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Smart meter software provider Greenbird receives $5m investment 7 DECEMBER 2016 European smart meter software provider Greenbird has received a $5m investment from venture capital firm Statkraft Ventures, with participation from ETF Partners. From left Matthias Dill, managing director of Statkraft Ventures, Thorsten Heller, CEO at Greenbird and Arne Morteani, partner at ETF Partners. Greenbird is a growing software vendor and IT integration specialist based in Norway. ... Read More »

US utility recognised for innovative energy efficiency service 6 DECEMBER 2016 US utility Tacoma Power was recognised by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) for its energy efficiency project. The utility company was awarded NEEA’s Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Innovation. The energy efficiency award recognises efforts by Tacoma Power in using its video chat technology to improve customer engagement and communicating with them on its ... Read More »

US state saves $5bn on energy bills since 2008 Utilities energy efficiency initiatives deployed in the US state of Michigan have helped consumers save $5 billion on their energy bills since 2008. In its 2016 energy efficiency review, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) states that Michigan has exceeded its energy efficiency target set in 2008 by 20%. This was made possible by an increase in the implementation ... Read More »

lllinois utility forges ahead with smart meter project 1 DECEMBER 2016 US utility Ameren Illinois plans to improve its service reliability by replacing existing analog gas and electric meters with smart meters in four counties in Illinois. In a press statement, the utility firm said it plans to improve its customer service to some 15, 400 residential and small business customers by equipping them with the new ... Read More »

NIST releases IoT cybersecurity guidelines 30 NOVEMBER 2016 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a set of cybersecurity guidelines for the Internet of Things. According to a release, the publishing of the guidelines follows the Dyn attack in late October, “which further highlighted the immediate need for standards and guidance.” The IoT cybersecurity guidelines address questions and concerns about protections ... Read More »

ComEd launches online marketplace for customers 29 NOVEMBER 2016 ComEd has launched a new online shopping site that offers customers energy-saving products for their homes. The site offers easy application of instant rebates that enable customers to save on energy-related products for their homes. Customers can also learn about and purchase energy-related products that save them time and money, such as LED lightbulbs, smart thermostats, ... Read More »

New York named world’s smartest city 25 NOVEMBER 2016 The US city of New York was named 2016’s world smartest city during the World Smart City Awards held at the Smart City Expo World Congress. The awards recognised New York city for its smart city programme ‘Building a Smart + Equitable City.’ New York’s smart city programme was designed and is led by the Mayor’s ... Read More »

PGE files smart grid plan with Oregon regulator 23 NOVEMBER 2016 US utility firm, Portland General Electric (PGE) filed its proposal with the Oregon Public Utility Commission to implement its smart grid projects. The smart grid project proposal entitled, ‘2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)’ is in line with mandates set by the state’s energy regulator calling for utilities to increase their demand-side management and renewable energy portfolios ... Read More »

Israel utility selects local firm for systems backup during outages 22 NOVEMBER 2016 Power utility Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) partnered with energy storage solutions provider GenCell to improve its customer services. The state-owned IEC will install the solutions providers’ energy storage system ‘GenCell G5’ to provide the company’s data centres, substations and telecommunications and radio networks with power during electric outbreaks. The energy storage solution will enable the utility ... Read More »

SWL&P gets regulatory approval to implement AMI project 21 NOVEMBER 2016 Superior Water, Light and Power (SWL&P) secured approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to implement an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. SWL&P’s approved smart metering project includes the replacement of existing analog water, gas and electric meters with smart meters over a period of five years. The five-year AMI plan falls under utility’s efforts ... Read More »

US utility drives energy efficiency pilot for low-income customers 17 NOVEMBER 2016 Arizona-based utility firm, Tucson Electric Power (TEP), is implementing an energy efficiency pilot to help its low-income customers reduce energy consumption and costs. In a press statement, the utility announced its energy efficiency project in which it is providing its low-income customers with energy efficiency equipment. TEP said it will install 1,800 advanced, programmable and energy ... Read More »

Trilliant connects 4.2m AMI units for British Gas 16 NOVEMBER 2016 Global provider of smart energy communications, Trilliant, announces the status of its smart meter rollout project in partnership with UK utility firm, British Gas. In a press statement, the California-based smart energy communications provider said it has so far connected 4.2 million smart meter devices for British Gas and its customers. The smart meter devices, which ... Read More »

