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Almost one third of U.S. households now have smart meters

Almost one third of U.S. households now have smart meters

As of May 2012, almost one-in-three U.S. households now have a smart meter, up from about one-in-four households in September 2011, according to a new report from the Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE). By mid-decade, more than half the households in the country will have a smart meter, the IEE projects. The report Utility Scale Smart Meter Deployments, Plans, & Proposals, finds that as of May 2012, 36 million smart meters had been installed in the U.S. This number is expected to increase to 65 million smart meters by 2015, [...]

Annual Smart Grid Spending to Reach $65 Billion by 2017

Annual Smart Grid Spending to Reach $65 Billion by 2017

Annual global spending on smart grid technologies, including smart meter implementations, as well as upgrades to transmission and distribution infrastructure, is expected to reach $65 billion by 2017. Much of the electricity infrastructure in operation today is antiquated, highly inefficient, and cannot reliably manage the loads of today and tomorrow without significant upgrades taking place. With climate change high on the political agenda and utilities keen to increase operational efficiencies, there is an obvious and pressing need for a [...]

Online tool to help consumers save money on energy bills launched in U.S.

Online tool to help consumers save money on energy bills launched in U.S.

The U.S. Energy Department has launched an interactive web platform, the Utility Data Access Map tool, which enables electric utilities across the country to show consumers the data they can access on their electricity use. Currently, DOE has received responses from more than 500 participating utilities. Responses from other utilities are currently being solicited. Many consumers don't have enough data or are not aware of the data they can access to make informed decisions about energy efficiency measures they could take to save [...]

Strong case for smart grid in U.K., report finds

Strong case for smart grid in U.K., report finds

The initial investment case for moving ahead with smart grid development sooner rather than later in the U.K. appears very strong with the benefits far outweighing the risks, according to a new report. Further, the timely creation of a smart grid can unlock significant benefits in other industries, providing a welcome boost to growth, jobs and exports. Between 8,000 and 9,000 jobs are projected, sustained through the 2020s and ’30s. The report Smart Grid: a race worth winning? was prepared for SmartGrid GB by Ernst & Young and [...]

New Power-Grid Authentication and Encryption Technology by MerlinCryption Secures Industrial-Control Systems Against Tampering and Espionage

New Power-Grid Authentication and Encryption Technology by MerlinCryption Secures Industrial-Control Systems Against Tampering and Espionage

As top U.S. Intelligence officials debate concerns about growing vulnerabilities of America’s power-grid and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), MerlinM2M delivers encrypted authentication protection for energy providers and end-users. “Having a good firewall still leaves the smart-grid at risk,” warns Paul “Prem” Sobel, CTO MerlinCryption LLC, “Cloners can defraud IP addresses and other protocol methods to force a system shutdown and infiltration. The MerlinM2M Security Platform’s triple-layer security process not [...]

Public Cellular Service Revenue for Smart Grid Will Reach $1 Billion by 2020

Public Cellular Service Revenue for Smart Grid Will Reach $1 Billion by 2020

According to a recent report from Pike Research, global annual service revenue from public cellular network nodes in smart grid applications will surpass $1 billion by 2020, representing a 27% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2011 to 2020. A cumulative total of 73 million cellular M2M communication nodes will be shipped for use in smart grid applications during the period from 2011 through 2020, the cleantech market intelligence firm finds. Electric, gas, and water utilities have long [...]

Wireless Smart Utility Network Alliance Formed

Wireless Smart Utility Network Alliance Formed

A group of companies announced the creation of an alliance to support certification and promotion of an interconnect standard for wireless smart grid devices to better communicate from remote locations and with home appliances. Today, a group of major companies involved in smart utility network products and technology announced the creation of the Wireless Smart Utility Network (Wi-SUN) Alliance to support certification and promotion of an interconnect standard for wireless smart grid devices to better communicate from remote locations [...]

Huawei and Landis+Gyr sign Collaboration Agreement to jointly develop smart metering solutions

Huawei and Landis+Gyr sign Collaboration Agreement to jointly develop smart metering solutions

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (“ICT”) solutions provider, today announced it has signed a collaboration agreement with Landis + Gyr, a global provider of integrated energy management products and the world’s leader in smart metering.  The agreement will see the two companies form a strategic partnership to jointly develop smart metering and smart grid solutions targeted for commercial launch from mid 2012 onwards. Under Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) plans, every home and [...]

Smart meters in U.S. are a smart investment, reports Fitch

Smart meters in U.S. are a smart investment, reports Fitch

Smart meters will play a growing role in federal and state regulatory and political policymaking, future retail rate design and system reliability standards, according to Fitch Ratings in a new report. This expectation follows the 2011 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruling that demand response was equivalent to electric generation and supply, as smart meters are a cornerstone in demand response and energy efficiency programs. In the report Fitch notes that the total number of smart meters deployed since 2008 has risen 53 [...]

Iberdrola contracts for one million smart meters for projects in Spain

Iberdrola contracts for one million smart meters for projects in Spain

Spanish utility Iberdrola has awarded seven companies contracts with a total value of €300 million to supply one million meters with remote management capabilities, to advance its smart grid projects in Spain. The companies are ZIV, Landis&Gyr, Sagemcom, Sogecam, Orbis, Elster and GE. The meters are based on the PRIME powerline communication standard. The project forms part of the STAR (Sistema de Telegestión y Automatización de Red/Remote Grid Management and Automation System) project, which will see some €2 billion [...]

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