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January 29, 2013
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  • 2012 smart grid spending trends upward to $13.9 billion
    Worldwide spending on smart grids was up 7% last year to $13.9 billion, compared with the year before, mostly on the strength of China's expenditures on smart meters, Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates. The market research firm forecasts China will outspend the U.S. on smart grid technology in 2013. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Google offers funding to Energy Foundation to support policy reform
    Google is presenting a $2.6 million grant to the Energy Foundation to support the group's push for changes to government policy to favor a shift to more sustainable energy use. According to Michael Terrell, senior policy counsel for Google Energy & Sustainability, the money will go to support efforts to modernize access and rate policies, and to support open data policies that offer consumers more insight into their energy use. Energy Business Review (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cisco and the smart grid: A natural networking love affair
    The networking needs of smart grid technologies are a perfect fit for the products and services of Cisco Systems, according to Cisco executives. "With the wide area network of the grid, there’s the need to run multiple applications on same infrastructure with different requirements on latency," Cisco's Sanket Amberkar says. "The technology utilities have today was architected for point-to-point applications, which becomes very difficult to scale and manage." MIT Technology Review online (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Expert: State regulators hold the keys to smart grid's future
    President Barack Obama's promise to focus more attention on the issue of climate change could benefit greatly from a commitment to advance the smart grid, according to experts, who say it's up to state regulators to overcome their skepticism and to take the steps necessary to propel the technology forward. Kurt Yeager, vice chairman of the Galvin Electricity Initiative in California, is urging regulators to provide utilities incentives to advance the smart grid. Forbes (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report details mismanagement of DOE smart grid funds
    An internal government investigation has revealed that millions of dollars in stimulus funding provided by the U.S. government to advance smart grid technology was improperly managed. The audit -- which was conducted by the Department of Energy's inspector general -- tracked 11 projects and revealed problems such as "weaknesses in reimbursement requests, cost-share contributions and coordination efforts," among other things. Occupational Health & Safety (1/25) 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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