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Vendor Neutral

Fortnightly Magazine - November 2011

of marketing, transactional and operational communications, including content management capabilities for highly regulated industries to ensure compliance across communications.

Tendril partnered with ecobee to integrate ecobee’s smart thermostat on Tendril’s energy platform, Tendril Connect. Utilities and energy service providers that have deployed Tendril Connect can now install ecobee’s smart thermostat at their customers’ locations. Tendril also formalized an integration and reseller agreement that will integrate the Tendril Connect cloud platform with Elster’s EnergyAxis smart grid system. With this agreement, Tendril says its platform now works with all of the top AMI communications suppliers, namely Elster, Itron, Landis + Gyr , Sensus and Silver Spring Networks .

Simple Energy is utilizing Tendril’s Connect to deliver an energy application that helps consumers save energy through an online game. San Diego Gas & Electric is using Simple Energy’s application, delivered on the Tendril Connect platform, as part of the utility’s Biggest Energy Saver campaign. Simple Energy uses a social gaming platform to engage consumers in saving energy on the mobile and social web.

Honeywell and Opower are jointly developing energy management tools to help utility consumers cut their energy use and expenses. The companies will combine Honeywell’s residential automation and control systems with Opower’s energy data analytics and customer engagement techniques. Honeywell and Opower plan to launch a platform that includes a Web-connected programmable thermostat. Utility customers will be able to access their energy use data from a Web portal or mobile application, and the technology will suggest and automatically implement cost-saving changes. The companies plan to pilot the new product with select utility clients over the next few months.

Energate will supply its smart thermostats for Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s 2012 residential demand response program through its partner, Silver Spring Networks. Energate’s in-home technologies allow consumers to program their use preferences and participate in utility demand response programs based on peak pricing signals. OG&E’s 2012 expansion is targeted to include up to 40,000 residences using Energate’s smart thermostat and accessories.

Elster announced that its new meter and radio platform, the REXUniversal meter, is expected to be commercially available in North America in the second quarter of 2012. The platform allows EnergyAxis and other smart grid vendors’ 900 MHz radio frequency mesh communication systems to run natively on the identical REXUniversal meter hardware with integrated communications. Elster says the system is designed to simplify updates to local area network (LAN) communication functionality by eliminating the need to remove meters and physically replace the communications board to accomplish a system-wide network change.

Transactions

Direct Energy agreed to acquire Texas-based electricity provider First Choice Power , a subsidiary of PNM Resources, for $270 million in cash plus additional working capital. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, First Choice Power supplies retail electricity to residential and commercial customers across Texas.

Pattern Energy Group partnered with Samsung Renewable Energy to acquire the 180-MW Armow wind power project in Ontario from Acciona. Located in the Township of Kincardine, the project will use wind turbine components from the new Siemens factories in Tillsonburg and Windsor, Ontario. The project is expected to begin