Britain’s smart meter rollout faces major risks, report finds
Britain’s smart meter rollout faces major risks that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) must address to achieve value for money from the program, according to a report from the National Audit Office.

Microsoft Hohm to be discontinued
Microsoft has announced that it is to discontinue its online energy application Hohm, citing slow market adoption of the service.

Smart meter shipments strong in Q1 2011
In the first quarter of 2011, global smart meter shipment volumes continued to be strong, with a total of 17.4 million units shipped during the period and a nearly equal number of associated advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications nodes, according to Pike Research’s latest smart grid deployment tracker.

CPFL works with IBM to create a smarter energy network in Brazil
CPFL Energia Holdings, the largest privately owned energy provider in Brazil, has contracted IBM to assist in developing a smart grid strategy that drives operational efficiency and optimizes the communication network to improve customer service and workforce management.

Energy management research center to open at Swinburne
Swinburne University of Technology is partnering with home energy management company GreenWave Reality to open an Energy Management Research Center (EMRC) at its Hawthorn campus.

Demand response is the 'cool thing to do' in Britain
Demand response will be one of the mechanisms likely to change the way that society thinks of and uses energy in Britain and to achieve an optimal outcome, society will need to be convinced that it is the “cool thing to do.”

BC Hydro loses more than $109 million annually to pot growers
BC Hydro is believed to lose more than 1,246 GWh of electricity with an estimated value around $109.4 million annually to theft by marijuana growing operations, according to a recent study by University of the Fraser Valley researchers Jordan Diplock and Darryl Plecas.

Bounce Energy sets up online ordering on Facebook
Private electricity retailer Bounce Energy has set up an online ordering of electricity service on Facebook – claiming to be the first electricity company to build an e-commerce platform for consumers within this environment.

Features

White Paper: Data Protection for Smart Meters
Although smart meters are more sophisticated than electromechanical power meters, a primary concern in smart meter design is the integrity of measurement data, which can directly impact a utility provider’s billing revenue.

Knowledge Partners: The European Commission’s smart grid communication – and a reaction from the SEDC demand side community
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

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.

Understand your role in the $13.4Bn smart home value-chain
Valued at 13.4Bn the smart homes market requires your immediate attention. The smart homes market is poised to see huge growth, with utilities, telecoms, appliance manufacturers and solution providers realising the opportunities presented by increased ICT connectivity in the home.