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Memphis picks Honeywell-Elster for full deployment
February 10, 2016 – AMI to link to smart power, natural gas, water meters: Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) will spend five years and over $200 million to fully deploy Honeywell's Elster EnergyAxis AMI technology throughout its service territory, Honeywell said yesterday. MLGW is the largest three-service . . . keep reading

Siemens describes benefits offered in upgraded, new products
February 10, 2016 – Upgraded DA, microgrid SAAS, Hawaiian project details shared: Siemens yesterday made multiple announcements including some details of the advanced grid management and control technologies it will deploy for Hawaiian Electric under the US DOE SunShot Initiative as a part of . . . keep reading

IBM picked to build IT for Con Edison, O&R AMI deployments
February 10, 2016 – IBM announced yesterday it was picked by two related New York utilities, Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) and Orange & Rockland (O&R), to support AMI deployment to their entire . . . keep reading

Obama budget, orders boost energy R&D, cybersecurity, privacy
February 10, 2016 – President Barack Obama's final budget proposal for DOE was released yesterday and it included a significant increase in clean-energy R&D, the White House said. The 2017 budget . . . keep reading

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Interviews, exclusives
Blue Pillar adapts IOT platform for power providers
February 9, 2016 – CEO explains value of behind-meter DER connectivity: Blue Pillar did a major upgrade of its behind-the-meter IOT connectivity platform called Aurora – that monitors and controls C&I technology for DR and energy management – by adding multiple communications protocols . . . keep reading

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AMI
Memphis picks Honeywell-Elster for full deployment
February 10, 2016 – AMI to link to smart power, natural gas, water meters: Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) will spend five years and over $200 million to fully deploy Honeywell's Elster EnergyAxis AMI technology throughout its service territory, Honeywell said yesterday. MLGW is the largest three-service . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
Westar to expand Landis & Gyr AMI to entire Kansas footprint
February 5, 2016 – Landis & Gyr yesterday announced Westar Energy, reportedly the largest electric utility in Kansas, will expand its deployment of the firm's Gridstream AMI from the Wichita . . . keep reading

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Briefs
1 story in 30 seconds
February 9, 2016 – MAISY databases updated for 2016 . . . keep reading

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Building automation
Blue Pillar adds onsite meters to C&I IOT connectivity
February 5, 2016 – C&I IOT connectivity firm Blue Pillar announced yesterday the availability of its next generation Aurora platform, extending its reach to include C&I meter connectivity and . . . keep reading

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Business, finance
Stem hires smart grid expert Larsh Johnson as CTO
February 2, 2016 – Stem hired Larsh Johnson as chief technology officer (CTO) effective Jan 11, the firm told us yesterday, to lead both hardware and software technology teams to meet the existing . . . keep reading

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Consultancies
LADWP defends cybersecurity efforts after recent report
January 25, 2016 – LADWP reviews security continuously and added security measures are put in place where appropriate, the municipal utility said last week after a report from Navigant . . . keep reading

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Consumer apps, services
Bidgely reveals mobile app, deal with Europe's RWE
February 5, 2016 – Bidgely introduces its new HomeBeat consumer-engagement mobile app for utilities, a consumer interface for Bidgely's platform that lets utilities engage customers . . . keep reading

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Corrections, clarifications
CORRECTION
January 13, 2016 – A story we ran last week on the New York REV meeting in Albany . . . keep reading

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Cost recovery
New Hampshire PUC lawyer OKs Unitil net metering math
January 28, 2016 – A New Hampshire PUC staff attorney approved the amount Until Energy Systems wants to recover as distribution revenue displaced by net metering generation, the attorney said in . . . keep reading

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Customers, advocacy
Obama budget, orders boost energy R&D, cybersecurity, privacy
February 10, 2016 – President Barack Obama's final budget proposal for DOE was released yesterday and it included a significant increase in clean-energy R&D, the White House said. The 2017 budget . . . keep reading

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Cybersecurity
Obama budget, orders boost energy R&D, cybersecurity, privacy
February 10, 2016 – President Barack Obama's final budget proposal for DOE was released yesterday and it included a significant increase in clean-energy R&D, the White House said. The 2017 budget . . . keep reading

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Data analytics, management
Sentient Energy upgrades Ample grid analytics platform
February 5, 2016 – Advanced grid monitoring and analytics technology provider Sentient Energy solutions released its Ample 3.0 analytics platform, it said yesterday. When paired with the firm's . . . keep reading

