BPL Global has appointed Pete Londa as acting Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Keith Schaefer. Prior to his recent promotion, Pete Londa was EVP of Corporate Planning and Development for BPLG.
In 2010, Venture Capital investments increased in the cleantech sectors of solar, smart grid and wind, according to Mercom Capital Group, LLC, a global clean energy market intelligence, consulting and communications firm. Raj Prabhu, Managing Partner at Mercom Capital Group said, “Considering 2009 was a recession year, solar was only slightly up in 2010. After a good second quarter, VC investments trended down in Q3 and Q4.”
With consumer backlash in the news and concerns of smart meter safety expressed by advocacy groups, Steven Chu, the United States Secretary of Energy, says it can be hard to focus on the big picture. In a blog posted on the Huffington Post, the Secretary says, “When you take a step back, it is an impressive canvass.
GE Energy opened yesterday the new Grid IQ™ Experience Center in the Smart Grid Center of Excellence, Atlanta, Georgia. The Center will educate consumers, utilities, regulators, and policy makers about the global energy landscape and the technologies GE is offering to modernise the electric grid and empower consumers and energy suppliers. Grid IQ™ is GE’s commitment to solving the most difficult problems faced by consumers in innovative ways with more reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy solutions.
SAE International is playing a vital role in developing standards that will guide the development of smart grid. A conformation of this role came when two of three key standards approved recently by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) were developed by the association.
A new pilot program by American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma (AEP-PSO) is scheduled to begin in Owasso. City Manager Rodney Ray told Tulsa World said around 13,000 of AEP-PSO’s customers in and around Owasso would be converted to new gridSMART technology starting in mid-March.