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Smart grid wins: Some pretty big deals top this week's list

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We've got some pretty big deals to tell you about this week, so let's get right to it. Scroll down and jump to page 2 for smart grid project wins, milestones, financing deals and more.

 

PROJECT WINS

 

·         Landis+Gyr expects to double its UK workforce as a result of a whopping £600m ($956 million) deal with British Gas to supply more than 10 million gas and power meters. “We’ve been working with British Gas for the last three years to develop smart meters for its customers," said L&G CEO Andreas Umbach. "This is the largest deal of its kind worldwide and sets a new industry standard for working in partnership. It allows us to achieve significant economies of scale in meter production, to expand our UK operations and to further establish the UK as a global centre of smart energy excellence.” Read more >>

 

·         Silver Spring Networks announced a partnership with Metrix, a leading metering service provider, to leverage the Silver Spring networking platform to deliver smart metering-as-a-service to retail energy providers. The first joint deployment between Silver Spring and Metrix will be for Counties Power, a lines company serving more than 37,000 customers in New Zealand’s North Island. Metrix, a division of Mighty River Power, has successfully deployed more than 330,000 smart meters in the greater Auckland area and is expanding into other areas to meet the increasing demand for smart metering services. Read more >>

 

·         Electrovaya has received a purchase order from Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution for a major distributed energy storage project. The project will lead to the installation of 25 distributed and independent energy storage systems in a single UK town. The systems will be composed of Toronto-based Electrovaya's latest SuperPolymer 2.0 technology and will feature substantial smart grid capabilities. The systems will range in energy capacity from 12.5kWh to over 80kWh. Read more >>

 

·         Alstom and ScottishPower Renewables have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to incorporate Alstom’s tidal power devices within the Sound of Islay project. The tidal array, between the islands of Islay and Jura on the west coast of Scotland, will include up to four of Alstom’s 1 MW tidal devices, one of which is currently on test at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. The new development is expected to result in the Sound of Islay project becoming the largest tidal array in the world capable of generating up 10 MW of electricity in total, when fully operational. Read more >>

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·    Schneider Electric announced that its online energy management and sustainability software suite, StruxureWare, has been chosen by the City of Boston as its Enterprise Energy Management System for all city operations. The city will initially utilize two StruxureWare web-based solutions, both part of Schneider Electric’s Smart Cities offering.  "As Boston continues to strive toward its aggressive sustainability goals, we looked for a way to effectively track our energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and related conservation projects," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "Schneider Electric beat out 7 other qualified vendors, offering the best solution to track our progress." Read more >>

 

·         Capstone Metering, a Texas-based technology company, announced that Verizon Wireless has certified a cell module for the company's IntelliH(2) O(R) intelligent water meter. According to a press release, with the IntelliH(2) O(R) intelligent water meter, information about water usage can be accessed via the cloud from desktops, laptops and tablets. This functionality makes it easy for cities to remotely manage the device, monitor volume, pressure and temperature levels and to respond to alerts. Read more >>

 

·         EnerNOC has entered into an agreement with the Australian distribution operator Ausgrid to administer its demand response program. Ausgrid is conducting the initial Dynamic Peak Rebate project with the aim of developing demand side options as an alternative to investing in network infrastructure. Ausgrid's electricity network provides power to 1.6 million homes and businesses throughout the Sydney metropolitan area. This is an expansion of a pilot program originally begun in 2012. Read more >>

FINANCING WINS

 

·         Space‐Time Insight, a San Mateo, CA-based company that provides next‐generation situational intelligence solutions, announced that it has raised $20 million in Series C financing to drive the company’s continued expansion in the U.S. and international markets. London-based private equity fund Zouk Capital joins current investors Opus Capital Ventures, EnerTech Capital and Novus Energy Partners in this round of financing. Read more >>

 

·         U.S. Department of Agriculture announced another round of funding to improve electric service in rural areas. The $136 million in loan guarantees includes $5 million for smart grid improvements. Recipients are:

·         Iowa - East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative, Farmers Electric Cooperative, .Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative

·         Kansas - Western Cooperative Electric Association

·         Minnesota - Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative, North Itasca Electric Co-op

·         Missouri - West Central Electric Cooperative

·         Oklahoma - Kiwash Electric Cooperative

·         Texas - Central Texas Electric Cooperative

·         Wyoming - High Plains Power

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HONORS

 

·         Itron has been ranked number one across multiple categories in a new global water meter market analysis report. The ranking and report published by IMS Research, notes that Itron has the leading position globally for total water meter and communication module shipments. Itron is also ranked a top supplier across a number of smart water metering categories in Latin America, EMEA and North America. Read more >>

 

·         Energy Storage North America (ESNA) announced the winners of the ESNA Innovation Awards at the ESNA Conference and Expo 2013 in San Jose, CA.. The winners of the ESNA Innovation Award are Notrees Wind Energy Storage, Southern California Public Power Authority Thermal Energy Storage Program, Santa Rita Jail Smart Grid, and Grid on Wheels. Read more >>

 

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

 

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