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Duke Energy customers are centerpiece of company’s long-term strategy, CEO update May 8, 2018 “We’re on a journey to deliver the experience our customers expect, says Lynn Good, CEO at US Utility Duke Energy. “As we continue to meet our customers’ changing needs, building a smarter, more resilient energy grid is essential. That’s why we’re making investments to improve reliability, integrate more renewable energy and provide customers with the information ... Read More »

Smart water meters maximising IoT to reduce water wastage May 7, 2018 Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Global Smart Water Meter Market, Forecast to 2026, states that smart water meter installations are expected to grow from 13.8 million units in 2017 to 82.1 million units by 2026. Water-stressed countries are leading the shift from traditional water meters to smart water meters, even as governments all over the world ... Read More »

College Station’s electric utility gets ready for AMI roll out April 30, 2018 The Texas based College Station City Council has voted unanimously during its workshop meeting to move forward with AMI for its electric utility. Council members acknowledged the worth of AMI’s intangible benefits, in spite of the gap between costs and benefits in the break even analysis. According to a feasibility study conducted by the council, the ... Read More »

PPL Electric Utilities to welcome 1.4 million new smart meters April 27, 2018 PPL Electric Utilities plans to begin replacing 1.4 million smart meters in September in Schuylkill and Carbon counties. This phase of the initiative forms part of a $470 million project that began in 2016 to replace aging water meter infrastructure in the area. PPL and other electric utilities are required to install the smart meters by ... Read More »

New report highlights how tech is disrupting the residential utility market April 23, 2018 A new study conducted by Navigant Research states that new solutions-based business models will transform the residential utility market. According to the study, new integrated smart home and distributed energy resources will transform the manner in which consumers interact with their homes and the Energy Cloud. William Tokash, senior research analyst with Navigant Research, commented: “The ... Read More »

Utilities Can Make Energy Efficiency Applications an Enjoyable Shopping Experience – If They Want to March 31, 2018 Faced with the deep budget cuts the Trump Administration has proposed for the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) programme, U.S. states have the opportunity to step in and fill the vacuum, writes Udi Merhav, CEO of energyOrbit. Already, states part of the U.S. Climate Alliance, such as California, New York, and Washington, ... Read More »

UK consumers with smart meters say smart is better April 2, 2018 Smart Energy GB published Smart Energy outlook, largest independent survey of national public opinion on energy and smart meters. The biannual nationwide poll into the opinions of almost 10,000 people in Great Britain, carried out by Populus, provides clear evidence that the overwhelming majority of customers who have smart meters installed in their homes are happy ... Read More »

City of Roseville adopts OpenWay Riva in five year contract March 26, 2018 In the US state of California, the city of Roseville has selected Itron to modernise its water and electricity system. The city of Roseville signed a five-year deal in which it will adopt Itron’s OpenWay Riva IoT solution to manage distributed water and energy resources in an efficient and costs-effective manner. The contract includes the installation ... Read More »

How the energy cloud is unlocking new business value for the power Industry March 20, 2018 Navigant has released a new white paper describing how stakeholders in the energy sector can capture business value through the emergence of dynamic, high-growth, customer-centric platforms. The whitepaper Energy Cloud 4.0 analyses how seven key energy cloud platforms can help customers, industry leaders and shareholders to accelerate the energy transformation. The seven cloud platforms include integrated ... Read More »

California city deploys Sensus AMI meters using $1m grant March 14, 2018 In the US state of California, the city of Asuza is investing in an advanced metering infrastructure to improve the operations of its utility department. Azusa Light & Water (ALW) has selected Sensus to upgrade to an advanced metering technology to ensure consumers are accurately billed and improve management of water distribution network. The utility is ... Read More »

energyOrbit deploys cloud solution for efficiency programmes in Wisconsin March 14, 2018 In the US, the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation has selected energyOrbit to improve management of its energy efficiency programmes. WECC is deploying energyOrbit’s cloud-based software to improve its demand-side management programmes through introducing new and modern energy efficiency technology solutions to clients. WECC designs and implements energy savings programs for investor-owned utilities, municipal and cooperative utilities, ... Read More »

Mercedez Benz to participate in Atlanta Smart Neighbourhood project March 12, 2018 US utility Georgia Power and homebuilding firm PulteGroup have announced their partnership with innovation companies including Mercedez Benz and Sunverge Corporation in their Smart Neighbourhood project in Atlanta. The partnership with the multiple companies will enable households to be integrated with some of the latest home innovation technologies to help consumers live smart, according to a ... Read More »

