Smart Energy News

US utilities challenged by rising scams on prepaid customers

Metering.com 16 AUGUST 2016 The increased adoption of prepaid energy services in the US has come with both negative and positive impacts on utilities and their customers. This week, we analyse the benefits and challenges which US utilities and their customers are facing as a result of the shift to use prepaid energy services to simplify their billing systems, as ... Read More »

Hardware segment leading smart water management market

Metering.com 18 AUGUST 2016 A new report states that the hardware segment has thus far dominated the global smart water management market in 2016. The segment comprising of advanced meter reading and automated metering infrastructure (AMI) water meters and water sensors has accounted for over 37% of the market’s overall revenue since January. Smart water meter adoption Revenue generation in ... Read More »

CenterPoint Energy scores highest in customer engagement study

Metering.com 17 AUGUST 2016 CenterPoint Energy has scored the highest Texas among electric transmission and distribution service providers (TDSPs) on residential customer engagement. This is according to the Texas TDSP Trusted Brand and Customer Engagement study, a Cogent Reports study by Market Strategies International. CenterPoint Energy scored score of 721 on a 1,000-point scale. The study was conducted in the ... Read More »

Xylem eyes Sensus in $1.7bn deal

Metering.com 15 AUGUST 2016 US water technology provider Xylem is reportedly nearing a deal to purchase advanced metering solutions company Sensus for $1.7 billion. According to Reuters, the acquisition would make Xylem a key player in the market for smart meters. The news of the possible takeover comes at a time when regulatory requirements and a drive for savings are ... Read More »

Texas city to enhance billing system with smart water meters

Metering.com 12 AUGUST 2016 The US city of Cedar Park in Texas state announced that it will kickstart its project to install smart water meters in September throughout to the first quarter of 2017. The Texas city will replace its existing 22,000 water meters with the new smart meters to enhance its water billing as well as help consumers to ... Read More »

Illinois utility to install smart meters for gas and electric customers

Metering.com 11 AUGUST 2016 US power utility Ameren Illinois announced its plan to implement an automated metering infrastructure project to optimise its operations in Logan County. The metering project includes the replacement of 15,500 existing electric and gas meters with new smart meters as from late August throughout 2016. The utility firm is aiming to lower power outages for its ... Read More »

Con Edison signs new demand response programmes

Metering.com 10 AUGUST 2016 The US power utility partnered with energy management firm Power Efficiency Corporation for rollout of a demand response programme in New York state. Under the agreement, Power Efficiency Corporation will provide the utility company with 12MW of demand response energy in the summer months of 2017 and 2018. The solutions provider won the contract in an ... Read More »

Minnesota utility submits proposal for advanced grid programme

Metering.com 9 AUGUST 2016 Minnesota-based utility holding company Xcel Energy has filed approval with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to build a $562 million advanced grid project. The approval from the Public Utilities Commission will give Xcel Energy the ability to monitor and control its distribution system. The project includes the rollout of smart meters and support systems which ... Read More »

Itron and Landis+Gyr enhance smart meter connectivity

Metering.com 9 AUGUST 2016 Smart grid solutions firm Itron and Landis+Gyr announced their agreement with smart meters manufacturer TransData to enhance their automated metering solutions portfolio. Under the deal, the two solutions providers will use TransData’s smart meter patents to allow wireless communication of their smart meters. In a press statement, TransData explains that its patents are designed to equip ... Read More »

Consumers Energy budgets $750m to complete AMI rollout

Metering.com 2 AUGUST 2016 US power and gas utility Consumers Energy plans to equip all of its customers with smart meters by December 2016. The development is expected to help the firm to improve its energy billing by eliminating estimated billing. In addition to ensuring accurate billing, the new metering system will help customers reduce their power usage and costs. ... Read More »

North America renewable capacity to increase to 45% – EIA

Metering.com 5 AUGUST 2016 According to the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook for 2016, the North American share of energy generation produced renewables will increase from 38% in 2015 to 45% in 2025. A release by the EIA states that Canada, Mexico and the US have recently signed an agreement to establish a goal of 50% of electricity generation from clean ... Read More »

Internet of Things grows in utility sector

Metering.com 1 AUGUST 2016 Of responding companies in a recent Vodafone report, 28% are using Internet of Things (IoT) in their operations, and 76% say the IoT will be critical to their success. In Taiwan, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the National Communications Commission (NCC) are considering a request, filed by the Taiwan Power Company (TPW), for a ... Read More »

eMotorWerks upgrades EV charging tech

Metering.com 28 JULY 2016 Provider of smart grid charging solutions for EVs eMotorWerks has integrated Amazon Alexa home automation technology into its offering to enhance EV charging. In a combined statement, eMotorWerks said it integrated Amazon Alexa’s technology with its JuiceNet platform. The integration allows smart home devices to communicate with the EV charging system. Smart home and EV users ... Read More »

