Six projects put forward to compete for U.K. smart grid funding
Six projects have been submitted by Britain’s network operators to compete for the second annual allocation of funding for “flagship” smart grid projects from the Low Carbon Networks Fund.

Brazil’s Light to install Elster Garnet AMI solution
Rio de Janeiro utility Light S.A. (Light) has selected Elster’s Garnet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution to help increase energy efficiency, conserve resources, empower consumers and enhance distribution to customers currently without electric service, the company has announced.

Smart Grid Fund launched in Ontario
The Ontario government has announced that it is investing $50 million in a Smart Grid Fund that will advance the development of the province’s smart grid and provide economic development opportunities, as well as give families and businesses more control over how and when they use electricity.

Electricity usage due to EVs could soar by 1700% by 2020, study finds
Energy usage attributable to electric vehicles (EVs) could rise 1,700% by 2020, according to a report authored by utility management consulting firm The Shpigler Group for the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC).

LG launches first smart grid-ready appliances
LG Electronics last week launched its first two smart grid-ready appliances embracing the latest in smart technologies.

Metering International Excellence Awards for Southern California Edison, DTE Energy and San Diego Gas & Electric
The 2011 Metering International Excellence Awards for North America have been awarded to Southern California Edison (SCE) for Innovation, to DTE Energy for Business Case, and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) for Customer Service.

SGIP agrees on standards and guidelines for wireless communication and meter upgrades
The governing board of the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has voted in favor of a new standard on meter upgrades and a set of guidelines addressing the need for wireless communications among grid-connected devices.

First long range AMR metering module at 169 MHz announced by Radiocrafts
A new module using the 169 MHz band for long range automatic meter reading (AMR) has been announced by Radiocrafts AS, as an expansion to their Wireless M-Bus product line.

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.

Opinion piece: Smart and Just Grids: Opportunities for sub-Saharan Africa
By Morgan Bazilian, Special Advisor to the Director-General of UNIDO
In 2009, an estimated 585 million people had no access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, and under current assumptions, that figure is expected to rise significantly by 2030 to about 652 million – an unsustainable and unacceptable situation. While national governments and regional organizations have identified the urgent need for accelerated electrification rates, responding to this need will require innovative and effective energy policies.

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.

Refine your smart meter deployment strategies by reviewing UK utility experiences
Effective smart meter deployment requires analysis of technology, business cases, customer behaviour, the DECC framework, smart metering code of practice, the DCC and a host of other considerations. Your understanding of the current operational environment is critical to developing your smart meter strategy.

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!