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2 new Cisco products help utilities see operations
July 28, 2014 - IT platform, cybersecurity system open new awareness: Cisco on a July 23 press call unveiled two new products to support the reliability, resilience and security of power providers. The firm's new Collaboration Operations system lets back-office utility personnel view up to . . . keep reading

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

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

British Gas AMI installers switch to Dell tablets
July 28, 2014 - British Gas replaced its ruggedized tablets for field engineers with Microsoft Windows 8 devices, said a case study by Computacenter, an IT services firm that was reportedly responsible for sourcing, testing, pre-configuring and asset tagging the devices before delivering . . . keep reading

China sets 30% EV target for government-fleet purchases
July 28, 2014 - In a bid to address China's air pollution problems and cut energy use, the nation's government this month made mandatory the goal of 30% of government vehicle purchases be EVs by 2016, said the state-run national news agency Xinhua on July 13. The number of EV purchases will . . . keep reading

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

DOE funds smart-energy building demos
July 28, 2014 - DOE committed up to $6 million for demos of four emerging, energy-saving technologies for commercial buildings -- with two of the projects being smart grid related. The first, to be built by BuildingIQ of Foster City, Calif, will optimize HVAC energy use across commercial buildings . . . 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
British Gas AMI installers switch to Dell tablets
July 28, 2014 - British Gas replaced its ruggedized tablets for field engineers with Microsoft Windows 8 devices, said a case study by Computacenter, an IT services firm that was reportedly responsible for sourcing, testing, pre-configuring and asset tagging the devices before delivering . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
British Gas installs millionth smart natural gas meter
June 27, 2014 - British Gas, the UK's biggest energy supplier, serving 12 million homes nationwide, said Thursday it reached the milestone of having installed 1 million smart meters in British homes, for a cumulative 1.4 million nationwide including commercial deployments. The millionth smart . . . keep reading

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Briefs
2 stories in 1 minute
July 25, 2014 - Adobe picks Stem's energy storage, controls . . . White House appoints energy . . . 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
CEO of smart-city gear maker Gowex fired for lying
July 9, 2014 - Spanish exchange freezes stock, firm is bankrupt: Spain's junior stock exchange operator, the Mercado Alternàtivo Bursatel (MAB), released a statement Monday about the bankruptcy and insolvency of Let's Gowex (Gowex), a Madrid-based firm offering Wi-Fi-enabled smart-city . . . 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
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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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
2 new Cisco products help utilities see operations
July 28, 2014 - IT platform, cybersecurity system open new awareness: Cisco on a July 23 press call unveiled two new products to support the reliability, resilience and security of power providers. The firm's new Collaboration Operations system lets back-office utility personnel view up to . . . keep reading

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Data analytics & management
Bit Stew system offers computing at edge of network
July 23, 2014 - Bit Stew Systems, a provider of integrated, real-time network operations for the utility industry, yesterday announced "MIx Core," calling it an application-processing engine specifically designed to enable machine intelligence for the industrial internet of things (IIOT) . . . 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
Eco-Shift Power offers new DR peak advisory service
July 16, 2014 - Eco-Shift Power (ECOP) is offering a peak advisory notification service meant to generate DR savings of as much as $300,000/MW/year for C&I clients with mid- to large-size facilities, the Canadian firm told the press yesterday. The new service is designed to help reduce . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Honda to open-source plans for smart home technology
July 11, 2014 - American Honda this week announced intentions to open-source the plans for its Smart Home US -- on the campus of the University of California Davis. The home is a showcase facility for the automaker's vision for sustainable, zero-carbon living and . . . 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
2 new Cisco products help utilities see operations
July 28, 2014 - IT platform, cybersecurity system open new awareness: Cisco on a July 23 press call unveiled two new products to support the reliability, resilience and security of power providers. The firm's new Collaboration Operations system lets back-office utility personnel view up to . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
Nexant helps utilities meet growing demand for net metering
July 15 , 2014 - More utilities are interested in net metering, so Nexant is helping them offer what it considers commercial-type pricing for residential customers as those customers "become more sophisticated in monitoring their energy usage," Tanya Shepherd, VP of professional services and . . . 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
Global Smart Grid Federation reports on global EVs
July 25, 2014 - Study reveals how to kick-start electric transportation: The Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) this week released a comprehensive worldwide overview of factors that will drive the international acceptance of EVs, and expected obstacles to acceptance . . . 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
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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Energy storage
Canadian government announces first flywheel storage
July 23, 2014 - The Canadian Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli, announced yesterday the start of commercial operations for NRStor's 2-MW flywheel energy storage facility in Harriston, Ontario. NRStor is a privately held, Toronto-based energy storage project developer and the project is . . . 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
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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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
Senate passes terrorism-insurance extension with 2 changes
July 23, 2014 - The US Senate last week passed legislation to re-authorize and extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which is set to expire at the end of 2014. The legislation was sponsored by Senators Charles Schumer, D-NY; Dean Heller, R-NV; Mark Kirk, R-Ill, and Jack Reed . . . keep reading

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Market research & analysis
EPRI reports findings in 7-year smart grid demo program
June 2, 2014 - EPRI released a six-minute video on May 16 that provided a sampling of key findings to date from its seven-year (2008-2015), international, collaborative Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative. The initiative, which is dedicated to exploring the integration of distributed energy . . . 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
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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Outage management
Elster conversion of AMI software from 9.0 to 9.1, done
July 9, 2014 - Smart grid technology firm Elster Solutions released version 9.1 of its EnergyAxis AMI solution, it said yesterday, completing the final refinement and commercialization of the recently introduced 9.0 version and its availability for purchase by utilities. EnergyAxis . . . 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
TANTALUS: Tennessee town beats rest of US in using CLVR
June 9, 2014 - Savings from peak-voltage regulation reach 6 figures: Tantalus, a provider of smart grid communications technology with offices in Raleigh, NC, announced June 5 that its closed-loop voltage reduction (CLVR) application -- deployed at Morristown Utility Systems (MUS) in . . . keep reading

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Regulatory policies
FERC NERC NOPR suggests two changes to standard
July 22, 2014 - FERC issued a NOPR at its regular meeting last week on NERC's proposed physical security standard, suggesting two changes before it becomes a mandatory reliability standard. NERC moved the standard through fast in March, beating by two weeks FERC's 90-day clock in its order . . . 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
LG Smart AC Module offers smartphone AC control
July 21, 2014 - LG Electronics USA is selling its new LG Smart AC Module, which enables smartphone control of duct-free LG air conditioning (AC) systems, the firm told the press last week. The product helps consumers enhance their personal comfort and save energy, even while . . . keep reading

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Software
Landis & Gyr Command Center upgrade offers new tools
July 23, 2014 - Landis & Gyr announced yesterday the release of version 6.2 of its operating software, Command Center, for the Gridstream AMI and grid management system. The latest version supports new network management tools for routers and collectors, improved monitoring of load-side . . . keep reading

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Standards
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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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
Global Smart Grid Federation reports on global EVs
July 25, 2014 - Study reveals how to kick-start electric transportation: The Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) this week released a comprehensive worldwide overview of factors that will drive the international acceptance of EVs, and expected obstacles to acceptance . . . 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
EnerNOC to acquire global utility billing firm EnTech
April 15, 2014 - DR giant EnerNOC plans to acquire EnTech USB, a London-based utility bill management (UBM) software firm, and expects the deal to close this month. EnTech supports 200,000 utility tariffs worldwide and processes over 1 million utility bills/year for its customers -- making billing . . . keep reading

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