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Power providers merge in Ontario

Local power provider Barrie Hydro of Ontario, Canada soon will no longer exist.  A deal will become final that will merge Barrie Hydro with PowerStream – the third-largest power distributor in Ontario. The Canadian province has encouraged locally owned power distribution companies to merger in order to create operational efficiencies that would be conducive towards…

Australian utility replacing obsolete system

AGL Energy is initiating a bold campaign utilities are taking to cut operating costs by replacing old metering equipment.  Utilities in Australia hope to generate significant savings by getting rid of the antiquated power transmission systems and simplifying the information gathering process. AGL Energy is about to finish its retail system, called Project Phoenix, at…

New energy management technology from AlertMe

The digital home of the future could be equipped with new wireless technology available from AlertMe that allows energy customers to monitor and manage their energy consumption through their television. Home owners could automatically turn off appliances that aren’t in use, or are using too much power, through the TV.  Cambridge-based AlertMe, which previously developed…

Smart meter technology used to reduce emissions

The MEREGIO smart grid project, supported by ABB, has been selected by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as the winner of the “E-Energy” competition. The “E-Energy” project focuses on modern information and communication technologies (ICT) to help increase energy efficiency, develop renewable energy, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “The primary goal of…

Smart meters coming to Idaho

Idaho Power has enlisted the international energy consulting giant Landis+Gyr to provide 450,000 smart meters over the next three years at a cost of around $10 million. A similar number of two way communications devices will be provided from Aclara Power-Line Systems at a cost of $25 million.  The system, called TWACS, transmits information over…

Power company discussing partnership with Fortis

Brant County Power of Ontario, Canada is negotiating a partnership with Fortis Ontario that could prove very beneficial when the area deploys smart meters.  At the same time, the county could reap a cash benefit equal to 10 percent of the worth of the local power company. A non-binding letter of intent has been agreed…

GE developing smart meters for Kentucky utility

GE’s Consumer and Industrial arm is teaming with Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) to develop a program to help customers save money by helping them manage their power consumption.  Specifically, the program will focus on reducing peak energy demand.  The effort will help consumers gain transparency into their energy bills while helping LG&E better…

Z-Wave announces new smart meter protocol

Z-Wave, a method for wireless communications most commonly used in remote controls, has announced the Advanced Energy Control Framework (AEC) which will facilitate advanced energy management techniques including smart meter technology.  Z-Wave was originally developed by Zensys in cooperation with the Z-Wave Alliance. AEC will allow for real-time energy management by integrating smart meters, communication…

How will Chevy Volt plug in

Much of the public doubt the status of the Chevy Volt was put to rest last week when General Motors (GM) revealed a model that looked as if it were production ready.  Still, one question remains however – exactly how will these electric-hybrid vehicles plug in for recharging? GM hasn’t finalised that all-important detail yet,…

Politician asking Ontario to make a Green Shift

Federal leader of the national Liberal party, Stephane Dion, has been touting the group’s “Green Shift” on the election trail – a party platform that calls for a cut in income taxes while putting a price on pollution.  The party believes this platform will position Canada to become a leader in the global economy of…