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Last week, for the second year in a row, I had the opportunity to attend as Speaker Smart Utilities Scandinavia in Stockholm, alongside 200 utilities experts. The 2-day event is one of several organized by Synergy, which IDC Energy Insights supports in the guise of Knowledge Partner. Having attended many of the Synergy utility events in the past, including events in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, UK and Ireland and also their European-wide event, which attract over 5,000 industry experts from around the world, I find the Scandinavian to be one of my favorite. The always innovative projects presented are paralleled by open and often heated discussions.

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Badger Meter acquires Californian start-up Aquacue

By Daniella Muallem

At the end of last year, IDC Energy Insights predicted that analytics would become a serious consideration for utilities in 2013, driven by the growing use of digital devices and sensors generating a growing volume and variety of data - a prediction that was recently confirmed in a survey of utility delegates at our recent Pan-European Utilities Executive Summit. But so far, there has been limited Smart Grid related M&A in the analytics area, with Oracle's acquisition of DataRaker late last year standing out. Although water utilities have typically followed behind energy utilities in moving towards a smarter network, water utilities are increasingly looking to invest in analytics and last week Badger Meter revealed that it has acquired Californian analytics-based software start-up Aquacue for $14 million.

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Yesterday I was joined by Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy & Sustainability at Jones Lang LaSalle, Darrell Smith, Director of Facilities and Energy at Microsoft, and Jim Young, Founder and CEO of Realcomm Conference Group for a virtual round table discussion of the real world implications of adopting smart building solutions.

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At the beginning of March, IDC Energy Insights hosted its first Pan-European Utilities Executive Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. The exclusive invitation-only event served as a networking platform for the 40 utility delegates, who openly shared their experiences and challenges to tackle. One of our major goals for the event was bringing together the IT people and the business people, to facilitate the convergence of these two worlds, which are too often non-communicative. This goal was thoroughly met by a delegate distribution of IT (45%) and non-IT (55%).

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