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Smart Specification Working Group Expands To Ensure Full Consumer Benefits

The Smart Specification Working Group (SSWG) has expressed support for the UK government’s recently announced accelerated roll-out of smart meters.  The Group was established in June 2010 by global smart energy system companies committed to helping British consumers benefit from smart energy, including Elster, Landis+Gyr, and Secure Meters. Recently, GE, Itron, Logica, SAP, Sensus, and Trilliant have joined the SSWG.

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.

Smart Meter Deployment Stronger Than Ever

For all the well publicized sturm und drang in various municipalities by anti-smart meter advocates, the global smart meter industry continues to gain momentum. Meter manufacturers shipped nearly five million meters in the first quarter of 2011, a year-to-year increase of 22.7 percent. The numbers mark the second highest quarter of shipments to date, just behind the record 5.1 million meters shipped in the second quarter of 2010.

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.

Trilliant Appoints New COO

Trilliant, which provides Smart Grid communications that enhance energy efficiency, utility operations and renewable resource integration, has appointed technology veteran Salim Khan as Chief Operating Officer.

IBM Introduces New Smart Software

IBM has introduced new software solutions designed to advance smarter cities and industry transformation across the energy industry by monitoring and analyzing new streams of data. IBM reports the software was developed to answer the need caused by “the growing ubiquity of sensors, smart grid networks, RFID tags and 4G wireless networks, smartphones and tablets [which] are transforming everyday objects in the physical world into ‘smart’ ones with information on their history, location and status. This is creating new streams of data for organizations to drive more data-based decisions and business transformation.”

Trilliant Offers Free Web Seminar

On Tuesday, September 28 from noon to 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, Trilliant will host a free webinar that focuses on deploying and managing a full-scale smart grid. Specifically, the discussion will cover the complexity of securing and integrating distribution, metering, and consumer operations into a cohesive IT management framework. Trilliant says the webinar offers vital information for IT personnel and anyone who will be building systems and processes to support the deployment of a full smart grid.

Trilliant Partners with Central Maine Power

Trilliant Incorporated will provide Central Maine Power (CMP) with a Smart Grid communications network and advanced meter infrastructure solution, installing smart meters for all of CMP’s 620,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customer accounts. Half of the project will be funded by 1 $96 million grant from the Department of Energy.

Eka Unload Assets to Cooper

Eka Systems has been forced to unload its assets to Cooper Industries. The sale will enable Cooper to increase its smart grid profile. While the details of the deal were not specified, what is known is that Eka Systems’ open-network wireless networking technologies will be folded into Cooper’s Energy Automation Solutions platform, which markets power line carrier systems for advanced metering infrastructure and grid optimization.

Trilliant names new CEO

Leading smart grid technology developer Trilliant has named GE veteran Andrew White as its new CEO.  White previously headed GE’s New Energy Venture division and had over 30 years of experience with the energy giant.

Trilliant founder Bill Vogel will step down as CEO but will remain with the company as a senior vice president of strategic development.

“He’s going to be a key member of my team, and a mentor to educate me in this space,” said White, adding that “it’s a board of directors’ decision that we’d like a big business leader running a $100 million-plus business.”

Trilliant’s revenues are estimated to have topped $100 million in 2008 – double the amount from 2007.  The company has also been extremely successful raising capital over the last five years.

Trilliant provides network communications to about 200 utility companies and is part of a growing industry that provides networking connections to smart meters that are being deployed in the millions across North America.