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Energy Forum Brainstorms Innovations

At the recent energy forum held at the University of Chicago school of business, leading energy and technology companies discussed how to leverage the smart grid to deliver increased value to consumers and kicked off a new initiative between ComEd, technology companies, universities, and customers to spur innovation. Val Jensen, ComEd’s senior vice president of…

Sensus Smart Water Meters Improve Leak Detection

Sensus reports that its smart water network is enabling Arizona residents in the Tucson area to conserve water conserving water and lower their bills. Since the deployment of 8,800 iPERL smart water meters in Oro Valley, located north of Tucson, early leak detection has led to a 57 percent reduction in leak adjustments. The 19,000…

California Reaches EV Milestone

The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative reports that the state has cruised past a significant EV milestone: residents have bought more than 100,000 plug-in cars since 2010, boding well for meeting Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of having 1.5 million electric cars on the Golden State’s roads by 2025. The Collaborative’s executive director Christine Kehoe says,…

Smart Grid Shines after California Earthquake

A recent 6.0 San Francisco area earthquake showed the value of smart grid technology. The Silver Spring standards-based IPv6 network, software, and services that Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has deployed proved able to prevent long-term power outages after the earthquake struck. According to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, “Fifteen minutes after the ground…

USDA Invests in Rural Smart Grid Infrastructure

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power in 15 states. The funding helps bring smart grid technology to the nation’s rural electric infrastructure, with more than $23 million of the funding targeting improvements such as automated meter reading and…

Hawaiian Electric: Consumers Prematurely Connecting Solar Power to Grid

More than any other Americans, residents of Hawaii have embraced solar, with 20 times more rooftop PV than the mainland average. However, the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) says too many consumers are prematurely connecting to the grid. The utility is asking residents to disconnect their solar units until they receive approval from the utility ensuring…