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Smart meter initiatives around the country in recent years have proven the concept. They are cost-effective and maximize energy efficiency, leading many governments to mandate advanced metering. Today a small fraction of U.S. meters are smart, but the segment is expected to grow between 15 percent and 20 percent annually. This section will keep you up-to-date with the fast-evolving technologies that underlie the smart metering phenomenon.

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Snag your copy of our latest eBook: The Ultimate Guide to AMI

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Developed with leading industry experts, SGN's new eBook offering is a full-scale, start-to-finish, everything-including-the-kitchen-sink compendium of AMI best practices, lessons learned and future directions. Don't miss it; click to download your free copy.

Generation 4 smart meters: the latest evolution in Sensus technology

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Sensus has unveiled a new contribution to smart grid technology: its new Generation 4 smart meters. As company president Randy Bays put it, the goal was to develop a meter capable of improving operational efficiency for customers, utilities and cities alike. Click to learn more about the new offering.

The 5 testing steps that allow utilities to roll out smart devices with confidence

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As utilities roll out new technologies, they sometimes find problems after the initial installations. That mistake can be costly and the negative publicity damaging. Guest contributor Angus Panton offers guidance to help utilities ensure that doesn’t happen: advance testing methods that can spot problems in meters and other devices before they’re delivered to customers.

Smart meter fire fears spreading to other parts of Canada

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Canadian utility SaskPower was ordered to replace all smart meters it installed after eight minor fires were linked to the meters, despite protests from the meter maker that their devices did not cause them. And lawmakers in Ontario want Toronto Hydro and Hydro One to remove smart meters they deployed. Click for story details and let us know what you think about those decisions.

Another European country takes a step back from smart meters

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French regulators have decided the country’s goal of supplying 95% of electricity customers with smart meters by 2020 was “too ambitious” and want to scale it back. Click for more on the story and on the overall status of the EU smart meter initiative.

How to attack a smart meter (Utilities: better find out before the criminals do)

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It makes sense. As smart meters become more prevalent, they provide more opportunities for criminals to misuse them. And some of the ways they could do that may surprise you. Read the story to learn about what smart, well-equipped criminals are capable of… keeping in mind that there are defenses against those tactics.

Smart grid wins: Partnerships, acquisitions, projects and more

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This week’s smart grid wins roundup is heavy on partnerships and acquisitions, but there also is plenty of news about transmission and metering projects and other developments. Read the story for quick summaries and click the links for further details.

Smart grid technology roundup: What’s new in metering, analytics and more

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As the smart grid evolves, the companies providing the technologies that make it happen continually develop new products, enhance existing ones and add services. Click to read about some of those new offerings from Elster, ABB, Trimble, Schneider Electric, Ideal Power, Itron and others.

How to keep your smart meters safe from attack (and not just cyber-attacks)

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In the first installment of his two-part series, Kris Ardis of Maxim Integrated alerted you to seven serious threats to smart meter security and what their consequences could be. Now he’s back to share technology that can thwart those dangers.

7 serious smart meter security threats that do NOT involve hacking the network

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In the first installment of a two-part series, Kris Ardis of Maxim Integrated defines smart meter security risks that don’t involve hacking into the utility network. They do involve the smart meter life cycle itself, and the possible consequences he describes are more than alarming.

IoT gets a boost from Cisco in Barcelona (and more smart grid developments)

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This week’s collection of smart grid wins makes up for its brevity with a healthy dose of variety, from IoT and transmission to metering, a new partnership on cybersecurity and grants for community microgrids in California.

Smart meters are a "time bomb" for utilities, warns insurance expert

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You would think just about every smart meter wrinkle has been discussed, dissected and considered by now. But the insurance industry has another one utilities may have to deal with: insurers are starting to worry about cyberattacks. And one insurer says coverage for cyberattack losses is generally not provided by the energy insurance market.

What Texas is doing to stay "the leader in smart energy"

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A revealing report from a Texas regional energy efficiency advocacy group outlines the state’s achievements, its shortcomings and how far it has to go to fully mine the value available from smart meters. And it offers very useful ideas utilities in every state can learn from.

Big wins for GRID20/20, Itron, Siemens and more smart grid companies

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This week’s collection of smart grid wins includes quite a mix of projects and developments, including major accomplishments for GRID20/20, Itron, Siemens. Italy’s Enel, GeoDigital and others. Click for details.

Smart meter progress: What Britain is doing better than the U.S.

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UK electricity providers are doing something many U.S. utilities wish they had done: educate their customers about the benefits of smart meters before the rollout starts… not afterward. Read the story for a quick look at how the UK is handling customer engagement, and why.

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