Californian utility announces progress in AMR deployment 15 NOVEMBER 2016 In California, the City of Big Bear Lake announced that its Department of Water is one year ahead of its advanced meter reading (AMR) project. In a press statement, the city’s water division said it installed 6,000 radio-read water meters since the launch of its AMR meters project in 2014. The city had projected to replace ... Read More »

Israel and the US strengthen joint R&D of clean energy solutions 14 NOVEMBER 2016 The US Department of Energy (DoE) and Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources announce $4 million in clean energy funding. The $4 million smart energy funding will be provided to five clean energy projects in Israel and the US, under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy project. BIRD is a programme ... Read More »

Energy reduction targets to drive demand-side management market 11 NOVEMBER 2016 A new report compiled by energy market intelligence firm Navigant Research forecasts the global integrated demand-side management market to generate $1.2 billion by 2025. The growth of the demand-side management market is projected to be driven by global utilities efforts in reaching their energy efficiency and demand response (DR) targets. Navigant Research said it predicts global ... Read More »

Trilliant and Siemens to deliver smart energy networks in Mexico 10 NOVEMBER 2016 Trilliant and Siemens have been chosen by Mexico’s state-owned electric utility, CFE, to deliver smart energy communications for distribution automation and AMI. The communications network will serve three CFE projects. According to a company release, the enterprise-wide communications network includes both AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) and DA (distribution automation) elements designed to reduce energy losses, engage ... Read More »

ComEd praised for smart grid projects 9 NOVEMBER 2016 The US utility was recognised for the impact that its smart grid projects had toward promoting a sustainable ecosystem in Illinois. In a press statement, the utility firm said it was recognised for several of its smart grid initiatives at the 2016 annual Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards held in Chicago recently. The awards were presented by ... Read More »

Singapore Power to deploy IoT platform 7 NOVEMBER 2016 Singapore Power has chosen Silver Spring Networks to deploy an IoT platform for smart utility and smart nation applications. Singapore Power will leverage its AMI deployment to connect an additional 200,000 electric residential customers. According to a release, Silver Spring’s multi-application IPv6 platform will be extended to help Singapore Power improve its operational efficiencies, serve more ... Read More »

US city approves $4.3m budget for AMI rollout 4 NOVEMBER 2016 Officials in the US city of Piqua in Ohio approved the implementation of an automated metering infrastructure (AMI) project by the city’s water and electric departments. The city of Piqua partnered with Aclara Technologies to deploy a $4.3 million AMI project. Under the project, Aclara Technologies will supply and install smart water and electric meters to ... Read More »

Connexus selects Honeywell for AMI rollout 3 NOVEMBER 2016 US utility co-operative Connexus partnered with energy management solutions firm Honeywell to implement an automated metering infrastructure (AMI) project. Under the $15 million smart meters project, Honeywell will supply and install 138,000 AMI meters for customers of Connexus in seven counties in Minnesota state. The smart meters project will be deployed in Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Ramsey, ... Read More »

Alberta expands energy conservation portfolio 2 NOVEMBER 2016 The Canadian state of Alberta launched three new energy efficiency programmes to improve grid stability and help reduce the state’s carbon emissions. The projects were launched under the state’s energy conservation initiative, Energy Efficiency Alberta. The new energy efficiency programmes namely ‘Direct Install’, ‘Residential Consumer Products’ and the ‘Business Rebate’ are expected to reduce energy costs ... Read More »

NYPA boosts efforts to increase EV adoption in New York 2 NOVEMBER 2016 US utility New York Power Authority (NYPA) extended its contract with electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions firm EV Connect to improve EV adoption in New York. NYPA signed a $4 million contract with EV Connect for the construction, operation and maintenance of some 300 level 2 EV charging stations. The solutions firm will use its cloud-based ... Read More »

USDA offers up $300m in energy efficiency funding 1 NOVEMBER 2016 The US Department of Energy (USDA) announced that it has set aside $300 million to help small businesses reduce energy usage and costs. The $300 million will be made available as loans to help businesses wanting to reduce their energy usage and costs with the aid of energy efficiency equipment and technologies including HVAC and lighting ... Read More »

US city deploys FATHOM’s smart water solution 1 NOVEMBER 2016 The city of Snowmass in Colorado deployed FATHOM’s smart water solution to improve management of its water distribution network. According to a press statement, the city’s Water and Sanitation District (SWSD) deployed Fathom’s water distribution system management software for integration with some 1,300 smart water meters developed by Neptune. The deployment of the solution has helped ... Read More »

