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Current News

Silver Spring Networks Unveils its Fifth Generation Networking Platform
January 29, 2015

In addition to strengthening core smart grid operations, the new platform is designed to help enable an emerging set of applications for real-time operations data, distribution automation, dynamic applications at the edge of the network, and smart city services.
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N-Dimension Announces New Cyber Threat Monitoring and Alert Product for Utilities
January 29, 2015

According to N-Dimension, the new offering is designed to provide unique insights for utility customers through cyber intelligence monitoring that analyzes threats across an entire community of customers with similar networks and systems.
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Great Recession Not Over For Low Income Households Paying Utility Bills
January 28, 2015

According to the survey by DEFG, there is a ripening opportunity to better serve low income customers by leveraging daily smart grid information, which customers appear willing to receive. However, the survey also finds that payment assistance and payment arrangements may work at cross purposes with utility energy conservation and energy efficiency programs.
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Wireless Sensor Networks See Uptake in Global Industries Due to Technological Breakthroughs
January 28, 2015

The research from Frost & Sullivan finds that wireless sensor networks remain underutilized for control functions, except for short range wireless sensor communications and a few off/on features. Reliability and security appear to be key user concerns. Further, end users are hesitant to invest the time and money required to address currently limited bandwidth.
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Cisco, Semtech (EnVerv), Itron and Texas Instruments Participate in HomePlug Interoperability Event
January 27, 2015

The HomePlug Netricity program focuses on the low-frequency, narrow-band IEEE 1901.2 standard and is designed to address the need for long-range powerline networking for outside-the-home, smart grid, smart city, and industrial control applications.
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Trilliant Partners with Bit Stew Systems
January 26, 2015

The partnership leverages Bit Stew's industrial automation solution for Utilities -- Grid Director -- with the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform, to simplify the deployment and management of smart grids.
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Mercom Capital Group Reports on Smart Grid VC Funding in 2014
January 23, 2015

Venture capital funding into smart grid technology companies was $383 million in 73 deals in 2014, compared to $410 million in 64 deals in 2013. Total corporate funding, including debt and public market financings, came to $844 million in 2014, compared to $584 million in 2013.
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Smart Grid Communications and Networking Market To Reach $3.2 Billion in Annual Value by 2020
January 23, 2015

The market for smart grid communications networking and communications equipment is expected to amount to more than $29 billion between 2014 and 2023, and continued strong investment is likely to continue for many years afterward, according to Navigant Research.
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2015 May Be Corner-Turning Year for Energy Storage
January 23, 2015

According to Thomas Dougherty in The National Law Review, "the confluence of technology, manufacturing capability, industry and customer acceptance, deployed projects, financial investment, and policy and regulatory support may make 2015 'just right' for energy storage to finally take-off."
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World Economic Forum Report Highlights Opportunities to Build Tomorrow's Electricity Sector
January 21, 2015

"Since 2000, OECD countries have invested more than $3 trillion in new renewables, conventional power plants and distribution structure, but about 20% more investment a year is still required over the next 15 years," said Roberto Bocca, Head of the Energy Industries at the World Economic Forum.
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World Energy Council: Energy Price Volatility and Climate Framework Uncertainty Top Concerns of Global Energy Leaders
January 20, 2015

Developing electric storage and the quest for energy finance are key issues that will be influenced by the future of energy subsidies -- a key "need for action" area in the 2015 survey -- with the design of market mechanisms playing an important role.
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Grid Flexibility Crucial for Integrating Renewables in Europe
January 20, 2015

Flexible electricity grids can cope with higher levels of renewable energy. Nevertheless, the volume of power these grids can generate depends on its interconnectivity with other grids. Recognizing this, the European market is looking to improve grid interconnectivity and invest in flexible fuel capacity.
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India to Spend $21.6 Billion on Smart Grid Infrastructure By 2025
January 20, 2015

"India loses more money to theft than any other country in the world," says Ben Gardner, President of Northeast Group. "Nationally, total transmission and distribution losses approach 23% and some states' losses exceed 50%. Most Indian utilities are financially unsustainable."
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National Grid Launches New Smart Grid Pilot
January 16, 2015

National Grid recently announced the official start of its two-year Smart Energy Solutions (SES) program, which the company notes is the most comprehensive smart grid pilot underway in the Northeast. As part of the launch, nearly 15,000 participating customers in Worcester, MA will be able to try out new pricing plans designed to help them save money and prepare for peak energy events.
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DOE Releases Code of Conduct for Data Privacy and the Smart Grid
January 16, 2015

