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Accenture, Siemens Form Smart Grid JV

Linda Hardesty

Accenture and Siemens have formed a joint venture company called OMNETRIC Group, which will bring together Siemens’ smart grid products with Accenture’s technology consulting and systems integration. The JV will provide utilities with smart grid services focused on data management and systems integration to improve energy efficiency and grid operations. OMNETRIC Group is headquartered in   …Continue Reading


Itron Delivers 2M Smart Meters for Pennsylvanians

Linda Hardesty

FirstEnergy has signed a contract to deploy Itron’s OpenWay smart grid solution across its four Pennsylvania-based utilities, including Metropolitan Edison, Pennsylvania Electric, Pennsylvania Power and West Penn Power. The contract signing follows approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. FirstEnergy will install more than 2 million Itron smart meters over the next several years, meeting   …Continue Reading


Active Energy Strategy Maximizes Competitive Advantage

Jennifer Hermes

With more than 11.5 million square feet of office space currently under construction in New York City, the market remains highly competitive.  In such a competitive environment, buildings with high energy costs can be at a serious disadvantage.  Especially in New York City, energy efficiency improvements have cut energy costs noticeably – but greater opportunities   …Continue Reading


Agrion Names its ‘Disrupt 25+’

William Opalka

A company that cut energy and water use at a data center by 80 percent and set a record in power use effectiveness (PUE) is the first one to be featured as one of the most disruptive startups in a clean energy and sustainability ranking. Agrion Americas assembled over 100 leading innovators in cleantech and sustainability from finance,   …Continue Reading


Smart Meters: How to Win Hearts & Minds

Jennifer Hermes

The smart meter roll-out, due to commence in two years’ time, will see around 53 million meters installed in over 30 million households and businesses, making it one of the UK’s largest and most complex technological and consumer change programs. With government set to invest over £12 billion across the five years of the roll-out’s   …Continue Reading


Smart Planning Leads to Successful Smart Grid Rollout

Jennifer Hermes

As Ben Franklin famously said, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”  This saying certainly holds true for smart grid deployment plans, which can cost utilities several hundred million dollars. Given these high stakes, good planning is essential. Many utilities have installed smart grids.  Currently, 25% of US electricity customers have smart meters,   …Continue Reading


Let’s Talk Power Efficiency, Not Light Bulbs

Jennifer Hermes

Light bulbs sound like an innocent enough topic. And yet, during last week’s Congressional budget debate, light bulbs spawned a ferocious debate.  One side claimed that the government was “coming for your light bulbs” while the other side fought to pour millions into phasing out incandescent bulbs in favor of their more energy-efficient counterparts. Both   …Continue Reading


The Apple-ization of Smart Sub-meters Helps Reduce Energy Costs

Jennifer Hermes

What meter manufacturers have learned from pervasive consumer technology, and how it could benefit your business. One of the quickest ways to raise the eyebrows of today’s smart-phone wielding generation is to show them a picture of earliest cell phones from the 1980s. It’s easy to forget that these brick-like devices were once the height   …Continue Reading


California Sets Path for Cleaner Resources

William Opalka

Demand response and energy efficiency hold the key to California’s electric power system, so says the California Independent System Operator in a roadmap released this week. Smart grid technologies such as DR and EE are key elements in the “Demand Response and Energy Efficiency Roadmap: Maximizing Preferred Resources.” The California ISO collaborated with the California   …Continue Reading


Green Data Center Provider Recognized

William Opalka

Hanley Energy has won a top global cleantech award for a control solution that has begun to be adopted by the US data center industry. The data center power and energy management company is based in Ireland, with newly opened offices in Austin and Los Angeles. The Global Top 10 of cleantech companies were recognized in the   …Continue Reading


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