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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ambient Expands Smart Grid Deployments in Ohio

Ambient announced that it has ramped up manufacturing capacity to meet the increasing demand for its products. Ambient is positioned to meet the recent increase in purchase orders, currently totaling over 44,000, for the X-3100 smart grid nodes. The company continues to further increase capacity for additional anticipated orders.

Ambient's node is a key component in smart grid deployments that are intended to bring these benefits to over 750,000 consumers. To date, Ambient has ...read more

Friday, September 24, 2010

GreenWave Reality sponsors Smart Energy Summit 2011

Parks Associates welcomes GreenWave Reality as a new 2011 event sponsor for the Smart Energy Summit.

GreenWave Reality is a global innovator in the emerging Home Energy Management market. GreenWave Reality provides an affordable, easy-to-use, standards-based platform that allows utilities enhance their relationship with consumers and better balance energy on the grid while consumers can conserve energy with a minimal impact to their lifestyle by easily monitoring and controllin ...read more

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Parks Associates presents new consumer data at CEDIA Expo

Parks Associates’ Director of Home Systems Research, Bill Ablondi will lead and moderate the keynote panel session “The Future of Energy Management” during the CEDIA Expo on Friday, September 24 in Atlanta, GA. Leaders in consumer technology, energy management, and smart grid technology will deliver the state of the union as it relates to energy management and the electronic systems industry during this keynote panel. Speakers include: Control4 Energy Systems, Direct Energy, Glob ...read more

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Independent probe says heat (not smart meters) caused PG&E bills to soar

Around the time Pacific Gas & Electric started installing smart meters in California’s San Joaquin Valley, temperatures started to soar. But consumers got hotter still when their electricity bills started arriving with new smart meters and higher bills. Could this really be right?

The California PUC commissioned an independent evaluation to determine if PG&E smart meters were working properly. In a 414-page report, the smart meters were determined to be accurate.  Better commu ...read more

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Smart Grid “Middle Mile” Issues

If the smart grid stalls, it may be because of the “middle mile.” The middle mile may suffer from traffic jams unless utilities plan carefully.

Many utilities start their smart grid push with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), which doesn’t require much bandwidth or speed. The middle mile starts to get overcrowded when new applications (grid automation, assest management, or outage management) are added.

The solution is to plan ahead for future needs. Utilities need to d ...read more

Monday, September 20, 2010

Exploring Smart Grid Tech at the Shanghai World Expo

The “Magic Box” inside State Grid Corporation of China’s pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo has already attracted more than 2.6 million visitors with a Disney-meets-Star-Wars explosion of color and lights. This 4,000-meter Magic Box provides an opportunity for expo visitors to experience smart grid technologies and a look at how smart communities and smart homes of the future will impact their lives.

A case study of the Magic Box as a consumer engagement tool is featured in th ...read more

Monday, September 20, 2010

Comverge Strengthens Management Team With Addition of Energy Industry Veteran

Comverge, Inc., the leading provider of Intelligent Energy Management solutions for Residential and Commercial & Industrial customers, announced it has appointed Jeff Bladen as vice president of regulatory, markets and government affairs. Bladen has more than 15 years of management experience in the energy sector and before joining Comverge.

He joins Comverge during a very successful 2010. In August, the company announced a contract extension to support the TXU Energy iThermost ...read more

Friday, September 17, 2010

Siemens & eMeter Partner with Orlando Utilities Commission for Smart Grid Capabilities

Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has selected Siemens for the provision and implementation of their meter data management system based on eMeter's EnergyIP™ software to support current and future applications and business processes enabled by an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).

OUC is committed to enhancing its services to utility customers, including improved billing accuracy, faster customer response and more efficient customer service, immediate (on-demand) move-in/ ...read more

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