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EDF wins $850 million hydro project in Cameroon: Electricite de France got the green light to build an $850 million hydroelectric plant in Edea, a small town in the West African nation of Cameroon. Officials say the plant will enable a five-fold increase in the country's aluminum production, which has suffered due to insufficient energy supplies. The EDF plant is expected to produce 420 megawatts of electricity by 2019. EDF is a Council Lead Partner.
IndustryWeek highlights Itron, Cisco smart cities work: In a feature on smart cities and the Envision Charlotte initiative in North Carolina, IndustryWeek highlighted the role Council Lead Partners Itron and Cisco are playing in that project and others. It quotes Itron SVP Russ Vanos: “The smart city movement is an exciting area of business for as and is a natural evolution of the smart grid which is already built up. We believe strongly that as the demand on world energy and water supply intensifies having more data and more access to that data is key to helping cities be more resourceful.” IndustryWeek also noted Itron's upcoming demo of smart capabilities at Meeting of the Minds in Detroit Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
S&C, Siemens join call for national energy roadmap: Members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) are pushing for the Obama administration to create a national energy roadmap to help accelerate development of the new technologies that the ongoing transformation of the power grid requires. Saying an overarching strategy for the country makes sense, S&C Electric Executive Chairman John Estey added, "Having a big-picture look at it would be very useful. It is something that is desperately lacking at this moment." The need for energy storage was highlighted by NEMA members, including Daryl Dulaney, president and chief executive of Siemens infrastructure and cities sector. "The whole electrification of society right now is bottlenecked due to storage. As soon as we have improved storage, you'll see lots of innovation and development accelerate," he said. S&C is a Council Lead Partner; Siemens is an Associate Partner.
GRID20/20 integrates with leading AMI providers: GRID20/20, a leading Distribution Transformer Monitoring (DTM) sensor provider, announced integration of its devices with smart grid communication networks from industry leaders Itron and Landis+Gyr. Council Associate Partner GRID20/20 says it is the only DTM provider in the world now capable of deploying its intra-grid sensors within the Landis+Gyr Gridstream network and the Itron OpenWay smart grid network. "Now we will enable utilities to leverage their existing smart meter infrastructures by seamlessly adding critical intra-grid sensors into their smart grid networks, or freely choose to operate autonomous networks using our GSM or RF Mesh enabled devices," said GRID20/20 President Alan Snook.
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