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

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.  More >>


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Three cybersecurity resources you can put to work NOW

NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel offers several useful resources to help utilities respond to the increasing number of cyber threats they face. Among them are a cybersecurity users guide and a webinar coming up later this week. Read on to get the details.  More >>
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The future of energy storage in Europe. (Subsidies? A boom in Germany?)

A European conference revealed a growing interest in energy storage for several reasons, including to help boost the adoption of solar power, and new regulations to make energy storage less difficult and expensive. And it also indicated that some observers in the region expect an energy storage boom in Germany.  More >>
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Why California's new building code is good for Google (but dangerous for utilities)

It appears that California’s new building energy efficiency standards will have primarily good implications for utilities. They are expected to eventually have a better way to reap the benefits of automated demand response, for example. But there are dangers, too. Click to get the details.  More >>
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Utility CIOs: How you stack up against other industries

PricewaterhouseCoopers has released the results of a worldwide survey conducted with CIOs from several different industries. It’s interesting because it reveals how utility CIOs see themselves and how their thinking compares with counterparts in other industries. And you can learn how to raise your Digital IQ.  More >>
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Smart grid wins: a first for Tollgrade, a multi-million dollar deal for Pulse Energy

It’s been a huge week for several smart grid companies. Read about an array of projects and developments, including a first in the sensor market, a merger, a multi-million dollar contract and other news from several smart grid sectors.  More >>
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How to improve resiliency: Adopt the Incident Command System

The federal government’s Incident Command System is an incident management approach for all hazards, including severe weather and terrorist attacks. While most utilities consider it important, only about 50% use it for each incident. Learning how to use the system now could prove well worth the effort in the future, even if there are challenges and it isn’t tailor-made for utilities.   More >>
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Is this what it will take to finally grow the smart water meter market?

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.  More >>
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More scary news about grid vulnerabilities (and how utilities are getting the blame)

Amid all the news stories focused on grid vulnerabilities comes this gem: the owner of a small technology firm found that breaching the grid is easy, surprisingly easy. His warning? If he can do it, a country or someone with more resources certainly could.   More >>
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Want to know where we are headed? Study National Grid's pilot

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.  More >>
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Utility professionals: If you work on the market side, you'll want to tap this new tool

How many utility professionals can find the time to follow all the latest news and numerous reports to keep up with industry trends and markets? Probably not many. Click to read about a new offering from ABB subsidiary Ventyx: the “Energy Markets Intelligence” website. It can make keeping up with North American industry trends and market opportunities downright convenient.  More >>


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