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NEMA, GridWise help House announce new grid caucus
September 19, 2014 -- Smart grid caucus to be platform for awareness in Congress: In a show of support, leaders of the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn (NEMA) and the GridWise Alliance attended the kickoff ceremony yesterday for the US House's Grid Innovation Caucus. The caucus . . . keep reading

Appeals court denies rehearing on FERC Order 745
September 19, 2014 -- The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Wednesday denied FERC's request for an en banc rehearing on its Order 745 on DR in wholesale markets. The court's order was only a paragraph long, saying a majority of justices on the Circuit voted not to take up the issue on appeal . . . keep reading

FERC commissioners react to court's Order 745 decision
September 19, 2014 -- FERC commissioners yesterday offered mixed reactions to the US Court of Appeals -- DC Circuit's rejection of its request for an en banc rehearing of a decision throwing out Order 745 on broad jurisdictional grounds. "I was disappointed… because I agreed with the petition . . . keep reading

Siemens invests in Israeli cybersecurity firm CyActive
September 19, 2014 -- Predictive cybersecurity startup CyActive, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, received a strategic investment from the venture capital unit of Munich based engineering giant Siemens, it said yesterday. The amount was not revealed but CyActive, founded in 2013, will use the . . . keep reading

Florida school district has 20 MWs of ice-based storage
September 19, 2014 -- Sarasota (Florida) County School District's Oak Park School installed Calmac's ice-based energy storage tanks, the Fair Lawn, NJ-based energy storage firm said yesterday. The IceBank tanks at Oak Park went live at the start of the school year and the district is now able to . . . keep reading

3 stories in 2 minutes
September 19, 2014 -- USTDA grants DR funds to Vietnam . . . IControl files patent infringement suits . . . Harris poll finds many suffered long outage . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Survalent automation scales from tiny to massive
September 2, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Firm's president reacts to new weather norms -- Part 2: One feature of Survalent Technology's utility automation software is that the same package scales from a small number of users to millions, the firm's President Steve Mueller told us recently in . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
CUB, EDF ask Illinois to make IOUs report on GHGs
September 16, 2014 -- KOLATA, BARBEAU: Smart grid has carbon benefits: Two advocacy groups -- the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) filed a petition asking Illinois state regulators to strengthen a metric that requires the state's two biggest electric . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
NEMA, GridWise help House announce new grid caucus
September 19, 2014 -- Smart grid caucus to be platform for awareness in Congress: In a show of support, leaders of the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn (NEMA) and the GridWise Alliance attended the kickoff ceremony yesterday for the US House's Grid Innovation Caucus. The caucus . . . keep reading

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Briefs
3 stories in 2 minutes
September 19, 2014 -- USTDA grants DR funds to Vietnam . . . IControl files patent infringement suits . . . Harris poll finds many suffered long outage . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
Massachusetts does efficiency retrofits in 608 state sites
September 18, 2014 -- Officials in Massachusetts celebrated completion of two energy management deployments at municipal sites yesterday under the commonwealth's Accelerated Energy Program -- that included light sensors and smart thermostats, Gov Deval Patrick's, D, office said. The program was . . . keep reading

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Business & finance
Siemens invests in Israeli cybersecurity firm CyActive
September 19, 2014 -- Predictive cybersecurity startup CyActive, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, received a strategic investment from the venture capital unit of Munich based engineering giant Siemens, it said yesterday. The amount was not revealed but CyActive, founded in 2013, will use the . . . 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
Zuli wins more funds, describes smart-home energy angle
September 2, 2014 -- San Francisco-based smart-home firm Zuli last week announced a $1.65 million seed round of funding to let the firm bring its first product, the Zuli Smartplug, to market. The firm in January had an oversubscribed campaign on Kickstarter, the website for crowd-sourced fund . . . 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
Massachusetts does efficiency retrofits in 608 state sites
September 18, 2014 -- Officials in Massachusetts celebrated completion of two energy management deployments at municipal sites yesterday under the commonwealth's Accelerated Energy Program -- that included light sensors and smart thermostats, Gov Deval Patrick's, D, office said. The program was . . . keep reading

