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Edward Davey Reports on Smart Meters, Biofuel Proposal

The UK’s Energy Secretary Edward Davey has announced the publication of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) second annual progress report on smart meter deployment.

Ofgem Names New Chief Executive

The Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has appointed Dermot Nolan as its next chief executive. Dermot officially takes over the position in March 2014.

Accenture Teams with Endesa

Accenture is collaborating with Endesa on a multi-year outsourcing agreement to facilitate the utility’s ongoing smart meter roll-out in Spain. Accenture is providing Endesa’s distribution unit back-office as it widens its smart metering operations. Accenture is also helping Endesa integrate its smart meter infrastructure with its existing billing systems and business processes.

Ofgem Supports Back Billing Limits

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is supporting efforts by UK energy suppliers to reduce the time they can back-bill Britain’s smallest businesses. The utilities’ actions are following the regulator’s lead in protecting small business, such as standards of conduct that mandate suppliers treat businesses fairly.

Canadian Solar To Fund Japan Solar Projects

Canadian Solar (CSIQ) has signed a $40 million loan agreement with Harvest North Star Capital (HNSC) to fund the development of several ground-mounted solar power projects in Japan totaling around 145.1 megawatt direct current (MWdc), with approximately 40-50 MWdc expected to start construction during Q1 and Q2 of 2014.

Centrica Sells Wind Farm to DONG

Centrica has announced plans to sell its Race Bank offshore wind farm project to DONG Energy Power (UK) Limited. The deal is reported to be worth for £50 million.

MENA Eyes Solar Energy

The Middle East and North Africa should make developing a sustainable, solar energy industry one of its top priorities says First Solar’s vice president of business development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Christopher Burghardt.

Jordan Announces Wind Project

The Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC) has secured the financing to begin construction of the Middle East’s first utility-scale wind-power project. The 117MW Tafila Wind Farm, which cost an estimated $290 million, will increase the country’s total power capacity by three percent.

AusNet, Ericsson Team for Smart Meter Program

SP AusNet has selected Ericsson to develop and implement a 3G network-enabled communications solution to support the company’s electric smart meter program. SP AusNet is expanding its current smart meter association with an Ericsson solution that employs public 3G mobile networks and will reach an additional 108,000 meters in outer urban and rural areas.

PPL Selects Alstom Solution

Alstom is providing PPL Electric Utilities its integrated distribution management system (IDMS). The contract is part of the Pennsylvania utility’s more expansive three-year, $38 million smart grid project to enhance system reliability.