Illinois governor Pat Quinn has vowed to veto Smart Grid legislation headed for a vote in the state legislature. Quinn said he would not sign the legislation, which promises newer technology from Commonwealth Edison Co. and Ameren Services because of cost concerns.
The City of Dayton, Tenn. has selected Elster’s EnergyAxis Smart Grid solution to power its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. Elster, through WESCO Distribution, will supply 8,000 residential and 2,000 commercial Elster REX and A3 Alpha Smart Meters.
Smart Grid communications provider Tantalus is sponsoring a Smart Grid conference hosted by Chattanooga utility Electric Power Board (EPB) on May 5 at The Chattanooga Hotel. The event includes an offsite tour of EPB’s Smart Grid program, which features Tantalus’ advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology. EPB is currently deploying Tantalus’ Homerun Network, a solution that enables the utility to use its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) infrastructure to connect hundreds of thousands of utility endpoints while providing customers with internet, phone, and TV media services.
BVU has become the ninth Tennessee Valley Authority electric distributor to use Tantalus as its smart grid communications platform. It’s also the fourth straight utility-owned broadband provider in the region to select the technology. Tantalus Systems Inc. provides BVU with a smart grid solution that operates over OptiNet a fiber to the home network that offers high-speed, high-capacity connectivity to the utility’s 16,000 electric and 8,000 water accounts located in the City of Bristol, Virginia, as well as to customers at the edge of its southwest Virginia service area.