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City of Metropolis, IL (METRO) Chooses OATI's webSmartEnergy AMIoT™


Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) announces City of Metropolis (METRO) has chosen OATI's webSmartEnergy AMIoT™ Service for its distribution electrical and water metering points.

Minneapolis, MN: October 20, 2020 - OATI is pleased to announce that the City of Metropolis (METRO) has chosen OATI AMIoT™ for their new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. The AMIoT™ Head End system will collect, process, disseminate, and present electric and water meter readings from 3,500 meters across its municipal area. Central to this solution is the ability for the AMIoT™ system to read ERT meters. This capability enables the City to extend the life of their existing ERT meters allowing for a gradual meter replacement plan.

OATI webSmartEnergy AMIoT™ is an IoT-based AMI solution that utilizes a LoRa-based network for the communication backhaul, encompassing the non-proprietary Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) open protocol that provides bidirectional communications to the LoRa meters, and other devices, on the IoT network all orchestrated by the AMIoT™ Head End.

OATI webSmartEnergy AMIoT™ is a highly cost-effective solution that also offers great flexibility to support a variety of use cases beyond AMI. The LoRa network takes advantage of open wireless and messaging communication protocols that allows utilities to add a multitude of LoRa-based devices such as smart agriculture, asset tracking, distribution automation, load management, and other sensing and control devices on the same network.

Under this webSmartEnergy AMIoT™ project, METRO will deploy a LoRa-based, two-way communication network, across its territory. OATI will initially provide propagation services, in order to identify where low-cost LoRa gateways, which communicate with meters and other field assets in a “star of stars” configuration, should be placed for maximum read efficiency. METRO will be able to read their existing electric and water meters enabled with ERT modules through the LoRA network, eliminating the need to replace meter hardware, and reducing overall project cost. Concurrently, OATI will deploy the webSmartEnergy AMIoT™ Head-End solution, fully integrated to the customer’s Customer Care and Billing, and other solutions to communicate with and control the LoRa gateways, meters, and modules. The OATI webSmartEnergy AMIoT™ service will be provided in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, hosted within the OATI Private Cloud.

“We are extremely excited about the deployment of the OATI advanced metering infrastructure system,” said Mayor Billy McDaniel. Mayor McDaniel noted that the OATI and its service were chosen by the city for its experience in providing a top quality products and service. “OATI came highly recommended by our own engineers and other municipal officials we know and trust,” stated the mayor.

“We are happy to welcome the City of Metropolis into our growing list of AMIoT™ customers,” said Dr. Sasan Mokhtari, President and CEO of OATI. “We truly believe that this project will help set the bar for what advanced metering solutions can offer, from both a financial and technological standpoint.”

The City of Metropolis, IL utility division is a municipal utility that provides energy services to approximately 3,500 customers. Throughout their municipal service territory, METRO serves approximately 3,400 electric meters and 100 water meters. Learn more at

About OATI
OATI provides innovative solutions that simplify, streamline, and empower the operational tasks required in today’s energy commerce and Smart Grid. Serving more than 2,200 customers in North America, OATI successfully deploys and hosts diverse mission-critical solutions committed to industry standards and stringent security guidelines. OATI ( is a leading provider of Smart Grid, Energy Trading and Risk Management, Transmission Scheduling, Congestion Management, Distribution, and Market Management products and services. OATI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with offices in California, Punjab, Telangana, and Singapore. For more information, please contact [email protected].


42nd PLMA Conference Goes Online with Live Interactive Sessions


Includes pre- and post-conference events plus networking sessions that offer wide learning and engagement opportunities for members, stakeholders

Plainfield, IN – October 26, 2020 - PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) will deliver the 42nd PLMA Conference, November 9-12, 2020, online via a highly interactive platform, featuring live and on-demand sessions, engaging networking opportunities, and both pre- and post-conference events.

As the voice of load management practitioners, PLMA will again offer practical, peer-reviewed conference presentations. The agenda includes eighteen peer-evaluated sessions selected from a pool of 45+ submitted abstracts. Conference themes encompass flexible demand management, distributed energy resources, pricing, customer experience + engagement, program successes and lessons learned, plus the hands-on experiences of presenters that reflect the challenges and opportunities of COVID-19.

“We are delighted by the strong conference registration numbers,” said PLMA Executive Director Rich Philip. “With a sophisticated online platform, a compelling agenda of must-see presentations made possible by the outstanding efforts of our co-chairs, and an emphasis on PLMA’s culture of community, we expect to deliver a rich and enjoyable 42nd PLMA Conference experience for our members and stakeholders.”

