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HomePlug® Alliance and Wi-SUN® Alliance Collaborate to Improve Smart Grid Communications Interoperability

Key industry groups create liaison to facilitate standards-based interoperability for utilities’ smart grid networks

PORTLAND, Ore. & TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Wi-SUN® Alliance and the HomePlug® Alliance today announced a liaison agreement to facilitate collaboration toward the goal of enabling hybrid smart grid networks supporting both wireless (RF) and powerline-wired connectivity (PLC). This relationship will empower the many industry-leading member companies of both alliances to share requirements and specifications for Media Access Control (MAC) and transport layer profiles to facilitate interoperability of Internet Protocol (IP)-based smart grid applications.

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Utility Spending on Asset Management and Grid Monitoring Technology Will Reach Nearly $50 Billion through 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research

New technology provides a holistic, predictive view of grid performance, report concludes.

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Most utilities today handle asset management with what amounts to a run-to-fail strategy. Despite the growing availability of new solutions, many utilities have not yet incorporated sensing or monitoring technology into their networks. With the advent of the smart grid, however, the inclusion of sensing and monitoring systems is starting to make compelling economic sense. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, cumulative utility spending on asset management and condition monitoring systems for the power grid will total $49.2 billion during the period from 2014 to 2023.

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Microinverters and DC Power Optimizers Will Be Critical to Grid-Scale Integration of Renewable Energy, According to Navigant Research

Annual installations will reach nearly 13,000 MW by 2020, report concludes

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–One part power electronics and one part networking and communications technology, microinverters and DC optimizers (commonly referred to as module-level power electronics, or MLPEs) are playing an increasingly significant role in large-scale and distributed renewable electricity generation. With the potential to improve the grid’s reliability and increase the overall energy harvest of solar PV projects, they are essential for integrating large amounts of renewable energy onto the grid. Click to tweet: According to a recent report from Navigant Research, annual installations of MLPE capacity will grow from 1,185 megawatts (MW) in 2013 to 12,844 MW by 2020.

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Itron Simplifies Smart Grid and AMI Deployments with Itron® TOTAL Managed Services Solution

New offering packages existing expertise into streamlined, subscription-based solution

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) announced today a new way of delivering its smart grid and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions with Itron TOTAL. The new offering takes Itron’s existing industry-leading capabilities in metering, communications, data management, analysis and professional services, and packages them all together in a simplified, subscription-based pricing structure with complete managed services. The multi-commodity offering is available across electric, gas and water solutions in North America.

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Itron Makes Inroads in Austria with OpenWay® Smart Grid Solution

Austrian energy supplier to evaluate OpenWay solution featuring Itron and Cisco’s jointly designed IPv6 architecture

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced today that it has signed a contract to deliver its OpenWay smart grid solution in Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg AG, energy supplier for 260,000 customers in the province of Salzburg, will utilize the solution for an IPv6 pilot project. The solution includes Itron and Cisco’s jointly designed Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)-based architecture which meets the technical and business requirements of utilities in many European countries.

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