NEC and Enel Distribuzione agree to co-operate on next-generation smart grid
NEC Corporation, a leading network, communications and IT company, and Enel Distribuzione, the Distribution System Operator of Enel SpA, announced the signing of an agreement launching a strategic partnership on the development of new technologies and solutions in the domain of Smart Grids.

Galvin Electricity Initiative introduces landmark smart grid rating program
The Galvin Electricity Initiative today introduced the Perfect Power Seal of Approval™ (PPSoA), a program to drive innovation in the electric power industry by embracing consumer needs.

Digi Wireless Gateways and iDigi Device Cloud Enable PowerDash Energy Monitoring
Digi International announced that PowerDash is using the ConnectPort X2 Smart Energy wireless gateway and iDigi Device Cloud to connect its energy performance monitoring solutions to Smart Energy devices for residential solar installations.

Clarion Events and Global Smart Energy’s Jesse Berst announce knowledge partnership
Clarion Events and GlobalSmartEnergy MD Jesse Berst have entered into a knowledge partnership. This was announced in Dallas, Texas, during the annual Metering, Billing/MDM America conference and exhibition, one of Clarion Events’ flagship metering industry events.

British Gas creates jobs to speed deployments of smart meters
British Gas has said it will now be speeding up its smart meter rollout in order to meet its target of installing two million smart meters in homes and businesses by the end of 2012.

OPOWER selected by Baltimore Gas and Electric Company to deploy a customer engagement solution for smart meters
OPOWER, the energy management software company, announced today that Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has selected OPOWER’s Advanced Customer Engagement (ACE) platform as the front-end solution for its upcoming smart meter rollout.

Estimating the costs and benefits of the smart grid
A report from EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute), which is a partial update to an earlier report (EPRI 1011001), aims to initiate a stakeholder discussion regarding the investment needed to create a viable Smart Grid. To meet this goal, the report documents the methodology, key assumptions, and results of a preliminary quantitative estimate of the required investment.

SENER and CFE choose Elster's EnergyAxis® solution to demonstrate Smart Grid benefits for future deployments
Elster announced today that Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has selected the company's EnergyAxis® Smart Grid solution to power the utility's first advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project in Mexico City, Mexico's capital city with a population of more than 20 million.

Features

Knowledge Partner: The European Commission’s smart grid communication – and a reaction from the SEDC demand side community
By Jessica Stromback, Executive Director, Smart Energy Demand Coalition
The SEDC is a representative European industry group of approximately 40 utilities, technology companies, and NGOs, initiated by eMeter and VaasaETT at the end of 2010 to promote demand side program development in Europe through education, network building and interaction with regulators.

White paper: Oracle Solutions for Smart Grid - Technology and Applications for Your Utility's Future
Around the world, Utilities are under pressure. Citizens demand energy and water that won't undermine environmental quality. Regulators seek action on Smart Grid and Smart Metering initiatives that add intelligence to infrastructure. Customers see choice and convenience - but without additional cost. Oracle Solutions for Smart Grid can help.

Event Updates

Join us at Smart Metering Central and Eastern Europe
With smart metering and smart grids facing a critical point in Central and Eastern Europe, many are juggling various challenges to meet a successful deployment. Without having key insight from today’s leading best-practice you could be at risk to implement costly and inefficient processes and systems.

Does your company understand the value of IT security?
The study, which was based on a survey of 291 IT and IT security practitioners in utilities and energy companies, revealed that more than three quarters of the companies admitted to having suffered at least one data breach over the last 12 months. Furthermore, almost 70 percent feel that a data breach is very likely or likely to occur over the next 12 months.

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!