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Home   Events   Membership   Publications        Dec. 22, 2011
 
 
Leading-edge GIS Applications in Utility Environments
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Geospatial technology evolved from a highly specialized, niche-oriented application to a much broader-based platform widely used in government agencies, private-sector companies and utilities. It has become an essential tool for improving service levels, providing for increased infrastructure protection, enabling enhanced emergency response and serving to integrate enterprise solutions. More

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2012 Peer-to-Peer Webcast Series to Feature Critical Topics and Industry Subject Matter Experts
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Utilimetrics is planning webcasts throughout 2012 that will cover critical topics for electric, water and gas municipal, electric cooperative and investor-owned utilities.

Save the date for our first webcast of the year at 1 p.m. CST Jan. 18. The webcast, Empowered Customers Smarter Grid: SDG&E's Smart Meter Program, is presented by Farrell Cox, San Diego Gas & Electric. He will discuss:

  • SDG&E's guiding principals
  • Defining the smarter grid
  • Customer engagement: Preparing customer expectations during a large-scale meter deployment
  • Update on SDG&E's smart meter deployment
  • What worked and what didn't
  • How smart meter deployment prepared SDG&E for smart grid
Join your colleagues at 1 p.m. CST Feb. 15 for Realizing the Benefits of AMI: DTE Energy's Experience. Joe McCormick, DTE Energy, is the featured presenter. His discussion will include:
  • Customer service benefits
  • Automatic power-outage detection
  • Meter tamper and energy theft improvements
  • Increased meter reading process efficiency
  • Modernization of DTE electricity system
Utilimetrics members can participate in webcasts for free. There is a $95 charge for nonmembers. Registration information will be available soon.

If you are interested in presenting a webcast, contact Debby Scheck.


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Why I Belong to Utilimetrics
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"These are just a few of the reasons why I belong to Utilimetrics:
  • Membership in Utilimetrics has enabled KEMA to enhance our industry image and brand positioning as a smart metering and smart grid leader.
  • As a board member I can network with key industry leaders and positively influence and guide the direction of Utilimetrics to make it an even more valuable resource for utility professionals.
  • KEMA's participation in Autovation reflects our strong commitment to the industry, and it enables several of our consultants to reach career aspirations by making conference presentations, teaching courses and networking with other professionals.
  • Networking with other professionals helps maintain and expand our knowledge in a fast-evolving segment of the industry, as well as source new business leads and insight."
A member of the Utilimetrics Board of Directors since 2009, Rob Wilhite is global director/senior vice president management and operations consulting, KEMA.

Discover why membership in Utilimetrics is the best investment your company can make.

Take advantage of what Utilimetrics membership has to offer and join today. For more information or to apply, click here.


Thanks for Renewing
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Thanks to the following member companies that have renewed for 2012 in the past week. Your support of Utilimetrics is sincerely appreciated.

Atco Electric Ltd. (7-year member)
Guideline (3-year member)
Integrys Energy Group (7-year member)
Secure Meters (UK) Ltd. (8-year member)
Tesco (2-year member)
Veolia Water NA (7-year member)
Wipro Technologies (3-year member)

Utilimetrics relies on membership dues to meet the growing education, information and networking needs of our members. Without your support we cannot continue to provide the exceptional programs and services that members have been enjoying for 25 years. If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2012, please contact Donna Stevens today.


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1st Autovation 2012 Exhibitors Announced
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Thanks to the following companies that have already reserved their exhibit space for Autovation 2012. We appreciate your support and look forward to a very successful 25th Anniversary conference and expo. These companies also have been named Utilimetrics 25th Anniversary Supporters. Reserve your exhibit space and pay a minimum $1,500 by Dec. 23 and your company will be listed as a Utilimetrics 25th Anniversary Supporter throughout 2012. Contact Dan Corcoran, +1.312.541.0567.

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Paper Proposals Due Soon
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There is still time to submit your paper proposal for Autovation 2012. Share your case studies, best practices and lessons learned with peers from around the world. Consumer engagement, data analytics and operations are just a few of the many areas Autovation 2012 will cover. Click here for information. If you have questions, contact Debby Scheck, +1.847.227.0477.

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Southern California Edison Confirms Names of Victims in Irwindale Incident; Will Open Fund for Families
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Our thoughts are with SCE, its employees and their family members.

Southern California Edison confirms that employees Robert Scott Lindsay and Henry Serrano were fatally shot on Friday, Dec. 16, at its Rivergrade facility in Irwindale. Two other employees were injured in one of the most horrific events the company has experienced in its 125-year history.

Lindsay, 53, from Chino Hills, was a manager in the information technology area with 29 years of service and Serrano, 56, from Walnut, was a manager in the same area and had contributed 26 years of service to the company. Police have informed the company that employee Andre Turner, 48, from Norco, was responsible for the shooting and took his own life.

SCE employee Angela Alvarez, 46, from Glendale, and contractor Abhay Pimpale, 38, of Montebello, were injured during the incident and are being treated. The company will continue to provide updates in the days ahead to the extent available.

SCE appreciates the outpouring of support from the community at this difficult time. The company is providing grief counselors for employees and families. The company also is establishing a fund to support the families involved.

Edison International, SCE's parent company, will donate $100,000 to seed the fund and also will match employee contributions.

The Rivergrade facility currently is closed, and only certain authorized employees will be allowed back into the building at this time.

Steven Conroy, director of corporate communications, is at the Rivergrade facility and is available for media inquiries. SCE requests the media be respectful of the families involved and direct all media inquiries to 626.302.2255. Click here for the announcement from SCE.


Itron, Panasonic Partner to Address Smart Metering Projects
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Itron Inc. and Panasonic have announced a partnership agreement to design and deliver highly innovative gas smart metering solutions to utilities in Europe. Given the EU target requiring that at least 80 percent of homes have a smart meter fitted by 2020 and the growing public concern for energy use reduction, the demand for gas smart metering solutions for residential applications is expected to grow rapidly. In response to this, Itron has partnered with a worldwide leader in electronic products, Panasonic, to collaborate on the development of its next generation smart gas meter. More

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India to Emerge as 3rd-largest Smart Grid Market
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The IEEE Standards Association, the standards development body of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, predicts India will emerge as the world's third-largest smart grid market after the United States and China. More

Taiwan to Increase Investment in Smart Power Grid
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The government of Taiwan plans to invest an additional $4.28 billion in smart power grid infrastructure beginning in 2012, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. A digitally enabled power grid that can deliver electricity by using two-way communication will improve the efficiency, quality and reliability of the power supply system, the MOEA's Bureau of Energy said in a statement. More

DOE Puts $7 Million into Hydrogen Storage
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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, one of the biggest challenge in the development of fuel cell electric vehicles is in how to store enough hydrogen — within the constraints of weight, volume, durability, efficiency and, particularly, total cost — to give the vehicle adequate driving range. This is a challenge the DOE's Los Alamos National Laboratory has been addressing, and now the DOE is extending the effort by awarding $7 million to fund four projects focused on developing safe, effective and economical hydrogen storage systems. More

Feds Rejecting Progress Energy-Duke Energy Merger
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Federal regulators have rejected Duke Energy's proposed multibillion-dollar merger with Progress Energy, the parent of Progress Energy Florida. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the two companies would retain too much control over power generation while making it difficult for other utilities to buy electricity from them, particularly in the Carolinas. More



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