European smart metering landscape reviewed
The adoption of smart metering in Europe is highly dynamic and to a large extent driven by regulations, with the result that a majority of the countries in Europe have or are about to implement some form of legal framework for the installation of smart meters.

RF exposure from a smart meter well below FCC limit, study finds
The radio frequency (RF) exposure levels from one type of smart meter, even at close range, fall substantially below the protective limits set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the general public, according to a new study from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Half a million smart meters safely installed in Victoria
The Victorian smart meter rollout program has now safely installed 500,000 smart meters, and at the same time identified and helped Victorian consumers repair thousands of electricity defects.

Stimulus grant to develop microgrid for U.S. Army
Industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has announced that it will receive a $2.4 million federal stimulus grant to develop a microgrid to help military bases better manage power and storage while reducing their carbon footprints.

London contracts Siemens to manage electric vehicle network
Work to install 1,300 new electric vehicle charging points is starting across London and Siemens has been contracted by Transport for London to manage the network.

Gridstream MDUS now a SAP-qualified business solution
Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream MDUS (smart meter data unification and synchronization) is now an SAP-qualified business solution, the company has announced.

CenterPoint Energy installs one millionth electric smart meter
Less than two years after beginning the installation of smart electric meters in the Houston area, CenterPoint Energy, Inc.'s electric transmission and distribution subsidiary, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric LLC has installed its one millionth meter.

HomeGrid Forum and ZigBee Alliance to collaborate on wired and wireless smart home applications
The HomeGrid Forum and ZigBee Alliance have announced a new liaison agreement to extend their collaboration on the ZigBee Smart Energy™ standard development, which will pave the way for consumers and utilities to use ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 wireless or wired networks to further advance smart grid programs.


ON Semiconductor: Thermal Considerations for a Power Line Communication (PLC) line
This application note presents and discusses essential thermal considerations regarding the use of PLC line drivers in real-world applications. The NCS5650 (a 2 A PLC Line Driver with Programmable 4th−Order Filtering, Output Current Warning/Limit plus Thermal Diagnostic Flags and Enable/Shutdown Control) comes in a 20−lead QFN (4x4 mm).

KNOWLEDGE PARTNER: All aboard the Great Big Green Machine: An update on the Green Deal
By John Peters
There is no doubt that green is the most fashionable color about. To be anything other than green in the energy industry would see you lose friends both in government and amongst customers. However, how are we going to get things like the Green Deal in the U.K. to work operationally?

Event Updates

Norwegian metering policy announced!
With the Norwegian smart meter deployment policy announced last week, and the consultation period running till the 6 May 2011- Norway enters a critical stage in defining its smart energy future. I am delighted to announce the participation of Thor Erik Grammeltvedt, Head of Electricity Market Section for the Norwegian regulator as a keynote speaker.

Learn from the most advanced smart grid projects presented at Transmission & Distribution/Smart Grids Europe 2011
We all know the spotlight in the transmission and distribution industry is on Europe. The upgrade and modernisation of Europe’s electricity grids to meet increasing demand and carbon emission targets has been identified as a key energy infrastructure priority for 2020 and beyond.

Recognizing Innovation, Business Case Excellence, and Customer Service Excellence in the North American Utility Industry
As part of Metering International’s global series of Excellence Awards, we are proud to announce the 2011 Metering International Excellence awards for the North American utility sector.

2011: A key year for smart metering deployment in the CEE region
Smart Metering is becoming a reality in the CEE region, with Poland at the frontier of developments. Smart Metering Central and Eastern Europe assembles the region's leading metering voices at a critical time. With Energa committing to roll-out AMI across the operators entire business territory to over 2.5 million domestic and 300,000 business consumers - Central and Eastern Europe is moving at a rapid pace!

Mark your agenda for Smart Metering UK & Ireland 2011!
With upcoming government announcements on smart metering deployment in the UK and notable progress in Ireland, Smart Metering UK and Ireland returns for 2011 more timely than ever. 2011 WILL BE CRUNCH TIME!

Smart Homes 2011 – Call for participation
Where do you want to be in 9 months? If you want to: Push smart home market developments and put Europe on the map as smart home pioneer, Be seen as the market leader in the smart home industry, Share best practice results from the first European pilot projects, Increase brand awareness and get your brand in the forefront of decision makers, then join us in Amsterdam for Smart Homes 2011!


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