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January 22, 2013
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  • Advanced metering to propel smart grid spending for rural coops
    Rural energy cooperatives will account for roughly 10% of spending on smart grid technologies in the U.S. over the next five years, according to a GTM Research report, which estimates expenditures for the sector will top $4.1 billion through 2017. GTM says the bulk of the spending -- which is relatively small for a sector whose footprint accounts for three-quarters of the U.S. -- will go toward advanced metering infrastructure and distribution automation technologies. Greentech Media (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Smart grid solutions a boon for U.S. IT sector, report finds
    Global smart grid deployments helped drive a surge in spending on software and services last year, according to a forecast from Pike Research that found the delivery and management of smart energy generated for $9.4 billion in revenues for the IT industry in 2012. According to the report -- which focused on so-called advanced electricity markets such as solar and wind -- while spending on grid hardware and devices in the U.S. will plateau, companies will need to increase investment in management and analysis solutions that help them make sense of the data they are accumulating from smart meters. News Service (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hacker sees need for greater smart grid security
    A hacker in disguise said at a computer security conference that he was able to intercept wireless communications between Silver Spring Networks and its electrical utility customers such as Pacific Gas & Electric and Pepco. Using the cybernym "Atlas," the hacker said of Silver Spring's wireless network, "I see these placed everywhere that I want them to be as a hacker." He added, "I see the sales getting better. I see a Titanic running full speed towards an iceberg, with the potential for a rudder that might make the turn in time." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy Management 
  • DoD eyes microgrids to boost efficiency, security in the field
    The U.S. Department of Defense is predicted to increase its spending on microgrids by 50% in 2013 as it seeks to enhance the security of energy systems in the field and integrate more renewable energy resources. A Pike Research report predicts that microgrids operated by the U.S. military will have a total capacity exceeding 600 MW by 2018, which will help the Pentagon reduce its reliance on fossil fuels at place like forward operating bases in warzones. Electric Light & Power online (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UTC News 
  • Program for Utility Telecom Forum now available online!
    Regions 8, 9 and 10 will convene for the 2013 Utility Telecom Forum in Reno, Nev., at the Silver Legacy Resort. The Sierra Mountains create the perfect backdrop for the annual meeting. Enjoy the convenience of the Silver Legacy Resort Casino which is located in the heart of Downtown Reno. For more information and to register, visit here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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