Smart grid wins: Deals this week cover transmission, smart meters and communications



By Liz Enbysk

SGN Managing Editor


It's a shorter list of smart grid wins this week, but certainly just as sweet for the companies you'll see below and on page 2 where we've got a couple of M&A wins to tell you about.




·         Tantalus has been selected by the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency, a joint action agency formed by ten municipal electric utilities in the northwest section of South Carolina, as its smart grid communications provider. Tantalus will provide load management tools and an AMI overlay which will allow the utilities to remotely read existing Itron electric, water and gas ERT meter deployments. Read more >>


·         Echelon has won a 20,000 follow-on smart meter order as part of a project in Basel, Switzerland, and a 1,400 smart meter pilot in Vienna, Austria, for its advanced grid sensors, which also provide smart metering functionality. The pilot is with WIEN ENERGIE Stromnetz GmbH, the largest Austrian utility with over 1 million customers.  Read more >>


·         3M say sits lightweight, low-sag ACCR overhead conductor has been selected by Georgia Power to double transmission capacity on a set of lines that cross extensive wetlands near Savannah. 3M says the upgrade significantly reduces the need for larger towers or a wider right of way, thus avoiding a range of potential challenges, including construction on environmentally sensitive land. Read more >>




·         Atmel Corp., a provider of microcontroller and touch technology solutions, announced completion of its acquisition of Integrated Device Technology's smart metering IC product lines and technologies. Both companies are headquartered in San Jose, CA. Read more >>


·         Pioneer Power Solutions, an electrical transformer manufacturer, and paralleling switchgear provider Power Systems Solutions, Inc. (PSSI), announced completion of PSSI's acquisition by Pioneer's wholly owned subsidiary, Pioneer Critical Power Inc., creating a new business unit entering the market for backup power and distributed generation products. Read more >>



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



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