Smart grid wins: It doesn't get any better than this
By Liz Enbysk
SGN Managing Editor
This is definitely not your garden-variety smart grid winners list this week. We've got a bunch of just plain interesting deals you don't see every day. For example, on the heels of the guest column we ran earlier this week about the importance of interval data usage, weâ€™ve got a look at an interval data analytics deal with PG&E. Scroll down for that and the rest of the week's wins -- and be sure to jump over to page 2 to learn about Schneider's M&A win in Russia and a World Water Day milestone for Sensus.
Â· Teradata, an analytic data solutions company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio announced that Pacific Gas and Electric has selected Teradata as the foundation for its new Interval Data Analytics (IDA) environment. IDA will enable PG&Eâ€™s business users to flexibly analyze smart meter data using visualization and data mining tools, and in the future to support external customer access. â€œLeveraging Teradata with our other enterprise systems will enable the next level of analytics around that smart meter data set, and create additional insights and value for both customers and operations," said Michael Glass, PG&E Director of Information Technology. Read more >>
Â· Silver Spring Networks has its first customer in Asia, having been tapped by SP PowerAssets Limited (SPPA) of Singapore to deliver the network and control platform for the initial phase of its AMI project. Under the contract, SPPA, which is a member of the Singapore Power Group and owns the electricity transmission and distribution assets in Singapore, will deploy Silver Springâ€™s IPv6-based wireless networking platform across its service territory. The San Francisco Business Times quotes Silver Spring EVP Eric Dresselhuys calling Asia "effectively an untapped market" and adding: â€œThereâ€™s very little automation. Thereâ€™s very little smart grid in general. And itâ€™s bigger than the U.S. market.â€ Read more >>
Â· Verdeeco, after completing a pilot with Wake Electric Membership Cooperative to test its transformer analysis application, announced the app will be put into production across Wake Electric's seven-county service area near Raleigh, N.C. Verdeeco says the user-friendly app, which has been called the "iTunes of smart grid," provides near-real-time analysis, reports and alerts on the performance and utilization of transformers serving Wake Electricâ€™s more than 36,500 members. "The groundbreaking thing about Verdeeco is its ability â€“ through cloud-based, focused applications â€“ to effectively circumvent costly and time-consuming systems integration work,â€ said Don Bowman, the co-op's engineering manager. Read more >>
M&A & FINANCING WINS
Â· Schneider Electric has acquired 100% ownership of Electroshield â€“ TM Samara, which it describes as one of the leading Russian players in medium voltage with a strong local R&D presence that Schneider will continue to grow. In 2010, Schneider acquired 50% ownership in the company which has operations in Russia and Central Asia, employing around 10,000 people. Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Schneider President and CEO, commented: "This engagement reaffirms our commitment to Russia and is a key milestone in our active participation in the economic and technological development of the country. Electroshield â€“ TM Samara considerably enhances our capacity to be a key player in the oil and gas and mining industry in the region, as well as to develop energy efficiency and smart grid in Russia." Read more >>
MILESTONES & HONORS
Â· Sensus celebrated World Water Day (March 22, in case you missed it) with the delivery of its 1 millionth iPERL residential water meter to the City of Oâ€™Fallon, Mo. â€œConserving water and increasing operational efficiency drove us to this smart water network solution,â€ said Dan Scherer, Water & Sewer Manager at City of Oâ€™Fallon. â€œIn the first year after deploying FlexNet and the iPERL meters, our unaccounted for water dropped from about 18 to 10 percent. We can also better serve our customers that have usage questions by accessing the graphing feature included in the software program." Read more >>
Did you miss last week's wins list? See it here >>
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