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February 19, 2013
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  News from the Grid 
  • Analyst details lopsided investment in smart grid
    Significant sectors of the smart-energy industry are being largely ignored by venture capitalists, according to an analysis by GTM Research that found the bulk of investment dollars are diverted to a handful of efficiency and storage technologies, while solutions such as distribution automation and energy management remain underfunded. Analyst Zach Pollock blames the discrepancy on investor reluctance to fund projects that are enmeshed in the highly regulated utilities sector but adds that 2013 will witness the further convergence between IT and utility operations, particularly in the field of analytics. Greentech Media (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Study: U.S. utilities lag Europe in smart grid standards adoption
    European utilities far outpace their American counterparts in the adoption of industry protocols and best practices, like the 61850 substation standard, a research study finds. The report from Newton-Evans offers service-oriented architecture -- which is recommended by the Electric Power Research Institute -- as an example, noting a two-thirds of European utilities have embraced SOA, compared to 20% of those in North America. Smart Grid News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • MyEnergy inks first utility partnership for analytics pilot
    Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative has partnered with MyEnergy to test the Boston-based startup's new data collection and analytics platform. The utility will integrate the solution as a component of its emerging demand response and engagement program that is designed to provide a range of new services -- including as usage updates, monthly bill forecasts and efficiency tips -- to its 35,000 customers. Greentech Media (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Southern California Edison will demo smart grid tech this year
    Southern California Edison at midyear will commence a smart grid demonstration project with the help of General Electric and the University of California at Irvine. SCE's Doug Kim said, "Consumers who have been hearing about a smarter electric grid will now experience it firsthand. With increased insight, more options and greater control over their energy usage, consumers in this demonstration project will help us engineer a better energy future." (Scotland) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Observers weigh in on president's commitment to energy in SOTU
    President Barack Obama covered a range of energy-related topics in his State of the Union address last week. While the president touched on energy efficiency, climate change and infrastructure security, among other things, some critics complained of his lack of a vision on the future of fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. "[I]f you're talking about climate, the United States of America consumes close to one-eighth of the coal that's burned in the world -- you should be finding the technology that helps use it cleanly, and uses it much better and more efficiently. So that was disappointing," said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Smart Grid News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. regulators give the green light to SCE on energy storage
    The California Public Utilities Commission is requiring Southern California Edison to procure some power from energy storage and other preferred resources as part of a plan to add 1.4 gigawatts to 1.8 GW capacity in the Los Angeles area over the next eight years. Janice Lin of the California Energy Storage Alliance hailed the decision. "It’s a first. It’s pretty big in that regard," she said. "A whole lot of different types of companies are eyeing this market, with particular great interest from traditional power plant and renewable energy developers." North American Windpower online (2/14), Bloomberg Businessweek (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  UTC News 
  • Utilities need reliable and secure communications to support the President’s goals to improve cybersecurity and critical infrastructure
    The Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) emphasized that the President’s energy and cybersecurity policy goals outlined in his State of the Union address will rely on robust, sophisticated, high-capacity broadband networks for utilities and other critical infrastructure industries, such as oil and gas pipelines. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama stated that "no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy," and he proposed using oil and gas revenues from Federal lands to fund an Energy Security Trust to drive new research and technology. Find out more LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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