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Since they don't face the same constraints as investor-owned utilities, municipals, public utility districts and electric cooperatives can often move more quickly with grid modernization initiatives, as we are seeing in cities such as Austin, Chattanooga and Sacramento. But as you scroll down, you'll see that there are also many smaller municipals and co-ops that are pioneering smart grid technologies and have interesting stories to tell.


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Munis and coops: Your 7 biggest smart grid screw-ups (IOUs -- you could learn something too)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, munis and coops, smart grid business case
Electric cooperatives and municipal utilities need to be vigilant about pitfalls that could interfere with the returns they expect from smart grid investments. A report from the Smart Grid Research Consortium identifies seven problem areas that are increasingly causing disappointing returns (along with recommendations for how to ensure that doesn’t happen).

Forget grid divorce. Native Americans are not getting married to the grid anyway

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rural cooperatives, renewable energy, solar power, storage, customer care, Native Americans, electric utilities
For those of us able to take the electric grid for granted, it may be surprising to learn that many isolated communities and Native American reservations can’t or don’t care to connect. Read the story to learn how the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is helping those customers rather than ignoring them.

U.S. government will pour $1.8 billion into rural smart grids

smart grid, rural electric cooperatives, federal funding, DOE, USDA, smart grid projects
Rural electric cooperatives may not have gotten the huge bucks when the stimulus money was being distributed, but they’re not doing badly at all now. They have received sizable grants and loan guarantees recently, and the Agriculture Department has announced another almost $2 billion for rural energy infrastructure projects.

Transmission, energy storage and more in this week’s smart grid wins

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid wins, metering, energy storage, transmission data centers, electric utilities, rural electric cooperatives
It’s the holiday season, but that doesn’t seem to have slowed the pace in the smart grid sector. Take a look at this week’s smart grid wins, a collection that includes storage, metering and transmission projects, a microgrid demo and a gift from IBM to Nova Scotia schools.

Believe it or not: smart grid grants and loans still coming

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You may not have noticed, but the government is still providing grants and loans for a variety of smart grid and smart grid-related projects. It’s just not coming in the headline grabbing billions of dollars we remember from the stimulus program. We share some examples of what two government agencies are funding these days.

Smart energy as a smart city driver (and why utilities need to be at the table)

Smart Grid, smart cities, smart energy, smart cities readiness guide, smart cities council, utilities
Given the critical role energy plays in just about everything that happens in a city, utilities – municipals, coops and investor owned – should take a front row seat in discussions about the future of cities they serve. A new manual has some of the talking points you'll want when you sit down with city leaders.

Smart grid derby: We're trotting out a lot of winners this week

Smart Grid, smart grid wins, smart grid companies, smart grid winners
Put on a hat and pour yourself a mint julep because it's post time for this week's smart grid derby. Our stable of winners includes Toshiba, selected to help TEPCO with its smart meter deployment, and Echelon, which has a gig in Zimbabwe. Click to see who else made the winners' circle this week.

Colorado renewable energy vote: a victory... sort of

Smart grid, smart grid policy and regulation, renewable energy policy, wind and solar power
Supporters and critics alike have been watching closely as some states move to raise renewable energy requirements and others try to dismantle them. In the latest chapter, the Colorado House approved a bill Tuesday that would raise renewables requirements for rural electric cooperatives to 20% - a 10% increase. The Senate still has to weigh in.

Smart grid win pile-on: Lots of deals (plus milestones, honors and finance wins too)

Smart Grid, smart grid wins, smart grid companies, smart grid deals, smart grid winners
If you want to see who's winning the big smart grid deals, you're in the right place. This week's featured winners inked contracts from Latvia to Malaysia to Alabama and beyond. We've also got a big ABB honor and an ABB acquisition to tell you about - plus a major smart grid milestone in Florida. Click so you don't miss any of it.

Smart grid wins: Look who hit pay dirt this week

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A couple of big players got tapped to supply the full-meal deal after running successful utility pilots. A company in India landed a $60 million contract to build substations in Iraq. Click for details on those deals and the rest of this week's smart grid wins.

10 Smart Grid "Must Haves" for Municipal Utilities

This white paper from Silver Spring Networks maintains that a single, unified smart grid platform is the best way for municipal utilities to maximize return on investment because it will help them succeed with existing projects and build a foundation that can easily expand. It suggests 10 "must have" requirements munis should consider when choosing their smart grid solution.

Electric coops share $280 million in USDA loans for smart grid and other uses

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Another round of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support smart grid initiatives and other electric system upgrades in rural areas in 13 states. Click to see where the money is going and how it will be spent.

Where in the world are this week's smart grid wins?

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If you remember the "Where's Waldo?" series, this week's smart grid wins are popping up here, there and everywhere just like the bespectacled Waldo did. Examples: Ventyx in Germany, Hill International in Afghanistan, ABB in China and Honeywell in Kuwait. And that's just getting started; click to take the full tour.

Smart grid wins: It doesn't get any better than this

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It's not your garden-variety list of smart grid wins this week. We've got some interesting ones you don't see every day, from PG&E's new interval data analytics initiative to rollout of an app described as the "iTunes of smart grid." Click for these and more, including international wins for Silver Spring Networks, Opower and Schneider Electric.

Silicon Valley Power lets residents piggyback on its communications network

Smart grid, advanced metering, wireless communications, wireless Internet access, consumer engagement, electric utilities, Silicon Valley Power
As part of its advanced metering upgrade program, Silicon Valley Power flipped the switch this week to provide its Santa Clara customers with free, community-wide, outdoor wireless Internet access.

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