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1. British officials reveal extent of cyberthreats on national energy grid

SmartGrid SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2015

The U.K.'s energy infrastructure is constantly being attacked by hackers probing its defenses, a member of Parliament says. MP James Arbuthnot says the energy sector -- which is overseen by National Grid -- faces an attempted cyberattack nearly every minute, representing a significant threat that recently prompted the nation to boost protective spending. Bloomberg Businessweek (01/09)


2. Canada to adopt modified Iron Dome for grid defense

SmartGrid SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2015

Canada will become the first country to apply technology developed to shield Israel from missile attacks to protect its national energy infrastructure, the nation's foreign minister announced. The collaboration is being coordinated by the Canada-Israel Industrial Research & Development Foundation, which has earmarked $4 million to bring the technology into the global energy sector. Metering.com (01/26)


3. Canadian regulators target Sensus smart meters with mass-removal order

SmartGrid SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2015

The Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario has ordered the removal and replacement of more than 5,000 smart meters following reports of devices overheating. Sensus has defended its meters, saying they are safe, but the government is asking the company to pay for the cost of replacement -- said to be $400 per meter. Metering.com (01/26) National Post (Canada) (01/22) Ottawa Citizen (Ontario) (01/22)


4. Experts: Smart meter data could alter utility-company model

SmartGrid SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2015

This month, the U.S. Department of Energy will unveil its final draft of a code of conduct that includes privacy recommendations for smart meter data. Some industry leaders think the value of the data could disturb utility companies' business models. "When you become a company whose most valuable asset is not the kilowatt-hours but the data, that fundamentally changes what kind of company you are," said Miles Keogh of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Politico (01/01) Metering.com (01/05)


5. Advances in storage to drive spike on solar market

SmartGrid SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

The solar market is poised to capture increasing revenues thanks in part to rising demand for battery-backed solutions for industrial and commercial projects. The battery-backed solar market will grow to $1 billion by 2018, rising from $48 million in 2014, with the strongest growth in California, New York and Hawaii, according to GTM Research. Greentech Media (01/16)


6. Accenture acquires Structure in smart grid expansion

SmartGrid SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2015

Accenture has signed a deal to purchase utility and energy advisory company Structure -- and absorb its 190 staffers. While the agreement is still under review, Omar Abbosh, senior managing director, said it would "reinforce our ability to help our clients solve some of the most complex and critical challenges that lie at the heart of the digital transformation." Metering.com (01/08)


7. NV Energy issues procedures to improve smart meter safety

SmartGrid SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2015

After dealing with a series of fires in a third party's smart meters, Nevada utility NV Energy says it is implementing steps designed to improve safety. Writing to the state's Public Utilities Commission, the company said that, among other things, it will improve technology to enable meters to shut down if they overheat, and it is switching vendors. Metering.com (01/05)


8. Consumers not surprised by U.K.'s smart meter project delays

SmartGrid SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2015

People don't have much faith that the smart metering project, which is expected to go live in the U.K. by 2020, will happen on time. According to a survey from YouGov, 62% do not think that it will launch in time because they believe that information technology projects run late, have problems or go over budget. In December, authorities said the network would not be ready to go online until March 2016. Computerworld UK (01/05)


9. Senate Democrat calls for tax credits to promote smart grid

SmartGrid SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2015

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is calling on legislators to expand tax breaks for energy companies -- including those developing and promoting smart grid technologies -- as a move toward incentivizing innovation. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said she is looking forward to working across the aisle to pass comprehensive energy legislation. SNL Financial (free content) (01/09)


10. China to up smart grid investment by a quarter in 2015

SmartGrid SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

China's state energy grid will spend $68.7 billion this year on improvements to its infrastructure and technology, an increase of 24% over 2014. The increased spending is expected to give a boost to the copper sector as demand for transmission cables and transformers grows, research firm Antaike says. China Daily (Beijing) (01/17) Reuters (01/19)




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