25 Years: A story of evolution – 2011-2015


Part 4 of our walk through the archives as we document the changes and milestones in the evolution of the smart energy sector over the past 25 years.

Part 1: 1996-2000
Part 2: 2001-2005
Part 3: 2006-2010
Part 5: 2016-2021

The story of Smart Energy International’s evolution mirrors that of the dynamic global energy sector. Here’s a recap of some of the milestones from around the world between 2011 and 2015:


Issue 1/2011
  • The Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami causes an accident and shutdown at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It is the most severe nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, leading many countries to turn away from nuclear power generation, providing another opportunity for renewables, and gas, to fill the gap created.
  • Soaring Oil Prices see averages more than $100 per barrel for a year for the first time, averaging $111.26
  • Toshiba Corporation (60%) and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (40%) acquire Landis+Gyr as an independent growth platform.
  • Social media is a burgeoning and transparent field – and becomes a critical tool in customer engagement
  • Cloud computing is being promoted as the logical technology choice for utilities, which have lagged behind other industries in adoption


Issue 4/2012
  • Two severe power blackouts affect most of northern and eastern India. The first impacts 400 million people, the largest power outage in history.
  • 43 US states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico adopt a net metering policy and three states adopt a voluntary utility net metering programme.
  • The Green Button initiative is launched in the US to enable consumers to access and download their energy usage data with a single click.
  • Washing machines emerge as the most popular smart appliances in a market experiencing rapid growth. Meanwhile, tablet computers become the fastest adopted technology hardware in history.
  • The world’s largest hydroelectric plant, the Three Gorges Dam, on the Yangtze River in China, comes online.
  • SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station.
  • World Record Magnetic Pulse: National Lab scientists achieve a 100.75-Teslamagnetic pulse, setting a world record. The pulse is nearly 2 million times more powerful than Earth’s magnetic field.


Issue 2 /2013
  • The global electric vehicle market is experiencing robust growth, but large-scale market penetration still has a long wayto go. World EV stock now stands at over 180,000 vehicles, which represents only 0.02% of total passenger car stock.
  • Transactive energy emerges as the changes in the operation of markets and T&D grids create additional opportunities fora new class of fast, flexible and continuously responsive distributed energy resources.
  • California and Texas are revealed to have the smartest grids in the US in a grid modernisation evaluation.
  • South Africa’s City Power launches an AMI rollout


Issue 3/2014
  • Issue 3/2014 marks a brand evolution to Metering & Smart Energy International reflecting our evolution and expanded content scope.
  •  The US government phases out 40W and 60W incandescent light bulbs, because they don’t meet federal energy-efficiency standards.
  • Muscat Electricity Distribution Company launches a prepaid meter switching programme.
  • UK energy suppliers commit to halve switching times from 5 to 2.5 weeks.
  • The Dragonfly cyber threat group targets more than 1,000 European and US energy firms including grid operators and generation companies
  • The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station comes online as the largest concentrating solar power (CSP)facility in the world.
  • Google unveils its autonomous vehicle, Waymo. The prototype of the driverless car has no steering wheel or pedals.


Global Smart Energy Elites 2015
  • In the first known successful cyberattack on a power grid, hackers compromise the systems of three energy distribution companies in the Ukraine, temporarily disrupting electricity supply.
  • The European Commission announce its Energy Union programme, aimed at creating a truly integrated energy market.
  • Honeywell pays premium to acquire metering giant Elster in a $5 billion deal.
  • Tesla launches first-generation Powerwall, a home battery system that integrates with solar.
  • Microsoft releases Windows 10.
  • The concept of the self-healing smart grid is in vogue while edge intelligence, where “cloud computing is extended to the edge of the network”, is entering the smart grid lexicon.
  • The EU reaches the one-third of electricity production from renewables milestone