Smart grid wins: from energy savings to SCADA (and more)


By: SGN Staff


By Doug Peeples

SGN News Editor


This week’s roundup of smart grid wins includes (as usual) a lot of variety. Read about smart grid analytics company Verdeeco’s ongoing upgrade work for a Florida electric cooperative, Lockheed Martin’s multi-faceted energy savings project for the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, a National Science Foundation grant to Washington State University to bring more skilled employees into the smart grid workforce of the future - and more.



Alstom and Soitec, a manufacturer of semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries, have signed a cooperative agreement in order to provide concentrated photovoltaic power plants. This agreement follows the call for tender issued by the French Energy Regulation Commission to deploy solar power plants using whole or in-part concentrated photovoltaic technology, for a total power capacity of 100 MW. Alstom and Soitec will combine their experience to deliver turnkey power plants and provide  integrated solutions and main equipment for power generation and concentrated photovoltaic technology.


Verdeeco, a smart grid analytics firm for the utility industry, continues to strengthen the data management system at Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc. (TECI) through implementation of multiple big data applications. Following an advanced metering infrastructure deployment, the Florida electric utility recognized a data load increase of 73,000 percent, prompting the need for improved data analytics and customer engagement. TECI, which serves 52,500 electric and 20,000 water accounts across a 2,600 square-mile territory, currently employs Verdeeco's Meter Insight, Alarm Console, Device Access and the Customer Billing Application. In the future, the utility will expand its use of Verdeeco's products to include voltage monitoring, transformer loading, unbilled revenue and customer portal applications.


Toshiba Corporation announced that Toshiba Transmission and Distribution Europe S.p.A., an Italian Toshiba Group company, has signed an agreement for the joint development of energy management systems optimized for the eurozone with ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. The agreement covers a wide range, including energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, smart grids, electric storage for the grid and electric mobility.