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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, 
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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

Smart Meters Catch Fire, Again

Linda Hardesty

Canadian utility SaskPower has temporarily suspended its new smart meter installations while it investigates the cause of six smart meter fires. To date, SaskPower has installed about 105,000 Sensus smart meters of its intended 500,000-meter rollout. SaskPower says, “It’s important to note that in all cases the problem has been contained to the location of   …Continue Reading

Clean Energy Is Growing in Popularity

Karen Henry

Clean energy is becoming a popular energy choice for mainstream America. Eleven states generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with Iowa and South Dakota exceeding 25 percent, according to the 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. The Index tracks the clean-tech activities, such as electric vehicle (EV) and   …Continue Reading

Finding the True Energy Ecosystem

Jennifer Hermes

As the lights from 4th of July fireworks fade to distant memory and as today more than 3.2 billion viewers tuned in to watch the grand finale 2014 FIFA World Cup, it’s worth considering what exactly we were celebrating in between the beers and BBQs. The 4th represents more than just the declaration of independence   …Continue Reading

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