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An innovative microgrid partnership for Siemens and LO3 Energy
Council Associate Partner Siemens will work with New York startup LO3 Energy to jointly develop microgrids that enable local energy trading employing blockchain technology. Siemens says its microgrid control solution is being integrated with the peer-to-peer trading platform from LO3 Energy known as TransActive Grid. This solution will enable blockchain-based local energy trading between producers and consumers in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill, Park Slope and Gowanus neighborhoods and help balance local energy production and use.
Cubic Transportation lands UK rail contract
Council Associate Partner Cubic Transportation Systems is providing electronic gates for major UK train operator Northern. The company will install a total of 52 gates at eight stations. The gates are capable of reading smart cards and bar codes, and they also accept magnetic tickets. Gates have been installed at two stations and the project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017.
Transdev recognized for customer service
Council Associate Partner Transdev's Melbourne, Australia operation has been named Service Champion for its commitment to upgrading service for passengers in the 2016 Customer Service Institute of Australia Awards. The company has managed about a third of Melbourne's bus service since 2013.
Itron to provide modernized water distribution system
Council Lead Partner Itron is installing its water metering automation solution and subsidiary Temetra's data collection and data management software as a service for provider Snowy Valley Council in southeastern Australia. Itron says the project will increase efficiencies in several areas of operation, allow the council to deploy smart technologies when it chooses and simplify an upgrade to automated metering infrastructure if or when it's needed.
Schneider Electric snags clean energy company award
Council Lead Partner Schneider Electric has been recognized as the Clean Energy Company of the year by the Northeast Clean Energy Council. The award recognizes the energy management company's leadership and contributions to the region's clean energy economy, commitment to provide innovative business models, connected technologies and solutions, and for its significant deployment of clean energy in the Northeast region.
Doug Peeples is a Portland, Oregon-based writer specializing in technology and energy. Follow @smartccouncil on Twitter.