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Decoupling utility firms
Full Pennsylvania PUC to hear about decoupling
January 11, 2016 -- The Pennsylvania PUC Friday said it will hold an "en banc" hearing this March to look into alternative ratemaking methods such as revenue decoupling. Decoupling advocates . . . keep reading

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Demand response
Blue Pillar adapts IOT platform for power providers
February 9, 2016 – CEO explains value of behind-meter DER connectivity: Blue Pillar did a major upgrade of its behind-the-meter IOT connectivity platform called Aurora – that monitors and controls C&I technology for DR and energy management – by adding multiple communications protocols . . . keep reading

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Demos, pilots
ComEd smart city project builds on smart grid rollout
February 3, 2016 – Pramaggiore calls Bronzeville 'next generation' of deployment: Chicago IOU Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) yesterday hosted a community event attended by over 200 state officials and leaders from community organizations to showcase the utility's plans to build a "Community of . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Memphis picks Honeywell-Elster for full deployment
February 10, 2016 – AMI to link to smart power, natural gas, water meters: Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) will spend five years and over $200 million to fully deploy Honeywell's Elster EnergyAxis AMI technology throughout its service territory, Honeywell said yesterday. MLGW is the largest three-service . . . keep reading

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DER
Blue Pillar adapts IOT platform for power providers
February 9, 2016 – CEO explains value of behind-meter DER connectivity: Blue Pillar did a major upgrade of its behind-the-meter IOT connectivity platform called Aurora – that monitors and controls C&I technology for DR and energy management – by adding multiple communications protocols . . . keep reading

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Distributed generation
Blue Pillar adapts IOT platform for power providers
February 9, 2016 – CEO explains value of behind-meter DER connectivity: Blue Pillar did a major upgrade of its behind-the-meter IOT connectivity platform called Aurora – that monitors and controls C&I technology for DR and energy management – by adding multiple communications protocols . . . keep reading

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Distribution automation
Siemens describes benefits offered in upgraded, new products
February 10, 2016 – Upgraded DA, microgrid SAAS, Hawaiian project details shared: Siemens yesterday made multiple announcements including some details of the advanced grid management and control technologies it will deploy for Hawaiian Electric under the US DOE SunShot Initiative as a part of . . . keep reading

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Dynamic, TOU pricing
EnerGate offers latest in energy management tech
January 4, 2016 – EXCLUSIVE – Executive VP describes new benefits, old roadblocks: Demand management technology and services firm EnerGate has a new remote-control switch platform it is selling to utilities that lets individual switches respond to price information, Executive VP of Marketing . . . keep reading

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Education, outreach
Illinois foundation grants funds for smart grid awareness
January 6, 2016 – The Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) announced recipients of its latest round of grants to educate Illinois residents in the state's transition to a digital . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
KnGrid, RWE New Ventures aim for smart EV-charging win
February 9, 2016 – The California arm of big German utility RWE, called RWE New Ventures, plans to expand its work with US firm KnGrid develop and deploy a cloud-based "brain" called a 'Demand . . . keep reading

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Electricity retailers
Blue Pillar adapts IOT platform for power providers
February 9, 2016 – CEO explains value of behind-meter DER connectivity: Blue Pillar did a major upgrade of its behind-the-meter IOT connectivity platform called Aurora – that monitors and controls C&I technology for DR and energy management – by adding multiple communications protocols . . . keep reading

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Energy efficiency
SkyCentrics joins USNAP Alliance, promotes DR/EM gear
February 4, 2016 – DR and energy-management (DR/EM) gear maker SkyCentrics is joining the USNAP Alliance to promote its new communications modules based on the ANSI/CTA-2045 standard (formerly . . . keep reading

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Energy management
Blue Pillar adapts IOT platform for power providers
February 9, 2016 – CEO explains value of behind-meter DER connectivity: Blue Pillar did a major upgrade of its behind-the-meter IOT connectivity platform called Aurora – that monitors and controls C&I technology for DR and energy management – by adding multiple communications protocols . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
Blue Pillar adapts IOT platform for power providers
February 9, 2016 – CEO explains value of behind-meter DER connectivity: Blue Pillar did a major upgrade of its behind-the-meter IOT connectivity platform called Aurora – that monitors and controls C&I technology for DR and energy management – by adding multiple communications protocols . . . keep reading

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Environmental
New York City to quintuple renewables use in 3 years
February 8, 2016 – New York City increased the amount of solar power in city-owned buildings seven-fold since 2013, said Mayor Bill de Blasio, D, in the script of his State of the City address Thursday . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
USTDA spends $2 million to push smart grid in 2015
January 5, 2016 – The US Trade & Development Agency spent $2,118,087 across seven smart grid projects last year, the office said in promoting its 2015 activities report. The report shows how . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
Obama budget, orders boost energy R&D, cybersecurity, privacy
February 10, 2016 – President Barack Obama's final budget proposal for DOE was released yesterday and it included a significant increase in clean-energy R&D, the White House said. The 2017 budget . . . keep reading

