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February 26, 2013
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Latest News about Smart Grids - from Control Networks to Smart Meters, and Everything in Between

  News from the Grid 
  • Altera offers FPGA reference designs for smart-grid substations
    Altera is offering reference designs for smart-grid substation automation equipment, incorporating its field-programmable gate array chips. The reference design was jointly developed with Flexibilis, a wireless networks firm. "A key trend today in developing a smarter power grid is bidirectional communication and real-time control of the equipment in the grid's transmission and distribution substations," Altera's Jason Chiang said. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Coalition uses education to engage next-generation utilities workers
    A new program being piloted at a Connecticut high school seeks to engage the energy workers of the future by offering a crash course in the next-generation solutions that will revolutionize the industry. The Light Up Your Future, or LUYF, program -- which was introduced at the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology in Hartford -- is a project of Northeast Utilities and the Energy Providers Coalition for Education, and includes online classes and a paid internship at Connecticut Power & Light. Smart Grid News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: M&A in smart-grid vendors is shifting to emerging markets
    A study by Northeast Group estimates more than 400 smart-grid vendors in the world are located outside North America and Western Europe, this article notes. Merger and acquisition activity is likely to focus on those emerging markets, the study predicts. "The smart metering market alone is expected to cumulatively reach $66.3 billion in emerging markets by 2023. It is not surprising that emerging market-based companies are rising to meet this demand," the study says. Smart Grid News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • Investors place bets on grid, storage solutions as solar wanes
    Venture capitalists once bullish on the renewables industry are turning their attention to solutions like storage and infrastructure technology, observers note. Analysts say the trend is being propelled by less than stellar results from investments in areas such as solar panel manufacturing, which has been on a steady downturn in light of plunging solar cell prices. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IP/MPLS communication proves critical to OG&E smart grid program
    Oklahoma Gas and Electric has teamed with Alcatel-Lucent to use next-generation communication technology to enhance the utility's ability to leverage wind energy and demand response tools to cut down on its reliance on fossil fuels. OG&E's Positive Energy Smart Grid program -- which was detailed in a recent study -- relied on Alcatel-Lucent's two-layered, IP/MPLS communications network as a foundation for monitoring and control tools that allowed the utility to reduce customer demand by 2% per year and realize $22 million in savings by this year. (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Looming federal budget cuts may delay cybersecurity efforts
    The automatic budget cuts set to take effect at the beginning of March could stymie newly rejuvenated cybersecurity efforts in the U.S. and slow down implementation of President Barack Obama's recently signed executive order, observers say. Among the agencies likely to suffer from sequestration are the Pentagon, which oversees the lion's share of the nation's current cybersecurity program, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology, which is responsible for spearheading the president's unilateral initiative. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Anna Masterton Buchan,
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