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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: May 2016


Oracle buys OPower for $532m

Oracle has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire OPower, a provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities, for $10.30 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $532m, net of OPower’s cash.
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Jamaica picks Silver Spring to improve grid reliability

Electricity utility Jamaica Public Service is to deploy Silver Spring’s open standards-based platform and Silverlink software-as-a-service to improve grid reliability and operational efficiency.
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Siemens helps Newcastle University build £20m energy research centre




Newcastle University is to be the home of the UK’s £20m National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, partly funded by Siemens. The aim is to bring together energy experts from around the world to help unravel the energy network and understand future supply and demand.
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Semtech PLC and RF modem suits smart metering applications

Semiconductor company Semtech has introduced the EV8600 dual PLC and RF modem system-on-chip with integrated LoRa wireless technology for smart grid, smart metering and IoT applications.
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Avista modernising electric and gas networks with IoT system

Utility Avista is modernising its electric and gas network in Washington state to lay the foundation for smart city applications.
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SkyBitz Iridium-based asset tracker targets oil and gas industry

SkyBitz, the Virginia-based commercial telematics subsidiary of Telular, has announced a two-way global satellite communications and IECEx, Atex Zone 0 certified device to track assets in the oil and gas industry.
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Kenya Power rolls out outdoor smart meters to large users

Nearly 80 per cent of large power consumers in Kenya have been connected to outdoor meters as Kenya Power moves to deepen the use of technology to enhance efficiency. The outdoor metering project involves installing smart meters atop a pole to ease access by staff and reduce disturbance to customers.
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Hint drops analyser management on oil and gas industry

Dutch plant IT and engineering company Hint is helping provide oil and gas production locations with the infrastructure to manage and maintain online analysers, flow meters and transmitters in the field and in laboratories.
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ComEd plans to connect 18,000 Illinois streetlights to smart grid

ComEd plans to replace nearly 18,000 streetlights with smart-ready LED streetlights in more than 50 Illinois municipalities. The upgraded technology is provided through ComEd’s Smart Ideas energy efficiency programme at no costs to municipalities within its service territory.
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Eltel buys U-Serv to expand in German smart meter market

Finland-based Eltel’s power distribution business is acquiring German metering service company U-Serv.
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VC funding for smart grid companies doubles

Venture capital funding including private equity and corporate venture capital for smart grid companies doubled in the first quarter of 2016 with US$110m in 14 deals, compared with $56m in 12 deals in the final quarter of 2015, according to Mercom Capital Group.
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Energate smart thermostat lets users pick environmentally-friendly power plants

Ottawa-based energy management company Energate is piloting secure smart grid technology that will make its thermostats capable of prioritising use of electricity from environmentally-friendly power plants.
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Switch2 manages costs and increases energy control in community heating schemes

Heat metering and billing company Switch2 has launched a three-in-one smart pay-as-you-go billing and energy management system for community heating schemes.
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Zaptec picks ITIC as partner to develop smart charging in North America

The International Transportation Innovation Center in Greenville, South Carolina, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Zaptec of Norway to work on smart charging technology for electric vehicles.
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Nordic countries set the pace for smart grid regulations

European countries – led by Nordic countries as well as Italy and the Netherlands – are at the top of an index from Washington-based Northeast Group ranking regulatory frameworks that enable power grid modernisation.
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