British Gas and npower are the first U.K. 'reputation' winners and losers
British Gas and npower are respectively the top and bottom utilities in a new Corporate Reputation Index for the utilities sector in the U.K.

Smart grid happening in Ontario
The smart grid is happening in Ontario and while much has been accomplished over the past three years, much work remains, according to a new report from the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.

Smart grid in Brazil to cost up to US$12.6 billion
At a meeting last week Brazil’s minister of Mines and Energy Edison Lobão said the cost of deploying a smart grid across the country is expected to be between R$15 billion and R$20 billion (US$9.4 billion to US$12.6 billion).

City of Ottawa selects Itron’s smart water meter technology
The City of Ottawa is to deploy Itron’s smart water metering technology as the foundation of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project, which will deployed to its 210,000 accounts city-wide over the next two years.

IEEE Standards Association and SAE International to collaborate on smart grid and vehicle electrification standards
The IEEE Standards Association and SAE International have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a strategic partnership in vehicular technology related to the smart grid.

PG&E to replace almost 1,600 smart meters with 'rare defect'
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has discovered a “rare defect” that affects fewer than 1,600 smart meters supplied by Landis+Gyr and is to replace these and provide a refund affected customers.

FARECOGAZ – a strong new lobby on the European gas market
The two associations, FAREGAZ (European Association of Manufacturers of Gas Pressure and Safety Devices) and FACOGAZ (Association of European Gas Meter Manufacturers), were merged into a new association named FARECOGAZ – the association of European manufacturers of gas metering equipment, gas pressure regulators and associated safety devices and stations, in Brussels on March 31, 2011.

greenbird Integration Technology starts beta test phase with smart metering integration platform
greenbird energetics, a holistic SOA based integration solution platform for utilities targeting smart metering and advanced meter management (AMM, AMR), smart grid, smart home applications, customer engangement portals or other integration focused business scenarios, has started beta testing.

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White Paper - ON Semiconductor: Smart Metering Solutions
This is a comprehensive guide to power management, protection and communications solutions for today’s smart metering applications. ON Semiconductor has a proven track record of shipping Power Line Communication modem ICs and Power Management Products in electricity meters for many years.

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.

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!


Brazilian water utilities to deploy Elster water meters
Two Brazilian water utilities, EMBASA and SABESP, are to install approximately 250,000 water meters from Elster AMCO Water to more accurately measure water usage and drive increased revenues.

E.ON U.K. to install one million smart meters by Q1 2014
E.ON U.K. has committed itself to the installation of one million smart meters by the end of March 2014, helping to put customers in control of their energy.

Plug-in hybrid vehicle demonstration in Strasbourg garners positive user feedback
After one year of a demonstration of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHV), the project partners EDF, Toyota and the City and the Urban Community of Strasbourg have announced encouraging initial results.

EDMI selects Sierra wireless module for residential meters
EDMI has selected the Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ SL6087 embedded wireless module to provide cellular connectivity for EDMI's new plug-and-play modular pod-based system that is integrated into the Mk7B smart single-phase electronic revenue meter.

Swiss smart meter provider Landis+Gyr courted for a prospective takeover
Toshiba Corp is among bidders including U.S. and European firms vying to buy Switzerland-based smart metering company Landis+Gyr, in an auction that sources have said could fetch as much as $2 billion.

City of Tallahassee Debuts Water Component in Aclara’s ENERGYprism Customer-Care Solution
The City of Tallahassee has added presentation and analysis of water data to its Aclara ENERGYprism® online customer-care solution, the most widely used and tested customer-portal platform in the industry.

California ruling on privacy for customer data
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) came out with a long-awaited proposed ruling on the subject that would impose privacy rules on home devices that use smart meter data and are “locked” into one company’s platform or technology (think how cell phones are locked into a carrier), but leave customer-owned data sources outside of its authority.

Industry first advanced transceiver supporting future smart utility network standard
Accent has announced the immediate availability of its Sub-GHz RF transceiver supporting the advanced performance needs defined by the standardization efforts of the IEEE 802.15 TG4g task group. Accent is a world leader in semiconductor integration of communications and metering technologies for the Smart Grid industry.

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White Paper - Detailed Design and Test Data for a Flexible Solar Array Controller
The NCP1294 is a flexible solution used in Module Level Power Management (MLPM) solutions. This application note describes its use as a solar array controller with functionality for managing maximum peak power tracking (MPPT) and battery charging.

Opinion Piece: Communications networks and the meter
By Bruce Haring
An estimated 118 million smart appliances will be sold in the next nine years, according to Clint Wheelock, president of Pike Research of Boulder, Colorado. How those devices will communicate with meters, with the customer and with each other was the thrust of a panel titled “Communications networks and the meter – trends in device communications and smart grid integration,” held on the first day of the World Meter Design Congress 2011 in Dallas in April.

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.

The UK's top names in smart metering giving you the bottom line!
Here is a quick update why you must attend the most action packed UK smart metering event of the year, taking place in just 3 weeks!

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!