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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.

Smart meter backlash is "mass hysteria." (And it's catching on everywhere.)

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Earlier, Smart Grid News described the continuing anti-smart meter backlash as the story that won’t go away. Unfortunately, the description remains accurate. Click to read about several examples of current smart meter backlash in the U.S. and Canada.

Want to know where we are headed? Study National Grid's pilot

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National Grid’s smart grid pilot project in Worcester, Massachusetts has been a constantly evolving series of lessons to be learned and a microcosm of the current state-of-the-art. The next phase of the project will be no less so. It’s not just about technology; it’s also focused heavily on consumer engagement and education, time-based pricing and other areas.

Integrating AMI and OMS: Avoiding the landmines (from those who've gone before)

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The benefits of integrating AMI with outage management systems can yield tremendous benefits. But it’s not a simple process and there are problems and pitfalls to watch for. Sign up for our free Smart Grid News webinar, “Integrating AMI and OMS: Avoiding the landmines,” and join us April 22 to learn the tips, tricks and tactics for successful AMI and OMS integration.

Smart grid wins: Sensus snags Verdeeco and more industry news

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This week’s smart grid wins roundup offers a variety of newsworthy projects and developments. Read about a milestone, an acquisition, awards and projects ranging from Itron’s smart grid platform for National Grid’s Worcester, Mass. pilot to GE Digital Energy’s work in Brazil and additional news from the smart grid sector.

Smart grid wins: Building better electric grids

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It’s a short list for this week’s selection of smart grid wins, but varied. Read about ABB’s power generation project in India, Ice Energy’s successful energy storage pilot in California and more projects, developments and partnerships.

Future smart meter rollouts: Chaos is NOT inevitable

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Considering the depth of experience the electric power industry now has in smart meter deployments, one would think the rollouts would be piece of cake smooth and trouble-free. Not so. Some utilities still make the same mistakes that were made early on. Sangeet Dutta shares why… and what can be done to avoid those missteps.

Latest smart meter pushback: Laws to prevent meters from "stealing secrets"

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The smart meter backlash hasn’t died out, but the focus has changed. Earlier, the primary fears and concerns from opponents centered on health and safety concerns. Those fears continue, along with the more recent claim that smart meters spy on homeowners… and some go further to say utilities will sell the information they collect to third parties.

Why it may soon be easier to connect meters back to the utility (a new standard)

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While Zigbee is a top standard for linking smart meters to home area networks and from that point to in-home energy monitors, no single standard for connecting the meter back to the utility has been available. Now the Zigbee Alliance is working with a team of smart grid vendors to meet that need. Read the story for details.

UK rediscovers what the US already knows about the smart grid

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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

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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.

Want to cash in on the smart grid? Go to Chattanooga (they have an incubator)

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Chattanooga, home to one of America’s most robust smart grids, is inviting entrepreneurs to take advantage of its incubator program on smart grid innovation. The program offers funding access, grid information, suppliers and more. But you’d better hurry. The first round of applications closes March 14.

ComEd accelerates smart meter rollout

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Delays in smart meter deployments have been a part of the AMI sector for years. That makes it intriguing to learn of a utility that wants to speed up its installations… and that has been asked to do so by its regulators. Read the story for the latest development in Commonwealth Edison’s smart grid journey.

Smart grid wins: a full slate of innovative technologies and new projects

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The smart grid sector is a busy one, and this week has been no exception. Read about a vegetable oil-insulated and cooled transformer from Siemens, Plug Power’s multi-site hydrogen fuel cell order, ABB’s substation order from Kuwait and other projects and developments.

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

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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.

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