Dozens of Utilimetrics Members Log in for the Edison SmartConnect MDM Webcast
The recent webcast on Edison SmartConnect Systems Implementation: Meter Data Management was highly attended. And, it's not a surprise to anyone. Southern California Edison, one of the most progressive and successful utilities, is always willing to share challenges and lessons learned with others in the industry. More
Water Utility Interests to Have a Significant Focus at Autovation
Water utility attendees will have many opportunities to learn and collaborate at Autovation 2011, Sept. 25-28 in Washington, DC. Pre-Autovation courses, education sessions and networking events have been specifically planned for water utilities. Don Schlenger, SAIC, will lead a pre-Autovation course on how to manage a successful water AMI project. More
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DOE Ranks PGE No. 1 in US for Number of Renewable Power Customers
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Portland General Electric has more renewable power customers than any other utility in the United States. That's according to the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which recently released its annual rankings of the nation's top utility green pricing programs. At the end of 2010, PGE had nearly 78,000 business and residential renewable customers, or 12.6 percent of its eligible customers, enrolled in a PGE renewable power program, which is well over the national average of 2 percent participation rate for other utilities. More
Florida Debuts Water Component in Aclara's ENERGYprism
The city of Tallahassee, Fla., is the first utility nationwide to add presentation and analysis of water data to its Aclara ENERGYprism® online customer-care solution, the most widely used and tested customer-portal platform in the industry. Aclara is part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc., and a leading provider of Intelligent Infrastructure to gas, water and electric utilities. The ENERGYprism application provides easy-to-understand explanations of bill changes and colorful graphics that show customers how they are using electricity, gas and water. More
Tennessee Selects Elster for Smart Grid Deployment for city of Dayton
Elster recently announced that the city of Dayton, Tenn., has selected Elster's EnergyAxis® smart grid solution to power its advanced metering infrastructure project. Elster, along with its regional distribution partner WESCO Distribution, Inc., will supply 8,000 residential and 2,000 commercial Elster REX® and A3 Alpha Smart Meters, providing efficient and cost-effective delivery of electric services to Dayton, Tenn., electric customers. More
Austin Energy, PGE Top Renewable Rankings
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Austin Energy and Portland General Electric sold the most renewable energy under voluntary green power programs of any utilities last year, according to an analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Western states dominated in several of the rankings published by NREL. The analysis ranked Portland General Electric first for number of customer participants with 77,907. More
Bangor Hydro Deploys Itron Software to Support Migration to Smart Grid
Itron Inc. recently announced that Bangor Hydro Electric Company is implementing Itron software solutions to help it migrate from automated meter reading processes to an advanced metering infrastructure. In January 2010, the Maine Public Utilities Commission approved an investment in smart grid infrastructure investments for Bangor Hydro. As part of its business case, Bangor Hydro will employ Itron expertise and technology to implement dynamic pricing and multichannel customer engagement that will help customers better understand and manage their energy usage. More
CMP Asks Maine Public Utilities Commission to Reject 'Smart' Meter Opt-out Option
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Central Maine Power Co. wants the Maine Public Utilities Commission to disregard the recommendation of its staff that would allow customers to opt out of the company's new wireless "smart" electrical meters. CMP issued a response to PUC's staff recommendation that would provide customers two opt-out options: Keep the old wired meters or have a "smart" meter with the wireless capability disabled. Both options would require customers to pay extra fees to cover CMP's cost for manual meter readers. More
California Lays Out Smart Meter Privacy Rules
How should utilities protect their customers' energy data, while at the same time letting the technology world access that data to find new ways to save energy and help the grid? The California Public Utilities Commission recently came out with a long-awaited proposed ruling on the subject that would impose privacy rules on home devices that use smart meter data and are "locked" into one company's platform or technology (think how cell phones are locked into a carrier), but leave customer-owned data sources outside of its authority. More
Delaware PSC Issues Proposed Rules for Community Net Metering
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On April 19, the Delaware Public Service Commission issued Order 7946, proposing revised net metering rules. In October 2010, the PSC gave notice that it proposed to change the net metering provisions in its regulations in light of July 2010 legislative amendments to the underlying net metering statute further proposed rule revisions implement a July 2010 law. More
France Nearing Decision on $6 Billion Smart Meter Plan
France will decide by the end of September whether to proceed with a $6 billion plan to install "smart" power meters in 35 million homes across the country, Industry Minister Eric Besson recently said. A pilot project called "Linky" in which 250,000 devices were tested in homes near the French cities of Lyon and Tours was successful, Besson said at a press conference in Paris. More
NIST Body Backs Beefing up Cybersecurity in Smart Grid Standards
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel's Cyber Security Working Group is recommending cybersecurity measures be beefed up in the smart grid standards for wireless communications and smart metering the next time they are revised, according to CSWG Chair Marianne Swanson. The SGIP, set up by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, recently approved standards for smart meters and wireless devices designed to improve interoperability and security of the smart grid electricity system. More
High School Students Prepare for Smart Grid with SMART Competition
IEEE is announcing an exciting new volunteer-led engineering initiative to get high school students not only thinking about smart grid, but also creating it. IEEE Power and Energy Society is co-sponsoring an innovative new venture that engages high school students in the building of the future Smart Grid. The SMART Competition will enable high school students to focus on smart grid concepts including: sustainable building design, smart grid monitoring and improvement of campus loading conditions, neighborhood impact, and varying loading conditions such as electrical vehicle charging, special or extraordinary events, day-of-week fluctuations, etc. More
Panel Seeks Participants to Develop Standardization Roadmap for Safe, Mass Deployment of EVs in the US
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With their potential for energy independence, reduced carbon emissions, and economic growth, few emerging areas of technology are as exciting as electric vehicles. Consumers are eager to "go electric" but remain uncertain about the performance and convenience of the new cars and charging infrastructure. To facilitate the large scale introduction of electric vehicles into the market while ensuring that the technologies and infrastructure are safe and effective, the American National Standards Institute has formed a cross-sector Electric Vehicles Standards Panel. More
McCarthy, House Republicans Promoting Energy Policy
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Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced that he is launching the House Energy Action Team, an effort that will be co-chaired by Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings. HEAT will consist of a committed group of House members to promote Republican energy policies that will address rising energy prices, create thousands of good jobs and enhance national security by promoting energy independence for America. More
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