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February 12, 2013
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Latest News about Smart Grids - from Control Networks to Smart Meters, and Everything in Between

  News from the Grid 
  • IBM, ABB lead week of big deals for the smart grid
    The smart grid is benefiting from millions of dollars in new contracts that were awarded over the past week, including a $68.1 million deal between IBM and the Independent Electricity System Operator of Ontario for equipment and services to support the Canadian province's Meter Data Management and Repository system. Separately, ABB signed a deal valued at roughly $258.6 million with the Bonneville Power Administration for upgrades to a direct current converter station in Oregon that is a critical link between the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. Smart Grid News (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • U.S. companies benefit from surge in Turkish smart grid spending
    A plan by the Turkish government to expand smart grid spending by $5 billion over the next two years will provide "substantial opportunities" for U.S. companies in the region, according to a statement from the American consulate in Istanbul. The spending increase is in anticipation of 6.3% annual growth in power demand over the next two decades. “As Turkey becomes richer, more air-conditioning, solar power and electric vehicles will be bought, which also need smart grids to function properly,” said Chris Rogers, a utilities analyst for Bloomberg Industries in London. Bloomberg (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Awesense Wireless monitors combat the theft of electricity
    Awesense Wireless has developed a monitor to help power utilities detect and stop the illegal use of electricity, this article notes. The company's SenseNET monitor is also being offered under a revenue-sharing model, through which Awesense receives a percentage of a utility's recovered revenue. Smart Grid News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • Toshiba acquires Consert to add home automation platform
    Toshiba has acquired Consert, adding the well-funded startup's Virtual Peak Plant demand-response platform to its portfolio of smart-grid products and services. The VPP platform could be used in home automation and other energy applications, this article notes. Forbes (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MCI standard may be used for home energy management
    The Consumer Electronics Association has released a standard for a modular communications interface that could be used with the demand-response software employed by utilities. The interface could help extend smart-grid technology into businesses and homes, providing a method of energy management, according to the CEA. Smart Grid News (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Setting the Agenda 
  • Obama executive order on cybersecurity could come this week
    The White House is expected to unveil its controversial order on cybersecurity in the days following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday. The directive, which will establish a set of voluntary guidelines for businesses, has been in the works since last fall and comes after congressional gridlock on cybersecurity. Last week, the European Union issued its own sweeping directive that requires companies involved in many critical fields to report cybersecurity incidents to authorities. Bloomberg (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. ... The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."
--George Bernard Shaw,
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