Advanced metering reach 8.7 percent penetration in U.S.
Advanced metering penetration and potential peak load reductions from electric power demand response have both increased significantly in the United States over the past two years, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its latest “2010 Demand Response and Advanced Metering Survey.”

Badger Meter unveils Advanced Metering Analytics solution
Badger Meter is launching an Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) solution incorporating mobile and fixed network reading capabilities along with a host of automated utility management tools, designed for the unique needs of water and gas utilities.

Pecan Street project goes live with first phase of smart grid deployment
The first phase of the Pecan Street smart grid demonstration project has gone live in Austin's Mueller community following completion of the systems installation, Pecan Street Project Inc. has announced. Operationalizing privacy by design in Hydro One’s smart grid
In order to operationalize privacy in the smart grid, it must be an essential design feature that figures prominently in the architecture of the system being contemplated, according to Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian.

Western Australia utilities to pilot Energy Aware in-home display
Western Australia power companies Synergy Electricity Retail Corporation and Western Power have launched a 2,200 home trial of Canadian developer Energy Aware Technology’s PowerTab in-home power consumption display.

U.K. water companies may need to look to the 'cloud'
The U.K.’s water companies will need to look at new ways of procuring technology and the functionality and innovations they need, such as cloud computing and software as a service, according to a new study from Echo Managed Services.

Growing interest in prepay in U.S.
There appears to be a rapid ripening of prepay as a voluntary payment option, which could have a large impact on the utility sector, according to a new survey from strategic marketing agency EcoAlign. ZigBee for electric vehicle connection to the grid
The ZigBee Alliance and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) have entered into a collaboration on the development of ZigBee Smart Energy to support plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and enable vehicle to grid (V2G) communication and power capabilities.

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OPINION PIECE: Europe’s grid network of the future
By Luciano Martini
The Joint Program on Smart Grids is a joint project within the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) as a coordinated action for research in the energy field, bringing together distinguished research labs across Europe.

WHITE PAPER: ON Semiconductor - Smart Metering Solutions
This is a comprehensive guide to power management, protection and communications solutions for today’s smart metering applications. ON Semiconductor has a proven track record of shipping Power Line Communication modem ICs and Power Management Products in electricity meters for many years.

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How will you increase the ROI on your meter deployment?
Understanding how your customer interacts with your metering infrastructure is critical. Beyond meter deployments such as in-home displays, smart home systems and smart appliances are lauded as the solution to unlocking energy efficiency through energy visualization, customer engagement and built-in intelligence.

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