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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.

Winning isn’t everything (but it helps)… this week’s smart grid wins

Smart grid, smart grid projects, cogeneration, demand response, transmission, solar power, energy storage, electric utilities
The slate of wins in this week’s roundup offers a glimpse of what’s happening in a variety of smart grid sectors: from demand response and energy storage to cogeneration and transmission. And don’t miss Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s smart grid project award and partnership and acquisition news.

It’s been a very big (and very global) week for smart grid wins

Smart grid, smart grid wins, metering, energy efficiency, renewables, mergers and acquisitions, smart grid funding, smart grid companies
Silver Spring Networks is working on an intelligent street lighting project in Denmark and Opower has signed a business partnership with Tokyo area utility TEPCO. This week’s smart grid wins also include plenty of domestic projects, honors and awards, funding news and more.

A new rival to IBM, Accenture and Cap Gemini?

Smart grid, smart grid technology, DNV KEMA, mergers and acquisitions, smart grid companies
While many people probably still consider DNV KEMA a testing company, it has successfully grown far beyond that boundary into smart grid systems integration and consulting. That, coupled with parent company DNV’s recent merger with GL, is why we think it might be time to make room in the sector’s Big Three list for a fourth major player.

10 smart grid wins you can read in 5 minutes

Smart grid, smart grid wins, analytics, data, smart meters, renewable energy, financing and investment, smart grid technology
This week’s smart grid wins feature a variety of projects and developments. But don’t miss the news about a new partnership with Accenture and Siemens, Landis+Gyr’s AMI company of the year award or the recipients of recent DOE grants for power electronics and microgrid training.

Huge success or massive failure? German renewables debate rages on

Smart grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, policy and regulation, Germany, global business
Germany’s aggressive renewable energy program has become a focal point for observers outside the country eager to learn what the country has done right and what it has done wrong. But it gets complicated when which is which becomes the focus of heated debate.

Supergrids and supernodes: Will Europe pave the way to transmission's future?

Smart grid, smart grid technology, transmission, Europe smart grid, smart grid trends
Europe may finally shrug off the bureaucratic delays that have thwarted development of the supergrid it has needed for several years to accommodate ever-increasing amounts of renewable energy. That news begs the question: where does that leave North America?

Smart Grid International: India's grid renaissance starting in earnest

Smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, smart grid trends, India, India smart grid plans
Massive blackouts cut power to more than 620 million people in India in July 2012, and the country is considered to have some of the world’s worst grid conditions. So it may be startling to find that the country’s smart grid market is close to a tipping point… and could become one of the world’s largest.

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