SmartGrid GB industry group formed
SmartGrid GB has been launched as a new cross industry body to act as a national champion to promote the development and delivery of a smart grid in Great Britain.

104.5 million smart meters in South America by 2020
South America’s smart meter market is expected to reach 104.5 million meters and $25.1 billion by 2020, and other smart grid technologies – including distribution automation – will also grow quickly in the region, according to the Northeast Group’s regional market forecast for the coming decade.

Britain’s smart meter trials show consistent energy saving
The use of smart meters coupled with real time displays consistently led to energy savings around 3 percent, but with some higher and lower savings, depending on fuel, customer group and period, smart meter trials in Great Britain have found.

COPASA to install 63000 additional water meters
Companhia de Saneamento de Minas Gerais (COPASA), Brazil's second largest water utility, is expanding its existing meter deployment with the addition of 63,000 new water meters. Eurelectric supports DSO led smart grid rollout in Europe
Europe’s electricity industry association Eurelectric says it supports a distribution system operator (DSO) led rollout of smart meters and smart grids in the region, and invites the European Commission to more explicitly acknowledge this role.

Electrolyzer technology demonstrated in utility-scale grid stabilization trial with Ontario's IESO
An innovative trial demonstrating the viability of its electrolyzer technology for utility-scale grid stabilization has been successfully completed by hydrogen generation and fuel cell product developer Hydrogenics Corporation with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

ZigBee Alliance establishes two China offices
With a view to drive greater ZigBee adoption and address ZigBee standards to meet China’s specific needs for its rapidly expanding infrastructure and growing markets, the ZigBee Alliance has opened two new offices in China.

10 home energy technology companies to receive $63 million in ecomagination Challenge
Ten home energy technology companies are to receive a total of $63 million investment from GE and its venture capital partners and five companies will each receive a $100,000 grant to further develop innovative technologies in the second round of funding under GE’s $200 million ecomagination Challenge.

White Papers

Best of both worlds: Combining short range and cellular technologies for efficient metering applications
In today’s fast moving technology environment, for M2M applications such as automatic meter management (AMM) product offerings combining cellular and short range communications provides the best of both technologies to offer multiple benefits, including low power consumption, reduced product costs, reduced installation and maintenance costs, and reduced operational costs.

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!