Our longest list of smart grid wins ever? This may be it


By Liz Enbysk

SGN Managing Editor


We added some of the smart grid wins announced at DistribuTECH to an already jam-packed list of new contract awards and an impressive set of recently announced industry honors. And what have we got? A wins sheet to beat all others with AMSC, GE, Itron, Schneider Electric, SAIC and plenty of others to tell you about. Scroll down and then jump to page 2 for a look-see.




·         Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) was recently awarded a contract by the City of Kings Mountain, N.C. to deliver smart grid infrastructure solutions for electric, water, and gas. SAIC and Kings Mountain will implement SAIC’s Smart Grid as a Service on the 1,200 meter smart grid pilot project. "We are the first municipal utility in the Carolinas to utilize smart meter technology on gas, electric and water meters,” noted Kings Mountain Mayor Rick Murphrey. "Smart meter technology will help us continue to maintain some of the lowest utility rates in the Carolinas.” Learn more >>


·         Alcatel-Lucent will make the communications network of Luxembourg power utility company Creos smarter, using its Internet routing technology to lower costs and enhance the reliability and efficiency of power transmission. The new Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching technology Alcatel-Lucent is deploying will allow Creos to consolidate vital services, such as teleprotection, current differential protection, closed circuit TV and SCADA systems - supporting remote monitoring, fault isolation and system safety and reliability - onto a single network. Learn more >>


·         EnerNOC was tapped by Australian electricity retailer ERM Power to provide branded, integrated demand-side management applications. ERM will power new customer offerings on a "white-labeled” EnerNOC platform and expects to reach 200 MW of demand response by 2014. EnerNOC says ERM Power is the first electricity retailer in Australia to adopt its demand-side management software. Learn more >>


·         Freewave Technology's wireless data solutions were selected by Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) for a fault circuit indicator (FCI) project. The idea is that installing FCI's throughout the island of Oahu will enable HECO to more effectively mitigate power outages or issues along the power line by detecting fault data and transmitting it in real-time with FreeWave's wireless data radios - and ultimately restore power to residents quickly. Learn more >>

·         Harris Utilities’ meter data management and customer engagement solutions were selected by Coldwater Board of Public Utilities, which delivers water and electric services to nearly 10,200 residential, commercial and industrial consumers in southern Michigan. The utility launched a pilot project to test AMI in January 2012, but shortly into it determined they needed an MDM app to handle smart meter data and temporarily suspended the pilot.  Once the Harris MeterSense is up and running they expect to resume it.  Learn more >>


·         GE has been chosen by Southern California Edison (SCE) to provide a centralized remedial action scheme (CRAS) solution to facilitate the operation of multiple remedial action schemes. SCE’s current distributed RAS manage the operation of its electrical grid following the loss of one or more transmission lines. The objective of the CRAS project is to improve the efficiency of SCE’s transmission grid operations by centralizing the control logic for the various RAS in one location, resulting in reduced commissioning costs, maintenance efficiencies and more effective processing of generation interconnect requests designed to meet renewable energy portfolio targets. Learn more >>




·         Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) recognized Comverge and Southern California Edison each with a CLEAR Award for their excellence in customer outreach. The awards recognize one utility and one non-utility, respectively, who serve as role models within SGCC and the industry, and in the development and implementation of consumer education programs. Learn more >>


·         Schneider Electric is part of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, for the second year in a row, ranking at the 13th place and gaining 13 ranks compared to last year. The Global 100 consists of the 100 top-performing stocks worldwide on a range of sector-specific ‘sustainability’ metrics. Data are collected for the project primarily from Bloomberg. Learn more >>


·         Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will receive two 2012 Climate Change Business Journal Business Achievement Awards. The first is a Gold award in Consulting & Engineering for SAIC’s Renewable Energy Practice and the second is a Silver award in Business Model Innovation for SAIC’s Smart Grid & Energy Management. Learn more >>


·         POWERGRID International magazine and PennWell Corp. announced winners of the magazine's annual Projects of the Year awards during DistribuTECH:

o    Best Energy Efficiency/Demand Response Project - Gulf Power

o    Best Grid Integration of Renewables Project - Duke Energy

o    Best Smart Grid Project - Sacramento Municipal Utility District

o    Best Smart Metering Project - NV Energy

Read more about all four projects here.


·         Opower, Echelon, Eseye, and Renesas Electronics were among the winners of the 2013 Smart Metering UK and Europe Awards. See the full list of winners here.


Did you miss last week's wins list? See it here >>



We won't promise that we can post everything we get, but if you think you have a timely and newsworthy "win" that you'd like us to consider, send it to: info@smartgridnews.com. Please include a link to a press release or article that provides details on the win.

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