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PG&E Tops in Smart Meter Deployments

Linda Hardesty

As of July 2014, over 50 million smart meters had been deployed in the United States, covering over 43 percent of US homes, up from 46 million smart meters a year ago, according to a new report from The Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation. The report, “Utility-Scale Smart Meter Deployments: Building Block of the   …Continue Reading

SmartSpaces Helps English Town Reduce Energy

Linda Hardesty

A project in Bristol, England, concentrates on using the data from the Bristol City Council’s smart meters, which collect energy use data for every half-hour from more than 500 buildings across the city, resulting in 36.8 million bits of data, from electricity, gas, oil and renewable resources. Bristol City Council’s Energy Service, in partnership with   …Continue Reading

Investing in Energy Efficiency Should Be Easier for Small Businesses

Karen Henry

High energy costs are making it harder for small businesses in the UK to grow, and according to an article in The Guardian, the UK government needs to do more to encourage small businesses to implement energy efficiency measures. But, in order for small businesses to implement long-term energy efficiency measures, the risk and cost   …Continue Reading

Europe Is Smart Meter Market to Watch, Navigant Says

Karen Henry

The smart electric meter market has shifted emphasis to projects in Europe and Asia Pacific while the once hot US market has leveled off, as federal funding for projects has been nearly exhausted, according to a new report from Navigant Research titled, Smart Meters: Smart Electric Meters, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, 
and Meter Communications: Global Market   …Continue Reading

Distributed Energy Resources in NY: Evaluating Costs & Benefits

Jennifer Hermes

New York is changing how it evaluates and compensates electric utilities. One goal of this change is increased consumer engagement, which makes customers allies in the development of a more reliable, resilient, and smart electric grid. Many customers have begun taking advantage of new energy technologies and their falling prices by turning to community microgrids,   …Continue Reading

Leviton Introduces Industrial-Class Meter

Karen Henry

Leviton has expanded its line of VerifEye submetering products. The three-phase Series 4000 Industrial ModBus Smart Meter offers measurement and verification of electrical use across a range of industrial, commercial, institutional and government cost-allocation, and energy-conservation applications. The VerifEye Series 4000 meters provide universal voltage and CE safety compliance, wall and DIN Rail mounting options   …Continue Reading

BMW, Green Charge Networks Among Energy Storage Innovation Finalists

Kirsten Korosec

EaglePicher, Green Charge Networks and University of California San Diego with BMW are among nine finalists with the most innovative energy storage projects in North America. Energy Storage North America selected nine projects across three categories—utility-scale, customer-sited and mobility. The customer-sited category includes a distributed energy storage project developed by Green Charge Networks and Samsung. The so-called GreenStations   …Continue Reading

NDP Alleges Unqualified Workers Installed Smart Meters

Kirsten Korosec

Saskatchewan’s provincial government put the safety of SaskPower customers at risk by using unqualified workers to install its smart power meters, alleges Canada’s New Democratic Party. The NDP says documents obtained through a freedom of information request shows the government granted an exemption in July 2013 to a law that requires only qualified electrical workers   …Continue Reading

Colorado Beer Brewers Model Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

Colorado craft beer brewers are setting the bar when it comes to sustainability efforts, according to a Rocky Mountain Institute blog post. The post cites New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins and Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont as particularly good examples of what beer brewers, as well as other energy-intensive industries, can do to reduce their   …Continue Reading

SaskPower Ordered to Remove All Sensus Smart Meters

Karen Henry

Canadian utility SaskPower has been ordered by the Saskatchewan government to remove all 105,000 of the Sensus smart meters it has installed across the Canadian province, Renew Grid reports. SaskPower had been ordered to temporarily suspended its new smart meter installations on July 28 while it investigated the cause of six smart meter fires. According   …Continue Reading

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