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Coalition forms to build smart-cities blueprint
September 30, 2014 -- Initiative members include Cisco, Schneider Electric: The Chesapeake Crescent Initiative (CCI) started its Safe & Smart Cities coalition to help mid-Atlantic communities optimize their operational performance and harden their resiliency through the efficient use . . . keep reading

California's Gov Brown signs pro-DR law, EDF approves
September 30, 2014 -- California Gov Edmund "Jerry" Brown, D, signed Environmental Senate Bill 1414, sponsored by Sen Lois Wolk, D-3rd District, into law yesterday -- creating an innovative program to make state regulators assign a financial value to different types of DR requests . . . keep reading

Schneider adds disturbance direction to 8650 line
September 30, 2014 -- Schneider Electric added disturbance direction detection (DDD) to its PowerLogic ION 8650 line of smart meter products -- making the 8650 the first socket meter to have this extended functionality as a standard feature, the firm said yesterday. The patented DDD . . . keep reading

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September 30, 2014 -- UC San Diego to add 2.5-MW storage . . . Mount Knowledge to acquire Civergy . . . 3 universities join Wi-SUN Alliance . . . PUC to help low-income Texans get meter data . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
EXCLUSIVE: EPRI lays foundation for EVs as smart grid devices
September 26, 2014 -- V2G technical leader built EV business at GM: EPRI's Sunil Chhaya is "on a mission to tie a variety of solar, storage, electric vehicles and smart appliances and the 'glue' that connects them to create functioning examples of how utility 2.0 can actually work . . . keep reading

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AMI - advanced metering
Silver Spring picked by Springfield, Mo, for 'triple play'
September 26, 2014 -- Silver Spring Networks was picked for an advanced, multi-application smart grid deployment for City Utilities of Springfield, Mo, deploying AMI for all three of the city's services, the smart grid firm said yesterday. The municipal utility delivers power, natural gas . . . keep reading

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Benefits of smart grid
Duke Energy Indiana files smart grid plan with regulator
September 3, 2014 -- Duke Energy subsidiary Duke Energy Indiana filed a plan Friday with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to modernize its aging electric grid, which delivers power to over 800,000 homes, businesses and industries. The seven-year, $1.9 billion plan would use a . . . keep reading

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Briefs
4 stories in 2 minutes
September 30, 2014 -- UC San Diego to add 2.5-MW storage . . . Mount Knowledge to acquire Civergy . . . 3 universities join Wi-SUN Alliance . . . PUC to help low-income Texans get meter data . . . keep reading

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Building Automation
SCOPE project teams many groups for a smart Boston
September 29, 2014 -- NSF chips in $1 million to program led by BU: Boston University's (BU) Rafik B Hariri Institute for Computing, Computational Science & Engineering received over $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its industry partners last week . . . 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
SCOPE project teams many groups for a smart Boston
September 29, 2014 -- NSF chips in $1 million to program led by BU: Boston University's (BU) Rafik B Hariri Institute for Computing, Computational Science & Engineering received over $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its industry partners last week . . . 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
ICC OKs $46 million smart grid refund to ComEd customers
September 22, 2014 -- IOU allegedly failed to depreciate investment before recouping: The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved a memorandum of agreement (MOU) Thursday between State Attorney General Lisa Madigan; the consumer advocacy group, Citizens Utility Board (CUB), and Chicago-based . . . 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
GE, AutomaTech offer cloud-based 'big data' analysis
September 23, 2014 -- GE's Intelligent Platforms business, based in Charlottesville, Va, and long-time partner AutomaTech -- a Plymouth, Mass-based provider of solutions for industrial facilities -- have a new product for asset monitoring, predictive asset and facilities management and "big data" analysis, they said yesterday. The product is called FacilityConneX . . . 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
California's Gov Brown signs pro-DR law, EDF approves
September 30, 2014 -- California Gov Edmund "Jerry" Brown, D, signed Environmental Senate Bill 1414, sponsored by Sen Lois Wolk, D-3rd District, into law yesterday -- creating an innovative program to make state regulators assign a financial value to different types of DR requests . . . keep reading

