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Has the UK already invented the utility of the future?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, utility business model, UK utility regulation
After a detailed examination, UK gas and electric utility regulators found that the current regulatory model needed to change if utilities were to successfully deliver on the promise of a sustainable energy sector. Guest author Paul Alvarez describes the new UK model and what it is intended to accomplish.

Japan to its utilities: Screw the U.S. model, we're moving to competition

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid markets, Japan, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Japanese lawmakers may have stunned the country’s regional power monopolies when they voted last week to open the residential electricity market to full competition. Click to read about how disruptive the change will be, and the likely winners and losers.

This week’s wins: smart grid projects and developments (and a milestone)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, smart grid companies
This week’s smart grid wins collection includes a milestone in energy savings for Ecova, a new contract for Landis+Gyr in India, a smart cities partnership between Gowex and Cisco and more news and developments.

Where to look for smart grid leadership? Try China

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid investment, China smart grid
For the first time, China’s spending on smart grid last year topped U.S. investments. While spending in the U.S. fell by a third, China spent $4.3 billion and plans to spend $100 billion over the next 10 years on power distribution system upgrades. Click for details on the country’s extremely ambitious smart grid plans.

5 things the U.S. could learn from South Korea's smart grid (especially #2)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, South Korea smart grid, energy services, global business
South Korea intends to move into the smart grid space to become a “knowledge superpower,” and if the country’s past performance and growth in the automotive and electronics industries are an indicator, success is very likely. Click for a brief look at Korea’s smart grid platform.

Why GE's bid for Alstom Energy may be doomed. (Hint: The French don’t like Americans)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid business, smart grid acquisitions, GE, Alstom, Siemens, smart grid companies
General Electric has put in a bid to buy Alstom Energy, but its chances for success look slim. French government ministers recently stepped in and told Alstom to seriously consider a rival bid from Germany’s Siemens. Click for details.

Smart grid wins: a full plate of projects, a utility merger and finance news

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects, mergers and acquisitions, smart grid funding, smart grid wins
It’s been a big news week in the smart grid sector. Itron and Mitsubishi Electric partnered to deliver smart meters in Japan, a new energy storage technology testing and commercialization center opened in New York, and Exelon and Pepco Holdings agreed to combine the two companies. And that’s just a few highlights.

UK rediscovers what the US already knows about the smart grid

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, UK smart meter rollout, electric utilities
A British think tank has released a new report with recommendations for the UK’s smart meter rollout. While the recommendations won’t be big news for utilities in the US that have embarked on smart meter initiatives, they may be worth reviewing for utilities that haven’t yet started on metering upgrades.

Smart grid project wins… and an opportunity from BPA

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, metering, communications, transmission, demand response, electric utilities, smart grid vendors
Take a few minutes to read about an array of projects, from transmission and metering to demand response and powerline communications in our smart grid wins roundup. You might also be interested in the Bonneville Power Administration’s call for partners to help develop technologies to improve the Northwest electric power system.

Smart meters: What we're learning in Europe (I found #12 most intriguing)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, smart meter deployments, Europe smart meters, UK wireless smart meters, cellular communications
Berg Insight has released its latest report on smart metering in Europe, and there’s news that may be a bit of a surprise for U.S. electric utilities. For instance: when completed, the UK’s system will be the largest wireless smart meter deployment in the world… and it’s primarily cellular. Click for a quick summary of the report findings.

Administration of the Smart Grid, Smart City Program

This audit, prepared by the Australian National Audit Office, focused on the implementation of the Smart Grid, Smart City Program by the responsible departments. It did not include a technical assessment of the various projects implemented under the funding agreement.

Japan launches huge rollout of smart meters (and fuel cells too!)

smart grid, smart grid technology, Japan metering initiative, fuel cells, smart meters, global business
The Japanese government plans a massive rollout of smart meters and, surprise, fuel cells to 5 million homes. While the plan does have its critics, the Japanese initiative will be worth watching since it could provide some indications for the future here.

Smart grid wins: so many different projects, so many different places

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, smart grid wins, smart meters, V2G aggregation, SaaS, distribution management
Our smart grid wins this week are literally all over the map, from Oklahoma to California and from Ecuador to Greece. And a lot of variety too, from SaaS to V2G aggregation, metering, home area networks and voltage optimization.

World Bank targets $9 million for energy efficiency in developing nations

Smart Grid, energy efficiency, developing countries energy efficiency, World Bank energy efficiency program
A new World Bank initiative will work with local government officials in developing countries to advance promising energy efficiency investments, match cities with sources of financing and help them get projects off the ground. Click to learn more about the new City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative.

Report: AC transmission still leads, but HVDC is growing (especially in China)

Smart Grid, HVDC transmission, transmission, voltage-source converters, transmission China, Modern Grid, Smart Grid Deployment, AMI, Smart Meters, Power Grid, Smart Electric Grid, Electric Utilities,
A new report from Navigant Research suggests growth in electricity demand, transmission system congestion and grid instability is driving worldwide adoption of high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission. Click to see what the report says has removed doubts about classic HVDC transmission.

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