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April 24, 2012
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Latest News about Smart Grids - from Control Networks to Smart Meters, and Everything in Between

  News from the Grid 
  • ComEd hopes to install 4M smart meters over 10 years
    In the next decade, Commonwealth Edison plans to install smart meters for all of its 4 million customers in northern Illinois, starting this summer with 130,000 customers living along the Eisenhower Expressway in the Chicago area. The plan still awaits formal approval by the Illinois Commerce Commission, however. ComEd's funding plan for its pilot project was originally rejected by an Illinois Appeals Court, but a new law on the books is expected to help the company move its plans forward. Chicago Sun-Times (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Security concerns emerge about smart-grid technology
    In the installation of smart meters and other smart-grid technology, security hasn't been given adequate consideration, resulting in a "delicate dance with risk," says Patrick Miller, CEO of EnergySec, an advisory group. With hackers increasingly targeting infrastructure, Miller calls for the intelligent management of security risks. Government Computer News (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Coalition makes case for IP-based smart grid with Paris tests
    Reliable communications networks are critical to the operation of the smart grid, but there is little consensus on what type of network is best. While most current installations rely on legacy communications protocols, some companies -- such as the members of the Internet Protocol for Smart Object Alliance -- are pushing for the adoption of IP-based networking to support the smart grid. The group recently hosted a series of tests in Paris, using powerline broadband and wireless access to prove that direct device-to-device interoperability using IP is possible. Greentech Media (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • SEPA: U.S. surge in solar energy deployments fueled by utilities
    Research has found that solar capacity in the U.S. has grown by triple digits since 2010, thanks to the deployment of more than 62,000 photovoltaic systems last year -- largely by municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives. According to the Solar Electric Power Association, solar growth has been especially robust in the eastern U.S., which is home to four of the 10 most active utilities for solar, including New Jersey's Public Service Electric & Gas Co. Smart Grid News (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Calif. homeowners can opt out of smart-meter installations
    Residential customers of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison can decide against having wireless smart meters installed at their homes, the California Public Utilities Commission has decided. To keep their existing electric and gas meters, however, those customers will have to pay an initial fee of $75 and a $10 monthly charge. SNL Interactive (free content) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UTC News 
  • Expert-driven smart-grid education at UTC TELECOM 2012
    May 20 to 23

    The opportunities brought by the smart grid for utilities and consumers are emerging in a dramatic and urgent fashion. Go beyond the basics of the smart grid into the actual issues that crop up during deployment as well as plans for the next phases by participating in UTC TELECOM 2012's Smart Networks Deployment Symposium. Hear from industry leaders Avista, BC Hydro, Intergrys Group, NV Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, as well as major players such as Accenture, Black & Veatch and EnerNex as they share best practices that have helped them achieve efficiency and innovation. Find out more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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