Gartner positions Silver Spring as ‘Visionary’ in Magic Quadrant 28 OCTOBER 2016 Silver Spring Networks has announced that it has been positioned by Gartner as ‘Visionary’ in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services, Worldwide. According to a company statement, this is the first time Silver Spring has been recognised in a Gartner Magic Quadrant. [Silver Spring expands IoT network in Sweden] The release explains that ... Read More »

Con Ed selects Smart Grid Solutions for AMI rollout 27 OCTOBER 2016 Con Edison has awarded a contract to Smart Grid Solutions to install electric smart meters and gas smart modules. The contract includes the creation and support of a communications network for territory-wide coverage using SGS’s ProFieldMETER technology. The deal forms part of a larger plan to deploy advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) across Consolidated Edison Inc.’s service ... Read More »

ScottishPower to deploy 5m smart meters by 2020 27 OCTOBER 2016 Power and gas utility ScottishPower has awarded £341 million in contracts for the rollout of smart meters to its customers in the UK. Under the contracts, more than five million smart meter devices to measure electricity and gas usage will be deployed by 2020. [Scottish Power selects local firm for smart meter rollout] The announcement was ... Read More »

Utility sector to invest $774m in customer engagement tech 26 OCTOBER 2016 Navigant Research forecasts global utility spending on customer engagement to reach $774 million by 2022. Findings by the research firm state that global utilities will invest $636 million toward customer engagement technologies by the end of 2016. In a press statement, Navigant Research said utilities will increase their investments in upgrading their web portals with energy ... Read More »

Honeywell enters $250m smart meter deal with Entergy 25 OCTOBER 2016 Energy management solutions provider Honeywell announced that it has been selected to help utility companies owned by Entergy to improve customer services. In a press statement, Honeywell said it will supply some 2.3 million smart meters to help Entergy utilities operating in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to improve their grid management. The $250 million deal ... Read More »

IoT gateway shipments to surpass 64m units in 2021 25 OCTOBER 2016 Global shipments of IoT gateways are forecast to surpass 64 million units as the component that powers nearly every Internet of Things market. IoT gateways, which manage and control complex connected environments by aggregating and transmitting sensor data, as well as translating communication protocols, says ABI Research. Shipments of these devices are expected to exceed 64 ... Read More »

Hawaii Electric implements two year ToU rate pilot 25 OCTOBER 2016 Hawaiian Electric (HECO) has implemented a ToU rate pilot programme for its customers. The utility’s time-of-day rate scheme has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission in September. Under the scheme, the pilot programme charges customers less for electricity consumed when solar power is abundant, and more at night, reported Pacific Business News. The high retail ... Read More »

Energy management systems market worth $55bn by 2020 24 OCTOBER 2016 A new report forecasts the global energy management systems market to grow by 37% between 2016 and 2020. In a press statement, research firm Technavio said it projects revenue generation in the global energy management systems market to reach $55 billion during the forecasted period. Efforts by utilities and consumers in reducing the costs of energy ... Read More »

PG&E deploys energy storage in DER pilot 21 OCTOBER 2016 US power utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) selected energy storage firm Green Charge to participate in its distributed energy resources management pilot. Under the pilot, Green Charge has been tasked to develop energy storage systems for PG&E customers participating in the pilot in San Jose, California. The energy storage systems will be used to ... Read More »

New platform simplifies access to multiple data sources for utilities 20 OCTOBER 2016 Itron integrates Microsoft Azure platform to streamline access to multiple data sources for power, gas and water utilities. To do this, Microsoft’s Azure platform will become the backbone for Itron’s Total Outcomes – a solution which provides business outcomes that address utility and smart city challenges in an Outcomes as a Service model. The move is ... Read More »

NYSERDA backs solar generation to stabilise grid network 20 OCTOBER 2016 The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said it will install 2MW of solar power to reduce peak demand and boost grid stability. The clean energy project falls under NYSERDA’s NY-SUN Initiative and includes the development of 2.5MW solar energy plant in Watertown, Jefferson county. Launched in 2012, the NY-SUN Initiative aims to ... Read More »

Harnessing mobile for utility customer engagement

Engerati Tendril’s new MyHome mobile app is designed to offer a personalized and unified customer engagement experience. The concept of customer engagement has been challenging utilities for the better part of a decade. The growth of smart meters, the emergence of competitive markets and latterly the changing energy system have all led to efforts by energy providers to foster deeper ... Read More »

