Maine PUC opens investigation on smart meter opt-out
The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is to open an investigation to determine if Central Maine Power’s policy of not providing its customers an opt-out option for smart meters is “unreasonable, insufficient or unjustly discriminatory.”

Marin County outlaws PG&E smart meters
Citing the potential risks to the health, safety and welfare of residents Marin County in the north San Francisco Bay Area has placed a moratorium on the installation of smart electric meters by Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Smart meter customer protection and safety under review in Australia
Australia’s Ministerial Council on Energy (MCE) has released its response to submissions on Draft Policy Paper One of the Smart Meter Customer Protection and Safety Review, covering customer protection issues relating to the National Energy Customer Framework (NECF).

British Columbia Institute of Technology developing smart home
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has entered into a partnership with Silver Spring Networks to develop a fully functional and sustainable family home located on its Burnaby Campus.

New electricity customer service rules take effect in Ontario
New electricity customer service rules, including changes around bill issuance and payment, disconnections, and security deposits, introduced by the Ontario Energy Board have become effective in Ontario from January 1, 2011.

SGIP approves IP and electric vehicle standards for smart grid
The United States Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board has approved three key sets of standards on Internet Protocols and electric vehicles for an interoperable smart grid.

New ZigBee network processor with embedded ZigBee PRO stack from TI
A 2.4-GHz ZigBee® network processor with integrated ZigBee PRO software stack has been introduced by Texas Instruments Incorporated.

Victoria AMI rollout under review
Victoria’s AMI rollout is to be reviewed by the new state government, and could even be suspended while the review is under way.


OPINION PIECE: Britain’s smart metering implementation program
James Pace, Senior Director of Business Development, Silver Spring Networks
Ofgem’s highly anticipated prospectus for the rollout of smart meters to every home and small business in the U.K. is currently under consultation. The Smart Metering Implementation Program is central to the government’s ambition for a low carbon economy and its commitment to giving consumers greater control over their energy usage.

WHITE PAPER: Oracle - Protecting the Electric Grid in a Dangerous World
Today, the widespread use of standard computing platforms and systems linked to the internet exposes the electric grid to new risks of internal and external compromise and potential disruption. To protect against these attacks, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has mandated sweeping security programs. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Information Protection (NERC CIP) cyber security standards have established comprehensive requirements that will be phased in over the next several years.

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