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Hydro Ottawa Ordered to Revise Planned Rate Hike

According to the Ottawa Citizen, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has ordered Hydro Ottawa to reduce its 2012 expenses by around $3 million, taking particular note of lowering salary costs. In addition, the Board also rejected the utility’s plans for a 41 cent per month fee to cover smart meter deployment costs and instead directed Hydro Ottawa to adopt a charge that varies by user class.

NRG Cancels Deal with Delmarva

NRG, the parent company of Bluewater Wind has canceled its long-term power purchase agreement with Delmarva Power signed in 2008 to provide Delaware customers with up to 200 megawatts of offshore wind energy. Under the power purchase agreement, Bluewater Wind posted security during the development period of the contract. Since the contract was cancelled prior to Jan. 1, 2012, $2 million of that security will be credited to Delmarva Power customers. Despite the news, Delmarva Power officials said they would continue to support the state’s long-term renewable energy goals.

Idaho Power Completes Smart Meter Deployment

Idaho Power has finished installing approximately half million smart electric meters in its service area, completing a three-year project that is part of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and the overall Smart Grid project.

Indian State of Odisha Looking to Increase Energy Efficiency

According to an article on Orissadiary.com, the Indian state of Odisha, which has suffered from power shortages, is eager to adopt new policies and embrace smart technology “to reduce electricity supply-demand gap,” and that the state is in the process of increasing energy efficiency “to reduce massive transmission and distribution losses.”

SmartSynch Hires New Sales VP

SmartSynch has hired Tom Van Denover to be the company’s new Senior Vice President of Sales. Van Denover’s duties will center on leading the company’s global sales efforts. SmartSynch creates smart grids for the utility industry and for more than ten years has provided open standards, IP-to-the-endpoint smart grid solutions that use a cellular network as the communications backbone.

Mitsui to Invest in Tres Amigas

Mitsui has agreed to invest $12 million in the United States based national grid interconnection Tres Amigas SuperStation project in exchange for an equity position and active participation. Through the partnership, Mitsui achieves further internationalization of its Smart Green Information Technology business model, which includes Smart Grid IT, renewable energy development, and management, and CO2 emissions mitigation strategies.

GCC Region More Open to Smart Grids

A new report by Frost & Sullivan states that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region is expected to invest nearly $73 billion in power generation and Transmission and Distribution (T&D) projects over the next five years, adding 36 GW of generation capacity. Up to now the GCC has been slow to adopt and implement smart grid technology but as Frost & Sulllivan noted, “The advent of Smart Grids has been the most radical phenomenon to impact the Power industry globally; this is expected to continue to be the most prominent changing force for the industry over the next decade at least.”

Quick Guide to CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

ENER-G and Cornwall Energy Associates have introduced Quick Guide to the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme to help organizations reduce the impact of a new energy tax on larger energy users that goes into effect in 2012.

Enel Kansas Wind Project Now Operational

Enel Green Power North America’s (EGP-NA) wind farm in Caney River, Kansas, is now operational. The project, developed by EGP-NA’s partner, TradeWind Energy, brings the company’s total installed capacity in North America to 986 MW. The electricity generated by the Caney River Wind project will be purchased by the Tennessee Valley Authority under the terms of a 20 year-contract.

Italian Solar Plant Begins Manufacturing

The new industrial plant run by 3SUN in Catania has initiated commercial manufacturing operations. In its first phase, the plant—the biggest solar panel plant in Italy—will manufacture multi-junction thin-film photovoltaic panels for a capacity of 160MW per year to meet the solar demand of markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. 3Sun is a joint venture company owned by Enel Green Power, Sharp, and STMicroelectronics.