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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: March, 2014








 
GE, Quirky launch connected air-conditioning unit
GE has taken the wraps off a new connected air-conditioning unit developed in partnership with engineering company Quirky and aimed at lowering energy costs for US consumers.
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Telefonica SmartSantander project to become smart-cities blueprint
Telefonica claims its pioneering SmartSantander project has exceeded initial expectations and could become a blueprint for the development of smart cities in future.
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Cellular nodes for smart grids set to boom: Navigant Research
Annual revenue generated from the sale of public cellular communications nodes for smart grid applications will rise from $75.4 million in 2013 to $348.3 million in 2018, according to the latest study from Navigant Research.
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New Zealand government establishes Smart Grid Forum
New Zealand’s government has set up a new Smart Grid Forum charged with advancing the deployment of smart electricity networks in the country.
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Stories to Watch

UPA says replaced 150,000 meters for OUC in system-wide upgrade 
 
Apex CoVantage wins tender in VIWAPA smart-grid deployment
 
 

Itron wins smart-meter contract with Pennsylvania’s FirstEnergy
Smart-meter developer Itron says it will deploy more than two million smart meters for US utility owner FirstEnergy, which hopes to reduce its own costs and improve the service it offers to its energy customer in Pennsylvania.Read full article >>
 

 
 
Malaysia’s TNB to kick off smart-grid pilot: report
Malaysian energy provider Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is reportedly about to start work on a pilot project that will investigate the use of smart-grid technology for realizing efficiency improvements.
 
Smart Metering Systems flags 53% profit growth in 2013
UK-based Smart Metering Systems has reported impressive gains in net income and revenues for 2013 on the back of rising demand among gas suppliers for its range of technology products.
Smart home monitoring devices to exceed half a billion by 2018: ABI Research
The number of wireless smart home monitoring devices is set to reach more than half a billion globally by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research, up from just 17.23 million in 2013.

ComEd plans to speed up smart-meter deployment
Illinois utility ComEd has announced plans to speed up its deployment of smart meters in the state, claiming its revised timetable will lead to considerable cost savings for customers.
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Itron to supply France’s GrDF in major smart gas meter project
Smart-meter developer Itron says it has been chosen by France’s GrDF to provide 3.7 million smart gas meters in what represents one of the world’s largest deployments by a gas utility.
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South African businesses looking at energy-efficiency technologies: Frost & Sullivan
Rising electricity costs and increasing demand on the grid are forcing large commercial businesses in South Africa to look at the introduction of new energy-efficient initiatives and technologies, according to research from Frost & Sullivan.
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Smart-grid benefits need communicating in UK: report
The benefits of smart grids still need to be communicated to industry and consumers in the UK, even though there is clearly an appetite for energy-sector change, according to a new report by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).
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Nordic countries an M2M hotspot, says new research
Nordic countries are a hotspot for M2M growth, with the number of “connected things” in the region already surpassing its total population, according to new research from TeliaSonera and Arthur D. Little.
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Japan’s Briscola, IIJ form strategic M2M alliance
Japanese firms Briscola and Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) have teamed up to develop cloud-based M2M services, revealing that solar-power company Asahi Denshi has become their first customer.
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CeBIT 2014: Cameron to double UK funding for M2M
British prime minister David Cameron has announced a £45m funding boost for the development of M2M technologies, including services aimed at reducing energy consumption, according to press reports.
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EDMI wins smart-meter contract with UK’s Arqiva
EDMI has signed a contract with the UK’s Arqiva to provide the communications hub that will be used to support the rollout of smart meters in Scotland and the north of England.
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Silver Spring to support connected street lighting in Florida
Silver Spring Networks has been chosen by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to support what it claims will be North America’s largest network street light deployment.
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Itron, Tantalus secure smart-meter business in US Virgin Islands
Smart-grid players Itron and Tantalus have been selected to provide advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in the US Virgin Islands as part of the territory’s rollout of more energy-efficient infrastructure.
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Utility spending on grid monitoring to hit $50 billion by 2023: Navigant Research
Utility spending on asset management and grid monitoring technology is to hit almost $50 billion by 2023, according to a new study from Navigant Research.
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Actility and Semtech team up on low-cost M2M radio technology
Actility and Semtech have teamed up on the launch of a new low-cost and long-range radio solution for M2M applications.
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Itron wins smart-meter contract with Pennsylvania’s FirstEnergy
Smart-meter developer Itron says it will deploy more than two million smart meters for US utility owner FirstEnergy, which hopes to reduce its own costs and improve the service it offers to its energy customer in Pennsylvania.
Read Full Story>>
 
Malaysia’s TNB to kick off smart-grid pilot: report
Malaysian energy provider Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is reportedly about to start work on a pilot project that will investigate the use of smart-grid technology for realizing efficiency improvements.
Read Full Story>>
 
Smart Metering Systems flags 53% profit growth in 2013
UK-based Smart Metering Systems has reported impressive gains in net income and revenues for 2013 on the back of rising demand among gas suppliers for its range of technology products.
Read Full Story>>
 
Smart home monitoring devices to exceed half a billion by 2018: ABI Research
The number of wireless smart home monitoring devices is set to reach more than half a billion globally by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research, up from just 17.23 million in 2013.
Read Full Story>>
 
Asia Pacific to invest $63 billion in smart cities to 2023: Navigant Research
Smart-city technology investments in the Asia Pacific will total $63 billion between 2014 and 2023, says a new paper from Navigant Research, as cities look to address a multitude of contemporary problems, including rising energy costs, congested transportation networks and climate change.
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Wi-SUN alliance, HomePlug form smart-grid pact
The Wi-SUN Alliance and the HomePlug Alliance have teamed up on the development of hybrid smart-grid networks that will support both wireless and powerline-wired connectivity.
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