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  1. Smart meters: New report highlights customer benefits from smart meter growth

    Smart meters: The Institute for Electric Innovation’s (IEI’s) new report, “Electric Company Smart Meter Deployments: Foundation for a Smart Grid,” examines how electric companies are using smart meter data to improve energy grid operations and increase benefits to customers. “The increased use of smart meter technology has created a new standard for grid operations – providing data that enables electric companies to integrate distributed energy resources, improve reliability, increase resiliency, and provide more services to customers than ever before,” said IEI Executive Director Lisa Wood. “Smart meters give customers a deeper understanding of energy consumption by providing high usage alerts and the ability to access and view energy use information, further opening the door to more transparent communication between customers and their energy providers.” As of the end of 2015, electric companies had installed 65 million smart meters – covering more than half of all households in the United States. By the end of 2016, smart meter deployments are projected to reach 70 million, representing an important component of the industry’s efforts to enhance the energy grid. Electric companies are projected to invest $32 billion in the distribution system in 2016 alone. In addition to highlighting the increase in smart meter deployment in the United States, this report also explains how the technology associated with smart meters is benefiting customers. Smart meters: • Accelerate grid modernization, as smart meter data can help to identify possible problems on the energy grid, enhance an energy company’s response to events, reduce service restoration times, and deliver reliability improvements to customers. • Support continued integration of distributed energy resources as insights gained from data analytics allow energy companies to better understand the performance of private solar PV systems, smart appliances, electric vehicles, and energy storage systems while keeping pace with evolving customer expectations. • Expand and enrich customer services including online access to energy usage information, budgeting tools, high usage alerts that can prevent expensive energy bills, and alerts for power outages and expected restoration times. • Allow for innovative pricing options that reward customers for reducing energy consumption during designated periods when demand for electricity is high. The Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation focuses on advancing the adoption and application of new technologies that will strengthen and transform the energy grid. IEI's members are the investor-owned electric companies that represent about 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry. The membership is committed to an affordable, reliable, secure, and clean energy future. For more information about IEI or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide .  

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    Fri, 28 Oct 2016

  2. Advanced smart grid system to be demonstrated in Amsterdam and Cologne

    Grid-Friends, a European research project that aims to accelerate Europe's energy transition by setting a new standard in smart-grid technology, is launching two projects in the Netherlands and Germany.

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  3. Study: Consumers interested in home energy management, smart appliances

    Many customers have been less enthusiastic about smart meters than the utilities originally anticipated, and in fact smart meters have been the subject of consumer opposition in some service territories

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    Fri, 23 Mar 2012

  4. AP Investigation: U.S. power grid vulnerable to foreign hacks

    Security researcher Brian Wallace was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university's housing files when he stumbled into a larger nightmare: Cyber attackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the U.S. power grid.

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    Mon, 21 Dec 2015

  1. Enlisting distributed energy devices to balance the power grid

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    Thu, 17 Dec 2015

  2. DOE announces $18 million to develop solar energy storage solutions

    These projects will enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective solar power technologies that incorporate energy storage 

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    Wed, 20 Jan 2016

  3. DOE Awards $18 Million for 6 Grid Modernization Projects

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $18 million in funding for six new solar energy storage projects, part of the DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative.

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    Tue, 19 Jan 2016

  4. Additional cyber security concerns for dam safety come to light

    Computer hackers based in Iran infiltrated the control system at the 20-foot-tall Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye Brooke, N.Y., 20 miles from New York City, in 2013, according to a report published Dec. 20 in the Wall Street Journal .  

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    Tue, 22 Dec 2015

  5. U.S. power grid vulnerable to foreign hacks

    Security researcher Brian Wallace was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university's housing files when he stumbled into a larger nightmare: Cyberattackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the United States power grid.  

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    Mon, 21 Dec 2015

  6. Proofpoint uncovers cyberattack involving "smart" home appliances

    Proofpoint has uncovered what may be the first proven Internet of Things (IoT)-based cyberattack involving conventional household " smart " appliances .

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    Mon, 20 Jan 2014

  7. More than 25 million smart energy devices to be shipped to U.S. consumers

    25 million smart grid-enabled devices, such as smart thermostats, smart energy displays and smart appliances with the ability to communicate with smart meters, will be shipped in the U.S. in the next five years

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    Thu, 1 Mar 2012

  8. NREL to help power grid accommodate more renewable energy

    The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory announces five new partnerships 

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    Wed, 17 Jun 2015

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