Department of Energy, Duke Energy and EPRI partner to test advanced energy technologies for utilities
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) has signed a partnership deal with Duke Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to identify opportunities for testing and deploying ARPA-E funded projects that will bolster the electric grid.

EC to accelerate smart grid deployment in Europe
The European Commission (EC) has committed itself to promoting faster and wider deployment of smart grids in Europe in a communication presented today. Utilities struggling to address IT security, study finds
Utilities are struggling to address IT security issues and this needs to be addressed quickly if we are to prevent attacks and exploits that could disrupt the critical infrastructure, according to a new study from the Ponemon Institute.

City of Ottawa launches water AMI program
The City of Ottawa has launched its water advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project which is set to be deployed to the approximately 210,000 accounts city-wide over the next two years.

Consumers prefer to buy electricity, energy efficiency products and related services from companies other than energy suppliers study finds
A majority of consumers would consider buying electricity and energy efficiency solutions from companies other than traditional energy providers, according to a recent study from Accenture.

BC Hydro selects Itron smart metering and meter data management system
BC Hydro has selected Itron to provide its OpenWay® smart meters and associated system software and meter data management system for its smart metering program.

Hamburger Wasserwerke awards residential water meter contract to Elster
Hamburger Wasserwerke (HWW) has awarded Elster a contract for the supply of up to 110,000 M100 multi-jet water meters over the next three years.

City Utilities of Springfield to deploy SmartSynch smart metering solution for C&I customers
City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, is to be supplied with a complete smart metering solution for participating commercial and industrial (C&I) customers by SmartSynch, Inc.

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: The Benefits of Smart Grid Business Software
Utility missions are changing. Yesterday, they focused on delivery of reasonably priced energy and water. Tomorrow, there missions will expand to encompass sustainable use and environmental improvement. Smart Grids help electric utilities respond to a variety of emerging customers and community needs. This paper explains the role utility business software plays in maximizing these benefits while minimizing overall costs.

Event Updates

Your smart metering future starts at Smart Metering Central & Eastern Europe 2011
Across Central Eastern Europe utilities and regional solution suppliers are busy planning large investment smart metering deployment. It is an important, timely and a hugely complex operation. Best practice case studies are key to your success.

Talk to your customer – the importance of communicating change and educating your customer
Managing the consumer effectively is critical for a successful smart metering deployment. Repeats of customer backlash, such as that seen with PG+E customers from Bakersfield in 2009, are simply not an option. Understanding how to manage your customers both through the installation process and post-deployment is critical to realise maximum benefit for both consumers and utilities.

Will smart meters be THE backbone to hit Europe’s 2020 energy efficiency targets?
The European Commission estimates that the EU is on course to achieve only half of the 20% objective and as a result the EU needs to act now to get on track to achieve its target!