And this week's smart grid wins go to...
By Liz Enbysk
SGN Managing Editor
Unlike that other awards show, we won't keep you on edge for hours wondering who our smart grid winners are this week. Scroll down for a short list of project wins and click to page 2 to see which smart grid companies made MIT Technology Review's "most disruptive" list and who Fortune ranked No. 1 "most admired" among electric and gas utilities.
Â· AirspanNetworks, a provider of 4Gbroadband wireless access networks, has been selected by Western Power Distribution (WPD) to supply a WIGRID broadband wireless access solution for a government-funded smart grid pilot in the UK. Airspan's AirSynergy 2000 base station will provide secure high bandwidth wireless connections between primary and secondary power grid sub-stations in and around Milton Keynes, UK. According to Airspan, the Milton Keynes pilot, part of WPD's low carbon project known as FALCON, is being operated on spectrum licenses granted by the regulator Ofcom to allow the trials to proceed and prove the viability of wireless control and monitoring of the electricity grid. Read more >>
Â· Itron got the nod from the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) to supply its automated metering solution to improve operational efficiency and streamline meter reading for the not-for-profit agency that provides water to more than 1 million residents and 35 million annual visitors in Southern Nevada. The contract includes nearly 400,000 Itron water communication modules for residential and commercial customers as well as Itronâ€™s mobile collection system, field collection system software and overall project management. Read more >>
HONORS AND MILESTONES
Â· MIT Technology Review named a number of companies involved in smart grid and cleantech to its list of 50 Disruptive Companies in 2013. Among them: ABB, General Electric, Siemens, Ambri, Alta Devices, BrightSource Energy, Aquion Energy, IBM, Nest and Semprius. Read more >>
Â· Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently recognized two FirstEnergy employees as winners of its annual Technology Transfer awards. David Tates, manager of Asset Management, was honored for helping develop a process for managing transformer and circuit breaker maintenance. Eva Gardow, consulting engineer with FirstEnergy Technologies, was recognized for leading FirstEnergy's smart grid demonstration in New Jersey, which involved deploying equipment, collecting data and conducting analyses as part of EPRI's Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative. Read more >>
Â· IBM 2013 Beacon Award for Best Industry Solution for Energy & Utilities went to Landis+Gyr. The awards program recognizes a select number of IBM Business Partners who have "delivered not only innovative solutions but also have set the standards for business excellence, ingenuity, and creation of an exceptional client experience." Read more >>
Â· Fortune's 2013 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" ranked NextEra Energy No. 1 overall among electric and gas utilities. The company, whose principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company and NextEra Energy Resources, was named tops in its industry for an unprecedented seventh straight year. Read more >>
Did you miss last week's wins list? See it here >>
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