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December 13, 2012 - The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec announced a $5.7-million investment in Morgan Schaffer, a Quebec player in transformer monitoring solutions.
December 12, 2012 - Coulomb Technologies Inc. has officially changed its name to ChargePoint Inc. and, today, announced their electric vehicle (EV) charging station network has reached several major milestones.
December 12, 2012 - Under funding from the National Science Foundation’s Cyber-Physical Systems Program, a University of Notre Dame research group is attempting to develop mathematical algorithms to help guide the integration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PEVs) into the power grid.
December 12, 2012 - IEEE formed a new technical advisory group—802.24 Smart Grid—to serve as a collaborative umbrella organization that works with multiple IEEE 802 working groups (WGs) and will liaise with smart grid ecosystem stakeholders, such as regulatory agencies, other standards development bodies and industry organizations.
December 12, 2012 - IEEE announced updates to four wireless communications technologies in the 802 family of standards, as well as a new 802 standards-development project. The new standards support the global utility industry’s needs for smart grid data communications infrastructure, says IEEE, and build on the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) portfolio of more than 100 active IEEE standards or standards in development pertaining to the smart grid.
December 12, 2012 - The founding partners of The Electric Circuit—Les Rotisseries St-Hubert, Rona, Metro, the Agence metropolitaine de transport (AMT) and Hydro-Quebec—confirmed an agreement with the City of Joliette to install public charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in the city’s downtown in the coming weeks.
December 11, 2012 - Belden Inc. has acquired privately held PPC—a provider of broadband connectivity solutions—for $515.7 million with the aim of being a leader in broadband connectivity.
December 11, 2012 - Fujitsu Ltd., Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (NTT) and NEC Corp. (NEC) commenced joint R&D toward making the world’s top-level, 400Gbps/channel-class digital coherent optical transmissions technology.
December 10, 2012 - New research by the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College suggests that, by 2030, renewable energy could fully power a large electric grid 99.9% of the time at costs comparable to today’s electricity expenses. A well-designed combination of wind power, solar power and storage in batteries and fuel cells would nearly always exceed electricity demands while keeping costs low, the scientists found.
December 10, 2012 - Torbram Electric Supply has been recognized by PowerStream as a Conservation & Demand Management (CDM) Champion for making the saveONenergy conservation program a key element of its service offerings.
December 10, 2012 - Electric vehicle (EV) drivers can charge their vehicles while they shop at Stone Road Mall thanks to Guelph Hydro Inc. The utility has installed an EV charging station (managed by Primaris) at the mall as a pilot program.
December 7, 2012 - GE Lighting has acquired Boulder, Colo.-based Albeo Technologies Inc., a privately held LED fixture manufacturer established in 2004.
December 7, 2012 - As of December 1, 2012, Telvent is now officially known as Schneider Electric, concluding a year-long brand integration process after Schneider acquired Telvent in 2011. According to Schneider, the integration of Telvent’s weather forecasting and smart grid control systems with Schneider’s critical infrastructure expertise “launches the company into a unique class”.
December 6, 2012 - FortisBC says it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the B.C. First Nations Energy & Mining Council (FNEMC) making energy self-sufficiency for First Nations communities a priority. It is the first time a privately held energy company has signed such an agreement, says FortisBC.
December 6, 2012 - Schneider Electric recently announced the 3rd edition of its international competition focused on developing innovative energy solutions for smarter cities—Go Green in the City—and, finally, the challenge has opened up to Canadians! (You may recall, we noted Canada’s absence from this competition back in February 2012 with our news item, Where is Canada in Schneider’s “Go Green in the City” 2012 international student competition?)

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