Opportunities in California’s smart grid deployment plans

Last week, California’s big three utilities — Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric — released in-depth smart grid deployment roadmaps that include about $5.6 billion in smart grid spending over the coming decade. For smart grid companies, it’s about the closest thing to a detailed plan of attack one could ask for. Of course, much of that money is tied up in ongoing smart meter deployments, and another huge chunk is for transmission and distribution grid projects with a limited range of potential competitors. Still, that leaves plenty of opportunities for nimble companies with key software, networking or hardware technologies to fill the gaps that remain. Here are some of them.…

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California’s energy privacy rules: The battle heats up

Last month, the California Public Utility Commission published a proposed ruling on how utility customers’ energy data must be protected. The first deadline for interested parties to comment on the state’s new proposed rules has come, and, there’s still plenty of confusion over the fine print. A common theme is also emerging: The CPUC’s rules will need to change to avoid stifling the smart grid–home energy marketplace.…

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Landis+Gyr — Anatomy of a Smart Meter Company for Sale

Landis+Gyr is on the auction block, and General Electric, Toshiba, Honeywell and ABB are rumored to be in the bidding. Why the interest? Whoever buys Landis+Gyr will be getting the company's extensive smart metering and distribution grid management technology to work with, and its extensive roster of moneymaking projects.…

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