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Venture Capital Funds halve in 2011

Funding for venture capital smart grid dropped to $377 million, which is half of the $769 million for 2010 according to Mercom Capital Group. The total number of deals however, stayed similar at 50 as opposed to 51 in the ...

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Proposed Smart Meter Rollout Raises Uncertainties with British MP’s

  Britain’s proposed program for a nationwide rollout of smart meters, is challenging and subject to significant uncertainty, according to the Commons Public Committee. The Committee reported issues around the cost and benefits and the impact on vulnerable customers, based ...

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Smart Meter Review Halted in UK by Consumer Organisation

UK consumer organisation, Which? has called for a halt to the review of the UK’s Smart Meter rollout due to concerns over the cost and the lack of government control. Which? has said in a recent statement, that it believes ...

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GCC Region To Invest In Smart Grid Technology

Frost & Sullivan have released a new report stating that the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) region is rumoured to be investing nearly $73 billion in Transmission & Distribution (T&D) and power generation projects in the next 5 years which will ...

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Growth for Micro Grids

      Pike Research has released a new report, Remote Microgrids that concludes that the primary driver for remote microgrids over the next 6 years will be integration of solar photocoltaics and forecasts that the global remote microgrid market ...

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Citizens For Safe Technology Files Injunction Suit

British Columbia group, Citizens for Safe Technology  has filed a complaint against BC Hydro’s smart meter program. This comes a week after a consumer group in California requested injunctive relief against Pacific Gas and Electric. The complaint requests an immediate ...

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Worldwide smart meter shipments increased to nearly 20 million

Pike Research have released data showing that smart meter and smart grid deployments worldwide have increased considerably in 2011, especially in North America. Some larger projects have been announced abd key vendors have been selected to provide meters, communications moodules ...

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Change to sustainable energy in UK should not mean higher costs

  According to government figures, every person in the UK will have to pay  around £5,000 a year between now and 2050 to rebuild and  use the nation’s entire energy system. However, the cost of developing clean and sustainable energy, ...

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Smart meter functionalities put forward by European Commission

The European Commission has provided a set of minimum functionalities for smart meters, to enable member states to identify common means of achieving cost efficiencies and inefficiencies in their roll-out plans. There are 10 functionalities and they are: For the ...

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Itron & Panasonic announce partnership on gas Smart meters

  Itron and Panasonic have announced they are teaming up to design and deliver smart meters in Europe. Panasonic will use it’s ultrasonic sensor technology to enhance Itron’s residential static meters. It will provide utilities planning for large scale smart ...

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