Smart grid wins: Some big scores for some big players this week


By Liz Enbysk

SGN Managing Editor


Itron and Cisco win big in Los Angeles. Telvent and Tendril ink sweet deals in Australia. Elster is selling more meters in Brazil and Schneider Electric will be charging up Pecan Street EVs. We've got all of that and more to tell you about in this week's smart grid wins installment - including a 'hats off' to Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (see page 2).




·         Itron and Cisco were selected to join the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) smart grid demonstration project. LADWP - the largest municipal utility in the U.S. -- will install up to 52,000 Itron smart electric meters and 20 smart water modules that will operate over an integrated cellular and multi-application IPv6 communication network based on the Cisco GridBlocks architecture using Cisco Connected Grid routers and Network Management System. Read more >>


·         Telvent has been selected by SA Power Networks of Australia to provide an advanced distribution management system (advanced DMS). It represents the first major advanced DMS project for Telvent in Australia and one of the company’s largest in the world. The company says it will allow SA Power Networks to serve its 830,000 customers more reliably with better overall network management and when fully implemented, self-healing outage and demand response capabilities will support automated solutions for faster and more effective management of power outages, peak load events and embedded generation. Read more >>


·         Tendril confirms that Origin Energy, an Australian integrated energy company, launched its Origin Smart service built on the Tendril Energize application suite, providing its customers in Victoria insight into how they are using energy, along with tools to better manage their electricity consumption and bills. The rollout comes after a successful consumer engagement pilot using Tendril Energizer last year. Origin is Australia's leading energy retailer with 4.4 million customers. Read more >>


·         Comverge reports that Progress Energy Florida will utilize its IntelliSOURCE Demand Response Management System (DRMS) for a 700 megawatt demand response program featuring two-way load management. The Comverge platform, which enables automation and end-to-end support for mass-market DR programs, will control 500,000 energy management devices that will be deployed throughout Florida. Read more >>


·         Survalent Technology has commissioned a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for Wasaga Distribution which serves 12,000 customers in its Ontario service area and has more than 235 kilometers of conductor, both overhead and underground. According to Survalent the system also has more than 1400 distribution transformers, and nearly 5000 poles in service, fed from five owned, and one shared distribution stations. Read more >>


·         EnerNOC has finalized an agreement with TransGrid, the New South Wales transmission network operator, to provide 35 megawatts of demand response capacity in the Sydney metropolitan area. The agreement is expected to help reduce peak demand and support Sydney's high voltage electricity grid this coming summer. Read more >>


·         Elster announced that a leading Brazilian utility, Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (SABESP), has selected it to supply an additional 193,000 single-jet water meters in Brazil over the next six months. "With the growing importance of water conservation in Latin America, Elster's water metering solutions can support utilities such as SABESP to accurately bill customers for water usage and to identify leaks within the distribution system," noted Jerry Lauzze, EVP of Elster's global water business.  Read more >>


·         Schneider Electric's EVlink Level 2 indoor electric vehicle (EV) charging station was selected by Pecan Street Inc. to offer participants in its EV research project in Austin, Texas. The demonstration project includes the deployment of select equipment, technology and information services, including the EVlink charging station to those who purchase EVs, to approximately 500 homeowners to demonstrate and test their impact on energy use. Read more >>


·         Arista Power has been awarded a $909,000 U.S. Army contract to complete Phase Two development of the new Intelligent Scalable Micro-Grid. The company says the order recognizes its successful completion and delivery of Phase One of the multi-phase program that will integrate both renewable and traditional energy sources to provide the scalability and automatic operation needed to deliver reliable power in remote areas where military operations are taking place. Read more >>



·         AutoGrid Systems of Palo Alto, CA has raised $9 million in venture funding from leading investors in the Silicon Valley, including Foundation Capital, Voyager Capital and Stanford University. The company, which provides data analytics and software services that help utilities and end-users control their power consumption and costs, also announced it has signed contracts worth more than $5 million with ARPA-E, the advanced projects research agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, and the California Energy Commission. Read more >>




·         Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories gets our rave this week. It has increased its disaster discount to 30% - up from a usual 10% - to customers affected by Hurricane Sandy. The 100% employee-owned company headquartered in Pullman, WA has also made an immediate donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help in its relief efforts. Read more >>


·         IDC Energy Insights announced that two of its analysts, Jill Feblowitz and Dean Chuang, have been listed among the most visible U.S. influencers within the energy industry according to Text100’s Digital Index: Energy.  Read more >> Note: You can find IDC Energy Insights reports in the SGN Research Marketplace.


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