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Government funding
Obama budget, orders boost energy R&D, cybersecurity, privacy
February 10, 2016 – President Barack Obama's final budget proposal for DOE was released yesterday and it included a significant increase in clean-energy R&D, the White House said. The 2017 budget . . . keep reading

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Hardware - parts - chips - firmware
Smart grid to help drive microcontroller market growth
January 4, 2016 – The global microcontroller unit (MCU) market is expected to reach $27 billion by 2020 and large scale migration from conventional to smart grid regulatory scenario for . . . keep reading

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Health & safety
Maine Supreme Court rejects AMI 'harm' argument
January 28, 2016 – PUC met standard of 'ensuring' no credible threat: The Supreme Court of Maine yesterday decided in favor of the state's PUC and its AMI in denying an appeal by Ed Friedman, his group called Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters and others (Friedman). The PUC order . . . keep reading

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Industry conferences
CTA reports on CE energy successes, CES results
January 11, 2016 – The Consumer Technology Assn (CTA, formerly the Consumer Electronics Assn) released its 2015 Sustainability Report at the 2016 CES (which formerly stood for Consumer Electronics . . . keep reading

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ISO - RTOs
Cal-ISO to make energy storage, DR participation easier
February 4, 2016 – With a continued goal to operate a cleaner energy grid, the Cal-ISO Board of Governors yesterday approved several proposals to support improved integration of storage and DR . . . keep reading

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Labs, tech alliances
SGIP survey finds what's hot in US smart grid R&D
February 4, 2016 – Virtually all national labs, universities willing to collaborate: Smart grid industry stakeholders including technology firms are willing to collaborate to help speed up and cut the costs of smart grid R&D, found a survey done by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) . . . keep reading

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Law
Senate Energy bill sees energy storage, other amendments
February 1, 2016 – Sen Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chair of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, last week started debate on the Senate floor of S 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act . . . keep reading

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Market research, analysis
ZPRYME/ABB: Meter/sensor data going to waste
February 8, 2016 – Data is at the core of a modern utility, highly sought and meticulously gathered and then left to sit in silos, misunderstood and underutilized, said research firm Zpryme . . . keep reading

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Microgrids
Siemens describes benefits offered in upgraded, new products
February 10, 2016 – Upgraded DA, microgrid SAAS, Hawaiian project details shared: Siemens yesterday made multiple announcements including some details of the advanced grid management and control technologies it will deploy for Hawaiian Electric under the US DOE SunShot Initiative as a part of . . . keep reading

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Net metering
NARUC balks at Senate net metering amendment
February 8, 2016 -- King addition would block lowering rates, adding charges: NARUC President Commissioner Travis Kavulla of the Montana Public Service Commission wrote a letter Tuesday to register the state-regulator group's opposition to a pro-net metering amendment on the Senate energy bill . . . keep reading

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Networks
Silver Spring picked for full ConEdison, O&R AMI rollout
February 9, 2016 – Silver Spring Networks was picked by Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) and Orange & Rockland (O&R) to support the full deployment of AMI for power and natural gas . . . keep reading

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Outage management
Seattle picks Landis & Gyr for full AMI rollout
February 2, 2016 – Customers, enhanced service cited in decision to deploy: Landis & Gyr technology to empower its customers with information about their energy use and enhance service, the smart grid technology firm said yesterday. The utility is the 10th largest municipal electric utility . . . keep reading

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Power theft, loss
Apex CoVantage picked by Tunisia utility to tackle theft
October 30, 2015 – Smart grid operational software firm Apex CoVantage is teaming with Tunisia's state-owned power and gas utility Societe Tunisienne de l'Electricite et du Gaz (STEG) on a smart . . . keep reading

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Prepay programs
DOE finds prepaid-plan success based on SGIG AMI
November 25, 2015 – Satisfied customers at Oklahoma co-op reached 85%: Prepaid utility service is at the crossroads of the changes brought on by DOE's ARRA funding in smart grid and the growing interest consumers have in managing their power use, DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery . . . keep reading

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Privacy, data sharing
Obama budget, orders boost energy R&D, cybersecurity, privacy
February 10, 2016 – President Barack Obama's final budget proposal for DOE was released yesterday and it included a significant increase in clean-energy R&D, the White House said. The 2017 budget . . . keep reading

