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When on April 7th 2009, due to data privacy and data protection concerns, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs repealed the proposed mandate for smart metering deployment; Distribution System Operators in the Netherlands were forced to reevaluate the smart metering projects (mainly pilot projects) they had been working on. Since the interruption, Alliander has continued to pilot smart metering, offering smart meter replacements as a service to its customers, either for new delivery points in new/refurbish


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Meter Data Management in EMEA: new IDC MarketScape

By Roberta Bigliani

New IDC Energy Insights Report Evaluates Competing Vendors in Fast Growing EMEA Meter Data Management Market We recently released our first IDC MarketScape report assessing the technology vendors supplying meter data management (MDM) applications to the utility market in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). IDC MarketScape vendor analysis reports utilize a criteria selection, respective weighting, and vendor scoring that produces a well-researched assessment of the EMEA MDM market and each vendor's c


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German PV Installations in 2010 at Glance

By Adam Hazdra

German Federal Network Agency (FNA), the networks regulator in the country, announced recently the historical figures for photovoltaic (PV) installations in 2010. The market experienced enormous growth but somewhat failed to keep up with predictions by the transmission system operators.


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Smart Metering in Canada

By Dean Chuang

Earlier this week, I provided a brief overview of findings from IDC Energy Insights' recent research regarding the US Smart Meter market. IDC Analyst Adam Hazdra has previously commented on smart metering trends in EMEA.


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IBM recently announced that it is acquiring privately-held TRIRIGA, a provider of Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS), for an undisclosed amount. TRIRIGA has 200 customers, concentrated in public sector and financial services but with large enterprise accounts like Nokia, that use its software for space and facilities management, real estate portfolio management, capital project management and energy and environmental sustainability tracking. Of particular interest to the smart buildings market i


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In the absence of comprehensive energy or climate policy, energy efficiency is an appealing way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize pressures on the grid.  However, if the cost savings from a more efficient technology translate into a new investment that consumes energy, the cumulative result can be higher total energy consumption, GHG emissions, and demand on the grid.  Smart Buildings illustrate how deploying energy efficiency with intelligence can minimize the risk of this phenomeno


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On March 8, IDC Energy Insights launched the Worldwide Quarterly Smart Meter Tracker, a new data product tracking global deployments and shipments of Smart Meters.  Unlike FERC and the EIA, which count both retrofitted electromechanical meters and meters with one-way communications, IDC's tracker focuses on truly 'advanced' metering and communications solutions; IDC defines a "smart meter" as a solid-state electric meter with integrated two-way communications.        


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When the words “FERC Order” are uttered, most people’s eyes either glaze over or worried frowns appear as they wonder if they need to understand the conversation. Let’s try to figure out what this order means for the clean tech world in words we can all understand.  


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On Tuesday FERC announced a new rule to support structured compensation for the energy reductions and grid benefits of demand response.  The ruling will formalize the process of participating in demand response programs to protect market competitiveness and eliminate barriers to entry.  The bottom line is that the FERC rule now equates the value of MW avoided to the market price of MW sold on the wholesale market.


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Sungevity, a solar installer and leasing company operating in California, Arizona and Colorado but with nationwide ambitions, recently announced that it had hired Patrick Crane as its Chief Marketing officer.  Crane was previously CMO at LinkedIn, the 3rd largest social network platform provider.  Sungevity’s intention is to promote its solar installation process through social networks. The company sees this form of communication as an effective means to convince potential customers to make



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