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  • Smart Water Metering For Smart Cities

    One of a city’s most important pieces of critical infrastructure is its water system. With populations in cities growing, it is inevitable that water consumption will grow as well. The term “smart water” points to water and wastewater infrastructure management system. A smart water system is designed to gather meaningful and actionable data about the flow, pressure and ...

  • Smart utilities and sustainable resource management

    With the increased availability of inexpensive micro-sensor technologies, everything is becoming “sensor-tagged”. Energy and water utilities are benefiting from this “sensorization” of our infrastructure and the associated smart technology advancements. These progressive utilities are employing innovative, real-time monitoring and control applications with high volume and ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Why smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity

    Power companies that take initiative now can position themselves for a bright future in tomorrow’s clean energy economy The growth of distributed energy generation, particularly in the form of solar energy, leaves the aging, monopolistic electric utility system a daunting choice: Come out swinging in defense of the status quo or boldly jump into the cockpit, put on the ...


    By Ensia

  • Smart meters: Truly a cure for energy blindness?

    And now for a dose of reality.   No doubt smart meters are a good thing, but even their most ardent fans must admit that a degree of hoopla surrounds these little digital boxes. We hear that if consumers can just see how much power they use in real time, and what it costs, our energy woes will be no more.   Smart meters will even cure the blind. The energy blind that ...

  • A new approach to improve water loss control using smart metering data

    The control of water losses is a major concern in the sustainability of urban water utilities and in promoting the efficient use of this natural resource. Recent advances in telemetry technology provide high-resolution consumption data at the consumer level, allowing for a remarkable knowledge improvement on the different water balance components. However, few studies focus on systematic ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Smart Series-Odor Management

    Tackling odors at composting facilities is a manageable task made simpler by inventorying and treating all sources and tapping into technology advances. Perhaps one of the most difficult realities that had to be faced 15 to 20 years ago by the composting universe is that the phrase, “odor-free” - at least when it comes to composting - is probably an oxymoron. Feedstocks that biodegrade within the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Smart metering use cases to increase water and energy efficiency in water supply systems

    Efficient water and energy use in water distribution systems is being limited by the lack of sufficient data about water and related energy consumption. Therefore, it is crucial to provide updated and continuous feedback information to water users. This paper describes relevant use cases to improve efficient water use and related energy consumption by water utilities and consumers through the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Adding Big Data and Analytics to the Smart Building Equation

    Continuing our series of articles on Innovation we talked to Dave Bartlett, Vice President, IBM Smarter Physical Infrastructure, about IBM’s vision for the Smart Building market and the key emerging technologies. There seem to be many definitions of ‘Smart’ Buildings. How do you define ‘Smart’ and what is IBM’s vision for this market? Is it just about reducing ...

  • Benefits of mobile on the rise for energy and utilities companies

    More and more, here in the Intelex Energy and Utilities team, we’re seeing a strong need for mobile access in all areas of the Energy-Utilities community. Energy is generated and delivered in a variety of ways throughout the world and reaches out far from centralized stations and hubs. Therefore, the need to have mobile access on a residential, commercial and/or corporate level is becoming ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Your electric meter: A villain or hero?

    Before energy became a hot topic, no one cared about the electric meter.  It was the box on the house we all ignored except the guy from the utility who dodged the barking dogs to take a reading from it once in awhile. It is a sign of our times that this box now inspires enough emotion for people to take to the streets. Protesters gathered outside the California Public Utilities Commission ...

  • Northeast US a smart energy testing ground

    By Elisa Wood August 19, 2010   Ben Franklin’s saying, “Out of adversity comes opportunity” seems to characterize the energy sector in US Northeast. Electricity rates are among the nation’s highest. Population density leaves scant room for new power plants and transmission lines.  And the region has little indigenous generation fuel. So ...

  • Consumption estimation with a partial automatic meter reading deployment

    Automatic water meter reading (AMR) is now the best kind of technology to supply real time information on water consumption. Complete equipment of a district metered area enables the assessment of the total consumption of a finite size population, for a time scale sometimes as short as an hour. However, its cost for generalization can generate high capital expenditures (CAPEX), unaffordable for ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Advancing household water-use feedback to inform customer behaviour for sustainable urban water

    Sustainable water management is increasingly essential in an age characterised by rapid population growth, urban and industrial development and climate change. Opportunities to promote conservation and water-use efficiencies remain attractive in directly reducing water demand. Smart water metering and the provision of detailed water-use feedback to consumers present exciting new opportunities ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Signs of optimism for a smarter future

    There are grounds for growing optimism around the opportunities for smart, data-driven technologies in the water sector, given the views of Amir Cahn, Director of Research and Business Development with SWAN, the Smart Water Networks Forum. He puts the proportion of water utilities who are moving forward with such technologies at only 5-10%, but he points also to the growing number of strong case ...


    By Aquatech Global Events

  • District heating points way forward for energy prepayment revolution

    Ofgem, which has called energy prepayment the option of 'last resort', has announced a price cap for customers until the roll-out of smart meters in 2020. But smart metering is already being widely used in the district heating sector, where it is revolutionising prepayment and reducing energy bills. Customer friendly smart meters are fast making prepayment the first choice option for thousands of ...


    By Switch2 Energy Limited

  • Is green energy our new plastics industry?

    If The Graduate were written today, Mr. McGuire’s career tip to Benjamin probably would have been “green,” rather than “plastics.” But it’s likely Benjamin would have responded in the same quizzical way: “Just how do you mean that, sir?” It was difficult to envision the vast number of new products, businesses and careers that would emerge from the plastics industry following World War II. The ...

  • Exclusive Interview with Steven Frère, Senior Technology Communications Specialist at Eandis, Belgium

    Exclusive Interview with Steven Frère, Senior Technology Communications Specialist at Eandis, Belgium. We all recognise the value that smart grid and meter data can have, but what new challenges does this abundance of data ...


    By Synergy Events

  • White Paper: Energy Superhighway Will Be Crucial to Successful Delivery and Management of Energy Services

    Rrecent white paper from Navigant Research provides a far-reaching view of the connectivity needs of electric utilities, exploring approaches and technologies, with case studies of projects designed to develop an Energy Superhighway. Over the last decade, with the advent of smart grid technology, ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • The seven levers of energy management: A formula for success

    Remember when energy was easy? You got a bill from the utility and you paid it. Then came the deregulation of natural gas, then electricity, the need to audit bills, energy service companies with their shared savings models, risk management, demand response programs, smart meters, carbon footprinting and incentives for renewables. Back then, nobody bothered you much about energy either. Today, ...

  • Changing the energy game with the ‘power of one’

    Who among us has not eagerly described the smart meter to a non-energy person only to be greeted by a blank stare, or worse the retort: “Why would I want to track my electricity costs all day?” You try to explain the profound applications: smart appliances that talk to the power grid, consumer clubs that sell energy savings, your car serving as a power plant. But the conversation then ...

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