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February 5, 2013
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Latest News about Smart Grids - from Control Networks to Smart Meters, and Everything in Between

  News from the Grid 
  • How partnerships give smart grid startups a bridge to success
    Turning a smart grid pilot project into a smart grid success story is not as easy as it might seem, say experts, who point to the string of failed startups that had a good idea but lacked the time and money succeed. An exception is Silver Spring Networks, which has managed to excel through partnerships with dozens of big name firms, which presents a model for other smart grid startups to follow. GigaOm (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Smart grid investment up 15% in 2012 as M&A surges
    More venture capital funding poured into the smart grid in 2012, although the industry saw fewer overall deals, according to a tally from Mercom Capital, which also reported a more than three-fold increase in merger and acquisition activity. Investors pumped $434 million into the sector last year, compared with $377 million in 2001, with companies involved in home and building automation, demand response and grid optimization technologies garnering the lion's share of capital. Smart Grid News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What nanotechnology can do for the smart grid
    Nanotechnology can have a significant effect on power electronics, according to Pradeep Haldar, an executive at the University of Albany's College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering. "Nanotech is a platform," he notes, adding: "It’s not [a] single product or process. With the help of nano, we can make technology better and cheaper. We can make electronic devices along the smart grid smarter." (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy Management 
  • Super Bowl blackout spotlights necessity of the smart grid
    A power outage that lasted 34 minutes during Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast highlights the need for upgraded infrastructure and shows the value the smart grid could deliver to the U.S., not only in terms of lights but in security and financial viability, experts say. Almost every aspect of our economy is touched by electricity, from banking to hospitals to world markets,” said Susan Tierney, a member of a National Research Council. "The worst case scenario could be devastating," she said. NBC News (2/5), National Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Honeywell, Opower target consumers with energy-management tools
    Honeywell and Opower have begun trialing a home-energy management platform that the companies expect will boost consumer engagement by up to 7%. The integrated demand response and energy efficiency system combines Honeywell's Wi-Fi thermostat and utility management software with a cloud-based application from Opower and allows end users to control their electricity usage through the Web or their smartphone. Smart Grid News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • White House cybersecurity order set for February, senator says
    The Obama administration will release its much anticipated executive order on cybersecurity sometime after the State of the Union address by President Barack Obama later this month, according to Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., who chairs the Senate homeland security committee. The order, which would create a set of voluntary guidelines for companies involved in critical infrastructure, is a response to Congress' failure to enact cybersecurity legislation last year. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (1/31), The Wall Street Journal (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  UTC News 
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