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R&D
Obama budget, orders boost energy R&D, cybersecurity, privacy
February 10, 2016 – President Barack Obama's final budget proposal for DOE was released yesterday and it included a significant increase in clean-energy R&D, the White House said. The 2017 budget . . . keep reading

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Regulation services
DOE QER meeting focuses on changing industry
February 5, 2016 – Cauley, Powelson, Shelk point to key role of markets: DOE yesterday hosted the first public meeting for the second installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), focusing on the transformation happening in the electric industry. The event gathered the heads of major electric . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
NARUC balks at Senate net metering amendment
February 8, 2016 -- King addition would block lowering rates, adding charges: NARUC President Commissioner Travis Kavulla of the Montana Public Service Commission wrote a letter Tuesday to register the state-regulator group's opposition to a pro-net metering amendment on the Senate energy bill . . . keep reading

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Reliability
DOE QER meeting focuses on changing industry
February 5, 2016 – Cauley, Powelson, Shelk point to key role of markets: DOE yesterday hosted the first public meeting for the second installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), focusing on the transformation happening in the electric industry. The event gathered the heads of major electric . . . keep reading

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Renewables
New York City to quintuple renewables use in 3 years
February 8, 2016 – New York City increased the amount of solar power in city-owned buildings seven-fold since 2013, said Mayor Bill de Blasio, D, in the script of his State of the City address Thursday . . . keep reading

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Reprints
Comverge offers new DR/EE software, adds thermostats
February 3, 2016 -- DR/energy efficiency firm Comverge yesterday announced a new software platform called IntelliConnect that helps utilities deploy bring-your-own-device (BYOD) DR and energy . . . keep reading

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Smart cities
ComEd smart city project builds on smart grid rollout
February 3, 2016 – Pramaggiore calls Bronzeville 'next generation' of deployment: Chicago IOU Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) yesterday hosted a community event attended by over 200 state officials and leaders from community organizations to showcase the utility's plans to build a "Community of . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Comverge offers new DR/EE software, adds thermostats
February 3, 2016 -- DR/energy efficiency firm Comverge yesterday announced a new software platform called IntelliConnect that helps utilities deploy bring-your-own-device (BYOD) DR and energy . . . keep reading

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Software
Siemens describes benefits offered in upgraded, new products
February 10, 2016 – Upgraded DA, microgrid SAAS, Hawaiian project details shared: Siemens yesterday made multiple announcements including some details of the advanced grid management and control technologies it will deploy for Hawaiian Electric under the US DOE SunShot Initiative as a part of . . . keep reading

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Standards
SkyCentrics joins USNAP Alliance, promotes DR/EM gear
February 4, 2016 – DR and energy-management (DR/EM) gear maker SkyCentrics is joining the USNAP Alliance to promote its new communications modules based on the ANSI/CTA-2045 standard (formerly . . . keep reading

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Testing, certificationion
Landis & Gyr wins UL certification for majority of meters
December 11, 2015 – Landis & Gyr announced its residential line of E330 Focus AX and E350 Focus AX-SD meters completed UL 2735 certification from Underwriter Laboratories, the firm said . . . keep reading

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Trade groups, associations
NEMA supports White House Earthquake Summit
February 3, 2016 – National Electrical Manufacturers Assn (NEMA) members and their staffs of experienced engineers and power-industry experts offered grid modernization and storm recovery . . . keep reading

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Training, staff certification
Brattle Group's Fox-Penner to run BU energy institute
December 15, 2015 – The Boston University (BU) Questrom School of Business hired energy policy expert Peter Fox-Penner as a professor and to create and run a university-wide Institute for . . . keep reading

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Transactive energy
Washington State to develop transactive grid gear
November 3, 2015 – Schools, PNNL to combine smart buildings, smart grid: US DOE is matching a $2.25 million Clean Energy Fund grant from the Washington State Dept of Commerce to research, develop and demo technologies needed to create "smart" buildings, campuses and cities to better manage energy . . . keep reading

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Transmission - HV lines
Eaton to modernize undisclosed number of AEP substations
February 5, 2016 – Power management firm Eaton won a deal with American Electric Power (AEP) to implement substation automation upgrades to enhance power reliability and real-time response to . . . keep reading

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Utility operations
SUS launches 'express' SCM utility-customer platform
January 14, 2016 – Cloud-based customer engagement and operational efficiency firm Smart Utility Systems (SUS) launched Smart Customer Mobile (SCM) Express, a rapidly deployable . . . keep reading

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