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Doha Climate Conference a Step towards a Global Climate Deal

While not wildly enthusiastic, attendees of the Doha climate conference expressed confidence that it was a step in the right direction by providing a foundation for more ambitious international action against climate change in the short term, a new global climate agreement to be finalized in 2015, and an agreement for a second period of the Kyoto Protocol to start on 1 January 2013.

Elster Selected for Orlando Project

The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has selected Elster’s EnergyAxis to complete its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system. The EnergyAxis solution provides two-way communication for electric, water, and gas meters.

EnWin to Deploy New System

EnWin Utilities has signed a contract with Harris Utilities and includes plans to deploy NorthStar for its customer information system (CIS), MeterSense for its meter data management (MDM), and CustomerConnect for its customer engagement solution. The project is scheduled to begin by the end of 2012.

DOE Invests in Solar

The United States Department of Energy has announced a $29 million investment in four projects designed to improve grid connection and reduce installation costs through plug-and-play technologies and solar power forecasts.

ABB wins solar power orders worth $225 million to

ABB has won orders worth around $225 million to supply two turnkey photovoltaic (PV) power plants to be located in the northern South African province of Limpopo. The orders were awarded by Core Energy and Erika Energy, whose primary stakeholders include Sun Edison. The project is expected to boost South Africa’s renewable program to generate enough clean energy to power around 36,000 homes and prevent around 130,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Germany and the United Kingdom Partner on NAMA Facility

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have launched the NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigating Actions) Facility to support partner countries wanting to implement action against climate change. The collaboration was announced during the climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar.

DOE Tribal Renewable Energy

At the recent White House Tribal Nations Conference, the Department of Energy (DOE) introduced two new initiatives designed to drive increased energy production and sustainable economic development in Indian Country.

Alcatel-Lucent Introduces Smart Grid Technology

Alcatel-Lucent is introducing new network technology to enhance communications for utility companies to make power distribution across an entire grid smart from power generation through to customer delivery.

Illinois Okays ComEd’s Smart Meter Deployment Delay

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has tentatively agreed to let ComEd’s delay installing smart meters in its service territory until 2015. The agreement is subject to review in April 2013, when ComEd must file a progress report on its smart-meter program.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Visit Wind Farm

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and a delegation of state policymakers visited the Hoosac Wind Power Project, the state’s newest and largest utility-scale wind farm. In total, Hoosac’s 19 turbines generate 28.5 megawatts (MW) of energy. Each GE turbine can produce up to 1.5 MW, or 2,000 horsepower. Altogether, the total project powers over 10,000 homes annually.