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December 18, 2012
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Latest News about Smart Grids - from Control Networks to Smart Meters, and Everything in Between

  News from the Grid 
  • Global smart meter revenues predicted to surge through 2016
    Utility demand for next-generation billing solutions will drive a surge in revenues for providers of advanced metering technology, according to a report from IMS Research that predicts the market will grow to $13 billion by 2016. The bulk of the growth will occur between 2014 and 2015, analysts say, with demand in Europe and Asia making up for a leveling off in government funded smart meter deployments in the U.S. EE Times India (free registration) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Mitsubishi to supply EVs for USC smart grid project
    Mitsubishi Motors North America will provide its i-MiEV electric vehicles for the University of Southern California to use in its Smart Grid Living Laboratory program. The EVs will enable the USC researchers to "simulate a city with a population between 50,000 to 60,000 citizens, tourists, visitors and two hospitals as they document their experiences operating a fleet of electric vehicles under a wide range of conditions and simulations over a period of two years," according to Mitsubishi. (Scotland) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Utilities to spend $20 billion on Big Data analytics over 9 years
    To quantify and analyze how smart grid technology is changing its operations and how consumers use power, electrical utilities are forecast to spend $20 billion over the next nine years on Big Data analytics applications, according to GTM Research. Utility expenditures on data tracking will reach $1.1 billion in 2013 and $3.8 billion a year by 2020, the market research firm forecasts. EE Times (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • Increasing storage needs fueled by smart grid growth
    As the smart grid reaches maturity and renewable penetration increases, the need for advanced storage solutions will account for one of the fastest growing segments of the energy industry and drive increased competition among manufacturers, analysts report. According to NanoMarkets, among the most significant shifts, lead-acid batteries -- which currently account for more than half the storage market -- will gradually be supplanted by newer technologies such as energy-efficient supercapacitors. EE Times India (free registration) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert makes case for "multi-dimensional" approach to cybersecurity
    As utilities come to rely more on IP-based networking technologies they will become much more vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to Ken Van Meter, a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton who says mitigating the risk will require new forensic techniques with the ability to root out and expose emerging threats. Van Meter says legacy security methods such as firewalls and antivirus software are too limiting and must be replaced by a "multi-dimensional" approach that relies on advanced mathematical models, algorithms and heuristic analysis. Smart Grid News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Lawmakers team up to pressure U.S. agencies on energy efficiency
    Two congressmen have launched a bipartisan effort to increase energy efficiency in the nearly 3 billion square feet of building space owned and operated by the federal government. The Energy Savings Performance Caucus -- which was formed by Reps. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Peter Welch, D-Vt. -- is hoping to encourage federal agencies to put $2 billion in funds earmarked for energy efficiency projects to use on project to reduce energy consumption and waste. Smart Grid News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  UTC News 
  • Webinar: RF Safety and Smart Meters
    Jan. 10, 2013 at 2 p.m. Eastern time

    With the rapid deployment of smart meters, their radio frequency (RF) emissions have become a concern of many consumers. While these emissions are well below the federal guide lines for RF emissions from all types of devices such as cell phones and modems, internet sites and a vocal opposition have raised a number of questions that legislators and regulators need to address. The purpose of this webinar is to separate fact from internet fiction and help all stakeholders understand the science of RF health effects and what this means in real terms for consumers. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Dec. 25 or Jan. 1
    In observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays, SmartGrid SmartBrief will not publish on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Publication will resume Jan. 8. Enjoy the holiday season! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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