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January 15, 2013
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  News from the Grid 
  • Who will be the smart gird leaders of 2013?
    Ambri, Comverge, FirstFuel, S&C Electric Company, Trilliant and Watt Intelligent Solutions are expected to be making smart grid news this year, according to Smart Grid News, which has identified these companies among the semifinalists for its annual ranking of Smart Grid Companies to Watch this year. The magazine, starting with this initial list of six companies, will call on readers to help designate the firms they think will be true smart grid pioneers in 2013 as finalists in the top 25. The companies that received the most votes will be filtered off as the winning 13. Smart Grid News (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Qatar utility sets pilot project for smart grids
    Qatar General Water & Electricity is initiating a smart grid pilot project in the city of Duhail. Saleh Hamad Al Marri of Kahramaa, as the utility is known, said the project "will be implemented in cooperation with Iberdrola," this article notes. Construction Week (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China grid modernization could spell opportunity for PON sector
    A decision by the Chinese government to incorporate passive optical networking into its grid modernization program would be a major boon for PON component and equipment vendors, according to a report from Ovum that estimates such a decision would pump as much as $2 billion into the market. While the State Grid Corporation of China has given no indication it is considering PON for its FTTx deployments, several vendors are already marketing PON products that are optimized for both the smart grid and triple-play communications services, Ovum said. (Scotland) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy Management 
  • National Grid assembles "dream team" for smart grid pilot
    National Grid will test a smart grid implementation with 15,000 customers in Worcester, Mass., utilizing more than 20 vendors, this article notes. National Grid's Cheri Warren called the vendors a "dream team," adding: "They are the best and brightest in their respective disciplines and share our vision for delivering exceptional benefits for customers." The vendors include Cisco Systems, General Electric and Itron. Greentech Media (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. utilities plan offshore wind farm for Rockaway coast
    A coalition of New York utilities is advancing a plan to build a wind farm roughly 13 miles off the Rockaway coast -- much of which was devastated in October by Superstorm Sandy -- in the hopes of generating an additional 350 to 700 megawatts of renewable power. If it succeeds in doing so, the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Project -- which recently cleared its first regulatory hurdle with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement -- would represent the third offshore wind-energy lease granted by the feds and the only one in operation. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Execs want government to do more for cybersecurity
    MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga and other business leaders say the federal government should work with business on addressing cybersecurity issues. "The business of cybersecurity is more like intelligence and counterespionage than security where you put up physical guns and guards. That's a very poorly matched defense," Banga says. The Wall Street Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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