According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the purpose of the code of conduct is to describe principles for voluntary adoption that encourage innovation while appropriately protecting the privacy and confidentiality of customer data, while providing customers with appropriate access to their own data.
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Consumers Energy Selects Accenture to Deploy Ventyx Mobile Workforce Management Software
January 14, 2015

Accenture notes that Consumers Energy field supervisors will have new digital tools, ranging from pinpointing crews on maps to more easily verifying timesheets, with access to their teams' workload and status.
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Smart Grid Equipment Market in Brazil to Grow 21.17% CAGR between 2014 and 2019
January 14, 2015

The current key trend prevailing in the smart grid equipment market in Brazil is the increased support from regulatory authorities, according to a recent report by TechNavio. Comprehensive smart grid policy and financial incentives for deployment also are expected to drive growth.
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Installed Base of Smart Street Lights to Reach 40 Million by 2019
January 13, 2015

The installed base for "smart" street light luminaires is set to grow rapidly, with network controlled nodes set to rise from 2 million today to 40 million by 2019, finds ABI Research.
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Innovari and Trilliant Announce Platform Interoperability
January 13, 2015

Innovari and Trilliant recently announced the successful completion of interoperability testing of the companies' platforms, enabling utilities to deliver real-time smart grid benefits to their operations and customers with a shared communication infrastructure.
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Distributed Energy Storage Systems for Energy Cost and Grid Management
January 12, 2015

Relative to commercial and community storage, residential energy storage is a high-volume market characterized by a high level of modularization, mass production, and government subsidies. The business case is more challenging to build for residential energy storage; however, with government subsidies, the case is easier to make.
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Advanced Energy Economy Expands Board
January 12, 2015

AEE conducts a variety of initiatives in the policy arena to expand opportunities for the advanced energy industry, including its 21stCentury Electricity System program, which is intended to engage regulators, utilities, and business leaders in efforts to reform utility business and regulatory models.
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Accenture to Acquire Structure
January 7, 2015

The transaction is seen as expanding and enhancing Accenture's capabilities in smart grid solutions, especially grid operations, as well as energy commodity trading and risk management (CTRM).
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Silver Spring Networks to Acquire Detectent
January 7, 2015

Based in Escondido, California, Detectent's SaaS, subscription, and software solutions help improve advanced metering infrastructure and utility grid operations, ensure revenue protection, and deliver enhanced customer engagement programs.
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Stem to Close Out a $27 Million Equity Financing Round
January 7, 2015

The investment from Constellation Technology Ventures, the venture capital arm of Exelon Corporation, and Total Energy Ventures is seen as validating Stem's momentum as an energy management solution for both businesses and utilities.
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Landis+Gyr to Strengthen DONG Energy's Metering Management
January 6, 2015

Over the next four years, Landis+Gyr will deliver its Gridstream meter data management system to DONG Energy. Between 2017 and 2020, DONG Energy plans to replace its entire residential meter base with smart meters, totaling one million metering end-points.
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Focus on Seniors Research Released by Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
December 18, 2014

In Consumer Pulse: Focus on Seniors, a significant number of seniors (20%) indicated that they do not know who to look to as a "trusted source" regarding smart grid information -- indicating an opportunity for utilities to position themselves as such with these consumers.
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Eos Energy Storage Awarded $2.1 Million for Battery Demonstration
December 17, 2014

Eos reports that it has developed a safe, long-lasting Aurora battery system that can be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of existing energy storage solutions. For the project, the company is partnering with Pacific Gas & Electric, the Electric Power Research Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Stem, and ETM Electromatic.
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GE Partners with National Grid on Underground Microgrid Project
December 12, 2014

The system will be aligned with the specific energy needs and power resources available in and around Potsdam, with the option to include resources like 3 megawatts of combined heat & power generators, 2MW of solar photovoltaic, 2MW of energy storage and 900kW or more of hydro-electric generation.
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SGCC Releases Its Sixth Smart Grid Customer Engagement Success Story
December 12, 2014

In SGCC's Customer Engagement Success Stories report, FPL is the sixth utility case study documented to illustrate how a thoughtful multipronged approach to communicating and educating customers, employees and other stakeholder groups on the benefits of a smarter grid can help accelerate smart grid adoption.
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National Grid and Anbaric Transmission to Deliver Clean Energy to New England
December 10, 2014

The alliance initially will develop the Maine Green Line -- a hybrid land-and-sea HVDC project that will transmit 1,000MW (expandable to 2,000MW) of wind from northern Maine, firmed up by imports of hydropower from eastern Canada, via a submarine cable to Massachusetts.
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