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January 8, 2013
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Latest News about Smart Grids - from Control Networks to Smart Meters, and Everything in Between

  News from the Grid 
  • Strong growth in commercial demand response is predicted
    Commercial deployments of demand response systems will more than double over the next five years, according to a forecast from Pike Research that credits advancements in communications standards with making the technology accessible on a broader scale. Pike estimates that by 2018, more than 1.4 million commercial locations around the world will be benefiting from DR programs -- compared to fewer than 600,000 in 2012. Smart Grid News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Why not all smart meter markets are created equally
    Research shows smart meter growth continues to rise in India, Brazil and China, while North America and Europe face mounting stagnation; but experts warn that drawing parallels between emerging and developed markets is like comparing apples to oranges. According to commentator Phil Carson, advanced metering growth in the so-called "hot" markets is being propelled largely by a desire to reign in theft and corruption, while the relative absence of these issues in developed nations has led countries like the U.S. to underinvest in critical infrastructure. Intelligent Utility online (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • New technologies lend flexibility to solar panels
    Research and development is underway on a number of innovative new technologies designed to make solar power cheaper and easier to deploy by making components more flexible and efficient. Among the more promising breakthroughs are flexible, peel-and-stick panels being perfected by engineers at Stanford and an advanced solar cell manufacturing process that uses a special dye to eliminate the need for costly semiconductors. Smart Grid News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pentagon looks to microgrids to improve its energy security
    The Department of Defense is planning to make greater use of microgrid technology around the world to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, this article notes. U.S. military microgrids might be capable of generating 54.8 megawatts of power within the next five years, according to Pike Research. EE Times (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • NSA releases details about Perfect Citizen security program
    New details have emerged about a U.S. government program, now in its fourth year, designed to strengthen cybersecurity and protect critical infrastructure. Perfect Citizen -- which is administered by the National Security Agency and has raised concerns about domestic spying -- uses technology by Raytheon as well as "penetration testers" to probe vulnerabilities in the power grid. The Christian Science Monitor (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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