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Trilliant Named Smart Grid Winner

Trilliant has been named the 2011 Smart Grid award winner in the San Francisco Business Times Cleantech Awards. Trilliant, a Smart Grid communications company that delivers solutions to enhance energy efficiency, utility operations, and renewable resource integration, was honored in an awards ceremony that took place on Thursday, June 16, in San Francisco.

Trilliant Earns eMeter 2011 Technology Integration Award

Trilliant is the recipient of eMeter’s 2011 Technology Integration Award. The announcement was made at the 2011 eMeter Leadership Conference, which is taking place May 9-11, 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The conference attracts industry leaders in Smart Meter data management to discuss current trends and best practices, share ideas and experiences, and connect with other professionals.

eMeter Awards CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy’s electric subsidiary has received eMeter’s 2011 Million Meter Milestone Award. The announcement was made at the 2011 eMeter Leadership Conference, which is taking place May 9-11, 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The conference attracts industry leaders in Smart Meter data management to discuss current trends and best practices, share ideas and experiences, and connect with other professionals.

Petra Solar CTO to Speak at Networked Grid Conference

The Chief Technology Officer of Petra Solar, Dr. Johan Enslin, will present on the first day of the Networked Grid conference taking place in San Francisco, CA on May 3-4, 2011. Dr. Enslin will join grid management experts on The Emergence of Next-Generation Power Electronics for Grid Optimization, Monitoring and Actuation panel to discuss the changing dynamics of the electric grid and the need for intelligent, quick responding, and high performance equipment driven by advanced power electronics. The panel takes place from 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm on May 3rd.

PG&E Corporation’s Embattled CEO Steps Down

The Board of Directors of Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation will elect a new lead executive in the coming weeks in light of current Chairman, CEO and President Peter Darbee’s announced retirement, effective April 30, 2011. The company’s utility unit, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company, will continue to be led by President Christopher P. Johns.

Smart Grid to be $9.6 Billion Business by 2015

According to a new report from GTM Research, the United States smart grid market will grow more than 70 percent over the next five years, reaching $9.6 billion by 2015.  The U.S. Smart Grid Market Forecast: 2010–2015 analyzes key trends in four technology sectors – Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Distribution Automation (DA), Home Area Networks (HAN) and Smart Utility Enterprise. The study concludes that the factors driving the market expansion include federal ARRA grants for utility modernization, increased market competition and consolidation, and enhanced technology synergies.

Grid Net Collaborates with Sprint on Smart Grid Solution

Grid Net is collaborating with Sprint to deliver a solution that leverages Grid Net’s software platforms to connect smart meters and smart grid routers via the Sprint 4G network, meaning utilities can now offer secure, scalable, reliable, and standards-based Smart Grid technology.

GE Challenges Smart Grid Innovators

General Electric, in conjunction with several prominent venture capital firms, is holding a contest for smart grid innovation worth a total of $200 million. GE and each of the participating venture capitalists, which includes Emerald Technology Ventures, Foundation Capital, KPCB, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Rockport Capital Partners.

PG&E Supported Proposition 16 Defeated

Proposition 16, a California ballot measure backed by utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric was defeated in the state’s elections held Tuesday. PG&E spent an estimated $46 million promoting the measure that would have blocked local governments from establishing their own municipal utilities.

Move Gives Public Full Access to Data PG&E Provides to California Utility Regulators

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today released forty-five reports, dating back to August 2006, that provide a detailed look inside the company’s SmartMeter™ program. No other utility in California is reporting on its meter conversion program as often or in as much detail. The reports are located on PG&E’s website at www.pge.com/SmartMeterCPUCreports.
PG&E has been providing these reports to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), as well as the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (an independent division of the Commission that advocates on behalf of customers), since the beginning of PG&E’s SmartMeter™ program.