Navigant Research launches new IoT research service 19 OCTOBER 2016 Navigant Research has announced that it has launched a new research service which will form part of its utility transformations programme. Navigant’s Internet of Things Research Service provides independent and objective intelligence around IoT applications for utilities, commercial buildings, distributed energy resources (DER) and smart cities. According to a release, the information service will focus on ... Read More »

Engerati round-up: IoT, smart grid and smart metering 18 OCTOBER 2016 Small modular reactors (SMRs) are thought to have several benefits for the energy system, writes Jonathan Spencer Jones, content analyst at Engerati. Because of their ‘modular’ nature they should be cheaper and easier to manufacture and install than larger capacity plants and they could for example be a cost effective option for large power users or ... Read More »

India adds energy efficiency to smart cities programme 14 OCTOBER 2016 In India, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) signed a deal with the Ministry of Urban Development to enhance energy conservation and ensure grid reliability. Under the agreement, EESL and the Ministry of Urban Development will supply and deploy the latest energy efficiency technologies at municipal level in cities selected to benefit from the country’s Smart Cities ... Read More »

Japan increases adoption of DR solutions 13 OCTOBER 2016 This week, Japanese utility Kansai Electric Power Company partnered with energy management firm Comverge for the rollout of a demand response programme. The demand response programme will be deployed in partnership with facility management firm Kanden Facilities. In a combined statement, Kansai Electric said the project is funded by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and ... Read More »

ComEd boosts consumer awareness on energy efficiency 11 OCTOBER 2016 US utility ComEd launched its new programme to promote consumer awareness around energy efficiency to improve grid reliability in Chicago. The programme Community Energy Management comprises multiple initiatives to improve consumer knowledge on energy conservation and efficiency technologies. The initiative is designed to help ComEd improve its customer service by helping customers save energy and reduce ... Read More »

Utilities to invest trillions to meet growing energy demand – report 11 OCTOBER 2016 A new report compiled by the World Energy Council (WEC) states that power utilities will need to invest between $35tn and $43tn until 2060 to meet growing energy needs. The report notes that as the global power market shifts away from fossil fuels, significant investment will be required to satisfy demand for electricity, which is expected ... Read More »

Canadian utility secures regulatory approval for AMI rollout 11 OCTOBER 2016 Canadian utility Halifax Water secured approval from the Novia Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) to upgrade its water meters. The water treatment and distribution firm will replace existing analogue water meters with automated water metering systems as from early 2017 through to 2021. The $25.4 million smart meter project will begin with installation of the ... Read More »

DR programme saves $1.2m for ComEd customers 10 OCTOBER 2016 US utility ComEd has helped its customers save $1.2 million on energy bills since the launch of its demand response (DR) programme Peak Time Savings (PTS) in 2015. The utility firm said it helped its customers reduce their energy bills through the use of smart meters during the 2015 and 2016 months of June through to ... Read More »

Paying it Forward

Future Ready Magazine October, 2015 In a recent National Geographic article,1 two utility customers described their experiences with their prepay electric service plans. For one customer of Polk-Burnett Cooperative in Wisconsin, the plan turned out to be an effective tool for controlling her energy usage. Another customer in suburban Dallas was not so fortunate. In fact, he was greeted by ... Read More »

Louisiana firm to deploy Silver Spring networking platform 7 OCTOBER 2016 Entergy Corporation has selected Silver Spring Networks to provide two-way meter communications and near-real time telemetry for approximately 2.8 million customers. The Louisiana-based energy company Entergy Corporation will deploy Silver Spring’s multi-application IPv6-based Gen5 network platform across its 114,000 square mile territory to provide two-way meter communications and near-real time telemetry for approximately 2.8 million customers ... Read More »

Mexico’s CFE selects Honeywell for grid modernisation 6 OCTOBER 2016 Mexico’s state utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has selected Honeywell to help CFE continue modernising and stabilizing grids in east and southeast regions. Under the agreement, Honeywell will deploy more than 200,000 smart electricity meters, with communications devices and software analytics tool to seven cities in the utilities east and southeast regions. Honeywell has to ... Read More »

North Carolina city selects Survalent to improve network management 5 OCTOBER 2016 The US city of New Bern in North Carolina partnered with advanced distribution management systems provider Survalent to enhance management of its grid network. In a press statement, the Canada-based smart grid solutions firm said it deployed its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system in the city’s power system. The SCADA system is expected to ... Read More »