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Demos & pilots
Pecan Street to help Illinois town Oak Park demo microgrid
September 26, 2014 -- A project to show the potential advantages of a community microgrid in the Village of Oak Park, Ill, took a step closer to implementation last week, as the Village Board signed a $75,000 contract with Pecan Street, the village told the press last week. Pecan Street is . . . keep reading

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Deployments
Silver Spring picked by Springfield, Mo, for 'triple play'
September 26, 2014 -- Silver Spring Networks was picked for an advanced, multi-application smart grid deployment for City Utilities of Springfield, Mo, deploying AMI for all three of the city's services, the smart grid firm said yesterday. The municipal utility delivers power, natural gas . . . 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
Schneider adds disturbance direction to 8650 line
September 30, 2014 -- Schneider Electric added disturbance direction detection (DDD) to its PowerLogic ION 8650 line of smart meter products -- making the 8650 the first socket meter to have this extended functionality as a standard feature, the firm said yesterday. The patented DDD . . . keep reading

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Dynamic & TOU pricing
SDG&E default TOU proposal meets mixed responses
September 22, 2014 -- First of 16 hearings marked by strong concerns, support: San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) proposed multiple changes to its rate structure including default time-of-use rates and faced public discussion of the proposal Tuesday at the first of 16 public hearings to . . . keep reading

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Education - outreach
British Gas uses AMI challenges to elevate awareness
September 24, 2014 -- British Gas is taking part in the UK's smart grid rollout due to be completed by 2020, and partnered with London-based research agency, the Futures Company, to create a five-week "Smart Meter Challenge," it said last month. The challenges is actually five weekly challenges for . . . keep reading

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Electric vehicles - EVs
New Efacec EV charger gives faster charge at lower cost
September 29, 2014 -- Portugal-based smart grid and electricity technology firm Efacec launched of a new "semi-fast" DC charger for EVS, calling last week "the smallest, most compact, stylish and more competitively priced DC charger in the market." The DC charger will make its debut at . . . 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
New York PSC Chair explains REV market plans
September 25, 2014 -- Cites boosting DG as challenge under REV approach: The New York PSC is working to create a new market almost from scratch with its "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) docket, so it needs utilities to be participants, Chair Audrey Zibelman told ICF's Energy Breakfast . . . keep reading

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Energy storage
EXCLUSIVE: EPRI lays foundation for EVs as smart grid devices
September 26, 2014 -- V2G technical leader built EV business at GM: EPRI's Sunil Chhaya is "on a mission to tie a variety of solar, storage, electric vehicles and smart appliances and the 'glue' that connects them to create functioning examples of how utility 2.0 can actually work . . . keep reading

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Environmental
GridPoint helps firms strengthen GHG reduction claims
September 25, 2014 -- GridPoint, a provider of data-driven energy management solutions with headquarters in Arlington, Va, teamed with CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), it said Monday. CDP is a London-based not-for-profit providing what it calls "the only global system for companies and cities to . . . keep reading

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Exclusives
EXCLUSIVE: EPRI lays foundation for EVs as smart grid devices
September 26, 2014 -- V2G technical leader built EV business at GM: EPRI's Sunil Chhaya is "on a mission to tie a variety of solar, storage, electric vehicles and smart appliances and the 'glue' that connects them to create functioning examples of how utility 2.0 can actually work . . . keep reading

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Global cooperation
Canadian, Korean utilities to develop new DA system
September 26, 2014 -- Canadian municipal utility PowerStream teamed with Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO), reportedly South Korea's largest electric utility, to develop a DA system, PowerStream said Monday. PowerStream is power distribution firm jointly owned by the cities of Vaughn, Barrie . . . keep reading

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Government agencies
California's Gov Brown signs pro-DR law, EDF approves
September 30, 2014 -- California Gov Edmund "Jerry" Brown, D, signed Environmental Senate Bill 1414, sponsored by Sen Lois Wolk, D-3rd District, into law yesterday -- creating an innovative program to make state regulators assign a financial value to different types of DR requests . . . 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
Wellinghoff shares strategies for Order 745, beyond
September 25, 2014 -- The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last week denying an en banc rehearing for a panel's decision vacating Order 745 (SGT, Sept-19) was not unexpected for the rule's main backer. "However, it was disappointing in the sense that we do believe that there are . . . keep reading

