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Hawaii Energy commemorates National Energy Awareness Month 4 OCTOBER 2016 Hawaii Energy is commemorating the month of October as National Energy Awareness Month to highlight the importance of improving energy efficiency and conservation. Hawaii Energy is a ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency programme administered by Leidos Engineering, LLC (formerly known as SAIC). According to Maui Now, Hawaii Energy joins national efforts to spotlight awareness around energy efficiency ... Read More »

Illinois utility accelerated AMI rollout plan approved 4 OCTOBER 2016 In the US, the Illinois Commerce Commission approved Ameren Illinois’ revised smart grid AMI deployment plan. In 2012, the Missouri-based power company received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission for its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployment plan, which provided for, among other things, deployment of AMI to 62% of the company’s electric delivery customers by 2019. ... Read More »

National Grid uses IoT to balance energy demand and supply 3 OCTOBER 2016 National Grid plans to use the Internet of Things (IoT) to strike a balance between energy supply and demand with increasing RE integration. [Quote] According to National Grid’s executive director, Nicola Shaw, energy intensive household appliances will start using the Internet of Things to operate more efficiently as well as smooth out spikes in demand, which ... Read More »

The electric vehicle: highlight of the Paris Motor Show 30 SEPTEMBER 2016 A slightly different story for today is coming out of the Paris Motor Show, in which the big shift has been the number of electric vehicles available. According to media reports, Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands will launch more than 10 electric cars by 2025 and announced the launch of the EQ concept, an electric SUV which ... Read More »

NIST to release draft IoT-enabled smart city framework 29 SEPTEMBER 2016 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will release the first draft of its IoT-enabled smart city framework later this year. The framework named the IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework, or IES City Framework, aims to strike the balance between standardization and interoperability, says to Martin Burns, who works in NIST’s Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems ... Read More »

Urbanova founders formally announce collaboration 29 SEPTEMBER 2016 The founders of Urbanova smart city living lab officially announce the formalization of their collaboration. According to a release, the founding members including Avista, the City of Spokane, Itron, McKinstry, the University District Development Association and Washington State University (WSU), have been working to create a living laboratory to design cities of the future in the ... Read More »

New York works toward 100MWh electricity storage target 28 SEPTEMBER 2016 New York City’s mayor has reportedly issued “aggressive targets” for the city’s electricity storage and solar capacity, totaling 100MWh of storage by 2020. Mayor Bill de Blasio has set a target of reaching 1GW of solar capacity by 2030 in addition to the 100MWh electricity storage target by 2020. New York will issue permits for more ... Read More »

Demand charges vs. TOU rates: The great Arizona rate design experiment

Utility Drive By Herman K. Trabish | September 26, 2016 Rate design experts debate APS’s plan to be the first utility with mandatory demand charges for residential customers To cover a utility’s fixed costs, are demand charges or time-of-use (TOU) rates superior? It’s a question on the cutting edge of utility rate design discussions across the country, and one Arizona ... Read More »

Silver Spring expands IoT network in Sweden 26 SEPTEMBER 2016 Silver Spring Networks has been chosen to extend its wireless IPv6 network service for the Internet of Things (IoT) ‘Starfish’ in Stockholm, Sweden. The smart grid solutions provider will expand its public cloud network, data service and internet protocol platform to upgrade Stockholm’s ageing systems. The deal was announced last week at the Smart Cities Summit ... Read More »

Indian utility awarded for smart grid project 23 SEPTEMBER 2016 India power utility CESC Limited was awarded ‘Smart Grid Project of the Year’ at the Asian Power Awards this week. The utility firm serving 2.9 million metering points in the Indian state of West Bengal was awarded the ‘Smart Grid Project of the Year’, at the 2016 Asian Power Awards held on the 21st of September. ... Read More »

Rise in smart grid investments to drive grid automation market Global energy market research firm Technavio predicts the global automation solutions market for the power industry will grow by 9% between 2016 and 2020. Bharath Kanniappan, a lead analyst at Technavio for research on grid automation, commented: “The coal-fired plants may be replaced by natural-gas power plants equipped with critical safety units and innovative automation technologies. This represents significant ... Read More »

Bring your own thermostat demand response programmes –a $3 billion market

Engerati 14 Sep 2016 Utilities must ensure interoperability with multiple thermostat brands and learn to work with vendors more as partners than contractors. Today’s consumers want more choice in how they participate in demand response programmes and what devices they use to participate with the features that they prefer. This is according to Navigant Research which has just carried out ... Read More »

