Sensus Expands Into Energy Management With Navetas Pact
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DNV KEMA Lab Gets UL Nod
Getting the BUGS Out
Points Together
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SensusSensus Offers Energy Management With Navetas 
In April Sensus announced an exclusive North American license agreement with energy management company Navetas. Navetas was founded in 2008 based on unique technology developed at Oxford University that allows end customers to track discrete devices within a home or business without the need to install any specialized site based equipment. Sensus will offer the patented Navetas system to customers as part of its continuing strategy to expand FlexNet into new, innovative solution applications. Read More.
DNV KEMA Lab Receives UL Qualification
The DNV KEMA Powertest Lab, located in Chalfont, Penn., recently received UL's third party test data program qualification. This enables the lab to conduct IEEE and UL standards testing on equipment including gas-insulated switchgear, circuit breakers, and transformers. Read More.

Get the BUGS Out: Untapped Potential of DER      

In his smart grid blog posting this week, Marc Marton addresses the untapped reliability enhancement and economic potential of integrating distributed energy resources (DER) including distributed generation (DG) into power dispatch and grid management programs. Read the Blog. On the topic of DER, McDonnell Group client Blue Pillar recently closed its $7M B investment round that included Allos Ventures, Arsenal Venture Partners, Claremont Creek Ventures, and OnPoint Technologies, the U.S. Army's venture capital fund.     

Turnpoint Merges With Five Point Partners  

A longtime McDonnell Group customer, Turnpoint Solutions recently announced its merger with Five Point Partners. Turnpoint Solutions CEO and McDonnell Group advisory board member Rick Higdon joins the new Five Point Partners as senior vice president. Read the Deal Press Release.
EFACEC ACS Wins Glendale DMS      

The EFACEC ACS Prism solution will provide Glendale with a consolidated outage and network management platform to continue the advancement of GWP's market-leading smart grid programs. Read the News.

        

Green Light For New Company: DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability
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The New DNV KEMA
ARPAE Summary Blog
SGEF: 3,600+ Members
Utility Maintenance ROI
Blue Pillar Microgrids
  
 
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The New DNV KEMA

Green Light for New Company DNV KEMA  

Last week, McDonnell Group's strategic communications client DNV KEMA began operations as a combined company with over 2,300 experts in more than 30 countries around the world. Led by CEO Thijs Aarten, DNV KEMA is committed to driving the global transition toward a safe, reliable, efficient, and clean energy future. DNV KEMA's services cover the value chain from energy source to end user including renewable energy, carbon reduction, energy efficiency, power generation, transmission & distribution, energy related testing, inspection and certification. Read the full press release and link for more information about DNV KEMA services.
ARPAE Energy Innovation Summit Review 

Don McDonnell attended the 3rd Annual ARPAE Energy Innovation Summit in Washington D.C. Read his conference summary blog with calls for continued bipartisan support of energy innovation and increased legislative cooperation. Read the ARPAE Summary Blog.

Smart Grid Executive Forum: 3,600+ Members      

 

Since its launch in 2009, the online forum has grown to more than 3,600 members worldwide. What makes the SGEF unique is that each applicant is personally screened for member qualifications set by an independent advisory board. These screenings ensure that the forum remains the highest quality, non-commercial, private social media community covering smart grid topics. Read the group demographics at this Link.      

Long View: Utility Maintenance & Reliability ROI 


Ben Franklin wrote "A stitch in time, saves nine." For utilities, it is often difficult to justify the benefits of deeper maintenance activities and reliability improvements needed to deliver benefits later. Peter Manos tackles this topic and offers suggestions for stakeholders: Read the Blog.
Blue Pillar: Advancing Microgrids      

 

McDonnell Group software client Blue Pillar has been breaking records lately. Since being nominated for Smart Grid News' "11 Companies to Watch in 2011," Blue Pillar has delivered. The company expanded its team out of its new Indianapolis headquarters, delivered record revenue growth, and acquired new customers in the healthcare, university, and Department of Defense market segments. Visit Blue Pillar.        

Read Outlook For Utility Attendance at 2012 Conferences & Events
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Client News Roundup
TMG PR @ DTECH
Smarter Than Smart Grid?
6th Golf Classic Sets Record
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Utility Event Research Report Issued 
The McDonnell Group's research division today released its North American Utility Conference Research report with full copies provided to study sponsors and participants. The research study was sponsored by Clasma, SmartGrid Roadshow, Energy Central, Utilimetrics, Spintelligent, Smart Grid Executive Forum, and The McDonnell Group. To read the press release including top-level findings or to request an executive summary of the results Click Here.
PR Division Client News Roundup
  • Blue Pillar: Launches new website. Visit New Site.
  • Cohesive: Partners with 3-GIS partner. Read More.
  • Efacec ACS: Exhibits at Concapan San Salvador. Read More.
  • Powel: KUB selects Powel for vegetation management software solution in support of NERC compliance. Read More.
  • Sensus: Sensus partners with EnerNex and Oak Ridge National Labs on smart meter security. Read More.
  • SGCC: Releases "Excellence in Consumer Engagement" study. Read More.
  • UISOL Consulting: Continues growth following acquisition by Alstom. Read More.  
  • Ventyx, an ABB Company: Named leading EAM software supplier by ARC Research. Read More.  

San Anonio Riverwalk 

TMG PR at DTECH        

TMG's PR division will have a large team on site during DTECH to support clients with press, analyst and consultant briefings.TMG strategy consultant Peter Manos will also present a paper during the Asset Management: Strategies & Experiences session January 25th.

Are You Smarter Than a 120-Year-Old Grid?

