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December 4, 2012
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Latest News about Smart Grids - from Control Networks to Smart Meters, and Everything in Between

  News from the Grid 
  • Report blasts officials for misguided focus on smart meters
    U.S. government officials at the state and federal levels are being duped into spending billions of dollars to supplement the deployment of smart meters based on the mistaken assumption they will contribute to increased energy efficiency, according to a report. The report attributes the problem to a "fundamental lack of understanding of the problems associated with the future of electricity and energy." Researchers from the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy -- which produced the study -- say transitioning to a renewable energy economy requires policy changes such as those implemented in Germany and the Netherlands that rely less on utilities and promote more home-based energy management solutions. Transmission & Distribution World online (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Speakers discuss highs and lows of Big Data at U.K. conference
    Speakers at a conference in the U.K. touted the analytics capabilities of Big Data while also expressing concerns about its widening use, Ben Rooney writes. "The richest examples of Big Data are to understand consumer behavior and optimize your product for it. That is where the danger can lie," Splunk's Stephen Sorkin said. "The software only finds correlations, not causations. In order to find causal relationships you have to do work." The Wall Street Journal/Tech Europe blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Billing, CIS revenue to hit $4 billion in 5 years, firm projects
    The global market for electricity utility billing and customer information systems software and services will grow to about $4 billion in 2017, compared with $2.3 billion last year, according to Pike Research. The worldwide deployment of smart meters will help drive that growth, the market research firm says. "Large U.S. investor-owned utilities looking to develop new revenue streams, European energy retailers working in a deregulated market, and utilities in the developing world seeking to improve revenue collection and energy auditing are all taking a new look at their requirements for billing and CIS," Pike's Eric Woods said. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • Natural gas credited for drop in greenhouse gases in New England
    A gradual transition to natural gas-powered electricity generation has led to a massive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across New England, a study finds. According to regional grid administrator ISO New England, levels of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide have decreased more than 50% over the past decade because of increased pollution controls and more dependence on natural-gas power plants. Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rentricity equipment generates power from water pressure
    Rentricity has developed systems capable of generating electricity from water pressure, technology that is being adopted by water utilities to lower their energy costs. The New York-based startup has installed its equipment in water treatment plants in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, and is currently finishing an installation in the Palos Verdes area of Los Angeles County, Calif. GigaOm (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Feds address tech industry concerns in newest draft cyber order
    The Obama administration clarified its position on cybersecurity in response to concerns from the technology sector that a pending executive order could amount to an endorsement for one or more commercial solutions. In an amended draft proposal the White House pledged that its cybersecurity guidance will remain "technology neutral" and called on the Treasury and Commerce departments to consider incentives designed to promote voluntary participation. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UTC News 
  • Webinar: Linking Smart Appliances to Utility and Consumer Benefits
    Thursday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. EST

    Smart appliances are already entering the consumer marketplace, but finding the real value for utilities and consumers is only beginning to emerge. How can smart appliances help consumers lower their bills? Why would utilities or demand aggregators bother with small appliances? What communications challenges exist in linking smart appliances to home area networks, utility operations and/or grid operators. Our panel of experts will address all these issues and more. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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