At the start of this month, European Utility Week issued awards for innovation (including Enel for best digitisation project).
This week, we recognise passion with a featured article written about an individual who believes in digital currency Bitcoin as a solution to African utilities' crippling revenue collection problems.
Lorien Gamaroff left his job to assist Africa's unbanked buy prepaid electricity. And he named his new company after UN secretary Ban Ki-moon. Crazy or creative? Listen to the audio interview and decide.
And on the subject of the power of people, we share sad news from the Utilities Telecom Council, a partner association and friend of Metering & Smart Energy International. UTC announced yesterday the sudden death of its president and CEO Connie Durcsak.
We remember Connie and her guidance to the US utility industry on its journey to modernisation.
More from Metering & Smart Energy International
In the UK, wholesale electricity trading company Elexon has contracted IT solutions company CGI to provide cloud data solutions for smart meter readings ahead of the UK's national rollout.
In the Middle East, the Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO) has issued two tenders for the supply of single phase and three phase LV electricity meters respectively.
UK gas and electricity metering services company Lowri Beck Services has received a GBP16.25 million funding package to help energy companies with smart meter rollouts. The company based in northern England said it has agreed contracts with two leading energy companies and is forecasting its annual revenue to grow from GBP36 million in 2014 to nearly GBP100 million by 2018.
In Northern Europe, infrastructure network developer ELTEL has this week joined a consortium to assist DONG Energy and Kamstrup deploy smart meters in Denmark. The EUR20 million deal means ELTEL is now one of two firms to partner with metering manufacturer Kamstrup to deploy part of one million smart electricity meters in Copenhagen and its surrounding areas.
In Europe, energy management solutions provider Atos Worldgrid in late October launched a new energy solution, Big Data analytics, targeted at helping utilities create new services based on meter data.
In Europe, Polish electricity distributor Polenergia has implemented an AMI system supplied by global smart energy firm Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES).