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Fortnightly Magazine - January 2013

metering systems to target markets in Europe. Under the agreement, the two companies will use Itron’s smart meter solutions, along with Deutsche Telekom’s M2M capabilities, information and communication technology systems, and intelligent networks energy system. 

Itron formed a strategic alliance with Panasonic to develop a smart meter platform tailored to the Japanese market. As part of the agreement, Itron will design, develop, and deliver an Itron smart meter with its 3G cellular communications to Panasonic. Itron’s technology will support multiple communication options, including cellular, RF mesh, and power line carrier. In Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has mandated the adoption of smart meters over the next 10 years for nearly 80 million electric meters to help manage energy supply and demand.


FirstEnergy plans to construct a new $45 million transmission control center in Akron, Ohio. The 70,000 square-foot facility will be built at the company’s West Akron complex, a 150-acre site that now houses an Ohio Edison service center, a FirstEnergy call center, and an office building. Groundbreaking is expected in the spring of 2013, with completion planned for the end of the year.  

PacifiCorp awarded a multi-year engineering, procurement and construction contract to EC Source, a MasTec affiliate. Under the contract, EC Source will build the Sigurd-to-Red Butte transmission line in south central Utah. Engineering and procurement activities began in January 2013, with construction starting in April 2013, and startup in the summer of 2015.

ABB will implement the new Asset Health Center system at American Electric Power (AEP) to improve the performance and reliability of its electric transmission network. The system integrates equipment-based operational technology from ABB, and enterprise information technology from Ventyx, ABB’s industrial enterprise software group. AEP will use existing infrastructure and designs to feed digital equipment history records, online monitoring, and operational data to the Asset Health Center.

Customer Engagement

Southern California Edison (SCE) contracted with ADT to provide SCE customers with energy management and reporting capabilities through ADT Pulse, an interactive home management platform. The system allows customers to arm and disarm their security systems, control thermostats, turn on and off small appliances and lights, access real-time video, and lock and unlock doors. ADT Pulse can connect to SCE customers’ Edison SmartConnect meters to show home energy consumption, historical energy usage information, daily energy bill estimates, and energy savings alerts.

Opower selected Infobright Enterprise Edition to support the analysis of behavioral, demographic, and log data that shows which of its products are being used most successfully by utilities, how utility customers interact with the information that Opower provides, and how activities like marketing programs or sales strategies are driving usage.