Operator increases DR target in New England regional market February 27, 2018 The Independent System Operator for New England (ISO-NE) has selected EnerNOC to achieve 157MW of demand response capacity. EnerNOC will implement its technologies and solutions to help industrial and large commercial consumers in the Forward Capacity regional market to reduce energy use during times when demand is high. The deal increases the demand response capacity which ... Read More »

Landis+Gyr Expands Public Power Business in North America February 22, 2018 Landis+Gyr reported continued growth with public power utilities during 2017, signing 46 contracts for smart grid technology and services. The contracts represent a wide variety of market offerings, including more than 350,000 metering endpoints, along with distribution automation and load management devices, software, and smart grid services. Utilities such as Wyrulec Company in Wyoming and Pioneer ... Read More »

US utility coop selects VAR optimisation for 54,000 members February 22, 2018 US utility Choptank Electric Cooperative is implementing a Volt/VAR optimisation technology developed by DVI, a subsidiary of energy provider Dominion Energy. The Volt/VAR optimisation technology will be deployed for all 54,000 members of the utility cooperative located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The project is being implemented in partnership with NRTC, DVI’s value-added reseller for cooperatives. The ... Read More »

Blockchain: Opportunities in the US digital grid market 14 FEBRUARY 2018 Energy market intelligence firm Frost & Sullivan has identified five application opportunities for blockchain technologies in the US digital grid sector. The findings include the use of blockchain in or as a: Billing platform for retail sales and net metering: Blockchain’s functioning as a distributed record of transaction data can be used to create a comprehensive ... Read More »

Utility monitoring systems market: Significant growth anticipated 13 FEBRUARY 2018 Technavio forecasts the global market for power utility monitoring systems to grow by over 6% between 2018 and 2022. Market drivers include successful consumer smart meter awareness programmes in Europe and North America. “Consumer awareness initiatives have helped in increasing the adoption rate of smart meters, thereby creating an opportunity for power utility monitoring system vendors. ... Read More »

White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels

Washington Post By Chris Mooney and Steven Mufson February 1, 2018 Filipinos ride energy efficient electric tricycles during a test drive in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 12 January 2018. The Department of Energy (DOE) donated 200 units of energy efficient electric tricycles to the affected residents of war-torn Marawi as part of its efforts to help rebuild the ... Read More »

LPWA to connect 140 million smart city sensing devices 6 FEBRUARY 2018 IoT market research firm ON World, forecasts Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networking technologies to connect 140 million smart city sensing devices to low cost multi-kilometer cloud connected networks, over the next five years. The LPWA networking technologies include Sigfox, LoRa, LTE-M and NB-IoT. The research firm predicts the number of IoT connections to reach 141 ... Read More »

N. America: 9.1% market growth, communications infrastructure for digital grid 5 FEBRUARY 2018 Energy market intelligence firm Frost & Sullivan forecasts the market for Digital Grid Communication Infrastructure in North America will increase by 9.1% per annum between 2016 and 2023. The market is expected to generate $1 billion in revenue by 2023. According to the research company, utilities in North America will increasingly deploy smart communication devices to ... Read More »

248.4 million smart meters, 50 emerging markets, billions in revenue 30 JANUARY 2018 Over the next five years, 50 emerging markets will deploy 248.4 million smart electricity meters with an investment total of approximately $34.7 billion. A further $32.8 billion will be invested in additional smart grid infrastructure over the same period, including distribution automation and battery storage, among other segments. Of the 50 countries, 33 have already begun ... Read More »

Salt River Project report reveals 1MW EV charging peak at 5pm 29 JANUARY 2018 As more drivers invest in electric vehicles (EVs), energy consumption due to vehicle charging is expected to increase as well. With an eye on this upward trend, Salt River Project is working with the Electric Power Research Institute on a study to determine how this will impact the grid in the future. Based on results of ... Read More »

New SECC awards recognise utilities’ customer focus 25 JANUARY 2018 Five utility companies have been recognised by the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) for implementing customer-focused energy ecosystems. Ameren Illinois has been awarded the Smart Energy Innovation Award for their distributed energy resource-focused microgrid initiative. CenterPoint Energy has been awarded the Culture Transformation Award for nurturing a transition to a more customer-focused company culture. Colorado Springs ... Read More »

Landis+Gyr launches IoT platform for expanded utility applications 24 JANUARY 2018 Landis+Gyr has announced the launch of GridStream Connect, a new highly flexible, next generation IoT platform for utility, consumer and smart city applications. According to a statement, the IoT platform is built to seamlessly and securely integrate smart devices using a variety of communication protocols. Gridstream Connect is designed on IPv6-enabled architecture and support a variety ... Read More »

