European standardization organizations mandated on smart grid standards
The European standardization organizations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI have been presented with a mandate by the European Commission (EC) to produce standards to support the region’s smart grid deployment.

Smart Grid Interoperability Panel prioritizes standards for home area networks
Following recommendations from the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Task Force on Home Area Networks, the governing board has recommended the creation of a new, fast tracked Priority Action Plan (PAP) to address requirements for developing a migration strategy from Smart Energy Profile (SEP) 1.0/1.x to SEP 2.0.

Plans for U.K. smart meter rollout released
The British government yesterday published its plans for a national rollout of smart metering, with the requirement that the rollout of 53 million electricity and gas smart meters to 30 million homes and businesses across the nation is essentially complete by 2019.

Smart Energy Demand Coalition launched
The European Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC) was formally launched at a function in Brussels, Belgium last evening as an industry group dedicated to promoting the requirements of demand side programs in Europe.

Home energy monitoring tool unveiled by HP
HP has become the latest IT company to enter the home energy management arena, with the unveiling of a proof of concept of a “home energy intelligence service.”

Fraunhofer ISE’s DEMAX smart grid pilot concludes
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (Fraunhofer ISE) has announced the conclusion of a pilot project to demonstrate how smart metering systems with flexible tariffs for supply and loads can be used to intelligently control the load flow in the networks.

OpenADR progresses towards international automated demand response rollouts
Alstom Grid’s recent acquisition of the Santa Clara, CA-based smart grid vendor, Utility Integration Solutions, Inc (UISOL), is set to mainstream the OpenADR technology to the national and international markets, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Veolia Water and Orange launch m2o city smart metering operator
Veolia Water and Orange have joined forces to launch m2o city, an operator specialized in remote environmental data and water meter reading services.

White papers

Silicon Labs: Top Design Considerations for Low-Power Metering Applications
As green energy management becomes a global imperative, the idea of implementing intelligent systems and wireless technology to more efficiently use energy and other natural resources has become a pervasive reality. It began with a relatively simple idea. If you add embedded intelligence and a communications link to a traditional metering device, you have the ability to remotely access the data that the smart meter has collected.

Oracle: Protecting the Electric Grid in a Dangerous World
Today, the widespread use of standard computing platforms and systems linked to the internet exposes the electric grid to new risks of internal and external compromise and potential disruption. To protect against these attacks, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has mandated sweeping security programs. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Information Protection (NERC CIP) cyber security standards have established comprehensive requirements that will be phased in over the next several years.

Event Updates

Attend Transmission & Distribution/Smart Grids Europe 2011 to maximise your ROI on your valuable time out of office!
Transmission & Distribution/Smart Grids Europe boasts the biggest concentration of strategic electricity professionals under one roof. Once registered for the conference, you can pre-schedule your meetings using our virtual meeting tool to guarantee you’ll meet those contacts.

Key utility insights, to make Smart Metering charge ahead in the CEE region
Large scale smart meter projects beginning across Poland illustrate the regions clear commitment to smart metering and smart grid. ENERGA – OPERATOR SA will introduce AMI across their entire service region, delivering smart metering to 2.8 million customers by 2107, Electrica Romania forging ahead with PLC technology deployment and PGE of Poland strategizing to deliver Smart meters.

UK Smart Metering Implementation programme released
Exciting times for the GB smart metering sector with yesterday’s release from DECC of the ‘Smart Metering Implementation Programme - Response to Prospectus Consultation’! DECC will expand on deployment strategies for this £11 billion investment in detail at our upcoming Smart Metering UK and Ireland Conference (2 & 3 June, London), which will tackle all the critical issues facing the deployment of smart metering in GB.


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