IoT gets a boost from Cisco in Barcelona (and more smart grid developments)



This week’s collection of smart grid wins makes up for its brevity with variety, from IoT and transmission to metering, a new partnership on cybersecurity and grants for community microgrids in California.



Cisco plans to open a new center dedicated to Internet of Things research in Barcelona, through a partnership with the city’s government. Cisco plans to invest about $30 million in the center between 2015 and 2020, particularly on IT equipment, employee hiring and maintenance. Read more >>

As part of its Power for the Plains capital expansion, Xcel Energy is investing $106.7 million in new substations and high-voltage transmission lines in the South Texas Plains that should be mostly completed by year's end. The company says the investment is a response to growing demand from farmers and ranchers to provide additional power for irrigation purposes. Read more >>


Landis+Gyr will provide smart meter products and software solutions to energy utility RWE in Poland for installation in residential buildings in the city ofWarsaw. Deliveries will begin in September, with system installation scheduled for the end of 2014. Read more >>


ABB has won an order worth about $35 million from Hydro-Québec to upgrade the 350 megawatt Madawaska high-voltage direct current transmission link. The link connects the grids of New

Brunswick and Hydro Québec in southeast Canada.