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Electric Consumer Right to Know Act, from Energy Boom Jeanne Roberts

On May 23, the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DSRG), a “smart grid” trade association coalition, announced that the U.S. Senate had introduced the Electric Consumer Right to Know Act, S 1029.


United Illuminating Company CEO to Participate at KEMA Forum

The United Illuminating Company’s CEO, James Torgerson will be a featured speaker at KEMA’s fourth annual Utility of the Future Leadership Forum, “Shaping the Future.”

Bangor Hydro Chooses Itron Software

Bangor Hydro Electric Company is implementing Itron software solutions to migrate from automated meter reading (AMR) processes to an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). The utility will employ Itron technology to implement dynamic pricing and multi-channel customer engagement that will help customers better understand and manage their energy usage.

South Korea investing in smart grid technology to support renewable power generation

Korea Electric Power Corporation is to invest in developing smart grid technology. State-owned Korea Electric Power Corporation has announced plans to invest $1.8bn in smart grid technology as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. In addition, the corporation has recently joined IBM’s Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, signaling an intention to be among the world leaders in the development and deployment of smart grid technology.


Cisco and KEMA to Share Smart Grid Strategies

Jennifer Lin from Cisco’s Smart Grid Business Unit and Joe Moran, Senior Vice President with KEMA will be keynote speakers at the SUBNET User Group Conference taking place October 24-28 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Lin will share Cisco’s end-to-end vision and strategy for a smarter grid, explaining the role a secure and standards-based network plays in achieving operational efficiencies, grid reliability and security, and network scale for millions of end points within the smart-grid.  Moran’s presentation will focus on optimized operational control and smart grid security through automation and advance analysis for improved reliability for utilities and consumers.

PPL Electric Partners with GE

PPL Electric Utilities has launched a smart grid project using GE’s distribution management system to control the status, performance, and interaction of equipment in order to minimize the frequency and duration of power outages. The project affects 60,000 consumers in south-central Pennsylvania.

Sensus Appoints Elve

Sensus has appointed David Elve Vice President of Industry Solutions to provide leadership for the regulatory and standards environment and support the company’s global smart grid initiatives. Elve has 20 years of utility and IT experience. Prior to joining Sensus he was a Vice President at Enspiria Solutions, a smart grid consulting and system integration firm, which was recently acquired by Black & Veatch. He has also worked with Landis+Gyr and Atos Origin.

CIBER Collaborates with Junifer Systems

IT consulting company CIBER is collaborating with UK-based Junifer Systems to launch a new customer information system (CIS) in the Nordic market. The new system comes with lower entry-level pricing and greater flexibility than competing solutions.  According to the agreement, CIBER will be responsible for marketing, customization, integration, operation, and user training and support for Junifer in the Nordic countries.

OG&E Expands Smart Meter Deployment

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has given the OG&E approval to deploy smart grid technology system-wide beyond. OG&E, the state’s largest utility, has been authorized to invest up to $366 million during the next three years. About $127 million of the cost will be covered by federal stimulus funds.

Consert Gets Greentech Investment

Smart grid technology provider Consert Inc. has received $17.7 million in funding from Constellation Energy, GE Energy Financial Services, Qualcomm Incorporated, Verizon Ventures and private investors to support strategic marketing, North American sales, and ongoing enhancements of Consert’s advanced smart grid software.