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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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Smart grid wins: Checking in with the latest projects and developments

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This week’s collection of smart grid wins features news from companies large and small, well-known and not so well-known. Read the story for an overview of an array of projects in addition to two new partnerships for Riello UPS and Itron.

Nevada fire chiefs want to investigate the safety of smart meters

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Two Nevada fire chiefs believe smart meters were related to a series of residential fires in their jurisdictions. While NV Energy, which installed the meters, says a state fire marshal’s investigation already found the meters were not a fire hazard, the fire chiefs are calling for the state PUC to conduct its own investigation. Click for details.

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Testing steps that allow utilities to confidently roll out smart devices

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Testing is as important for smart meters as it is for any other device. And of course it is best to ensure that those meters are as defect-free as possible and capable of functioning as intended BEFORE they are installed at customers’ homes. Click to read valuable tips about advance testing that will help ensure a trouble-free operation.

A quick look at today’s smart grid projects and developments

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It’s a big week for smart grid wins. Read about Elster’s smart meter contract with ERDF in France, a massive transmission network upgrade for Sertex Utility Services, Duke Energy’s major expansion of solar power and more projects.

This week’s smart grid wins... new projects, new partnerships

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This week’s smart grid wins roundup includes news from all over the map, from Germany and France to Hawaii and Ontario. Read the story to learn about a variety of new projects from Siemens, Itron, Stem, Schneider Electric and others.

6 lessons from Estonia's smart metering push

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It’s always good to be able to learn from the experiences of others. Now that Estonia is halfway through its smart meter deployment program, a number of valuable lessons have surfaced. Read the story to find out what the program’s project manager sees as the most important takeaways.

Sensus smart meter fire woes continue to mount

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News accounts of utilities removing Sensus smart meters because of fire concerns have continued, despite the apparent lack of evidence the company’s meters were responsible for any of the fires reported. The company’s new generation of smart meters, which includes high temperature detection technology and other safety features, may help it clear this latest hurdle.

Utilities: Don't screw up privacy the way you screwed up smart meters

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Remember the early days of smart meter rollouts, when utilities generally didn’t think to familiarize customers with the new technology first? Many customers didn’t like the idea and said so. Several years later, and data privacy has become a sensitive issue. To avoid history repeating itself, Illinois is planning a “privacy framework” for the state’s utilities. Click for details.

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.

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