ComEd hopes to install 4M smart meters over 10 years | Security concerns emerge about smart-grid technology | Coalition makes case for IP-based smart grid with Paris tests
 
April 24, 2012
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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 (free registration) (4/24)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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How the smart grid can help Americans reduce carbon emissions
The leading contributors of carbon emissions in the U.S. are automobiles and homes, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. This blog post by Christine Hertzog explains five ways that smart-grid technology can reduce carbon emissions. TheEnergyCollective.com (4/23)
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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 Financial (free content) (4/19)
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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.
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