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  1. Engineering experts deliver warning on smart meter design

    Analysis from engineering experts suggests significant damage could be caused to the UK ’s power infrastructure unless more steps are taken to improve security around smart metering . The FT reports that the Royal Academy of Engineering and private technology companies have raised concerns about the meters’ security, according to a report from the Commons science and technology committee . Nick Hunn, a wireless technology consultant, said he was worried about the risk of “rogue programmers” in metering companies. “If I were working for one of those companies, I could insert code that would make every meter turn off on a particular date in a year’s time,” he said, adding the inclusion of an isolation switch in every smart meter was “an unnecessary risk”. “If somebody could hack into that or turn off very large numbers of meters by mistake, the sudden shock of taking them off the grid … would cause significant damage,” he said. The academy added that “disruption to energy and gas supplies at a massive scale is possible”. Britain’s electronic intelligence agency GCHQ had assured the government earlier this year as to the steps taken to ensure meter security. These included security controls aimed at preventing mass disconnection, and special arrangements made to vet people with “access to sensitive system components”. More than 3.6m smart meters have already been installed in homes and businesses and 53m are due by 2020, part of a £10.9bn programme. Advocates say the meters’ ability to show people how much energy they are using will encourage consumers to switch off lights or buy more efficient appliances, lowering their bills and cutting greenhouse gas pollution from electricity generation.

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    Mon, 26 Sep 2016

  2. ‘Lack of engineers puts UK smart meter rollout at risk’

    The UK government could miss its target to roll out smart meters in 30 million homes and businesses because of a lack of investment in training engineers.

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016

  3. Ameren Illinois Stepping Up Grid Improvements

    The Illinois Commerce Commission on Friday approved  Ameren Illinois’  plans to accelerate upgrades to its electric grid, an effort that has already resulted in more than 235,300 fewer outages and saved customers an estimated $46 million each year.  

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    Fri, 23 Sep 2016

  4. Iberdrola hits Spanish smart meter milestone

    Iberdrola has now installed more than eight million smart meters in Spain.

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    Wed, 7 Sep 2016

  1. Itron, Landis+Gyr license TransData smart meter communications patents

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    Thu, 4 Aug 2016

  2. North American smart meter market has plateaued

    Based on the projects tracked in the report, Aclara was the top manufacturer in terms of the cumulative share of planned smart meters in the North American market at 28.6 percent  

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    Thu, 30 Jun 2016

  3. Smart Meter News: Appeals court won't stop Consumers Energy smart meters

    The Michigan appeals court has upheld a 2013 decision by state regulators to allow Consumers Energy to roll out high-tech meters.

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    Thu, 7 Jul 2016

  4. Indiana utility regulators approve Duke Energy's plan to modernize its energy grid

    In May 2015, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission denied Duke Energy Indiana's original plan

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    Thu, 30 Jun 2016

  5. Swedish utility chooses Kamstrup as its new smart metering partner

    Smart metering solutions provider Kamstrup will be supplying 27,000 intelligent electricity meters to Swedish utility Västerbergslagens Elnät AB over the next three years. Both consumers and utility will be able to improve energy efficiency.

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    Thu, 14 Jul 2016

  6. UK smart meter rollout delayed

    Rollout of the UK’s £11bn ($17bn) smart meter programme has been delayed until late 2016, according to statements last week by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.  

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    Tue, 25 Nov 2014

  7. Consolidated Edison picks Aclara for smart meter , AMI project

    Smart meters benefit customers by enhancing network reliability  

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    Fri, 12 Feb 2016

  8. J.D. Power: Utilities face smart meter adoption challenges

    The inaugural Smart Pulse Study examines key customer engagement indicators — such as smart grid and smart meter awareness levels

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    Wed, 24 Oct 2012

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