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October 9, 2012
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Latest News about Smart Grids - from Control Networks to Smart Meters, and Everything in Between

  News from the Grid 
  • ComEd to delay smart meter rollout amid dispute with regulators
    An ongoing dispute between Commonwealth Edison and Illinois regulators threatens to hold up the utility's grid modernization initiative -- including a planned smart meter rollout -- and cost as much as $100 million in annual revenue, the company said. ComEd and the Illinois Commerce Commission have been at loggerheads over how to fund the $2.6 billion plan, with regulators calling for rate reduction that greatly exceeds the $59 million in cuts proposed by the utility. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Smart grid deployments helping bolster rural broadband
    As utilities make the transition to intuitive distribution technologies that rely on robust two-way communication, having adequate access to broadband will be a critical component of their success, experts say. According to Dave Russell -- a solutions marketing director at Calix -- while only a small number of utilities are currently advancing broadband projects, increased interest in the smart grid is driving steady investment in access technologies, particularly in rural areas that lack mature wireless and fiber optic infrastructure. FierceSmartGrid (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • Consumers power down thanks to appliances, gadgets
    Overall energy use in the U.S. was down 3% at the end of September compared to the same period last year thanks in part to the rise of technologies that allow consumers to better manage their power consumption. Data from the U.S. Energy Department show the shift to energy-saving appliances and gadgets resulted in record low power usage in 2011 and are fueling a "quiet revolution in energy efficiency," according to Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Bloomberg (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Utilities agree with Sen. Rockefeller on cybersecurity bill
    Four leading electrical utility groups have written a letter to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, urging Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation. "Given the differences of opinion evident in the Senate debate, it may be difficult for Congress to agree on a government-wide framework for cybersecurity that accounts for all 18 critical infrastructure sectors," the letter states. "In the meantime, in the absence of consensus, we would encourage Congress to act on legislation improving information-sharing capabilities among government and industry." Smart Grid News (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama is seeking input from private sector on cybersecurity
    National Security Council representative Caitlin Hayden says that President Barack Obama's potential executive order on cybersecurity will be crafted using input from members of Congress and "our partners in the private sector." "Unfortunately, the current prospects for a comprehensive bill are limited, and the risk is too great for the administration not to act," Hayden said. Republican lawmakers recommended that the president re-engage Congress on crafting legislation rather than go it alone. National Journal/Tech Daily Dose blog (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  UTC News 
  • Oct. 10 -- UTC Webinar: Fiber in Substations
    It's here. Are you ready? Many utilities, upgrading substations with advanced protection and control and SCADA systems, are selecting fiber as the primary data transport medium for these applications due to its reliability, speed and immunity to electromagnetic interference. This webinar will provide you with practical and tested insight on the latest in fiber-based substation applications, as well as present best practices for designing, installing and testing fiber infrastructure in the substation. Learn what fiber and connector types are best for your situation, and the best use for multifiber backbones. Lessons learned from representative projects will be shared such as solutions for efficient cable management, and tips for troubleshooting and maintenance. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun."
--John D. Rockefeller,
American industrialist and philanthropist

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