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Enel Secures Land for New Wind Farm In Chile

Through an agreement between Chile’s Ministry of National Assets and the Ministry of Energy to support energy diversification in the country, Enel Green Power;s Chile affiliate has attained approximately 6524 acres located in the Taltal district, 963 miles north of Santiago.

Smart Water Meter Market to Enjoy Significant Growth

A new report by Pike Research indicates that the smart water meter market will experience steady growth over the next five years, driven by an aging system infrastructure, the need by utilities to operate their systems more efficiently, and by an increasing global demand for water. Pike’s study found that the global installed base of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) smart meters with two-way communication capabilities will more than double by 2017 from the 10.3 in 2011.

Guiyang Power Selects Telvent for Expansion of Smart Grid Efforts

Guiyang Electrical Power Supply Company has selected Telvent’s smart grid technology to collect and analyze its real-time operational data. The solution, which will be integrated with Telvent products previously implemented by Guiyang Power, supports the planning, operation, and analysis of a distribution network that serves approximately four million people in Guiyang, located in China’s Guizhou province.

AlertMe and Lowes Announce Partnership

Smart Home technology specialist, AlertMe has announced a commercial partnership with Lowe’s, the world’s second largest home improvement company, to deliver a cloud-based home management system for Iris, Lowe’s new North American initiative that enables consumers to monitor and control their home smart appliances using their Smartphone or computer.

Greenvity and MegaChips to Develop Smart Energy Technologies

Greenvity Communications is collaborating with MegaChips Corporation to develop connectivity technologies for smart energy management and electric vehicle applications. The partnership is intended to deliver products that enable consumers and utility companies to monitor, manage, and optimize energy usage for smart-grid connected appliances and electric vehicles through smart meters and home gateways.

Honeywell and TEDA Launch First Demand Response Project in China

Honeywell is partnering with the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) to implement China’s first Smart Grid Demand Response project. Honeywell was originally selected for the project last February by the State Grid Electric Power Research Institute. The deal signals the official launch of the Demand Response System Pilot, which is jointly sponsored by the Chinese and United States governments through the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP) that is intended to develop a nationwide set of smart grid industry standards and regulations in China.

Calico Energy Adds New Board Members

Calico Energy has announced that Jesse Berst, Managing Director of Global Smart Energy, and Dr. Subramanian Vadari, President of Modern Grid Solutions, have joined the company’s board of advisors. The two executives will be closely involved with Calico’s plan to market its Unified Operations Center, designed for investor-owned, municipal, cooperative and publicly owned utilities in the United States and Canada.

Tendril Announces APP Contest

Tendril, which provides a cloud-based platform for the Energy Internet, has launched a Connect Application Developer website and the Tendril Energy Internet and Smart Home App Contest, with $5,000 worth of prize money. Winners will be announced January 22 at the Cleanweb Hackathon in New York City.

Canadian Advocacy Group Follows Injunction Suit

The British Columbia-based group, Citizens for Safe Technology, has filed a complaint against BC Hydro’s smart meter program, asserting that Utilities Commission isn’t doing its job. The legal move by Citizens for Safe Technology comes a week after a consumer group in California requested injunctive relief against Pacific Gas & Electric.

Global Smart Meter Shipments Nearing 20 Million

New data from Pike Research shows that smart meter and smart grid deployments worldwide have increased notably in 2011, particularly in North America. Several large projects have been announced and key vendors have been selected to provide utilities with meters, communications modules, and meter data management services. According to Pike Research’s analysis, global smart meter shipments reached 19.2 million in 3Q 2011, which represents a 5.3% increase over 2Q 2011.