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Is Xylem’s $1.7 Billion Sensus Deal a Game Changer for the Water Industry?

Is Xylem’s $1.7 Billion Sensus Deal a Game Changer for the Water Industry?

Water technology company Xylem this week announced it will buy smart meter manufacturer Sensus for $1.7 billion — a deal that could be a game changer for the water industry.

Oracle Data Capture Makes Utilities’ Metering Operations More Efficient

Oracle Data Capture Makes Utilities’ Metering Operations More Efficient

Oracle Utilities has launched DataConnect, a data extraction feature for Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing and Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management that allows utilities to more easily leverage data across their systems, including those provided by third-party vendors. This new tool exports customer and usage information for use in … Read more »

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Smart Meter Installation Behind Target

Low market penetration and insufficient investments are the main reasons why the EU has not progressed with its ambitious target of 80 percent market coverage for smart meters by 2020, reports EurActive.com. It says many member states have yet to be convinced about the value of smart meters. About 15 percent … Read more »

Smart Meters Catch Fire, Halting Installations

Smart meter installations are being put on hold in Pennsylvania after several devices overheated and caught on fire, which has prompted regulators in Pennsylvania and Maryland to investigate the devices’ safety, according to news reports. Meanwhile, in California, several cities have filed petitions to allow customers to opt out of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Soot Rule, Chevron and Kaiser Fines, Chinese Solar Tariffs, Cape Wind

The White House quietly modified the EPA’s proposal to limit soot emissions, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. The EPA’s original proposal sought to change annual exposure limits for fine-particle soot from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 12 micrograms per cubic meter, but before the … Read more »

Oracle: Smart Grids Increase Utility Data Collection 180 Times

Oracle: Smart Grids Increase Utility Data Collection 180 Times

The average utility with at least one smart meter program in place has increased the frequency of its data collection by 180 times from just once a month to every four hours, according to a report from Oracle. The Big Data, Bigger Opportunities: Plans and Preparedness for the Data Deluge … Read more »

Energy Management Tech Briefing: Sprint, Proliphix, SmartLabs, Tendril, Elster, Lutron, Tantalus

Sprint has announced collaborations with Proliphix and SmartLabs aimed at making energy management tools easy for businesses to install. The Proliphix IMT-550 Internet Managed Thermostat is now available with Sprint wireless network connectivity. This connected thermostat allows small- to medium-sized retail business owners to reduce energy expenses and remotely monitor … Read more »

Contract Briefing: Xiolink, Siemens, Endesa, Ala. Corrections

Xiolink, a provider of private cloud computing and managed infrastructure, has selected Modius’s OpenData Enterprise Edition to monitor, maintain, and provide analytics about its power usage effectiveness (PUE). Xiolink says it has an aggressive PUE target of 1.25, and has deployed the platform in its newest data center to provide … Read more »

PG&E, SoCal Edison Investing the Most in Demand-Side Management

PG&E, SoCal Edison Investing the Most in Demand-Side Management

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) top a list of the utilities making the highest investments in demand-side management. The two California utilities invested $586 million and $494 million, respectively in demand-side management (DSM) in 2010, according to rankings compiled by research firm Zpryme. Both invested … Read more »

US Utilities Set to Install 57.9M Smart Meters

US Utilities Set to Install 57.9M Smart Meters

Utility plans to install smart meters are underway with 57.9 million units already planned for installation by more than 90 utilities in the United States, according to a tracking report from Pike Research. Smart electric meters, which use two-way communications networks, are pegged as the first step toward greater efficiency … Read more »

PG&E Smart Meters Work Fine

PG&E Smart Meters Work Fine

Smart meters installed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. are performing accurately, according to an independent study released Thursday, despite thousands of consumer complaints, The Los Angeles Times reports. Customers began complaining of high energy bills this spring almost as soon as PG&E started installing the smart meters.  As of Aug. … Read more »

Oracle Launches Smart Meter Data Management Software

Oracle has released its Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management 2.0 (PDF) solution, as part of its Oracle Utilities Smart Meter Platform, which helps utilities manage customer energy and water consumption data gathered from smart meter deployments. With the smart meter platform, utilities can organize consumption data and turn it into … Read more »