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Driven by China's determination to reduce their dependence on coal energy and to look ahead to a more sustainable future, the recent NGU APAC summit (hosted by GDS International) took place this week chaired by Colin Tam - CEO of AEI Asia Ltd  who spoke out on the emerging government policy and environmental protection requirements in countries such as China and India.  Renewable energy solutions have attracted $37.3 billion of investment into the Asia and Pacific region in the last 12 months, surpassing even the Americas. So visionaries such as William Tianming Li, VP - Asia Power, Chang Yeol Lee, Head of Distribution- KEPCO, Myung-Key Lee, Manager General, - Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, Ario Senoaji, VP Alternative/Renewable Energy - PLN and Ashok Sethy, VP - TaTa Power, agreed to attend this week in Sentosa to discuss unified measures to ensure renewable energy... (more)

Who Do You Trust To Meter The Cloud?

Tom Raftery at Greenmonk (the green shoot from Redmonk) has a great analysis of the disastrous use of smart meters by PG&E in Bakersfield, California. He quotes SmartMeters.com that: Bakersfield residents believe their new smart meters are malfunctioning because their bills are much higher than before. PG&E claims higher bills are due to rate hikes, an unusually warm summer, and customers not shifting demand to off-peak times when rates are lower. http://www.smartmeters.com/the-news/682-lawsuit-filed-against-pgae-for-smart-meter-overcharges.html In the same story on smartmeters.com, State Senator Dean Florez, the Majority Leader in California, is quoted as saying “People think these meters are fraud meters. They feel they’re being defrauded. They’re getting no benefit from these things.” This after $2.2b (yes, billion) was spent on the project. Tom Raftery goes on to say: ... (more)

Smart Grids, ERP, Big Data and Mobility

Every Tuesday I publish a newsletter entitled M2M News Weekly. I try to find all the interesting data that is reported on The Internet of Things and M2M (machine-to-machine) each week and then share it with a link to the original article.  This week one of those items was Cognizant's Smart Meter Management Platform (SMMP).  This platform enables utilities, using a smart grid, to turn on and off the utilities remotely for homes and businesses based on their status, plus a lot of other interesting things.  I am the Head Analyst for SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud) for Cognizant, so this news was particularly interesting to me. There is a PDF available on this topic here. The SMMP solution utilizes an industry standard called MultiSpeak for integration between the smart grid, SMMP and a utility's ERP.  Here is the clever part, the ERP is remotely turning on ... (more)

Smart Grid Market Policy Handbook 2013 for 16 Countries: Research Reports on Government Regulations and Incentives

DALLAS, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The report "Smart Grid Policy Handbook 2013: Major Government Policies, Regulations and Incentives" (http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/264515-smart-grid-policy-handbook-2013-major-government-policies-regulations-and-incentives.html) provides a comprehensive coverage of key smart grid initiatives and policies for the following countries: the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, EU, Germany, the UK, France, Spain, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia. This research offers details on these major topics such as advanced metering infrastructure, microgrid, smart cities, net metering, time of use pricing, communication protocol for smart grid, important agencies dealing with smart grid, EV and EMS, wherever possible for each of the countries. The smart grid technology, benefits, interna... (more)

BPL Global reconhecida pelo 'The Clean Tech Revolution' como uma das 10 to Watch na tecnologia Smart Grid

PITTSBURGH, 26 de junho /PRNewswire/ -- A BPL Global(TM), Ltd., líder internacional em soluções de inteligência de distribuição e de banda larga pela rede elétrica, anunciou hoje que figurou na lista de empresas 'Ten to Watch' do The Clean Tech Revolution (A revolução da tecnologia limpa), (http://www.thecleantechrevolution.com/), publicado pela Collins, da HarperCollins Publishers. A BPL Global aparece no capítulo intitulado "Smart Grid: Creating an Intelligent, Distributed, Twenty-First-Century Grid". No livro, os autores Ron Pernick e Clint Wilder, da firma de pesquisa mercadológica Clean Edge, apontam dez empresas, em cada um dos oito setores da indústria de tecnologia limpa, que eles identificaram pelo crescimento e pela influência importantes na indústria no futuro próximo. "Fizemos uma pesquisa abrangente na seleção de empresas para a lista 'Ten to Watch' na... (more)