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Labs & tech alliances
Bismark State completes smart grid lab with web access
September 29, 2014 -- The Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence, based in the capital city of North Dakota, recently finished a four-year initiative to launch a laboratory on smart grid technology that visualizes grid data in real time, it told the press recently . . . keep reading

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Law
FERC asks court for stay on Order 745 decision
September 25, 2014 -- FERC asked the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals Monday for a stay in the effectiveness of its decision to vacate Order 745 on broad jurisdictional grounds. The stay specifically mentioned the chance for a petition of writ certiorari at the Supreme Court, which would be due Dec 16 . . . 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
Pecan Street to help Illinois town Oak Park demo microgrid
September 26, 2014 -- A project to show the potential advantages of a community microgrid in the Village of Oak Park, Ill, took a step closer to implementation last week, as the Village Board signed a $75,000 contract with Pecan Street, the village told the press last week. Pecan Street is . . . 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
SCOPE project teams many groups for a smart Boston
September 29, 2014 -- NSF chips in $1 million to program led by BU: Boston University's (BU) Rafik B Hariri Institute for Computing, Computational Science & Engineering received over $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its industry partners last week . . . 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
California's Gov Brown signs pro-DR law, EDF approves
September 30, 2014 -- California Gov Edmund "Jerry" Brown, D, signed Environmental Senate Bill 1414, sponsored by Sen Lois Wolk, D-3rd District, into law yesterday -- creating an innovative program to make state regulators assign a financial value to different types of DR requests . . . keep reading

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Reliability
Schneider adds disturbance direction to 8650 line
September 30, 2014 -- Schneider Electric added disturbance direction detection (DDD) to its PowerLogic ION 8650 line of smart meter products -- making the 8650 the first socket meter to have this extended functionality as a standard feature, the firm said yesterday. The patented DDD . . . keep reading

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Renewables
Innovari does DR with Buenos Aires mall's renewables
September 24, 2014 -- Innovari's Latin America division teamed up with the Punto Tigre Mall in Buenos Aires, Argentina to link the mall's renewable energy resources with the grid in a DR initiative, Innovari said yesterday. The mall's move to boost energy efficiency falls within a heat wave . . . 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
Coalition forms to build smart-cities blueprint
September 30, 2014 -- Initiative members include Cisco, Schneider Electric: The Chesapeake Crescent Initiative (CCI) started its Safe & Smart Cities coalition to help mid-Atlantic communities optimize their operational performance and harden their resiliency through the efficient use . . . keep reading

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Smart home
Insteon connects with Cortana, Microsoft mobile attendant
September 29, 2014 -- Smart home technology firm Insteon now offers a Windows Phone 8.1 app featuring Cortana, a voice-control personal digital assistant by Microsoft that lets consumers control their smart-home devices with voice commands, it told the press. The Cortana-powered app lets customers . . . keep reading

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Software
Insteon connects with Cortana, Microsoft mobile attendant
September 29, 2014 -- Smart home technology firm Insteon now offers a Windows Phone 8.1 app featuring Cortana, a voice-control personal digital assistant by Microsoft that lets consumers control their smart-home devices with voice commands, it told the press. The Cortana-powered app lets customers . . . 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
GSGF: Interoperability still threatens smart grid
August 8, 2014 - Study reveals long-known roadblock far from fixed: Progress on the smart grid will stall if the utility industry continues to develop its next-generation network within a multi-vendor, multi-standard, local manufacturing and multi-operator environment, said the Global . . . 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
Mississippi co-op 4-County picks SCADA from ACS
September 24, 2014 -- Smart grid firm Advanced Control Systems (ACS), based in Atlanta, Ga, was picked by 4-County Electric Power Assn to install its Prism advanced SCADA system to improve distribution operations, ACS said yesterday. The upgrade improve service to the co-op's 46,000 members . . . 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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