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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: August 2015


 
PG&E opens $40m smart grid control centre in California

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has unveiled a state-of-the-art, $40m electric distribution control centre in Concord, California, to help provide its customers with safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy.
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British Gas tests smart meter app in Bristol

British Gas customers in Bristol are among the first to try My Energy Live, a smartphone energy app, ahead of a nationwide roll-out. Customers with smart meters who are trialling the free app in Bristol can see how much they’re spending on energy anywhere, at any time.
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Kahramaa to roll out smart meters in Doha by 2016

Qatar is to roll out smart meters across Doha by 2016. The Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) said this would provide better energy management for its consumers.
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NMSU researcher tackles power grid blackouts

Sukumar Brahma, a professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University, is developing methods to produce more reliable and resilient delivery of electric power to end users.
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Emerson helps BP automate oil and gas platforms

BP is adding valves and measurement instruments as well as technologies for supervisory control and data acquisition, asset management and machinery health monitoring to its distributed control and safety instrumented systems on its upstream oil and gas operations.
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Tech Mahindra backs smart EV charging project in Ontario

Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro is collaborating with Indian multinational Tech Mahindra to build an intelligent electric vehicle charging system (IEVCS) designed to contribute toward Ontario’s clean energy future.
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South America set to be key market for smart grid investment

South America is positioned to be a key market for smart grid infrastructure investment over the next decade, according to a report from US consultancy Northeast Group. However, the region's power sector is plagued by pervasive electricity theft, poor reliability and operational inefficiencies.
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Devolo launches smart meter gateway and control box

Germany-based Devolo is expanding its smart-grid business with two products, a smart meter gateway and a control box.
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Cellular and satellite M2M devices in oil and gas growing at CAGR of 20%, says Berg

The number of devices featuring cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil and gas applications worldwide is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.1 per cent, according to a research report from analyst Berg Insight.
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Verizon offers utilities smart energy as a service

Verizon has launched an IoT platform that provides electric, water and gas utility firms in the USA with a fully integrated grid modernisation service, including smart metering, demand response, meter data management and distribution monitoring and control.
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Honeywell to buy smart meter company Elster for $5.1bn

Honeywell is to acquire the Elster division of Melrose Industries for about $5.1bn. Elster provides thermal gas products for commercial, industrial and residential heating systems and gas, water and electricity meters, including smart meters, software and data analytics.
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IEEE 802.21d approved for smart grid applications

The IEEE has approved IEEE 802.21d for local and metropolitan area networks, including supporting secure multicast group management capability applicable to advance metering infrastructure (AMI) networks.
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Smart meters could lead to more blackouts, say German physicists

Rather than smoothing out electricity demand, the widespread use of smart meters could lead to more severe peaks and troughs that could cause blackouts, according to researchers at the University of Bremen’s Institute for Theoretical Physics in Germany.
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Siebel Energy Institute funds two dozen smart energy projects

The Siebel Energy Institute, a consortium for collaborative energy research dedicated to advancing the science of smart energy, marked its official launch this month with the announcement of 24 research grants nearing $1m.
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Sensus helps BAI provide smart metering in Australia

Australian communications company BAI is working with smart meter firm Sensus to design, supply and install a digital infrastructure that will let utilities remotely and continuously monitor and diagnose problems and prioritise and manage maintenance issues.
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Wi-Sun and ISGF team up to accelerate smart grid development in India

The Wi-Sun Alliance and the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) have joined forces to accelerate the development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector.
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Emcali deploys interactive energy platform in Columbia

The more than 600,000 electricity customers served by Colombian utility Empresas Municipales de Cali (Emcali) are among those who may benefit from an advanced energy project launched last month in the city of Cali, Colombia.
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Hua Hong sees record shipments of smart meter chips

Total shipments of smart meter ICs by Chinese semiconductor foundry Hua Hong Semiconductor hit a record high of 130 million in the first half of 2015, 50 per cent up on the same period last year.
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Delsur deploys smart grid technology in El Salvador

One of the largest electric distribution companies in El Salvador, the Distribuidora de Electricidad del Sur (Delsur), after a process of nearly three years, has invested $1.6m in a smart grid system to achieve a more efficient service for 360,000 users and provide the reliability to distribute power over 10,000km.
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