Smart grid venture capital investments reach high in 2010
Venture capital funding in the smart grid sector reached its highest level in 2010, almost doubling compared to 2009, according to the global clean energy market intelligence, consulting and communications firm, Mercom Capital Group, llc.

Tengelmann Energie, KiK and Deutsche Telekom launch smart meter pilot
Energy service provider Tengelmann Energie is partnering with KiK and Deutsche Telekom on a smart meter pilot project at 50 KiK stores.

Smart grid advisory body to be established in U.K.
The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the regulator Ofgem are to establish a smart grid advisory body to advise on the ongoing development of the nation’s networks and the challenges and opportunities that will arise.

BC Hydro contracts for smart meter rollout
BC Hydro has contracted with Capgemini and Corix Utilities as partners on its 1.8 million smart meter rollout.

Saudi Electricity Co to implement new billing solution
Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) and L&T Infotech have signed an agreement under which L&T Infotech will implement an end-to-end integrated fully functional, secure, bilingual (Arabic/English) enterprise solution for metering, billing, account receivables, customer relationship management and financial management systems.

New EV charging stations unveiled
Research on electric vehicle charging stations is continuing apace and two new types of station have been unveiled in recent days the Tennessee Valley Authority and Electric Power Research Institute and the University of Toledo.

Smart meter rule comes into effect in Australia
The so-called smart meter initial Rule came into effect in Australia on January 1, 2011, under which the electricity distribution businesses are exclusively responsible for meter provision and meter data services for the period of a mandated rollout in a jurisdiction.

New prepay electricity service launched in Ireland
Secure Meters and Irish prepay electricity company have concluded an agreement to offer on the Irish market a prepay electricity service similar to those offered in the mobile telephone market.


OPINION PIECE: Smart grids – the relevance for Indian utilities
Vikram Gandotra
When one thinks of Indian power utilities the picture a layman has is that most are inefficient and unfriendly to the consumer. However, this is because the layman sees the distribution utility and in reality the situation is much better for the generation and transmission sectors.

WHITE PAPER: Oracle - Smart Grids: Strategic Planning and Development
Smart Grids help utilities to a variety of emerging customer and community needs. But utilities may miss many of the benefits if they regard Smart Grids as primarily evolutionary steps in consumption measurement and grid monitoring. Executive leadership and top-down design of Smart Grid projects can ensure maximum benefits at minimum long-term costs.

Event Updates

Are you investigating the requirements for hourly metering and billing?
Lars Garpetun, Project Manager at Vattenfall Sweden says: "2011 is a critical year for the Scandinavian energy market - the shift to a new market situation will redefine the landscape as we know it" Copenhagen hosts Transmission, Distribution & Smart Grids Europe in April
The rapidly changing energy road map of Europe, including upgrading and connecting infrastructure, automating networks and integrating renewable energy, will be addressed during the annual Transmission & Distribution Europe and Smart Grids Europe conference and exhibition from 12-14 April in Copenhagen, Denmark. Utility experts, regulators and technology giants from all over Europe and further afield will meet at what is the leading utility forum on the continent.