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May 9, 2012
A delegation from a Chinese utility that serves more than 230 million customers visited Glendale on Tuesday to learn more about the city's smart grid. Representatives for the China Southern Power Grid Co. were particularly interested in learning how Glendale Water & Power simultaneously installed electric and water smart meters, which provide consumption data in near real-time to the customer and utility. Glendale Water & Power General Manager described the visit in a statement released Tuesday as "quite an honor," especially given the size of the Chinese utility, which operates power networks in Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou and Hainan province, according to the city.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 7, 2012
As Glendale nears the end of its $70-million smart grid project, officials say they're out of money and need more time. City officials said this week they have asked the U.S. Department of Energy for an extension to the March 2013 deadline to finish installing new technology to make the smart meter utility system more efficient. Hitting the deadline was a condition of receiving $20 million in federal stimulus funding for the project. Utility officials had expected to spend $10 million on smart grid improvements this fiscal year, which started July 1, but as part of a stripped-down budget with minimal capital improvements, the City Council approved only $450,000 for that project, officials said at a recent Glendale Water & Power Commission meeting.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | July 22, 2009
CITY HALL — Glendale Water & Power customers will soon be able to track how much electricity and water they use in real time under a major $28.5-million plan approved Tuesday by the City Council. The so-called smart grid has been hailed as the greatest advancement Glendale Water & Power has seen in the past 80 years and will include the installation of more than 100,000 advanced electric and water meters. After they’re installed, the meters will allow two-way communication with the utility and will for the first time provide customers with real-time usage data.
NEWS
December 7, 2009
The City Council on Tuesday will consider a $2.5-million contract with Agilysys Inc. related to the city’s “smart grid” project, which includes the installation of next-generation electric and water meters. Under the proposed contract, Agilysys would supply, install and configure a Storage Area Network and an Uninterruptable Power Supply for the network that will support the smart grid. The smart grid project will require 10 additional servers that would push the city’s current Uninterruptable Power Supply to its limits, according to a city report.
NEWS
April 29, 2011
Glendale Water & Power has reached the halfway mark of installing high-tech smart meters — which officials say puts the utility on track to be the first in the nation to have a fully operational “smart grid” system. Full-scale installation of the 120,000 electric and water meters, which will allow two-way communication with the utility and let customers track real-time water and electric usage, began in December and is expected to be completed by summer. “We are 50% of the way to a smart-grid system foundation that will provide many benefits to our customers and our utility,” General Manager Glenn Steiger said in a statement.
NEWS
March 9, 2012
Perhaps it was inevitable that smart meter naysayers would be unhappy with whatever “opt-out” process Glendale officials set up, but considering that as of a few months ago opting out wasn't even an option, it's hard to see what more controversy could possibly be left. Yes, those who don't want their utility smart meters to transmit data will have to pay for the cost incurred by Glendale Water & Power to send a worker out to manually log the information. But it's still a compromise with utility officials, who have pressed hard against any exceptions to the smart grid.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | October 27, 2009
CITY HALL — The Department of Energy announced Tuesday that Glendale and Burbank will each receive $20 million to help fund the installation of smart meters that track real-time water and electricity usage. Burbank and Glendale were the only cities in Los Angeles County to receive a share of the $3.4 billion in stimulus funding that President Obama on Tuesday said would support similar smart grid and other energy efficiency programs nationwide. The federal windfall would make up a large portion of the estimated $28-million cost of the electric component of Glendale Water & Power’s smart grid plan, which is estimated to come in at about $35 million for the system development and meter installation, officials said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 9, 2012
All Glendale Water & Power customers next month will be billed through the 120,000 “smart meters” the utility has been installing for nearly two years, officials announced this week. And as the utility begins to collect more personal data through the rollout of the smart grid, it will need hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of security software updates. “It's just the final aspects to put in place,” said the utility's general manager, Steve Zurn, at a Glendale Water & Power Commission meeting Monday.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 18, 2012
Invoices, change orders and other paperwork from Glendale Water & Power's smart meter contract lacked certain cost details, a practice that could put the city at risk of overpaying for work, a city audit found. The project, the original cost estimate for which was $29 million, has increased in cost by about $4 million since it was approved in 2009. But that was still within the $5.7 million set aside for contingencies. Still, auditors found that the paper trail for managing the contract lacked adequate details about modifications, airfare costs and professional service rates.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 7, 2012
As Glendale nears the end of its $70-million smart grid project, officials say they're out of money and need more time. City officials said this week they have asked the U.S. Department of Energy for an extension to the March 2013 deadline to finish installing new technology to make the smart meter utility system more efficient. Hitting the deadline was a condition of receiving $20 million in federal stimulus funding for the project. Utility officials had expected to spend $10 million on smart grid improvements this fiscal year, which started July 1, but as part of a stripped-down budget with minimal capital improvements, the City Council approved only $450,000 for that project, officials said at a recent Glendale Water & Power Commission meeting.