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Customers & advocacy
Group tracks efforts to stop transmission projects
August, 27, 2014 -- A study released yesterday by the Center for Rural Affairs (CRA), a nonprofit group in Lyons, Neb, that advocates for family farms and rural communities, found opposition to new transmission projects has been growing. The findings were based on news reports about proposed transmission . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
Siemens invests in Israeli cybersecurity firm CyActive
September 19, 2014 -- Predictive cybersecurity startup CyActive, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, received a strategic investment from the venture capital unit of Munich based engineering giant Siemens, it said yesterday. The amount was not revealed but CyActive, founded in 2013, will use the . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
Data processor Workiva links to energy data via UrjaNet
September 12, 2014 -- Ames, Iowa data-platform provider Workiva teamed with UrjaNet, which calls itself "the world's first provider of automated big energy data." Workiva's data platform lets enterprises compile, report and analyze critical business data in real-time and, through the . . . 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
Appeals court denies rehearing on FERC Order 745
September 19, 2014 -- The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Wednesday denied FERC's request for an en banc rehearing on its Order 745 on DR in wholesale markets. The court's order was only a paragraph long, saying a majority of justices on the Circuit voted not to take up the issue on appeal . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Siemens starts phase 2 of German smart grid demo
September 15, 2014 -- Siemens started a new, three-year smart grid demo and research project dubbed IREN2 (Future Viable Networks for Integration of Renewable Energy Systems) in Wildpoldsried, Bavaria, Germany, in connection with the nation's transition to a new energy mix, it told . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Itron, Landis & Gyr to deliver meters to ERDF rollout
September 8, 2014 -- Itron and Landis & Gyr said separately they will deliver smart meters to French utility ERDF (Electricite Reseau Distribution France), which manages the public power distribution network for 95% of continental France and serves 35 million customers. The meters are called . . . keep reading

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Distributed - onsite generation
Siemens starts phase 2 of German smart grid demo
September 15, 2014 -- Siemens started a new, three-year smart grid demo and research project dubbed IREN2 (Future Viable Networks for Integration of Renewable Energy Systems) in Wildpoldsried, Bavaria, Germany, in connection with the nation's transition to a new energy mix, it told . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Alstom digital substations replace generation in Greece
September 18, 2014 -- Alstom, a power industry provider with headquarters outside Paris, France, was awarded a €35 million (US$44 million) contract by the Greek Transmission Utility Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) for four gas-insulated digital substations. The project . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
Pennsylvania PUC OKs new TOU pilot for PPL Electric
September 15, 2014 -- The Pennsylvania PUC last week approved a time-of-use (TOU) pilot for PPL Electric utilities to replace the firm's current TOU rates. The commission voted unanimously to approve the program and it will become effective Dec 10. The previous program proved unworkable as customers . . . 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
ChargePoint shares college EV-charging stats
September 17, 2014 -- As college and university students nationwide in the US returned to their studies this month, EV charging network firm ChargePoint released new data showing a boost in on-campus EV charging. Chargepoint claims to be the largest EV charging network worldwide -- adding over . . . keep reading

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Electricity retailers
OSI OMS handles more than just outages for Powerco
September 5, 2014 -- Powerco, calling itself New Zealand's second-largest power distributor, is using the Monarch platform from Medina, Minn-based Open Systems International (OSI) for real-time tracking and control of network outages, OSI said Wednesday. The utility serves over 320,000 power . . . keep reading

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Energy efficiency
Massachusetts does efficiency retrofits in 608 state sites
September 18, 2014 -- Officials in Massachusetts celebrated completion of two energy management deployments at municipal sites yesterday under the commonwealth's Accelerated Energy Program -- that included light sensors and smart thermostats, Gov Deval Patrick's, D, office said. The program was . . . keep reading

