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It seems like everyone wants to get a piece of China’s smart grid — first IBM, now General Electric. The General has two new projects and joint ventures with State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC), part of its commitment to spend some $2 billion in China over the next two years. SGCC subsidiary Wuhan Nari will work on a grid “asset optimizing technology solution,” and Electric Power of Shanghai will join GE in a 75-percent stake in Chinese grid switching manufacturer Tianling Switchgear. GE also grabbed a piece of China’s railroad industry in partnerships with locomotive and switching companies — and GE makes locomotives and batteries to power them. While GE gears up to gird the grid in new sensors, switches and communications gear, IBM is building software to help Shanghai’s grid operators plan for and restore outages — and it’s also working with South Korean firms on that country’s landmark smart grid pilot project on Jeju Island. Siemens, meanwhile, revealed yesterday that it is close to signing a major electric vehicle charging deal with a Chinese city — another part of the smart grid where foreign competitors will be wise to line up plenty of domestic partnerships.

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