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March 27, 2012
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  News from the Grid 
  • IT firms see opportunity in coming smart-grid data boom
    The smart grid promises to boost the efficiency of the nation's energy infrastructure and give consumers more insight into their power use, but it also will generate massive amounts of data, which means utilities will need to turn to the IT sector for help. Companies such as EMC and Teradata are among those hoping to capitalize on that trend by getting an early start: Both have recently partnered with smart-grid technology firms and tout their technology for managing and mining grid data. GigaOm (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Growing base of smart meters to drive industry, government choices
    The installed base of smart meters continues to spiral upward, growing 53% from 45.9 million units in 2008 to 70.4 million units in 2010, according to Fitch Ratings. With their use in advanced metering infrastructure and other applications, smart meters will increasingly figure in decisions by investor-owned utilities and in policies set by government agencies, Fitch notes. Renew Grid magazine online (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Energy Management 
  • Report: Consumers need education on smart-grid benefits
    Although consumers want to save money, many oppose smart-grid initiatives because they think such projects will cost them more. A report from Pike Research points to the need to educate consumers on the benefits of the system, noting that 57% of survey respondents were worried about increased costs related to the smart grid. Nearly half of those asked said they were interested in smart appliances that could save energy at home. Telecompetitor.com (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Nationwide first-responder network faces financing challenges
    Federal regulators have paved the way for the creation of a nationwide first-responder network based on the 700 MHz D-block, but advocacy groups say such a build-out will be prohibitively expensive for state and local governments, and so far the feds have done little to ease the burden. According to the Public Safety Spectrum Trust -- which is responsible for managing the program -- the $7 billion the federal government has put up for nationwide deployment barely scratches the surface. Individual regional projects launched to date have ranged from $25 million to more than $100 million. Greentech Media (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senate tied up over dueling cybersecurity bills
    Whether the federal government or private companies would oversee the implementation of cybersecurity measures in the nation's infrastructure is at the crux of a Senate debate. The S. 2105 bill endorsed by the Obama administration would confer such control on the Department of Homeland Security, while S. 2151, put forward by Republican senators, would give that authority to private entities. Government Security News (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  UTC News 
  • UTC webinar April 4: "Satellite Usage in the Utility Industry: Experience from the Field"
    As the utility industry copes with the demands for more, better and ubiquitous communications, satellite technology increasingly fills the gaps. Sign up for this timely webinar, where you'll hear firsthand from two communications specialists from SCE on how they use satellite to fulfill their communications needs. You'll also get an incisive overview of a landmark UTC study on the day of its release. This study, "Strategic Assessment of Satellite Usage in the Utility Industry," is packed with actionable data on how utilities use satellite and how satellite can round out the communications mix. To find out more, register now to join us for this webinar on April 4. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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