The Apple-ification of the Energy Industry

LinkedIn – Kenneth Munson Published on August 28, 2016 Apple’s App Store changed the marketplace for applications by creating a revenue-sharing model that gave even the smallest developer a potential marketplace of millions. What if Apple did the same thing for energy and created a store where you could sell some of your home’s solar power when it was in ... Read More »

Smart grid drives power distribution market growth 19 SEPTEMBER 2016 A new report forecasts the global electrical equipment market for the power distribution industry to grow by 9% by 2020. The growth of the market will be driven by increased installation of smart grid equipment and technologies such as distributed generation equipment and smart meters. The transformation of the energy sector from centralised generation systems to ... Read More »

Florida city selects FATHOM for smart water management 16 SEPTEMBER 2016 The city of Zephyrhills in Florida has selected FATHOM Water Management’s software solution for improved transparency with access to real time water usage data. FATHOM’s Smart Grid for Water software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution will also be used to improve online and mobile account management and bill payments. Smart Grid for Water is an integrated, end-to-end solution including ... Read More »

NYSERDA expands industrial energy efficiency 16 SEPTEMBER 2016 The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced $10 million in funding to ensure grid stability through energy efficiency measures. The funding will be provided to two energy efficiency programmes launched by NYSERDA with the aim of reducing energy consumption and costs in industrial and manufacturing facilities. In a press statement, the NYSERDA ... Read More »

Itron singlephase smart meters receive accuracy certification 15 SEPTEMBER 2016 Itron has announced that it has received an unconditional 10 year initial seal period for its CENTRON II OpenWay singlephase smart meters. According to a company release, Itron is the first smart meter manufacturer to receive an unconditional 10 year initial seal period for its smart metering technology, which it received from Measurement Canada for a ... Read More »

IEEE partners to launch first forum on smart grids for smart cities 15 SEPTEMBER 2016 The IEEE Smart Grid Initiative has teamed up with Think Smartgrids to launch the first IEEE International Forum on Smart Grids for Smart Cities (SG4SC). Think Smartgrids is an an international organisation that supports the growing demand for a reliable smart grids. According to a release, the programme will address the pivotal role of smart grids ... Read More »

US utility forges ahead with smart grid development 14 SEPTEMBER 2016 Pacific Power is continuing to develop its modernisation and smart grid development strategy in a bid to improve system efficiency and provide a cost-effective service. Pacific Power is a unit of PacifiCorp, a utility company serving the western US. The utility said that it has completed, is monitoring, or is developing grid enhancement initiatives that include ... Read More »

Fortis joins utility coalition to promote investment in smart grid 14 SEPTEMBER 2016 North American electric and gas utilities company Fortis joined utility coalition Energy Impact Partners (EIP) to increase investments in smart grid technologies. Energy Impact Partners (EIP) is a collaborative strategic investment firm that invests in companies optimizing energy consumption and improving sustainable energy generation. Through close collaboration with its strategic investor base, EIP seeks to bring ... Read More »

Con Edison expands energy efficiency initiatives 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 US based designer of energy efficiency programmes Franklin Energy has been selected by power utility Con Edison to help customers reduce energy consumption and bills. The Wisconsin-based solutions provider will help Con Edison deploy its energy efficiency programme, ‘Neighborhood’, in Brooklyn and Queens. The two companies will install lighting solutions for utility’s 27,000 residential customers in ... Read More »

Confusion, muddle, obfuscation and racism

By Paul Driessen September 11, 2016 As Obama, UN and EPA seek to dictate our lives and livelihoods, the real issue is green racism Winston Churchill called Russia a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. We could say Obama’s energy and climate policy is confusion wrapped in muddled thinking inside obfuscation – and driven by autocratic diktats that ... Read More »

Consumers Energy upgrades distribution network in Michigan 8 SEPTEMBER 2016 US utility Consumers Energy announced its plans to continue modernising its distribution network to improve its operations and customer service in Michigan. The utility firm serving 6.7 million gas and electric consumers in Peninsula counties is upgrading its 29,000-mile natural gas distribution network to enhance its service to some 1.7 million customers in lower Michigan. Commenting ... Read More »

HECO files plans for demand response programmes 7 SEPTEMBER 2016 Hawaiian Electric (HECO) has filed its plans with the Public Utilities Commission to deploy demand response programmes in 2017. The plan falls under the utility’s efforts to shift to 100% usage of renewable energy sources by 2045. HECO’s shift to clean energy sources is aimed at helping the utility meet demand for power during peak periods. ... Read More »