Indian utility partners to simplify bill payments

Metering.com 27 JULY 2016 Indian power utility Punjab State Power Corporation partnered with mobile money transfer firm Vodafone M-PESA to improve how consumers pay their electricity bills. The collaboration will allow consumers of Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL) to securely pay their bills online via the digital app. M-PESA is a digital wallet service provided by Vodafone to simplify money ... Read More »

Security and smart home spur IoT growth

Metering.com 27 JULY 2016 Market research and consulting company Parks Associates has released new research on IoT smart home business models, home energy management, security, and smart lighting. According to the company’s research, more than 30 million US broadband households will have a home security system by 2019 and 51% of US broadband householders find an IoT device that alerts ... Read More »

Seattle City Light increases EV charging infrastructure

metering.com 26 JULY 2016 US power utility Seattle City Light announced its plan to increase the number of EV charging stations to pave way for increased adoption of electric vehicles in Seattle. According to a local publication, the power utility will install hundreds of charging stations in Seattle homes to allow EV users to charge their vehicles at home. The ... Read More »

Integrating the cloud, home automation, IoT, utility smart meters & energy based video games to help consumers save money

By: Tom D. Tamarkin July 25, 2016 Key words: Cloud ∙ Energy ∙ Fusion Power ∙ Home Automation ∙ Internet of Things (IoT) ∙ Smart Meters ∙ Video Games A recent JD Powers performance survey notes “electric utility providers continue to struggle to match other industries in customer satisfaction.” The survey further notes that customer engagement through digital devices can significantly enhance ... Read More »

US gov commits $4.5 billion to EV buildout

Metering.com 25 JULY 2016 The US government has announced that it will make $4.5 billion available in loan guarantees to support the buildout of electric vehicle charging stations nationwide. The announcement by the White House focused primarily on the in loan guarantees for charging stations, but also highlights collaboration between the Federal government and private companies, including some major electric ... Read More »

Texas water authority extends conservation efforts

Metering.com 22 JULY 2016 In the US, the Texas Water Development Board authorised financing for two water conservation projects under its SWIFT programme. The State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) programme is aimed at helping communities develop and optimise water supplies at cost-effective rates. The programme provides low-interest loans, extended repayment terms, deferral of loan repayments, and incremental repurchase ... Read More »

Smart energy market to grow 14.91% through to 2020

Metering.com 22 JULY 2016 A new study by RnRMarket Research predicts that revenue generation in the global smart energy market will grow by 14.91% between 2016 and 2020. The growth is primarily driven by increased investments in smart grid technologies. According to the findings of the report, an increase in population and power consumption has lifted power demand on a ... Read More »

US city enhances water management with Itron deal

Metering.com 21 JULY 2016 The City of Lancaster in California state signed a contract with water management solutions firm Itron to enhance its water efficiency and customer service. The deal includes Itron providing the city’s Public Works Department with a smart water solution. In a press statement, Itron said its smart water solution will enable the city to improve its ... Read More »

Smart city revenue to reach $88.7bn by 2025 – report

Metering.com 20 JULY 2016 Navigant Research has released a new report which predicts that smart city revenue will reach $88.7 billion by 2025. The Colorado-based market research firm notes that adoption of smart city solutions over the next two years, as well as the spread of the Internet of Things will boost market growth. [Smart city device shipments to exceed ... Read More »

US DoE develops tool evaluating climate impacts of smart grid

Metering.com 18 JULY 2016 The US DoE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a tool that enables utilities to evaluate the environmental impacts of smart grid technologies. According to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, “smart grid technologies significantly reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions … but, surprisingly, sometimes the opposite is true for an individual project.” [Energy management leads smart grid ... Read More »

Energy management leads smart grid IT systems market

metering.com 14 JULY 2016 According to a new report the energy management system segment will continue to dominate the global smart grid IT systems market through to 2020. The global smart grid IT systems market report shows the energy market system (EMS) segment to lead during the forecast period (2016-2020). According to a release, the EMS is defined as a ... Read More »

Honeywell lands US$29m energy management deal

metering.com 6 JUNE 2016 US multinational conglomerate Honeywell has partnered with the US Army for the rollout of an energy and water management project in Pennsylvania. Under the US$29 million deal, the solutions provider will upgrade water and power facilities at the Tobyhanna army depot to reduce consumption by 20% and 8% respectively, on an annual basis. The upgrades will ... Read More »