Role of smart thermostats to grow in future utility operations 23 JANUARY 2018 This week, we look at the global smart thermostats market and how the technology has been adopted in utilities’ demand response initiatives to meet growing energy demands. We discuss factors driving trends within the market and how the utilities’ industry is addressing challenges, which are negatively impacting on the market. Smart thermostats market drivers By using ... Read More »

Key smart city tech to generate $62bn in revenue 19 JANUARY 2018 Revenue generation from 12 key smart city technologies and verticals will increase from $25 billion in 2017 to $62 billion in 2026 says a new report by ABI Research. ABI Research further forecasts the market will witness 11% growth during the forecast period. Dominique Bonte, vice president at ABI Research, said: “Interest in and focus on ... Read More »

$100 million for smart grid pilots in Canada 18 JANUARY 2018 The government of Canada, through the Ministry of Natural Resources, has announced $100 million in funding towards the development of smart grids. The funds are being sourced from a $21.9 billion 2017 budget set aside for the development of smart energy infrastructure through the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Energy and Climate Change. The Ministry of Natural ... Read More »

Analysis: US energy efficiency market grows despite Trump policies 16 JANUARY 2018 This week, we analyse some of the trends within the US energy efficiency market and how players in the segment have kickstarted 2018. “Given 2017, we have reasons to be optimistic about continued progress in energy efficiency,” says Steven Nadel, executive director at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). “2018 will be a ... Read More »

Pacific Power kickstarts AMI rollout for Oregon customers 15 JANUARY 2018 US energy provider Pacific Power has started a statewide installation of smart meters for consumers in Oregon state. Pacific Power will equip some 590,000 business and residential consumers with smart meters until the end of 2019. The statewide deployment of the advanced metering infrastructure has started with installation for 9,000 consumers in the Oregon city of ... Read More »

New tariff model to help PG&E expand clean energy portfolio 12 JANUARY 2018 US utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will this April start piloting a Time of Use (ToU) energy tariff model. The pilot will include 150,000 consumers, will increase energy tariff options for energy users and help PG&E customers improve their energy management. The ToU energy tariff model will help the energy provider to stabilise the grid ... Read More »

Itron acquisition in drive to innovation and growth in IoT 8 JANUARY 2018 Industry-defining acquisition advances ability to deliver more value-added services and outcomes-based solutions to utilities and smart cities worldwide Itron, which specialises in technology and services dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Silver Spring Networks. The acquisition enhances Itron’s capabilities of delivering highly-secure value-generating solutions ... Read More »

New structure for U.S. Department of Energy 5 JANUARY 2018 The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced a plan to modernise its organisational structure to prioritise the policies of the Trump administration. The department will be re-organised by the Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, under the DoE Organisation Act. According to a statement, re-organising the DoE will ensure the department is able to sustain the ... Read More »

Wisconsin Public Service in grid modernisation programme 4 JANUARY 2018 Wisconsin Public Service Company has chosen Landis+Gyr to provide a multi-purpose advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network platform for advanced metering and grid modernisation. Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin Public Service serves more than 450,000 electric customers and more than 326,000 natural gas customers in northeast and central Wisconsin and an adjacent portion of Upper Michigan. The ... Read More »

Mixed messages from US Department of Energy on renewables? 4 JANUARY 2018 The US Department of Energy’s recent investment into solar research funding has added further confusion regarding the Trump Administration’s true attitude towards renewable energy. Just before Christmas, the DoE announced a $12 million investment into eight research projects, designed to advance predictive modelling capabilities for solar generation. The aim is to close the research gap that ... Read More »

US utilities reduce HVAC consumption by 85% 22 DECEMBER 2017 Tendril has announced the results of its Orchestrated Energy Summer 2017 rollouts within distribution networks owned by Indiana Michigan Power and Xcel Energy. According to Tendril, its solution helped reduce HVAC energy consumption by 85% during demand response events. The technology also doubled the efficiency of smart thermostats. On days when Orchestrated Energy was in control ... Read More »

Waco City Council approves $12 million smart metering contract 20 DECEMBER 2017 In the US, the Waco City Council has approved a $12 million contract for a smart water meter system which will enable real-time monitoring of water use by households and businesses in the city. About 12,000 water meters which are due for an upgrade will be replaced, while the city’s other 34,000 will need to be ... Read More »

