Smart grid derby: We're trotting out a lot of winners this week


By Liz Enbysk

SGN Managing Editor


Put on a hat and pour yourself a mint julep because it's post time for this week's smart grid derby. Our stable of winners includes Toshiba, selected to help TEPCO with its smart meter deployment, and Echelon, which has a gig in Zimbabwe. Scroll down and jump over to page 2 to see who else made the winners' circle this week.




·         Toshiba will help develop a smart meter communications system for Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), serving as prime contractor and system integrator of the communication system and supplying the head end system, according to a press release. TEPCO expects to roll out smart meters to as many as 27 million homes in the next decade.  Read more >>


·         Energate, which provides consumer demand response and home energy management solutions, announced that Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution will deploy the Energate Foundation Smart Thermostat and Home Energy Gateway in homes operating over the Sensus FlexNet utility communication network with ZigBee-enabled meters. Energate says Newmarket-Tay is the first local distribution company in Ontario to deploy DR technology that communicates over the smart meter AMI network utilizing its Consumer-Connected DR solution platform. Read more >>


·         Echelon will work with a local partner, Connect the World, to roll out smart meter technology in Zimbabwe, according to the Energy Business Review. The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce and the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company have entered a partnership to introduce the technology to reduce power outages for the commercial sector.  Read more >>




·         Clevest Solutions, a provider of mobile workforce automation software including smart grid operations exclusively for the utility industry, announced it has acquired ITLogica's Mobility & Integration business unit. Clevest says the acquisition adds to its existing presence in Georgia and will allow Clevest to accelerate consolidation of the utility market by expanding its product suite and broadening its operations. Read more >>




·         Bloomberg New Energy Finance announced its selection of the 2013 New Energy Pioneers: Advantix Systems, BuildingIQ, d.light Design, Draker, EcoNation, Ecosphere Technologies, Harvest Power, Joule, Opower and Whitewater Technologies. By rewarding game-changing innovators, Bloomberg New Energy Finance says it hopes to highlight the speed of change in the sectors it serves. Read more >>


·         Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority won the 2013 CS Week Expanding Excellence Award for Best Smart Infrastructure Project among utilities that generate less than $400 million in annual revenue. The Water Authority launched its smart grid project with four goals in mind: encourage water conservation among residents and businesses, meet a state-mandated target of reducing daily per-capita water consumption to 150 gallons by 2014, streamline operations, and improve customer service. To help meet its targets, it implemented Sensus FlexNet AMI technology alongside MeterSense and CustomerConnect from Harris Utilities. Read more >>


·         REC, a solar electricity solutions provider, will deliver 72 MW of solar panels for the construction of six solar power plants in Thailand, to be located in Nakhon Pathom and Suphan Buri provinces.  The plants will be owned and operated by Yanhee EGCO Holding.  According to REC, around half of Thailand’s primary electricity needs are supplied by imports, so the country is keen to generate more itself; the aim is to have 25% of electricity needs met by renewable sources by 2021. Read more >


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



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