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Home   Events   Membership   Publications        May 19, 2011
Innovation is the Name of the Game at Autovation Host DC Water
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George Hawkins
The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, now known simply as DC Water, has a fairly broad agenda designed to help the organization evolve. It is being spearheaded by George S. Hawkins, general manager, who was named to his position in September 2009. Before that, Hawkins was director of the District Department of the Environment, an agency that performs city, county and state environmental functions for the nation's capital. The agenda is being driven by some significant issues that Hawkins sees as facing DC Water and the water utility industry in general. "Those of us in the industry understand well the vital nature of what we deliver for every living organization," he states.

  Autovation Announcements

Preliminary Program Available
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The Autovation Preliminary Program is now available. The Program Committee has recruited world-class presenters to speak on issues that are important to today's busy utility executive. This year Autovation offers more learning opportunities for gas and water utility professionals than ever before. Autovation covers the entire utility automation life cycle from developing a business plan, to installation, to data collection and to making the most of your investment.

Plan to spend several hours in the expo where you will meet the world's top suppliers and see demonstrations of the most innovative technology for municipal, electric cooperative and investor-owned utilities.

Register by May 31 for the early-bird rate. And, remember, Utilimetrics members receive significant discounts. Not a member? Join now.

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Two Webcasts Scheduled in June and July
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Utilimetrics has scheduled two webcasts for June.

June 15 — The first webcast is at 1 p.m. CDT June 15. It is a sneak preview of Autovation 2011.

The webcast will feature two Autovation presenters, Mike Godorov from PPL Electric Utilities and David O'Brien, from Bridge Energy Group.

Godorov will speak at 10:30 a.m. CDT Sept. 26 in the Distribution Automation session. Hear a brief synopsis of his presentation, Distribution Automation: Next Step in the Smart Grid Plan.

O'Brien will moderate the Regulatory panel discussion on Bridging the Smart Grid Divide to Meet Today's Energy Challenges 8:30 a.m. CDT Sept. 27. The webcast is free for members and nonmembers.

July - 23 — Join Geoff Zeiss, Autodesk, at 1 p.m. CDT July 23 for a webcast on Addressing the Challenge of an Aging Workforce.

Whether you're a project manager or a CEO, you'll want to know how changing demographics are affecting the industry. Register for this webcast and find out how you can successfully meet the challenge by:
  • Using technology to attract, train and retain younger workers
  • Improving productivity of design and records workers
  • Enabling knowledge transfer from senior to younger workers
Geoff Zeiss works in enterprise geospatial information technology solutions for large enterprises worldwide. He has extensive experience in location-aware software solutions for utilities, communications and the public sector. His interests include the convergence of engineering design, geospatial and 3-D visualization technologies, the aging workforce and optimizing infrastructure management workflows for data quality. The June 23 webcast is free for Utilimetrics members and $145 for nonmembers. Online registration will open soon. Registration form PDFs are available now. For information on the webcasts or to register, click here.

Why I Belong to Utilimetrics
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Clark Pierce
Clark Pierce: "In addition to quality education, one of the things that sets Utilimetrics apart from other organizations is its focus on AMI and the AMI function within the smart grid. Not trying to be all things to all people makes Utilimetrics unique among associations.

I have also benefited professionally from Autovation, Utilimetrics' annual technology conference and one of the largest gatherings of utility professionals nationally. Its utility-only peer forums provide networking opportunities not available elsewhere. Several years ago, I moderated a utility-only forum for gas professionals, two of whom contacted me afterward to thank me and say they had saved thousands of dollars on their projects because of lessons learned and shared during the session."

A member of the Utilimetrics board of directors since 2004, Clark Pierce was employed by PSE&G for 18 years where he was the director of customer service and responsible for call centers, field meter reading and meter test lab. He is currently vice president of investor-owned utilities sales for Landis+Gyr.

Discover why membership in Utilimetrics, the Utility Technology Association, is the best investment your company can make. Join today.

Utilimetrics News Link available through MultiBriefs app
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Utilimetrics understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create the Utilimetrics News Link, the association committed itself to providing updates on a weekly basis. The Utilimetrics News Link is also available on the MultiBriefs app, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. After it's downloaded, you may add the Utilimetrics feed. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. Android phone users also may access the app by going to the Android Marketplace and searching "MultiBriefs" to access the Android version of the app.

  Member News

Report: Toshiba near Landis+Gyr deal
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Toshiba Corp is near a deal to buy Swiss-based smart metering company Landis+Gyr for more than $2 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. The report said the Japanese conglomerate beat out two private equity firms — TPG Capital and EQT Partners — in the auction. More

Tropos and Itron Deliver Soup-to-Nuts Smart Grid Network
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Most smart meter networks are actually two networks — the local-area networks that meters use to talk to one another, and the networks that connect neighborhoods back to the grid at large (called backhaul), usually via cellular connections. But Itron and Tropos Networks say they can roll them all into one, and they've landed Michigan utility DTE Energy as a customer. DTE's $168 million, 800,000-smart meter deployment will be the first to use an integrated Itron/Tropos system that the two companies launched in 2010. More

  Industry News

Smart Grid Collaborations Launched in Hawaii, Korea    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It must be the season: A U.S./Japanese partnership will develop a multifaceted smart grid demonstration project on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and U.S.-based meter data management software company eMeter is working on a smart grid project to enhance systems integration and development capabilities in Korea with Samsung SDS. More

Maine PUC Approves 'Smart' Meter Opt-out Options
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Central Maine Power Co. customers who don't want wireless smart meters installed at their homes and businesses will have options, following a landmark decision at the Maine Public Utilities Commission. People can opt out of the program by keeping their existing, analog meters, or having a modified smart meter installed with its wireless transmitter turned off, the PUC decided. Customers also have the option of moving a wireless smart meter to another location on their property. More

California, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York and Colorado Top the Nation in Clean-Energy Leadership
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Clean Edge's second annual U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index provides the industry's most comprehensive and objective analysis and ranking of how all 50 states, and the individuals, businesses and organizations that operate there, compare across the clean-energy spectrum. According to Clean Edge's assessment and ranking of more than 70 different indicators in technology, policy and capital, the top 10 states in the nation are California, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado, Washington, New Mexico, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont. More

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DOE: EV Infrastructure Catching on Across the US
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As a result of the Obama administration's efforts to encourage electric-vehicle manufacturing and infrastructure, more than 1,800 EV chargers have been installed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and that number is set to skyrocket over the next two years, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced. Since 2009, the DOE has invested more than $5 billion in grants and loans to spur the growth of the U.S.' EV and advanced battery manufacturing industry. More

Green Grid Publishes Final PUE Guidance
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The Green Grid has published its second and final volume of guidelines for applying the power usage effectiveness metric. PUE determines the amount of energy used by a data center facility and the information technology gear inside of it, as a measurement of total energy divided by IT energy consumption. More

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