We've got a whole sleigh full of smart grid wins this week


By Liz Enbysk

SGN Managing Editor


A whole host of smart grid companies are decking their corporate hallways with yuletide treasures (or more specifically orders for everything from smart meters to regulation services to an HVDC converter station). Scroll down and click to page 2 for details on Itron's big win in South Africa, Echelon's pilot in Brazil and eight more reasons why certain smart grid CFOs should be jolly.




·         Itron reeled in a big win in South Africa in collaboration with Edison Power Group. The Liberty Lake, Washington company was selected for Africa's first large-scale smart metering project which will be for City Power in the city of Johannesburg. The engagement, which has a total contract value of approximately $150 million, will require Itron to supply its latest generation smart meters and associated smart metering system. Read more >>


·         Echelon will support the Ceming City of the Future project in Brazil with a 1,500 unit pilot through its partner ELO. Ceming is the largest power company in Brazil. Echelon will provide smart metering sub-systems to ELO, leveraging its Energy Control Networking Platform. With some of the highest non-technical loss rates in the world, and increased use of distributed generation, Echelon says the Brazilian market needs a multi-application smart grid infrastructure such as theirs that encompasses more than just traditional metering. Read more >>


·         Elster was picked by the City of Palo Alto Utilities and City of Santa Clara's Silicon Valley Power (SVP) to implement advanced metering solutions featuring Elster's EnergyAxis system. EnergyAxis is an AMI solution that provides two-way communication for electricity, water and natural gas meters. The Palo Alto utility will partner with Elster and its MDM partner Utilismart on its Residential Customer Connect Pilot which will utilize cloud computing to provide a managed and customized engagement program for 300 pilot customers through web portals and mobile apps. SVP, meanwhile, selected Elster's EnergyAxis system and Tropos Networks' Gridcom WAN solution for the implementation of its AMI to cover 51,000 electric and 27,000 water meters and leverage the system for both smart grid and smart city applications going forward. Read more >>


·         Landis+Gyr will deploy a voltage management solution designed to deliver improved grid-side energy efficiency for the Central Lincoln People's Utility District, Oregon's fourth largest electric utility serving 55,000 people. The agreement establishes a demonstration project with Central Lincoln using EDGE CVR software from DVI in conjunction with L+G's Gridstream RF advanced metering network to monitor and adjust distribution circuit voltage. As L+G explains it, using detailed voltage information from its meters, the EDGE software will allow the utility to reduce voltage levels, targeting the most efficient band of the required voltage range, thereby conserving electricity. Read more >>



·         Southern Company was named the No. 1 electric utility in North America by Electric Light & Power magazine. ELP also announced two Utility CEOs of the Year: Pepco Holdings chairman of the board, president and CEO Joseph M. Rigby and Navajo Tribal Utility Authority general manager Walter W. Haase. Read more >>


·         First Wind and Avista announced that construction of the Palouse Wind project has been completed and commercial operations have begun.  Located in Eastern Washington, the 105 megawatt First Wind project will be included in Avista’s diverse resource portfolio and will have the capacity to generate enough renewable wind energy to power the equivalent of approximately 30,000 of Avista’s customers’ homes. The project features 58 state-of-the-art Vestas V100-1.8 MW turbines installed at the project site.  During construction, the Palouse Wind project pumped more than $25 million of direct spending into the regional economy and created hundreds of construction-related jobs and drove significant revenue for local businesses, according to First Wind and Avista. First Wind of Boston also announced it has obtained a $50 million tax equity financing from Cook Inlet Region Inc., an Alaska Native corporation. Read more >>


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



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