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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read more