-fuel smart-meter diploma," the UK organization told the press last week, asserting the course is a first for smart meter training. The course . . . 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
TechSci Research tracks growth in packaged substations
July 8, 2015 -- The global "packaged substation" market is projected to grow 9% between this year and 2020, TechSci Research told the press Monday as it publicized a $3,700 report on the market . . . keep reading

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

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Utility operations
Central Maine Power makes AMI dream apps real
July 14, 2015 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Smart grid chief from parent firm Iberdrola explains: When executives at a car dealership tried out Central Maine Power's (CMP) online energy manager tool to inspect the dealership's power use by day, hour and even the minute, they were quite surprised . . . keep reading

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