Utilities in the US increase customer satisfaction by 10 points 18 DECEMBER 2017 Electric utilities in the US have increased overall customer satisfaction by 10 points from 2016 levels. This is according to an online survey, Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction study, comprising 19,000 consumers with monthly energy bills above $200. The study was conducted by J.D Power between February and October with customers across 87 utilities, all of ... Read More »

Ravalli Electric Co-op undertakes complete AMI system overhaul 13 DECEMBER 2017 When the power goes out in the mountains of rural Montana, Joe Smith and the staff at Ravalli Electric Co-op can sometimes go for weeks without hearing about it. With an aging advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system that creates challenges in communicating with the electricity meters in these remote locations, Smith’s hands are often tied. “Our ... Read More »

Ecuador signs MoU on smart energy adoption 11 DECEMBER 2017 In Ecuador, the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on energy security and smart energy adoption with the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). The IEEE Power and Energy Society will develop a framework, which the ministry will implement to address challenges associated with changes in energy demand, generation, ... Read More »

Energy regulator approves tariff reduction for Ameren customers 12 DECEMBER 2017 US utility Ameren Illinois has secured approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission to reduce its energy tariffs in January 2018. The energy company will reduce it’s tariffs for residential consumers by $1.70. The decrease is the second in two consecutive years. Today’s announcement marks the second consecutive and fifth overall rate decrease since the landmark Energy ... Read More »

Indirect investment to help China Mobile increase 4G subscribers 8 DECEMBER 2017 State-owned telecommunication corporation, China Mobile, has announced plans to issue $303 million in subsidies towards the development of IoT devices. China Mobile will issue 50% of the subsidies to developers of narrow-band IoT modules and the other half to developers of 4G IoT modules. The subsidies are aimed at reducing the prices of IoT devices. Decreases ... Read More »

Demand response for renewables integration worth $1.3bn by 2026 8 DECEMBER 2017 Navigant Research forecasts the global market for demand response for renewables integration will generate $1.3 billion in revenue in 2026. Brett Feldman, principal research analyst with Navigant Research, commented: “Increasing penetration of intermittent renewable generation on the grid raises the risk of supply-demand imbalance, so grid operators will increasingly turn to DRRI as one resource to ... Read More »

EPRI compliance event certifies two vendors of DERMS 8 DECEMBER 2017 The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has issued the first-ever certificates for compliance to two vendors of distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS). The certification of compliance to standards ensures the systems will be able to communicate with the grid and the utility. Schneider Electric and Smarter Grid Solutions received certification for the Ecostruxure ADMS Version ... Read More »

First Energy awaits greenlight to upgrade Ohio distribution networks 6 DECEMBER 2017 Subsidiaries of First Energy in the US state of Ohio have filed a smart grid proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric illuminating and Toledo Edison are planning to spend $450 million in modernising energy distribution networks over a period of three years. The investment will help First Energy Utilities to ... Read More »

Energy efficiency survey highlights drivers for investment 5 DECEMBER 2017 Greenhouse gas emissions reduction and energy security are now the largest drivers for investment in the US and Canada according to the 2017 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey. A survey group of 1,500 facility and management executives in the US, Canada and 10 other countries indicates that 70% of organisations are paying more attention ... Read More »

OG&E launches new customer engagement options 1 DECEMBER 2017 US energy provider, Oklahama Gas & Electric (OG&E), has expanded its customer communications suite. OG&E announced its new customer engagement option ‘myOGEalerts’, which will enable them to use text, email and phone to send notifications regarding service delivery. Terena Boyer, director customer operations, commented: “On average during a one-year period, customers have power 99.97 percent of ... Read More »

IoT networks to connect 12 billion smart devices by 2027 27 NOVEMBER 2017 Energy market intelligence firm IDTechEx forecasts more than 12 billion smart devices will be connected to Internet of Things (IoT) networks over the next decade. In a new study, IDTechEx found an increase in deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks and Wireless Personal Area Networks over the past four years. The majority of IoT networks ... Read More »

Meralco embarks on digital transformation 27 NOVEMBER 2017 ower distributor Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is adopting new technologies to deliver enhanced customer experience and improve grid reliability as part of its digital transformation starting this year. “Meralco has invested heavily in new technologies as we undergo a digital transformation of our company. We will soon be launching a whole new digital customer experience more ... Read More »

Virginia extends grid reliability efforts with CPower 20 NOVEMBER 2017 In the US, the Commonwealth of Virginia has extended a demand response contract with demand-side management firm CPower Energy through to 2020. CPower has operated demand response initiatives in partnership with the Virginia Division of Energy’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) over the past three years. In 2017, the two achieved 78MW of demand ... Read More »