Three ways utilities can better engage low-income customers

Oct. 30, 2018 Renewables, smart meters, electric vehicles, mobile apps and other features of the “utility of the future” are proliferating. But are they actually reaching all residential energy customers? The following is a viewpoint from Patty Durand, President & CEO of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative There’s been much talk within the energy industry … Read moreThree ways utilities can better engage low-income customers

Reasons behind 33% anticipated increase in winter energy bills

December 19, 2018 The Consumer Energy Alliance has issued a new report predicting a 33% increase in energy bills if the 2019 winter season reaches 10% colder than last year’s. The report ‘2018/2019 Winter Forecast: High Heating Bills for the Northeast’ forecasts households in New York and New England to pay on average an extra … Read moreReasons behind 33% anticipated increase in winter energy bills

New deal to equip 29,000 South Carolians with smart meters

December 13, 2018 US utility Black River Cooperative has selected Texas Meter & Device (TMD) to implement an advanced metering infrastructure project in South Carolina. The project will include the installation of smart meters for some 29,000 customers in 2019. The cooperative is replacing an existing power line communication system with radio-frequency communication to provide … Read moreNew deal to equip 29,000 South Carolians with smart meters

US utilities extend contracts for next-generation smart meters

December 7, 2018 Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) and Westar Energy have signed new and extended existing contracts for smart grid deployment with Landis+Gyr. The subsidiaries of Evergy will deploy advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). The news follows Westar recently completing the installation of Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream AMI solution, which includes an RF mesh network … Read moreUS utilities extend contracts for next-generation smart meters

Largest water IoT solution deployment with City of Waco

December 6, 2018 The City of Waco, Texas and Itron have signed a contract to install Itron’s OpenWay Riva IoT solution, including smart water communication modules and leak sensors, to reduce water loss and improve water delivery for the utility’s nearly 45,000 customers. To upgrade its water metering infrastructure and improve operational efficiency, the City … Read moreLargest water IoT solution deployment with City of Waco

$6 Million investment planned for Israel-U.S. clean energy projects

December 4, 2018 The US Department of Energy (DoE) and Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MoE) along with the Israel Innovation Authority have selected seven clean energy projects to receive a $6 million investment. The opportunity falls under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy programme. Selected projects address energy challenges and opportunities of interest to both countries … Read more$6 Million investment planned for Israel-U.S. clean energy projects

Report explores customer value on new energy technologies

November 19, 2018 According to a new Cogent Report, customer demand for new energy technologies in the US has more than doubled since 2017. Market Strategies International and Morpace conducted surveys among 52,486 residential electric, natural gas and combination utility customers of the 130 largest US utility companies. Other key findings of the study include: … Read moreReport explores customer value on new energy technologies

Dothan pilots water and electric data acquisiton with single network

Nov. 16, 2018 In the US state of Alabama, the City of Dothan is partnering with Aclara to implement an advanced metering infrastructure pilot. Aclara is providing its RF Point-to-Multipoint network to provide connectivity to 31,000 Aclara I-210+ and kV2c electric and 35,000 water meters. Billy Mayes, Utility Director for the City of Dothan, said: “…the network offers … Read moreDothan pilots water and electric data acquisiton with single network

11.9% growth in utility customer information systems market

November 5, 2018 A new report analysing the customer information systems market within the utility industry forecasts the sector to record 11.9% growth between 2018 and 2023. The market is expected to increase its revenue generated from $877 million to $1, 539 billion during the forecasts period. Factors driving market growth include the growing global … Read more11.9% growth in utility customer information systems market

DoE announces first-ever grid software competition

November 2, 2018 U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced the launch of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) first ever Grid Optimisation (GO) Competition. The GO Competition, created by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), is a series of challenges to develop software management solutions for a reliable, resilient and secure American electricity grid. … Read moreDoE announces first-ever grid software competition