Abdulhayoglu Calls for Strengthening Cyber Grid Security

"Do we really want to build this smart grid…for it only to be used against us?" Melih Abdulhayoglu's concern for the security of the United States's electricity grid was prescient. "We've got to be sure those smart meters are protected." He spoke a day before Siobhan Gorman at the Wall Street Journal broke the news that cyberspies, most likely from China and Russia had penetrated the cybergrid that controls the US electrical supply, and had left behind potentially disruptive software. "The CIA has already admitted that cities have been taken down by criminal activities, by attacks." American users of electricity are "lucrative targets," he said. He urged the US not to "build all our houses and homes into this thing and make it all vulnerable." Abdulhayoglu is an expert on Internet security. He is the founder of the Comodo Companies, which distributes PC security so... (more)

Biggest Enterprise Architecture Challenge: Proving Its Value

Enterprise Architecture (EA) means different things to different people. Every organization has heard of it. Many mid-to-large organizations have a department for it. On average, depending on the size of the Information Technology (IT) department, these EA departments consist of three to fifteen enterprise architects. When EA departments first started, they presented a wide range of business cases to Chief Information Officers (CIOs). These cases covered everything from an EA that provides cheaper, better and more flexible system integration to an EA that increases shareholder value and EPS. In the real world, though, the CIOs that I know seldom see positive results emerge from these promises. Thus, the biggest challenge for an Enterprise Architecture department is proving its value to the IT department. How does one go about proving the value of Enterprise Architec... (more)

The First Smart Grid Controversy?

Like any new technology, the emergence of smart grids has not managed to avoid some kind of controversy. There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the technology per se, but all the benefits of a smart grid and smart meter deployment is enabling a new set of business models (read charging models) that not everyone is happy about. According to this article in the Boston Globe and nicely summarized in this blog post by EcoEquilibrium, one US utility’s proposed pricing plan is hitting some raw nerves with both users and commentators. On paper, the suggested pricing plan sounds exactly like the kind of plan that takes advantage of the capabilities of a smart grid. The utility in question, Western Massachusetts Electric Co., is proposed two distinct plans - a pre-paid plan in which customers will pay up front for electric and be informed of what they are using, and a ... (more)

Intellon Corporation to Move Ocala Facility to Expanding Technology Corridor in Downtown Ocala

Intellon Corporation (Nasdaq:ITLN), a leading provider of HomePlug®-compatible integrated circuits (ICs) for home networking, networked entertainment, Ethernet-over-Coax (EoC) and smart grid applications, announced it is moving its Ocala operations to a new facility located in the expanding technology corridor in downtown Ocala, Florida. A lease agreement has been signed and the company expects to move into the new facility in December 2009 following the completion of renovations. Intellon was founded in Ocala 20 years ago and currently employs approximately 60 people in Ocala who work in hardware, software and applications engineering, as well as sales, business development, operations, software testing, finance and other administrative and support functions. The new custom-designed facility will be located at 203 East Silver Springs Boulevard, in the heart of Oca... (more)

Cisco Reports First Quarter Earnings

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer Cisco  today reported its first quarter results for the period ended October 24, 2009. Cisco reported first quarter net sales of $9.0 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $1.8 billion or $0.30 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.1 billion or $0.36 per share. Q1 Net Sales: $9.0 billion (decrease of 13% year over year) Q1 Net Income: $1.8 billion GAAP; $2.1 billion non-GAAP Q1 Earnings per Share: $0.30 GAAP (decrease of 19% year over year); $0.36 non-GAAP (decrease of 14% year over year) Total Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments: $35.4 billion Commenting on the quarter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chambers noted, "Building off what we saw as a clear tipping point in Q4, our Q1 results continued to reflect strong sequential growth trends that meet or exceed expectations durin... (more)

Enabling Communication for the Smart Grid

SmartSynch, Inc., a smart grid infrastructure company using standard IP communications through public wireless networks, announced that it will host SmartSynch Conference 2010: “Enabling Communication for the Smart Grid” – an event designed to foster dialogue about collaborative technologies among utility representatives, smart grid industry analysts and executives from the largest wireless network providers. The event will be held April 26-28 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Headlined by keynote speaker and broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw, the event will feature formal and informal discussions about using open, public communications to enable grid digitization at a truly universal scale. “This is not your typical conference, as the sessions will be fewer in number, but with more substance,” said Campbell McCool, SmartSynch’s Chief Marketing Officer. “They ... (more)