Data privacy tops utility CIO concerns in U.S.
Privacy has emerged as the number 1 concern related to data security and management for utility CIOs, according to a new study from IDC Energy Insights.

British government to assume responsibility for smart meter rollout
The British government has decided its Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will assume direct responsibility for managing the implementation phases of the country’s smart meter program, given its scale and the importance of government accountability for its delivery.

Silicon Valley Power addresses security, privacy concerns of advanced meter technology
Privacy and security concerns of customers are a priority for the City of Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility, Silicon Valley Power (SVP), and the company is addressing these prior to introducing of advanced meters in 2011 and 2012, saying its SVP Meter ConnectTM data security will be on a par with the encryption level of sensitive government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense.

Residential adoption forecast for static water meters
The world water meter market is showing significant product mix trends in terms of measurement technology, despite the slowdown in new home construction during the global recession, according to market research organization IMS Research.

Smart grid R&D roadmap released in Australia
A smart grid research and development roadmap for Australia has recently been released, setting out priority topics that will effectively and efficiently contribute to achieving a common vision of a successful smart grid implementation.

Tasmania’s water corporations launch major water meter push
Tasmania’s three water corporations, Ben Lomond Water, Cradle Mountain Water and Southern Water, have announced the commencement in January 2011 of the installation phase of the Water Metering Tasmania project, which should lead to statewide water metering.

Itron acquires energy management software company Asais
Itron Inc. has announced that it is to acquire Asais, an energy information management software and consulting services provider headquartered in France.


PODCAST: Physical and Cyber Security for a Smart Grid
An interview with Kevin Brown, a smart grid security engineer and analyst for EnerNex. Kevin discusses several aspects of physical and cyber security for smart devices in the smart grid. This work is in support of the national smart grid roadmap and standards development effort lead by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST - and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel.

KNOWLEDGE PARTNERS: Engage Consulting - The Green Deal: what is it really about?
Well, the quick answer for the industry is that we do not really know at this stage but on face value there may well be substantial metering implications. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announcements have been made but as the Green Deal packages have yet to be finalized the exact details of what the Green Deal will include or involve are largely unknown.

OPINION PIECE: The changing face of the metering market
Mark England, CEO, Sentec
Across the world, smart meters are dramatically changing the way energy is produced, bought, sold and consumed. As a critical weapon in the global fight against carbon emissions, smart meters are set to play a key role in encouraging increased consumer awareness of energy consumption, more dynamic pricing and a consequent drop in demand.

Event Updates

Ericsson, IBM, Texas Instruments and more at Smart Energy India 2011
Smart global companies are gearing to exhibit at the 4th annual Smart Energy India conference taking place at The Lalit hotel, New Delhi on 31 January- 2 February 2011. This is a key meeting platform for utilities across India and around the globe, aiming to support smarter energy.

Devise the roadmap to deploy your smart energy infrastructure!
The Nordic region leads the way in smart metering deployment. With near full roll-out expected by 2014 in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, attention now shifts to the opportunities beyond the meter. What is required to future proof the system and how can we identify new strategies to unlock additional value from meter deployment?


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