United States

Convergys Smart CIS Solutions

Convergys Corporation has unveiled the worldwide availability of its Smart CIS Solutions, next-gen billing and customer care solutions for the utility and energy markets. The new solution is designed to help utilities make the transition to new technologies, increased date volume, rate structures, consumer power generation, and new consumption models that include electric vehicles.

Comverge Renews Deal with NV Energy

Comverge, Inc has renewed their contract with NV Energy to continue managing the 143 megawatt smart grid-ready demand response program, the industry’s largest. Comverge will also provide its SuperStat programmable communicating thermostats. The two longstanding partners may also explore additional demand response technologies to support their Advanced Service Delivery (ASD) roll-out.

Invention May Replace Wooden Power Poles

Three engineering students from Montana State University have built a prototype of inventor Dennis Bell’s patented Grid Defender power line support system, which looks to take the place of the wooden power pole.

Elster Certified by CFE

Mexico’s state power company, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), has successfully integrated Elster’s EnergyAxis Management System with CFE’s customer information and billing systems. According to Elster, the two-way integration allows CFE “to automate its data collection process, detect non-technical losses, improve customer service and execute remote disconnections more quickly and cost effectively.” Elster is the first AMI provider to receive a Certificate of Compliance from CFE.

Department of Energy Awards $4 Million to Planar Energy

Large format battery developer Planar Energy has received $4 million from the United States Department of Energy. The grant was announced in Washington, D.C., by Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu at a Recovery Act Cabinet meeting. It was awarded as part of the DOE’s Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) initiative to promote transformational energy research projects.

ITC’s Joseph Welch: Building an Electrical Superhighway

Just seven years after its founding, ITC Holdings is the leading electric transmission company in the American Midwest, serving more than 13 million customers over five states. The company’s service area covers nearly 80,000 square miles that requires approximately 15,000 circuit miles of overhead and underground transmission lines which carry more than 25,000 megawatts of electric power.

Marvell Endorses H.R. 5070

Marvell Technology Group is publicly supporting United States Congressman Michael Honda’s efforts to make the consumer electronics (CE) industry greener through the H.R. 5070, The Smart Electronics Act. Introduced before Congress on April 20, the Act would assess the potential of smart electronics to reduce home and office electricity demand and to incorporate smart electronics into the Energy Star Program. The proposed legislation also addresses the impact of greenhouse gas and energy costs resulting from the proliferation of CE devices throughout the world.