Smart Meters

Alliant Energy releases environmental performance report

Last week the Alliant Energy Corporation released its yearly Environmental Report that provides insight into the environmental performance of both Interstate Power and Light (IPL) and Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL), two utilities wholly owned by the corporation. The report also highlights the status of plans to expand the company’s renewable energy sources and energy…

New proposal would promote green causes in Michigan

A proposal put forward by the Center for American Progress would give Michigan a $3.1 billion “green recovery” boost as part of an effort to make America’s economy “more green.”  The Center for American Progress is a liberal think-tank headquartered in Washington D.C.   The group’s proposal suggests the Federal government spend $100 billion on…

Silver Spring to provide smart meter technology to California utility

The Modesto Irrigation District in central California has agreed to purchase smart meter technology and accompanying software from Silver Spring Networks in a deal worth $17 million, according to a company spokesperson.  The utility provides power and water to the Modesto area 75 miles inland from San Francisco has elected to install smart meters for…

US Senate introduces sustainable energy incentives

The Senate Finance Committee introduced a landmark package of sustainable energy tax incentives on September 11, including specific programs aimed at jump starting smart meter installations throughout the United States. The tax incentives are designed to further the development of renewable energy sources and conservation programs.  Oil and gas companies stand to lose the most…

Trilliant announces new COO

Trilliant Incorporated announced on September 8 that it had appointed Susanna Kass as COO, a newly created role at the company.  Trilliant is a world leader in development of backbone smart meter technology.  Kass has over 25 years of experience in data centre infrastructure, global operations and networking. “Our appointment of Susanna reinforces Trilliant’s commitment…

Pennsylvania Governor urges action on energy legislation

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said that families and businesses in the state will face considerable economic hardship in the near future if legislators do not correct Pennsylvania’s lacking energy policy. Rendell referred to the fact that electricity rates are set to expire in 2010 when consumers in the state will be subject to increases of…

CalAmp introduces new AMI technology

On September 8 CalAmp Corporation introduced its WiMetry communications methodology to be used within today’s Automatic Meter Reading/Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMR/AMI) solutions.  CalAmp is a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications solutions that enable always available access.  The business includes many consumers in the industrial monitoring and controls, public safety, public utilities, and satellite broadcast…

Maryland testing smart meters

Donna Dodge, of Westminster, Maryland, had her smart meter installed at the beginning of last month.  She says she’s not sold on the technology but still hopes it will help here, and others, save on their electric bills. “We’ll see what happens when the bill comes,” said Dodge.  She is one of 3000 energy customers…

Smart meter plan running behind schedule in Ireland

A planned pilot smart meter project to test the money and energy-saving devices has been postponed.  The pilot project is to involve thousands of homes but with the current delay the program isn’t expected to be fully operational before the year ends. The number of participants involved, though still numbering in the thousands, has also…

New energy company promises to revolutionise industry

First Utility will begin business on September 8 with the bold promise to help consumers save on gas and electric bills and revolutionise the whole industry at the same time. The new energy company is going to install smart meters for its customers that are capable of providing electric and gas consumption information twice every…