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Smart Power Metering in Europe – Changes, Challenges, Opportunities

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I saw this great video on CleanTechnica about Smart Power Metering in Europe — the lecture, which is about 30 minutes or so, is about some of the potential policy changes, regulation challenges, and business opportunities that this idea could set forth in Europe with power suppliers.  This was all set forth over something that actually happened this last November 2012 – Deutsche Telekom and a technology company called Itron signed a deal to start supplying European customers with Smart Metering.  From the press release at Business Wire:

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.–()–Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI), a global technology company that helps utilities measure, manage, and analyze energy and water, and Deutsche Telekom, a world leading integrated telecommunications company, announced today that they have signed an agreement to collaborate on delivering smart metering solutions to target markets in Europe. This agreement brings two leading companies together in the smart grid and smart metering space to combine their technology expertise to better serve the utility industry.

“This collaboration will give our customers more options and will deliver real business benefits as they roll-out smart meter systems.”

Under this agreement, the two companies will utilize Itron’s innovative smart meter solutions, Deutsche Telekom’s M2M capabilities, Information and Communication Technology solutions and Intelligent Networks Energy solution offering to bring an even more comprehensive solution and service offering to European markets. This coupled with the strength of two large and experienced companies combining efforts to create more options for customers will result in tremendous opportunities for utilities.

“Working with a world-class organization like Deutsche Telekom is a true pleasure,” said Remy Brill, Itron vice president and managing director, EMEA Energy. “This collaboration will give our customers more options and will deliver real business benefits as they roll-out smart meter systems.”

Check this out, this is a great video to watch over lunch or a coffee — lots of great discussion points!  This comes from Zachary Shahan, who has probably THE BEST research I’ve seen on Renewable Energy.  PLEASE check it out if this is something you want to know about, you’ll be very informed afterwards.

Saturday for Sustainability News

There are so many stories out there in my newsreader today about sustainability in energy production that it’s difficult to parse them all without talking about every single one.  But if I did that, I cold have neither A) Laura or B) a life, so I have to sometimes cull the massive amount of information into manageable little chunks.  My buddy Greg told me once:

How do you eat an elephant?  One spoonful at a time.

Here’s some spoonfuls of elephant that we all need to see:

Glut of Solar Panels is a Good Thing

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From CleanTechnica, is the market’s complete over-saturation of Solar Panels actually a good thing for the market?

US Residential Solar Financing to Reach $5.7 Billion by 2016

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The fact that residential solar financing is expected to reach into the near six billion dollar mark in the US alone should warrant some jubilation.  Right?  GreenTech Solar thinks so.

President Obama:  ‘We Must Do More on Climate Change’

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Another one from CleanTechnica, Obama stated that we must do more on climate change.  But he slipped the word “pipeline” in there.  We’re to assume that Obama means the Keystone XL Pipeline; are we also to assume he;s going to cave to Big Oil like he did Big Pharma?

As a side note, Consumer Energy Report also did a nice article on Obama’s climate change talk, well worth the read.

Hydro Beats Coal and Nuclear, Which Beat Oil and Natural Gas Plants, says A Recent Study

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This article is awesome, from Next Big Future.  It’s to a PDF link of a study talking about different scenarios for environmental stability.  It’s extremely nerdy, but that’s what you should expect here!
(thanks to TreeHugger for the photo!)

And now, time to sit and enjoy life with my wife.  I swear I am going to get that right this time.