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A smart water network – or smart grid for water – may be the Next Big Thing as communities around the world come to terms with water scarcity and the need for water conservation. As a key component of a smart water network, smart water meters integrated with sensing technologies give water utilities advanced tools for more efficiently measuring water consumption and providing water customers with data to help them monitor their water usage and reduce costs. Leak detection and identifying non-water revenue are also key benefits of smart water meters and a smart water network, as you'll learn by scrolling through this section.

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Smart grid wins from around the world

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This week’s roundup includes new projects like Scotland’s first large-scale offshore wind farm and South America’s largest smart grid project, a milestone for DTE Energy’s smart meter program and Innovari’s recent acquisition.

The biggest challenge to smart water initiatives? Cost

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It may or may not come as a surprise but the biggest roadblock for utility smart water initiatives is how much they cost, says a new survey from Zpryme. Yet despite that obstacle 9 out of 10 water utilities have smart water plans in place.

Electric power: Why you'll soon be collaborating with water utilities

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It may seem unusual to say electric and water utilities should work together. They provide entirely different services and aren’t managed or regulated the same, so what’s the point? But the two are interdependent as the historic California drought makes very clear and, as an Environmental Defense Fund post points out, collaboration is inevitable… even though there are initial challenges to be worked out.

This week’s smart grid (and smart water) wins: projects, milestones and a merger

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Read this week’s smart grid wins roundup to learn about new projects and developments for a variety of smart grid and smart water companies. Also, don’t miss the news about the proposed merger between Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings.

Keeping up with smart grid companies: new projects and developments

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This week’s collection of smart grid projects covers a lot of ground: Silver Spring Networks and Trilliant expanding their presence in new and existing territories and GE’s Solutions as a Service implementation for example. And there’s more news from Itron, Siemens and Plug Power.

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.

Smart grid wins: Defense Department solves a transmission line issue and much more

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Transmission, renewable energy, smart water management systems, energy storage and energy efficiency projects and developments. They’re all a part of this week’s smart grid wins. Click to read about a variety of interesting projects here and abroad.

San Francisco turns to smart water meters during drought

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California is in its third year of extremely dry conditions and the continuing drought is taking a severe toll on the state’s water resources. Read about San Francisco’s deployment of smart water meters and online technology to help residents conserve precious water.

Take a look: new smart grid technology products that just might interest you

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The vendors and developers that provide smart grid hardware and software are constantly tweaking and enhancing existing products or creating new ones to meet current needs. Click for a sampling of some of those new and enhanced products. It’s quite a variety, from demand response apps to high-speed wireless networking solutions.

Is this what it will take to finally grow the smart water meter market?

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The smart water meter market is growing, but more slowly than expected. A new report from Statplan Energy says the market would grow more quickly with a shift in priorities: concentrate less on the residential sector and more on commercial smart water meters. Click to learn more about the benefits that approach could bring.

Utilities! Get off your backsides and start building smart water networks

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Several jurisdictions are considering extreme and expensive measures, like desalinization plants and canals, to conserve water even though a smart water network can reclaim 20% to 40% of water lost through leaks and theft. In recognition of World Water Day, Sensus offers several good reasons why smart water networks are such an effective solution for saving both water and energy.

Smart grid market research: a quick review

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There is a massive amount of smart grid market research out there on every conceivable topic. We’ve selected a sampling of the latest reports that should interest many of our readers. Click for a quick look at new research in the transmission, metering, smart cities and smart water markets.

Why smart grid and smart water are essential to a smart city

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Smart city initiatives are underway throughout the world, but many cities are unaware of the importance of energy and water infrastructure to their efforts. Guest authors Jim Anderson and Mark Leinmiller of Schneider Electric make an excellent case for why smart energy and smart water have a critical role and need to be part of the process.

An even dozen smart grid wins in Santa’s bag this week

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It really is a mixed bag of smart grid wins with wind, water, transmission and other projects. And we’ve got the scoop on lots of awards and recognitions from the likes of Itron, The Bonneville Power Administration, Tollgrade Communications and Silicon Valley Power.

Smart grid markets: what they’re doing, where they’re heading

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While not all smart grid markets are growing at impressive rates, many of them are. Read our selection of research reports on many key markets, what the professionals expect to see from them in the next few years and where the challenges are.

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