Smart grid adoption to drive global smart meters market 6 SEPTEMBER 2016 The rising demand and adoption of smart grid infrastructure and advanced metering is expected to drive the global smart meters market through to 2020. The ability of smart meters to help utility companies optimise revenue collection and meet mandates set by government regulations will boost the implementation of advanced meter infrastructure. Regulations set by governments include ... Read More »

National Grid plans to extend Worcester smart grid pilot 2 SEPTEMBER 2016 National Grid filed its proposal with the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to extend its smart grid pilot in Worcester. In a press statement, the utility company said it plans to expand deployment of its Smart Energy Solutions (SES) pilot programme for an additional two years. The company wants to learn more how smart grid technologies ... Read More »

Energy efficiency third largest resource in US power sector 30 AUGUST 2016 analyses the US energy efficiency market following ACEEE’s rating indicating that it represents the country’s 3rd largest power sector resource. According to ACEEE, increased deployment of energy efficiency measures stand as key to a clean, reliable and affordable energy system in the US. With the organisation calling for an increase in programmes to lift consumer ... Read More »

Smart grid investments to grow global ICS security market 29 AUGUST 2016 According to a new report, the increased adoption of smart grid solutions is expected to drive the global industrial control systems security market through to 2020. The ICS security market is expected to grow by 9% between 2015 and 2020. The US is expected to dominate the market. The region is expected to exceed investments of ... Read More »

Landis+Gyr wins WI-SUN certification for meter connectivity 25 AUGUST 2016 Energy management solutions firm Landis+Gyr secured WI-SUN certification for its technology used in automated metering infrastructure solution, Gridstream. In a press statement, the solutions provider said the WI-SUN certification approves that its meter connectivity technology is able to securely connect utilities smart grid networks. The company adds that certification also proves the ability of Landis+Gyr’s network ... Read More »

Smart grid tech improves Georgia Power operations 25 AUGUST 2016 In the US, power utility Georgia Power announced that it has improved its customer service with its investments in smart grid technologies. In a press statement, the firm serving 2.5 million customers in 159 counties in Georgia state, highlighted how smart grid technologies have enhanced its operations and helped ensure grid reliability and enhanced management. This ... Read More »

Global energy management to generate $32.4bn by 2021 24 AUGUST 2016 A new report forecasts the global energy management systems market to grow by 18.8% between 2016 and 2021. The growth will increase market revenue generation from $76.75 billion in 2016 to $32.41 billion by 2021. Factors driving the expansion of the market include increased implementation of policies to adopt energy management measures in a bid to ... Read More »

US city approves expansion of water metering project 23 AUGUST 2016 The city of Klamath falls in Oregon state announced its plan to expand its automated metering infrastructure project to enhance operations of its water department. According to a local publication, the city approved the purchase of water transceiver systems to allow automatic meter reading of some 4,000 water meters in the city. The transceiver units are ... Read More »

US state gov issues $12.6m to boost clean energy use 22 AUGUST 2016 In the US, the Washington state government announced $12.6 million in funding for clean energy projects to promote grid stability. In a press statement, Jay Inslee, governor of Washington state, said the grants will be directed towards funding clean energy projects proposed by five utilities. “With these awards, our leading utilities will demonstrate how to integrate ... Read More »

Texas city enhances utility operations with Nexgrid 22 AUGUST 2016 The US city of Cuero in Texas selected smart grid solutions firm Nexgrid to enhance the distribution infrastructure of its water and electric utilities. In a press statement, the city announced that NexGrid will integrate its smart grid solution, Multi-Mesh, with the city’s water and electric networks. The technology is expected to enhance the operations of ... Read More »

US utilities challenged by rising scams on prepaid customers 16 AUGUST 2016 The increased adoption of prepaid energy services in the US has come with both negative and positive impacts on utilities and their customers. This week, we analyse the benefits and challenges which US utilities and their customers are facing as a result of the shift to use prepaid energy services to simplify their billing systems, as ... Read More »

Hardware segment leading smart water management market 18 AUGUST 2016 A new report states that the hardware segment has thus far dominated the global smart water management market in 2016. The segment comprising of advanced meter reading and automated metering infrastructure (AMI) water meters and water sensors has accounted for over 37% of the market’s overall revenue since January. Smart water meter adoption Revenue generation in ... Read More »

CenterPoint Energy scores highest in customer engagement study 17 AUGUST 2016 CenterPoint Energy has scored the highest Texas among electric transmission and distribution service providers (TDSPs) on residential customer engagement. This is according to the Texas TDSP Trusted Brand and Customer Engagement study, a Cogent Reports study by Market Strategies International. CenterPoint Energy scored score of 721 on a 1,000-point scale. The study was conducted in the ... Read More »