In her first TMG blog post, The McDonnell Group's Shari Blalock shares her views on the seemingly endless array of all things prefixed smart. She addresses IBM's recent global utility consumer survey and suggests  above all that marketers "keep it simple" when conveying the benefits of new smart grid technologies and programs to consumers. Read Blog.
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6th Annual Goshen Valley Classic Breaks Record  
Over 150 players and guests enjoyed a beautiful sunny day of golf and fellowship on October 17th at the 6th Annual Goshen Valley Charity Golf Classic. The McDonnell Group held its Consumer Driven Energy Future executive forum in the morning also benefitting Goshen Valley. The net proceeds from the day set a new record for total funds raised in support of the boys at the ranch. Thank You Sponsors.

Big Fish 3 

Big Fish III Event Slated For January 23rd 

Mark your calendar now and look for an RSVP invitation in November to the 3rd annual McDonnell Group DTECH hospitality event Fishing The Riverwalk slated for Monday evening January 23, 2012 from 6-8 PM. This year we'll skip the seasickness again, but a few lucky customers and partners will catch some big prize drawings for free tickets to our Fall 2012 Executive Conference and to the 7th annual Fall 2012 Goshen Valley Charity Golf Classic. Hold the time for San Antonio and don't miss it this year!

DistribuTECH: Utility Comms Evolving to Network of Networks Frameworks
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GridMaven at DTECH
KEMA Taps TMG for Strategic Communications
Sensus White Paper Series
What Drives Energy Journalists?
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GridMaven
SK Telecom Americas Launches GridMaven  
New McDonnell Group strategic communications client, GridMaven Utility Solutions, an SK Telecom Americas subsidiary, launched its GridMaven Network Management solution for utilities last week. It is being showcased beginning today at DistribuTECH in San Antonio. GreenTech Media, GigaOm, and Smart Grid News ran stories among many others. The GridMaven launch heralds the trend towards utility industry deployment of a "network of networks" management approach to communications. Read a short press release and link to a video on the launch.
KEMA Names McDonnell Group Agency of Record
The McDonnell Group recently began strategic communications work for KEMA as a public relations agency of record. Read the full story and learn more.

Download Sensus White Paper         

McDonnell Group client Sensus has launched a new series of educational white papers to support the needs of utility executives and engineers reviewing the utility communications market. "Wireless Smart Grid Communications: Mesh Versus Point-to-Multipoint Comparison" is available for download here.     

What Drives Energy Journalists?

This is one of the questions posed by Nancy Broe in her three part blog series featuring energy journalists. Part Two "Poets, Scientists, & Scholars" features CNET's Martin Lamonica, Transmission & Distribution World's Rick Bush, Powergrid International's Kathleen Davis, Fierce Energy's Barbara Lundin, and Renewable Energy World's David Wagman. Read the Blog.

Big Fish 3 

Big Fish III Starts DTECH With a Splash   

Over 100+ customers, partners, analysts, and press turned out last night for the 3rd annual Big Fish event in San Antonio. We hope that everyone had fun, and we want to once again thank our many customers at DTECH for your support. If you attended, be sure to check your gift bags as four lucky winners received $795 gift certificates to the 7th Annual Goshen Valley Charity Golf Classic and our Executive Forum slated for October 2012 in Atlanta. Visit www.goshenvalleyclassic.org for more information.   

Defense Industry Catapults Microgrids Forward
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Client News Roundup
Consumer Pulse Research
Substation Asset Health
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September 2011
Microgrids: Best Defense is a Good Offense 
The McDonnell Group client Blue Pillar was recently named a finalist in the Defense Energy Technology Challenge, presenting its distributed energy asset management software on September 14th in Hawaii. Read More
Client News Roundup
  • Cohesive Information Solutions: Lands spot on INC. 5000 with 170% revenue growth in business process and EAM consulting services to asset intensive industries. Read More 
  • Efacec ACS: Advanced distribution management system and automation for LIPA. Read More
  • Powel: Vegetation management software solution for NERC compliance at Central Vermont Public Service. Read More
  • Sensus: Partners with Ecologic Analytics. Read More
  • SGCC: Expands membership by 40%. Read More
  • Turnpoint Solutions: Silver sponsor of the 2011 Goshen Valley Charity Golf Classic. Read More
  • Ventyx, an ABB Company: Expands with new HQ location in Atlanta. Article link to the Atlanta Business Chronicle feature.

Smart Grid Benefits  

Consumers Reveal Desired Benefits       

Client The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) released the topline findings from its 2011 Consumer Pulse Survey this week. Read More

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Substation Asset Health Research Report
The McDonnell Group announced results of its proprietary utility benchmarking research study: Optimizing Deployment of Next Generation Maintenance Strategy. Commissioned by client Ventyx, an ABB Company. Get the summary findings report now at this link.
Please Participate: Utility Conference Survey  
End utility staff subscribers to Bonus Navitas are invited to take a 5 minute survey on utility conferences and events. Your confidential input will help us in our effort to improve conferences and events that serve the utility industry. In thanks you'll receive a copy of the report. Please take the survey now since we're completing the research in September.   
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Reserve Oct 17th For The McDonnell Group's Customer Executive Conference 

The McDonnell Group is holding a customer executive workshop entitled The Consumer Driven Energy Future the morning of October 17, 2011 at Cherokee Country Club in Atlanta before the 6th Annual Goshen Valley Charity Golf Classic. The workshop will feature a keynote address from our executive media training partner Eric Siedel, CEO of The Media Trainers. A former CNN correspondent, Eric earlier in his career served as news director for WGST where he hired and developed both Sean Hannity and Clark Howard. To register or for more info call Marc Marton at 770-645-1334 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. All workshop proceeds will benefit the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch.

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