Lockheed Martin Applies Military Know-How to Smart Grid Security

Bloomberg reports that Lockheed Martin is marketing its military and intelligence technology to electric utilities to protect the United States’ power grids from terrorists and hackers. With an estimated value of $1.3 billion, cybersecurity is currently a growth industry. Lockheed plans to become a major player next month via Palisade, a software program developed in partnership with American Electric Power Co. of Columbus, Ohio, which alerts power companies to hacker intrusions and attacks on their electronic systems.

Accenture Appoints Two New Executives

Accenture has named Paul Daugherty chief technology architect and Gavin Michael chief technology innovation officer. Both executives will report to Kevin Campbell, group chief executive of Technology. The appointments become effective July 1.

Romanian City to Deploy Echelon Energy Control Networking Technology

The City of Brasov, Romania, will deploy over the next three years Echelon energy control technology for smart, networked street lighting systems citywide, Echelon announced today. The decision follows the city’s yearlong test of the technology in a neighbourhood that led to the city saving 28% on its energy bills and 40% on maintenance costs. Brasov also achieved more control over its streetlights and gained the ability to efficiently distribute power to other applications on the grid.


Expanded SandC Europe Services Team Offers Solutions for Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Integration

S&C Electric Company, a global leader in smart grids and renewable energy integration, today announced an expansion of its UK-based Power Systems Services operation.  Three new engineers have joined S&C’s European team, bringing with them a combined 50 years worth of experience in utility transmission and distribution systems, smart grids, and renewable energy integration.  This latest expansion continues the growth of S&C’s European support operations, which accelerated with the formation of S&C Europe LLC in 2008.
The new engineers will perform analytical studies to understand power delivery issues ranging from reliability problems to renewable energy interconnection issues.  S&C’s Power Systems Services team will then apply these findings to deliver detailed, comprehensive recommendations designed to improve the reliability, stability, and efficiency of the power system.

North Carolina’s FREEDOM Center at Forefront of Smart Grid Technology

Members of the White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness traveled to North Carolina for a roundtable discussion with national and local energy and smart grid executives about the obstacles and opportunities associated with growing jobs in their industry. The roundtable discussion was one of five simultaneous sessions that coincided with President Obama’s visit to North Carolina.

Utility executives at KEMAs

Utility of the Future Leadership Forum predict smart grid will bring greatest industry disruption in century Customer demands will require utilities to develop new tech strategies and rethink centralized architecture. KEMA’s Fourth Annual Utility of the Future Leadership Forum brought together utility executives, energy innovators and decision-makers for a day-and-a-half discussion of the industry’s challenges and opportunities. Presentations and conversations focused on the high risks associated with the cutting-edge technologies that shape the utility landscape and the need to write the rulebook as it continues to grow and evolve. One critical takeaway is the disruptive effect of the smart grid and other recent market, technology and environmental trends, and the opportunities and challenges they will create.


Powerit Solutions Wins Smart Grid Connectivity Award for Work with Four Star Fruit

Seattle-based Powerit Solutions, an international cleantech company that plugs energy-intensive businesses into the smart grid, won a Connectivity Week Buildy Award May 26 for its work with Four Star Fruit of Delano, California.  Four Star Fruit is a premier family grower of table grapes. Its premium grapes, including organic varieties, are renowned around the world.  Four Star Fruit is committed to innovative business practices and a healthier environment and society.  The award was in the Smart Industrial category, which recognizes the application of innovative ideas and technologies to device and system connectivity in the industrial automation and manufacturing field, particularly for energy management, sustainable manufacturing, and industrial-to-grid applications. This is the second Buildy Award Powerit has won at the annual Silicon Valley smart grid show.


GE Partners with Sensus on New Smart Meter

GE is collaborating with Sensus to manufacture and deliver commercial and industrial (C&I) electricity metering technology. The new device, which will be marketed as the Sensus iCON APX FlexNet C&I meter, will be built on GE’s kV2c C&I meter platform and integrated with the Sensus FlexNet radio.

Enel Green Power Espana Acquires Full Ownership of Sociedad Termica Portuguesa

Through its subsidiary Finerge, Enel Green Power España has acquired a 100 percent stake in Sociedad Térmica Portuguesa (TP), becoming the only shareholder of the Portuguese renewable company.

OGE Recognized for IT Excellence

IDG’s CIO magazine has named Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OGE) Energy a recipient of the 2011 CIO 100 award, which recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).