New initiatives to spur smart grid development in U.S.
A number of new initiatives aimed to accelerate the modernization of the United States’ electric infrastructure, bolster electric grid innovation, and advance a clean energy economy were announced last week.
GRID 21 non-profit launched to advance smart grid deployment
GRID 21 has been launched by the GridWise Alliance in the United States as a non-profit committed to engaging electricity customers in using a new generation of tools and technologies to better manage their electricity consumption.
Hydro-Québec and partners to roll out PEV public charging network
Hydro-Québec and its partners, RONA, les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, METRO and the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), have announced plans to roll out “The Electric Circuit” – a public charging network for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that they expect to be Canada's first.
Smart meters help demonstrate benefits of smart grid in São Paulo
A research and development project aimed at bringing the benefits of smart meters to the city of São Paulo and setting the stage for a more reliable and efficient energy infrastructure in Brazil is being undertaken by AES Eletropaulo.
ISO launches ISO 50001 energy management standard
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has launched the standard ISO 50001 on energy management systems.
Enel and Endesa launch smart meter pilot in Brazil
Enel and its Spanish subsidiary Endesa are developing a smart meter pilot in Brazil using the same technology that is being deployed by Endesa in Spain.
Smart grid synchrophasor cyber security guidelines released
A first-of-its-kind smart grid related cyber security document offering prescriptive, actionable guidance for utilities and vendors implementing synchrophasor technology has been released by power engineering and consulting service provider EnerNex.
Singapore PowerGrid selects Telvent for next generation utility technology
Singapore PowerGrid (SPPG) has selected to work with Telvent on implementing the next generation of GIS and outage management technology, the company has announced.


KNOWLEDGE PARTNERS: Great Britain’s Smart Metering Implementation Program
The British government has reconfirmed its commitment to the rollout of electricity and gas smart meters to all homes and small businesses across the nation in its response to consultation on the proposals set out in the July 2010 Prospectus for the Smart Metering Implementation Program, published March 30, 2011.

WHITE PAPER: Power Line Communication Design Challenges for smart homes, load control and lighting control in Residential and Industrial Applications
This system level application note describes some design considerations and a proposed solution to design challenges found in many PLC applications. The document provides a review of CENELEC transmission and disturbance requirements for PLC and describes a solution to interface into the electrical mains to ensure proper data transmission.

Event Updates

Conference programme Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2011 now available!
As you know these are exciting times for our industry. With the European Commission estimating that the EU is on course to achieve only half of the 20% primary energy consumption savings objective, the next 2 years will be key to define your roll-out strategy to ensure that 80% of the customers will have a smart meter by 2020.

The home of the future hits Europe
The total European smart homes market is expected to be worth $3,2 billion by 2015. The market is poised to see huge growth, with demand for energy efficient systems, rising security issues and increasing aging population all increasing the demand for smart home solutions in Europe. If you are looking for the best place to discover how the smart home will develop and can help your business, you’ve found it!

The free online seminar European utilities can't afford to miss!

Date: Thursday, June 30
Time: 3 p.m. Europe Time / 2 p.m. London Time

Weather drives energy demand and prices year round, and it provides operational challenges too. From lightning threats to crew safety in summer to ice-downed power lines in winter, weather causes numerous problems for utilities.

Join Telvent Weather Product Management Director, Don Leick, in this
free online seminar to discover how you can benefit from advanced weather technology.

    During this webinar, you'll learn:

  • How weather technology helps improve energy load forecasting and service restoration

  • How alerting capabilities can help keep your maintenance crews safe

  • What the current industry best practices are

There will be a live question and answer session at the end of the presentation.

Unable to attend the live event? The event will be recorded and a link will be provided afterwards to all who registered. Be sure to register today!

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