Member spotlight 3.12.14: S&C, Itron, Alstom, MaxWest and EcoDistricts

Wed, 2014-03-12 06:00 -- SCC Staff

It's all aboard the smart grid with S&C and Chattanooga: Building on the success of its robust smart grid, Chattanooga, Tennessee is welcoming entrepreneurs with an accelerator focused on smart grid innovation. The program helps entrepreneurs with access to funding, grid data, specialty suppliers, free housing and a city-wide fiber-optic network. In addition, experts from Council Global Partner S&C Electric (which helped implement the Chattanooga smart grid) will act as mentors and advisors. You've got to hurry: Deadline for the first round of applications is Friday, March 14. Get details >>

Speaking of smart grids, Itron wins a big one: FirstEnergy, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned utilities, has signed a contract with Itron to deploy Itron’s OpenWay® smart grid solution across its four Pennsylvania-based utilities, including Metropolitan Edison, Pennsylvania Electric, Pennsylvania Power and West Penn Power. The solution, which features Itron and Cisco’s jointly-developed IPv6 network architecture, will help modernize FirstEnergy’s electricity distribution system and enable advanced capabilities and consumer programs. Both Itron and Cisco are Council Global Partners. Learn more >>

Alstom teams with City U of Hong Kong to advance smart cities: When we interviewed Laurent Schmitt, VP of Innovation & Strategy for Alstom's smart grid and smart city line of business last spring, he mentioned local university partnerships as a key enabler for successful smart city projects. He meant it. This week Alstom and CityU announced a collaboration that ranges from training and recruiting talent to  identifying research results with commercialization potential in the field of energy and transport to an incubator program to enhance local innovation eco-system and support young entrepreneurships. Read more >>

To MaxWest, that's not waste, that's energy! One of the keys to energy sustainability is turning what was formerly waste into useful energy. One waste stream comes from landfills. Another from the city's wastewater pipes. Council Associate Partner MaxWest Environmental Systems was recently selected to enter into negotiations for a 20-year contract to design, build, own and operate a biosolids management system to benefit the Bay Area Biosolids to Energy (BAB2E) project. The commercial-scale facility will process 67,000 wet tons of biosolids per year. Learn more >>

Last call for the 2014 EcoDistricts Incubator: Taking place in Portland, Oregon May 7-9, the Incubator is a three-day, executive-level training program that helps urban leaders advance an ecodistrict project in their communities. The Incubator is hosted by Council Advisor EcoDistricts, which advocates for sustainable neighborhood development. Applications are due Wednesday, March 19. Get details >>