Week 50: December 12, 2011

Campaign leads to increased supplier switching in New Zealand
Following the launch of the “What’s my number?” campaign in New Zealand in May customer supplier switching up to the end of September increased by 37 percent over the same period last year, according to the Electricity Authority. read more....

U.S., European standards bodies to collaborate on smart grid standards development
The U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and the European Union's (EU) Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) last week signed a Letter of Intent to cooperate on smart grid efforts. read more....

Australia’s Smart Grid, Smart City projects getting under way
The energy storage component of Australia’s Smart Grid, Smart City project is getting underway with up to 16 volunteer household properties currently being sought in the Scone area of Sydney. read more....


European Commission to announce new energy services funding opportunities at ESCO Europe 2012
Timothée Noël of the European Commission has just confirmed his involvement in ESCO Europe 2012 and will outline New Project Funding Opportunities for Energy Services, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme. These new funding opportunities will only be announced on January 24, making ESCO Europe 2012 perfectly timed for you to understand what this announcement means for your projects.

Nominations are open for the 2012 North American Metering International Excellence Awards
On December 5, 2011, Metering International, the leading global publication on utility metering, announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 North American Metering International Excellence Awards. Winners to be honored at Metering, Billing/MDM America on March 13th in San Diego.

Danish Climate Minister: paying more for energy is insurance
On November 25th, The Danish Government presented its plan to secure the countries’ energy future. Titled Our Energy, the strategy presents specific measures for fulfilling the government’s goal of stimulating green growth.

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WHITE PAPER: Speeding up the Smart Grid: Technique for Delivering More Robust, Higher Data Rate Communications for Automatic Meter Reading
As demands to improve smart grid performance put the traditional PLC (Power Line Communication) modulation techniques used for automatic meter reading (AMR) under pressure, utilities are seeking ways to achieve higher data rates and more robust communications that meet future requirements while maintaining compatibility with existing installations.



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