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December 11, 2012
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Latest News about Smart Grids - from Control Networks to Smart Meters, and Everything in Between

  News from the Grid 
  • FERC chief calls on utilities to confront changing market dynamics
    Advances in connected technology and increased efficiency are fueling significant changes in the U.S. energy sector -- challenging utilities to think outside the box if they hope to remain financially viable, according to Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In a briefing before lawmakers last week, Wellinghoff pointed to slowing energy use and investor interest in distributed generation as evidence that utilities can no longer rely on load growth to finance operations. Smart Grid News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Preventing outages seen as leading utility concern for 2013
    Better prevention of electrical outages and responses to power failures will be top of the 2013 agenda for utilities in the wake of June's derecho storm in the Eastern U.S. and Superstorm Sandy in October, Cheryl Kaften writes. "[U]tilities that have invested in smart meters and smart grid technology will move to the next phase, investing more time and dollars in outage response, security, business efficiency and customer engagement," Jill Feblowitz of IDC Energy Insights said. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • DOE earmarks $29 million for solar SunShot initiative
    The U.S. Department of Energy furthered its commitment to solar energy development with a $29 million investment in research and development through its SunShot Initiative. The majority of the funding will go toward perfecting turnkey photovoltaic systems that make it possible to deploy a fully operational, residential solar generation system in as little as one day. "The price of solar panels has fallen dramatically in recent years, but we also need to reduce the cost and time required to actually install them in homes and businesses, and help utility companies better integrate renewable energy into the grid," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. SNL Financial (free content) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alca-Lu targets utilities with enhanced Service Aggregation Portfolio
    Alcatel-Lucent has introduced advanced Internet routing technology designed to make it easier for utilities to leverage Internet Protocol/MultiProtocol Label Switching across their distribution and field area communications networks. The company says the enhancements to its 7705 Service Aggregation Routers will enable utilities to tap additional revenue streams and provide greater speed, bandwidth and reliability in the emerging smart grid. Smart Grid News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Cybersecurity bill needs business input, McCaul says
    Cybersecurity will be a top priority next year, but this time any effort will include private industry input, says House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas. "I think the reason why that bill failed is it was perceived by the private sector as over-regulating and that's going to be the key issue I need to address," McCaul says. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FERC will share information with Hawaii's PUC
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission have agreed on sharing specific information, Marcy Crane writes. The memorandum of understanding was signed in November. FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said in a statement the agreement would present a "wonderful opportunity for FERC to gain a greater understanding of the successes and challenges of integrating demand response and renewables and other variable energy resources, through Hawaii's own experiences." SNL Financial (free content) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  UTC News 
  • Webinar: Linking Smart Appliances to Utility and Consumer Benefits
    Thursday, Dec. 13, 2:00 p.m. EST

    Smart appliances are already entering the consumer marketplace, but finding the real value for utilities and consumers is only beginning to emerge. How can smart appliances help consumers lower their bills? Why would utilities or demand aggregators bother with small appliances? What communications challenges exist in linking smart appliances to home area networks, utility operations and/or grid operators. Our panel of experts will address all these issues and more. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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