Global LPWAN market revenue to reach $24,46bn by 2021

Metering.com 13 JULY 2016 A new study forecasts revenue in the Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) market to grow 89.3% between 2016 and 2021. The growth will result in revenue within the sector rising from $1,01 billion in 2016 to $24,46 billion by 2021. The increase in adoption of the LPWAN will be a result of efforts by developing ... Read More »

Western Europe smart home market is boosted by the cloud

Metering.com 12 JULY 2016 Smart Energy According to a new report, the smart home M2M market in Western Europe, boosted by the adoption of cloud-based technologies, will grow at a CAGR of over 39% until 2020. The report, put together by market research firm Technavio, states that smart home applications such as home automation, access control, home monitoring, lighting control, ... Read More »

India inaugurates IoT Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru

Metering.com 11 JULY 2016 India has inaugurated its first Centre of Excellence for the Internet of Things (CoE-IoT) in Bengaluru last week. The centre is a collaboration between several organisations including Nasscom, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and Education and Research Network (ERNET) under the government’s Digital India initiative. Through the establishment of the centre, the government aims ... Read More »

Michigan utility to complete smart meter rollout by 2017

Metering.com 11 JULY 2016 US power and gas utility Consumers Energy announced its plans to complete the deployment of smart meters to all its customers by the end of 2017. To date, the utility has installed 1 million smart electric meters and 200,000 gas communication modules to enhance customer services and ensure accurate power and gas billing. According to a ... Read More »

California water utility approves smart meter rollout

Metering.com 5 JULY 2016 US utility Santa Fe Irrigation District announced its plans to deploy a project to improve its revenue collection and help customers reduce their water usage and costs. The California water utility will replace 7,300 of its existing water meters with smart meters as from August through to 2021 to ensure accurate billing. By deploying the US$5.5 ... Read More »

Smart grid second largest IoT market in MEA

Metering.com 4 JULY 2016 According to a new forecast, the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region will invest more than US$6.6 billion in IoT hardware, software, services, and connectivity this year. In its updated its Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, the International Data Corporation (IDC) notes that the utilities industry is the second largest, with a projected IoT ... Read More »

Kentucky utility signs SGS to simplify AMI rollout

Metering.com 30 JUNE 2016 Smart grid technologies firm Smart Grid Solutions (SGS) said it completed an automated metering infrastructure (AMI) project for US power co-operative Kenergy Corporation In a press statement, SGS said it deployed its project planning platform ProFieldMETER’s DayToute module to help the western customer-owned utility to implement its smart meters project. The company deployed 52,000 smart meters ... Read More »

Smart Energy – Smart Home

By: Tom D. Tamarkin Cloud based consumer home automation for electricity, water, & gas management EnergyCite LTD June 29, 2016 Executive summary: Today there is a convergence of two major trends. These are “Smart Energy” and Home Automation. “Smart Energy” is delivered to electricity customers through the new “Smart Meters.” Utility companies currently support a nationwide installed base of 60 ... Read More »

How to Overcome Smart Home Downsides

Wall Street Daily Greg Miller | Jun 29, 2016 Over the past few weeks, I’ve featured a mini-series here on the Smart Home and how it could be on the cusp of widespread adoption. As you probably know by now, Smart Homes are the latest in a string of “Smart” things to enter our lives – after smartphones, smartwatches, smart ... Read More »

Hawaiian Electric manages demand with software solution

Metering.com 29 JUNE 2016 Hawaiian Electric has partnered with energy storage and cloud-based software provider Stem to manage customer electricity demand of some of its larger energy consumers. The utility has installed Stem’s energy monitoring equipment and software in 250 public schools within its service area. The collaboration with Hawaiian Electric is reported to be Stem’s first deal under which ... Read More »

C3 IoT secures US$25m US State Department contract

Metering.com 27 JUNE 2016 Internet of Things Software solutions provider C3 IoT has been selected by the US Department of State to implement energy management and predictive analytics technology. Under the US$25 million multi-year contract, C3 IoT will deploy its IoT enterprise application development platform to assist the US Federal Government to “achieve and maintain statutory, executive order, and department ... Read More »

Sustainable water management drives global flow meter market

Metering.com 24 JUNE 2016 A new report by technology research firm Technavio predicts that the global flow meter market will grow at a CAGR of 11.45% between 2016 and 2020. According to the study, the increase in the adoption of smart meters and the development of sustainable water management systems will drive the market. For instance, following the installation of ... Read More »

Avista Utilities modernises network with Itron OpenWay Riva

Metering.com 24 JUNE 2016 Smart Grid US energy company Avista Utilities has selected Itron to modernise its electric and gas network as well as lay down the foundation for future smart city applications. Avista will reportedly deploy Itron’s OpenWay Riva IoT solution, which delivers interoperability and distributed intelligence over an Itron and Cisco network. [US gas utility selects Itron for ... Read More »