NEWS
May 9, 2012
A delegation from a Chinese utility that serves more than 230 million customers visited Glendale on Tuesday to learn more about the city's smart grid. Representatives for the China Southern Power Grid Co. were particularly interested in learning how Glendale Water & Power simultaneously installed electric and water smart meters, which provide consumption data in near real-time to the customer and utility. Glendale Water & Power General Manager described the visit in a statement released Tuesday as "quite an honor," especially given the size of the Chinese utility, which operates power networks in Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou and Hainan province, according to the city.
NEWS
March 9, 2012
Perhaps it was inevitable that smart meter naysayers would be unhappy with whatever “opt-out” process Glendale officials set up, but considering that as of a few months ago opting out wasn't even an option, it's hard to see what more controversy could possibly be left. Yes, those who don't want their utility smart meters to transmit data will have to pay for the cost incurred by Glendale Water & Power to send a worker out to manually log the information. But it's still a compromise with utility officials, who have pressed hard against any exceptions to the smart grid.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 2, 2011
A week ago, Jim Sepe began playing around with his appliances - turning up the air conditioner, setting the Jacuzzi at a lower temperature and running the microwave to watch numbers tick up and down on a digital photo frame he keeps on his kitchen countertop. “It's really fun,” Sepe said. “I learned that if I did this or that, or turned my Jacuzzi down a few degrees, I was saving money.” Sepe is a guinea pig for a new project cooked up by a Burbank businessman, Glendale Water & Power and Ceiva, a digital frame maker, that displays electricity and water usage on a small frame to get people to engage with the smart grid technology the city has spent $20 million on installing.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | August 12, 2011
Technicolor will tap more of Glendale's fiber optic network, generating $54,600 in annual revenue for the city. The Glendale City Council on Tuesday approved the Technicolor contract that adds two fiber optic strands to the four already leased by the company.  Technicolor, which has been leasing strands at its Railroad Street facility for two years, will use the additional bandwidth at its new facility on Flower Street.  Various types...
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By Elise Kalfayan | July 14, 2011
Smart meters aren't worth the $50 million cost to Glendale after the $20-million federal stimulus grant - they may pose health risks, their transmissions pose security and privacy risks and their rollout is premature. A total of 43 city and county governments in California have reportedly taken action to oppose smart meters, and communities in other states have opposed them as well. While the smart grid is something we need to build, smart meters are an exercise in micromanagement.
NEWS
July 8, 2011
Utilities are installing smart meters and moving toward a smarter grid. Modernizing our electrical and water infrastructure by integrating new technologies helps bring our system into the 21st century in order for us to meet future needs of our community in a safe, reliable and environmentally responsible way. Knowing the facts is vital to understanding the issues and benefits. The best way to understand how the smart grid helps you is to ask some basic questions: 1. How high is my water and electric usage and how much will my next bill be?
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