Xylem eyes Sensus in $1.7bn deal 15 AUGUST 2016 US water technology provider Xylem is reportedly nearing a deal to purchase advanced metering solutions company Sensus for $1.7 billion. According to Reuters, the acquisition would make Xylem a key player in the market for smart meters. The news of the possible takeover comes at a time when regulatory requirements and a drive for savings are ... Read More »

Texas city to enhance billing system with smart water meters 12 AUGUST 2016 The US city of Cedar Park in Texas state announced that it will kickstart its project to install smart water meters in September throughout to the first quarter of 2017. The Texas city will replace its existing 22,000 water meters with the new smart meters to enhance its water billing as well as help consumers to ... Read More »

Illinois utility to install smart meters for gas and electric customers 11 AUGUST 2016 US power utility Ameren Illinois announced its plan to implement an automated metering infrastructure project to optimise its operations in Logan County. The metering project includes the replacement of 15,500 existing electric and gas meters with new smart meters as from late August throughout 2016. The utility firm is aiming to lower power outages for its ... Read More »

Con Edison signs new demand response programmes 10 AUGUST 2016 The US power utility partnered with energy management firm Power Efficiency Corporation for rollout of a demand response programme in New York state. Under the agreement, Power Efficiency Corporation will provide the utility company with 12MW of demand response energy in the summer months of 2017 and 2018. The solutions provider won the contract in an ... Read More »

Minnesota utility submits proposal for advanced grid programme 9 AUGUST 2016 Minnesota-based utility holding company Xcel Energy has filed approval with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to build a $562 million advanced grid project. The approval from the Public Utilities Commission will give Xcel Energy the ability to monitor and control its distribution system. The project includes the rollout of smart meters and support systems which ... Read More »

Itron and Landis+Gyr enhance smart meter connectivity 9 AUGUST 2016 Smart grid solutions firm Itron and Landis+Gyr announced their agreement with smart meters manufacturer TransData to enhance their automated metering solutions portfolio. Under the deal, the two solutions providers will use TransData’s smart meter patents to allow wireless communication of their smart meters. In a press statement, TransData explains that its patents are designed to equip ... Read More »

Consumers Energy budgets $750m to complete AMI rollout 2 AUGUST 2016 US power and gas utility Consumers Energy plans to equip all of its customers with smart meters by December 2016. The development is expected to help the firm to improve its energy billing by eliminating estimated billing. In addition to ensuring accurate billing, the new metering system will help customers reduce their power usage and costs. ... Read More »

North America renewable capacity to increase to 45% – EIA 5 AUGUST 2016 According to the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook for 2016, the North American share of energy generation produced renewables will increase from 38% in 2015 to 45% in 2025. A release by the EIA states that Canada, Mexico and the US have recently signed an agreement to establish a goal of 50% of electricity generation from clean ... Read More »

Internet of Things grows in utility sector 1 AUGUST 2016 Of responding companies in a recent Vodafone report, 28% are using Internet of Things (IoT) in their operations, and 76% say the IoT will be critical to their success. In Taiwan, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the National Communications Commission (NCC) are considering a request, filed by the Taiwan Power Company (TPW), for a ... Read More »

eMotorWerks upgrades EV charging tech 28 JULY 2016 Provider of smart grid charging solutions for EVs eMotorWerks has integrated Amazon Alexa home automation technology into its offering to enhance EV charging. In a combined statement, eMotorWerks said it integrated Amazon Alexa’s technology with its JuiceNet platform. The integration allows smart home devices to communicate with the EV charging system. Smart home and EV users ... Read More »

Indian utility partners to simplify bill payments 27 JULY 2016 Indian power utility Punjab State Power Corporation partnered with mobile money transfer firm Vodafone M-PESA to improve how consumers pay their electricity bills. The collaboration will allow consumers of Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL) to securely pay their bills online via the digital app. M-PESA is a digital wallet service provided by Vodafone to simplify money ... Read More »

Security and smart home spur IoT growth 27 JULY 2016 Market research and consulting company Parks Associates has released new research on IoT smart home business models, home energy management, security, and smart lighting. According to the company’s research, more than 30 million US broadband households will have a home security system by 2019 and 51% of US broadband householders find an IoT device that alerts ... Read More »

Seattle City Light increases EV charging infrastructure 26 JULY 2016 US power utility Seattle City Light announced its plan to increase the number of EV charging stations to pave way for increased adoption of electric vehicles in Seattle. According to a local publication, the power utility will install hundreds of charging stations in Seattle homes to allow EV users to charge their vehicles at home. The ... Read More »