US firms launch R&D facility for water technologies

Metering.com 23 JUNE 2016 In the US, water management firm FATHOM partnered with Accelerate H2O and the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) to accelerate the development of smart water technologies. Accelerate H20 is an organisation created to implement research and development of water technologies to enhance Texas’ residential, industrial, agricultural, and utility sectors. ATI is a division of the University of ... Read More »

US firm unveils new online store for water tech

Metering.com 22 JUNE 2016 This week, water management solutions firm Fathom has launched an online platform to accelerate the adoption of smart water technologies in the US. The online marketplace Fathom Store is designed to simplify the engagement between water utilities and solutions providers toward fast and risk-free adoption of new technologies. The store will allow water utilities to list ... Read More »

Itron and WaterSmart partner on customer engagement

Metering.com 21 JUNE 2016 Itron has partnered with smart water technology provider WaterSmart to optimise water efficiency and consumer engagement applications and expand its water portfolio. Under the collaboration, Itron will add WaterSmart’s consumer engagement platform to its expanding water portfolio. WaterSmart’s platform is designed to help utilities become more water efficient by engaging consumers with their water usage and ... Read More »

California utilities partner to drive energy conservation

Metering.com 21 JUNE 2016 A joint coalition of Southern California gas and electric utilities, the state regulator and local city governments have come to together to drive energy efficiency. In a press statement the coalition, Energy Providers of Southern California, said it collaborated with the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Independent System Operator and local city governments to help ... Read More »

Taiwan utility signs Israel firm for distribution management

Metering.com 20 JUNE 2016 Smart Water In Asia, the Taiwan Water Corporation (TWC) partnered with Israeli integrated water solutions firm, TaKaDu, for the rollout of a network management pilot project. The programme will allow the water utility to deploy TaKaDu’s IoT cloud-based data analytics solution to monitor and manage part of its distribution network. In total, the water company provides ... Read More »

SGIP releases new smart grid standard

Metering.com 17 JUNE 2016 The SGIP has published the new ANSI/ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P which affords electrical energy consumers the opportunity to participate in smart grid networks. The ANSI/ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, also known as the ‘Facility Smart Grid Information Model’ (FSGIM), builds on and makes use of several other related standards applicable to the smart grid. [SGIP bags federal funds of ... Read More »

Exelon Utilities budgets US$25bn for smart grid tech

Metering.com 17 JUNE 2016 US utilities holding company Exelon announced its plans to invest US$25 billion in smart grid technologies over the next five years to ensure grid reliability. In a press statement, the firm said it will direct the capital to help its six utilities to strengthen their grids and improve customer service, paying particular attention to outage restoration. ... Read More »

ComEd plans smart meter rollout in Illinois

Metering.com 15 JUNE 2016 US power utility ComEd said it will deploy an AMI project to enhance its operations in the city of Aurora in the state of Illinois, beginning this summer. Commenting on the development, Mike McMahan, vice president of AMI implementation for ComEd, said: “Technology has moved on, so our standard now is the smart meter.” The utility ... Read More »

Prepayment popular amongst wealthy US consumers

Metering.com 13 JUNE 2016 Management consulting firm, Distributed Energy Financial Group (DEFG), has found that interest in energy prepayment is rising amongst wealthy US consumers. This is evidenced by a survey recently conducted by the energy management consulting firm to measure the level of interest of affluent Americans in a prepayment service. According to its findings, the firm found that ... Read More »

Tennessee utility plans US$54m AMI rollout

Metering.com 9 JUNE 2016 Knoxville, Tennessee US utility Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) is set to deploy an Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project to improve its customer service in East Tennessee. The electric, gas, water, and wastewater service provider said this week it plans to use the US$54 million project to install 400,000 smart meters from July 2016 to 2020. The ... Read More »

US city plans to deploy smart water meters

Metering.com 19 MAY 2016 The US city of Berea in Ohio partnered with metering solutions company Badger Meter and metering firm NECO for the rollout of a smart water meters project. Under the programme, the city will install some 4,000 Badger water meters with assistance from NECO to reduce non-revenue water through accurate water billing and leak detections. According to ... Read More »

Connected home: How do smart meters fit in?

Metering.com 31 MAY 2016 What can European utilities learn about connected home platforms from their telco cousins? Thomas Rockmann, Vice President Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom explains. The future for energy management is bright, according to received industry wisdom, due to the guaranteed growth in smart meters and associated smart technology, writes Rockmann. Analysts predict great things – such as by ... Read More »