As we at Smart Energy International start a new year, we wanted to write to wish you a truly wonderful 2014 – we hope that this year is going to be very successful, both personally and professionally.

We have started the year with a bang, and are already well into production for the next edition of the magazine, and wanted to give you an update on the features for issue 1 of 2014. This is the first of six editions of Smart Energy International, as we move to bi-monthly publication dates. The increased frequency gives us the opportunity to provide you with more of the information you need, more often.

The regional focus for this edition is Africa, and you will see a number of articles around various initiatives in the magazine. However, there are many other interesting and exciting articles in this edition.

We have some feedback on the International Smart Grid Action Network’s Spotlight on AMI report, and have contacted City Power in Johannesburg for some input around their Smart Meter roll out – South Africa’s first large scale smart meter role out. Eric Woods from Navigant Research will be sharing their insights into Smart Water Networks, and we’ll be hearing from the National Water and Sewerage Corporation of Uganda about the implementation of prepaid meters in that country.

Our data feature will be around the security of customer data, and The Presidential Task Force on Power has been asked to give some insights into Nigeria’s metering gap. From a smart grid perspective, we are going to be doing a roundup of smart grid projects in emerging markets, and giving some feedback on the energy storage in the US. Israel’s Smart Grid Association has recently released a Smart Grid roadmap and this, along with trends in industrial energy efficiency will round off the editorial for this edition.

If you have any suggestions, comments or queries, please feel free to contact me or the team directly.

Best wishes

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