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Energy management
Massachusetts does efficiency retrofits in 608 state sites
September 18, 2014 -- Officials in Massachusetts celebrated completion of two energy management deployments at municipal sites yesterday under the commonwealth's Accelerated Energy Program -- that included light sensors and smart thermostats, Gov Deval Patrick's, D, office said. The program was . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Florida school district has 20 MWs of ice-based storage
September 19, 2014 -- Sarasota (Florida) County School District's Oak Park School installed Calmac's ice-based energy storage tanks, the Fair Lawn, NJ-based energy storage firm said yesterday. The IceBank tanks at Oak Park went live at the start of the school year and the district is now able to . . . keep reading

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Environmental
CUB, EDF ask Illinois to make IOUs report on GHGs
September 16, 2014 -- KOLATA, BARBEAU: Smart grid has carbon benefits: Two advocacy groups -- the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) filed a petition asking Illinois state regulators to strengthen a metric that requires the state's two biggest electric . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
Survalent automation scales from tiny to massive
September 2, 2014 -- EXCLUSIVE -- Firm's president reacts to new weather norms -- Part 2: One feature of Survalent Technology's utility automation software is that the same package scales from a small number of users to millions, the firm's President Steve Mueller told us recently in . . . 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
Massachusetts does efficiency retrofits in 608 state sites
September 18, 2014 -- Officials in Massachusetts celebrated completion of two energy management deployments at municipal sites yesterday under the commonwealth's Accelerated Energy Program -- that included light sensors and smart thermostats, Gov Deval Patrick's, D, office said. The program was . . . 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
Toshiba puts multiple AMI functions on single chip
August 19, 2014 -- Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) -- a division of the Tokyo-based engineering and electronics conglomerate with offices in Silicon Valley -- yesterday announced the newest addition to its TX04 series of ARM Cortex-M4F core-based . . . 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
ERCOT reports to board on DR rule changes, stats
August 14, 2014 - ERCOT can expect to see demand drop by up to 430 MWs on the hottest days this summer, the Texas ISO's Board of Directors was told in a report on DR participation at its Aug 12 meeting. The prediction was for times when prices move toward the system-wide offer cap and . . . 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
NEMA, GridWise help House announce new grid caucus
September 19, 2014 -- Smart grid caucus to be platform for awareness in Congress: In a show of support, leaders of the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn (NEMA) and the GridWise Alliance attended the kickoff ceremony yesterday for the US House's Grid Innovation Caucus. The caucus . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
Edison Institute: US deployed 50 million smart meters
September 16, 2014 -- As of July 2014, over 50 million smart meters were deployed across the US -- up from 46 million a year ago, said a report published Monday by the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI). Thirty of the largest utilities in the US have fully deployed smart . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
ComEd leads group doing microgrid-controller R&D
September 17, 2014 -- DOE funds work to design controller for multiple microgrids: Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the largest electric utility in Illinois, was picked by DOE to receive a $1.2 million grant to build a master controller that could drive the operations of clusters of microgrids, the company said yesterday . . . keep reading

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Net metering - feed-in tariffs
Michigan tracks growth in state-mandated net metering
August 6, 2014 - The Michigan PSC yesterday issued its annual net metering and solar pilot program report, showing a boost of 18% in the program's size in 2013 over the previous year. Public Act 295 in 2008 required a statewide net metering program and by 2012 it had 1,330 participants . . . keep reading

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Networks
We Energies to use Unify utility communications
September 18, 2014 -- Unify was picked by We Energies -- a utility serving 2.2 million electric and gas customers in Wisconsin and Michigan -- to deliver what it called a highly scalable enterprise connectivity solution to support over 4,300 employees at 65 locations, the Munich, Germany-based . . . keep reading

