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CEE Smart Metering 2011 Conference

By Milan Kalal

Mid May, my colleague, Gaia Gallotti, and I attended the annual Smart Metering Central and Eastern Europe (SM CEE) event held in Warsaw, Poland, for which IDC Energy Insights is an Analyst Partner. The event covered a wide range of topics presented by over 20 experts speakers in their efforts to improve the performance of energy in Central & Eastern Europe and beyond. About 180 representatives from 40 different utilities gathered to discuss the key issues that need to be tackled to ensure that successfu

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This blog was jointly authored by Dean Chuang, Ryan Reith and Marcus Torchia Hydro-Quebec, the largest utility in Canada and one of the largest in North America, announced yesterday that it has selected Landis+Gyr to deploy advanced metering infrastructure in the utility's service territory.  In an agreement valued at C$350 million, Landis+Gyr will supply Hydro-Quebec with.....

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Energy & Utilities Forum 2011

By Gaia Gallotti

On Tuesday, 24 May 2011, we held our annual Energy & Utilities Forum 2011 in Milan, Italy. For the 5th year in a row we were able to draw over 100 representatives (foremostly Italian) from the utilities and oil & gas industries, from government agencies, and from the ICT world. The agenda presented several "fresh" case study examples from the international community, among which: m2ocity, a JV company of Veolia Water and Orange (Telco), which presented their new approach to enable water smart meteri

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Landis+Gyr = Toshiba!

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Ending months of speculation, Landis+Gyr announced early this morning that it has entered into a definitive sale agreement with Toshiba.  Toshiba will acquire Landis+Gyr for $2.3 billion USD in cash, slightly below the $2.5B that had been discussed earlier this week, but above the $2B asking price that had been proposed last month.  Subject to regulatory approval, the parties expect the deal to close in the third quarter of 2011.  

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Utilities and Cybersecurity — IDC Energy Insights Top 10 Actions to Consider Information security is receiving a higher profile in organizations than it was a few years ago. Nevertheless, Utilities practices definitively have room for improvement. Where policies and strategies are in place, there is still a gap between good intentions and operational execution and implementation. Additionally, with the ongoing transition towards a Smart Energy paradigm, security issues for the utilities industry are f

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Just last week, White House proposed a cybersecurity legislation, making recommendations to protect critical infrastructure such as electric utilities, oil, gas, and water companies. Congress has already introduced 50 cyber-related bills, making a compelling case for White House to push President Obama's cybersecurity agenda forward. The saga started almost 2 years ago when President Obama authorized a comprehensive cybersecurity policy review, suggesting federal agencies to pay keen attention to informatio

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ABB continues to build out its stable of software companies with the recent acquisition of enterprise application vendor Mincom.  ABB's acquisition philosophy is to broaden its operational technology (OT) offerings with a comprehensive suite of information technology (IT) - software applications that are oriented towards asset intensive industries.  If this acquisition is like other recent acquisitions, current Mincom customers can expect continued commitment to the Mincom products by the ABB pare

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Big Data and Analytics for the Smart Grid

By Rick Nicholson

Recent media coverage of the official launch of GridGlo, a former stealth start-up that has developed a software platform that can identify, score, and predict energy consumption behavior, got me thinking about a presentation given by my colleague Frank Gens at IDC Directions 2011.  Frank's presentation was titled "Mobility, Clouds and Intelligent Industries: Positioning for the 3rd Wave of ICT Industry Growth" and it showed the following progression in ICT platforms:

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Prime Minister Kan held a press conference last Tuesday announcing a new agenda for the nation's energy policy:  "The past energy policy has regarded nuclear energy and fossil fuels as two major pillars in electricity.  With the recent accidents, I think two additional pillars are important.  The first additional pillar is to add renewable energy, such as solar and wind power as well as biomass, to one of the core energy resources.  The second additional pillar is to create an energy-sav


After weeks of uncertainty about the subsidies for the photovoltaic industry, the Italian government signed a new decree last Thursday. A plan to decrease feed in tariffs (FiTs) on monthly basis was put in place, installation cap for large projects was introduced and less conventional features such as support to projects built from EU-made components were added.

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