42nd PLMA Conference Highlights

  • Attendees include an expected 250+ practitioners representing utilities, technology innovators, solutions providers, trade allies, and regulators from across the U.S.
  • Pre-conference events include:
    • Online training class, “The Evolution of DR to DER,” October 28, 29
    • PLMA Board Meeting, November 2
    • A PLMA members-only DER Strategic Initiative Workshop
  • Ten live, interactive sessions with live Q&A
  • Eight on-demand sessions with a post-conference live Q&A
  • Over 50 speakers and presenters from across the U.S.
  • Four individually themed networking events
  • A “Sponsor Showcase Lightning Round” with six-minute interactive learning blocks
  • Fabulous prizes

About PLMA
PLMA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association founded in 1999 that serves 166 member organizations as the Voice of Load Management Practitioners. PLMA seeks to advance practical applications of dynamic load management and distributed energy resources by providing a forum where members educate one another and explore innovative approaches to program delivery, pricing constructs, and technology adoption. Learn more at, the LinkedIn PLMA Group page, and on Twitter @PLMAdr.

Media Contact:
Judy Knight, PLMA
(404) 771-1122
[email protected]

CLICK HERE for the 42nd PLMA Conference Agenda and Registration
CLICK HERE for a 14-minute Conference “Sneak Peak,” hosted by Executive Director Rich Philip
CLICK HERE to see who has already registered to attend the 42nd PLMA Conference


Xcel Energy Nominated for People’s Choice Award with Apogee’s Personalized Video Messaging


Xcel Energy Recognized as an Industry Leader in Customer Engagement

Oct 9, 2020 – Atlanta GA, Today, Apogee Interactive, Inc., one of the nation’s leading providers of proactive customer engagement solutions for the energy industry, announced Xcel Energy, a client since 2017, was selected as a finalist for Chartwell’s People’s Choice Awards in the category of Best Video. Chartwell’s People’s Choice Video Award recognizes outstanding, and creative achievement in short video marketing/communications efforts.

The Xcel Energy personalized videos have been distributed across their eight-state service territory to millions of customers whose bill increased by more than $15 from the previous month. Each video used the customer’s billing history and current consumption to compute and show the factors causing the bill to change due to weather, days-of-service, rate change, and behavior in the home and monetized the impact of each factor. Videos ended with a COVID-19 response offering assistance and links to payment options and other services. Survey results from the videos show a boost in Xcel’s Net Promoter Score of 7 points, now totaling 36 points, well above the industry standard of 15. The personalized messaging showing concern for customers during the pandemic produced extraordinary engagement results with open rates of 58 percent, click-through rates of 14 percent, and 87 percent of participants rated the content very or somewhat useful.

CLICK HERE to read full press release.


Building Technologies Office, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Vehicle Technologies Office, Office of Electricity


On October 13, 2020, the Connected Communities funding program will select projects that will demonstrate how groups of buildings combined with other types of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as electric vehicle (EV) charging and photovoltaic (PV) generation, can reliably and cost‐effectively serve as grid assets by strategically deploying efficiency and demand flexibility. It is a collaborative effort across three Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) offices—the Solar Energy Technologies Office, Vehicle Technologies Office, and Building Technologies Office—and the Office of Electricity.

DOE expects to make up to $65 million of federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. EERE anticipates making approximately 6-8 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may vary between $3 million and $7 million, but DOE reserves the right to adjust these amounts depending on the applications submitted.

Key Dates:

Item: Date:
 FOA Issue Date  October 13, 2020
Informational Webinar  November 10, 2020
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers  February 17, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications  March 3, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET
Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments  May 4, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications  July 1, 2021
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations  September 16, 2021


Additional Information:

Download the full funding opportunity on the EERE Exchange website.

Learn how to apply for a funding opportunity.

Read the DOE press release about this funding opportunity announcement.

For FOA-specific support, contact [email protected].

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SmartElek, A “Covers All Bases” L1/L2 Connected EVSE Receives Safety Listing


October 8, 2020, Irvine, California. SmartElek, a smart and connected 30A (Level2) and 16A (Level 1) EVSE by Smartenit, joins the short list of EVSEs certified by ETL to comply with strict UL standards. The charger wirelessly connects to the Internet of Things with virtually all popular IoT protocols available today: Zigbee, WiFi, and LTE-M/NBIoT. A wide choice of connectivity and many intelligent features make the SmartElek a sure bet for residential, multi-dwelling and commercial large campus deployments.

Abundant connectivity, stand-alone or network load management, and over 7.5kW of power in a package that is only 3.5” x 4.5” x 2.25”, place the SmartElek ahead of its competitors for power density, reliability and value. Patent-pending load switching technology makes for extremely low stand-by power and contactor longevity.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

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