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The island nation of Malta will soon be able to call itself the first smart grid island (reality TV show anyone?) IBM is planning to build the first national smart grid network on Malta complete with 250,000 smart meters that will enable the national utilities and […]

maltaimagesmallThe island nation of Malta will soon be able to call itself the first smart grid island (reality TV show anyone?) IBM is planning to build the first national smart grid network on Malta complete with 250,000 smart meters that will enable the national utilities and their customers to better manage energy and water use. The deal is for 70 million euro ($90 million) and the network is supposed to be completed by 2012.

OK, so Malta is tiny, with less than 400,000 people — in comparison PG&E is rolling out millions of smart meters to its customers in Northern California. But the Maltese network, like the Smart Grid city in Boulder, Colo., could provide valuable information about how an entire community responds to these new tools.

Malta’s smart grid network will allow the national utilities — Enemalta Corp. and Water Services Corp. — to conduct remote monitoring, meter reading and real-time management of the network based on IT. Real-time monitoring and smart meters can deliver pricing based on time of day, enabling the utility to better manage energy consumption and customers to cut their electrical bills. Malta residents will also be able to track their energy use online and see how to curb consumption habits.

IBM has spent the past couple of years developing a variety of software to make the power grid smarter. In 2007 IBM created the Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, which includes a group of utilities that are interested in bringing computing to the electricity network. For startups, IBM can be a very important partner, as it can connect meter makers, energy management firms, and wireless sensor distributors with utilities.

By Katie Fehrenbacher

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  1. This is the stuff dreams are made of.

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  2. [...] millions of smart meters in Northern California, but the nation of Malta (pop. 400,000) is about to become the world’s first smart grid island. IBM is building the island’s national smart grid [...]

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  3. [...] Posted by AllenCaron on February 5, 2009 Talk of a “Smart Grid” is everywhere, even the Super Bowl (http://earth2tech.com/2009/01/31/ge-ups-smart-grid-ante-with-super-bowl-ad-campaign/). It’s easy to see why, with President Obama poised to spend a healthy portion of his $900 billion-plus stimulus package on the creation of a Smart Grid, the common term for a revamped electrical grid that is much more efficient and uses alternative energy whenever and wherever possible. The city of Boulder, CO is turning itself into a “Smart City” (http://smartgridcity.xcelenergy.com/story/index.html), the entire island of Malta, with the help of IBM (NYSE: IBM, http://www.IBM.com), is vying to become the first “Smart Island” (http://earth2tech.com/2009/02/04/ibm-welcome-to-smart-grid-island/). [...]

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  4. [...] and its population is smaller than most major cities, but the small island nation of Malta will be the first country to boast a nationwide smart grid. Courtesy of a $90 million deal between IBM and the nation’s utility providers, the entire [...]

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  5. [...] but­ t­h­e small island nat­io­­n o­­f­ Malta w­i­ll b­e the f­i­r­st co­u­n­tr­y to­…. Co­ur­t­esy o­f­ a $90 millio­n­ deal [...]

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  6. [...] is the second island-based smart grid project for Big Blue. Earlier this month, the company said it was planning to build the world’s first national smart grid on the tiny [...]

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  7. [...] Morgen brengen we trouwens een artikel uit waarin je kunt lezen dat ook Google op de kar gaat springen. Zij hebben de software al gemaakt voor deze slimme meterkasten en verbruikers. Malta is trouwens het eerste eiland met een smart-grid, dat gaat gebouwd worden door IBM en zal klaa… [...]

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  8. [...] system. In past smart grid projects, IBM and Cisco have each taken the lead (Cisco and Duke, IBM and Malta). Cisco, for example, has focused on the consumer portion of the smart grid, like in its FPL [...]

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  9. [...] In Europe, Big Blue is doing projects like networking the electric and water system of the entire island nation of Malta, in the U.S, it’s working on projects like integrating smart meters and grid sensors, and in [...]

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