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March 19, 2013
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Latest News about Smart Grids - from Control Networks to Smart Meters, and Everything in Between

  News from the Grid 
  • Private utilities see more competition from city services
    A handful of municipalities across the nation are mulling the possibility of putting their utility services back into public hands as they look to the smart grid and renewable energy as well as aim to address climate-change concerns. Boulder, Colo., could vote as early as next month to create a municipal utility, and officials in Minneapolis and Santa Fe, N.M., are weighing their options as well. Investor-owned utilities have responded to the trend by insisting they are best equipped to deliver services. "This is our business. It's what we do," said David Eves of the Public Service Company of Colorado, a division of Xcel Energy. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/13), Smart Grid News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • NREL adds facility for integrating smart grid technology
    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has just opened the Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colo., providing opportunity for research into smart grid technology and other fields. The $135 million facility has 15 labs and its own supercomputer. "The question is how to connect all the different kinds of work -- generation, storage, distribution, appliances -- and understand how they interact on the grid," NREL Senior Researcher James Cale said. The Denver Post (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IBM, CenterPoint collaborate on Customer Vision Platform
    IBM is working with CenterPoint Energy to develop a "Customer Vision Platform," which will help the utility use SAP software and other Big Data analytics tools to make better sense of its operational challenges. The program "will allow [CenterPoint] to simplify and enhance communication methods and interact with customers for general transactions as well as outages and service notification," IBM said in a statement. AOL Energy (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • How institutional investments can fund the smart grid
    Institutional investors looking for a safe place to park their money would do well to consider renewable energy, according to the Climate Policy Institute, which cites the sector's high upfront costs and slow rate of return as an impediment to traditional capital sources. A CPI report outlines three potential avenues of investment for organizations such as pension funds and sovereign wealth funds: investing in renewable energy companies, buying into specific projects or acquiring shares in a renewable-energy oriented investment vehicle. Greentech Media (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. Senate passes bill clarifying 2011 Smart Grid law
    The Illinois Senate has passed a bill outlining procedures for the implementation of the state's Smart Grid law, which was passed in 2011. Under the law, utilities will employ a "formula-rate making process" with built-in consumer protections to finance millions of dollars of infrastructure enhancements over the next decade. Energy Business Review (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • CenterPoint exec testifies at congressional hearing on cybersecurity
    The chief information officer of CenterPoint Energy called on lawmakers last week to pass legislation designed to increase the sharing of cybersecurity information between the public and private sectors. Gary Hayes joined a panel of witnesses -- including the chief information risk officer of JPMorgan Chase -- to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee. Hayes asked the committee to consider legislation that could be applied to businesses of all sizes. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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