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Outage management
JCP&L uses DOE funds on reclosers to boost reliability
September 16, 2014 -- Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is enhancing power reliability for nearly 6,000 Morris County, NJ, customers through new technology installed under a DOE smart grid program, the IOU said Friday. The program invested over $1 million and the utility expects the improvements to . . . 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
ComEd leads group doing microgrid-controller R&D
September 17, 2014 -- DOE funds work to design controller for multiple microgrids: Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the largest electric utility in Illinois, was picked by DOE to receive a $1.2 million grant to build a master controller that could drive the operations of clusters of microgrids, the company said yesterday . . . 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
Appeals court denies rehearing on FERC Order 745
September 19, 2014 -- The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Wednesday denied FERC's request for an en banc rehearing on its Order 745 on DR in wholesale markets. The court's order was only a paragraph long, saying a majority of justices on the Circuit voted not to take up the issue on appeal . . . keep reading

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Reliability
JCP&L uses DOE funds on reclosers to boost reliability
September 16, 2014 -- Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is enhancing power reliability for nearly 6,000 Morris County, NJ, customers through new technology installed under a DOE smart grid program, the IOU said Friday. The program invested over $1 million and the utility expects the improvements to . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Siemens starts phase 2 of German smart grid demo
September 15, 2014 -- Siemens started a new, three-year smart grid demo and research project dubbed IREN2 (Future Viable Networks for Integration of Renewable Energy Systems) in Wildpoldsried, Bavaria, Germany, in connection with the nation's transition to a new energy mix, it told . . . 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
Siemens in Texas launches smart-traffic ideas contest
September 4, 2014 -- The Austin, Texas-based Road & City Mobility division of German engineering giant Siemens announced yesterday the launch of its Mobility IDEA Contest -- an initiative dedicated to finding innovative ideas to help solve five of the toughest challenges facing the . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Ecobee takes smart thermostat one step smarter
September 17, 2014 -- LOMBARD: Remote sensors solved age-old problem: Ecobee yesterday launched the latest upgrade to its residential smart thermostat platform -- the Ecobee3 -- which the Toronto, Canada-based firm described as a smarter Wi-Fi thermostat with wireless remote sensors . . . keep reading

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Software
We Energies to use Unify utility communications
September 18, 2014 -- Unify was picked by We Energies -- a utility serving 2.2 million electric and gas customers in Wisconsin and Michigan -- to deliver what it called a highly scalable enterprise connectivity solution to support over 4,300 employees at 65 locations, the Munich, Germany-based . . . keep reading

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Standards
IEEE-SA to test PMUs with Consumers Energy
August 25, 2014 -- The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), based in Piscataway, NJ, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Michigan utility Consumers Energy to develop a "synchrophasor conformity assessment program" to ensure phasor measurement units (PMUs) comply with its . . . keep reading

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Testing - certification
IEEE-SA to test PMUs with Consumers Energy
August 25, 2014 -- The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), based in Piscataway, NJ, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Michigan utility Consumers Energy to develop a "synchrophasor conformity assessment program" to ensure phasor measurement units (PMUs) comply with its . . . keep reading

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Trade groups & associations
NEMA, GridWise help House announce new grid caucus
September 19, 2014 -- Smart grid caucus to be platform for awareness in Congress: In a show of support, leaders of the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn (NEMA) and the GridWise Alliance attended the kickoff ceremony yesterday for the US House's Grid Innovation Caucus. The caucus . . . keep reading

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Training - staff certification
Landis & Gyr earns PMP certification for North American team
August 14, 2014 - Landis & Gyr completed project management professional (PMP) certification for its entire North American team of "Gridstream" deployment project and program managers, the firm said yesterday, calling PMP a globally-recognized certification in project management by the Project . . . 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
Alstom digital substations replace generation in Greece
September 18, 2014 -- Alstom, a power industry provider with headquarters outside Paris, France, was awarded a €35 million (US$44 million) contract by the Greek Transmission Utility Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) for four gas-insulated digital substations. The project . . . 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
We Energies to use Unify utility communications
September 18, 2014 -- Unify was picked by We Energies -- a utility serving 2.2 million electric and gas customers in Wisconsin and Michigan -- to deliver what it called a highly scalable enterprise connectivity solution to support over 4,300 employees at 65 locations, the Munich, Germany-based . . . keep reading

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