Energy control networking applications require intelligent decision making to deal with failure conditions and other anomalous situations. The traditional approach to decision making is to concentrate all intelligence and decision making at a central control center, and to view the distributed elements of the control network simply as dumb producers, consumers, and transporters of raw data. However, in our view, distributing and pushing intelligence and decision making to the edge is required to transform a basic communications network into a multi-application control network that is more reliable, scalable, and responsive to local conditions.
Piper Jaffray raises its rating on Echelon (NASDAQ: ELON [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) to Overweight from Neutral, and lifts its price target to $8 from $5 on the company's Brazilian opportunities.
Piper Jaffray says, "We upgrade ELON to OW as our meetings with Brazilian partner ELO and Brazilian Electricity Regulator, ANEEL, leave us increasingly positive on ELON's opportunities there starting in 2013. ELO's 50% share of the Brazilian metering market along with its already approved smart meter, set the stage for it to be an early beneficiary of smart meter deployments expected to ramp in 2013. We estimate that if 100% of Brazil's 68m electrical meters are replaced with smart meters, and ELO can maintain its share, this could imply a $1.2b opportunity for ELON ($35 per meter)."
: Echelon Demonstrates the Role of Smart Meters
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 14, 2012 - Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) will be at the Smart Utilities Scandinavia 2012 conference on March 20-21 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Company representatives will discuss smart metering and grid optimization for utilities looking to modernize their grid.
FRANKFURT, Germany, March 22, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) will showcase several Smart Street Lighting and Smart Building solutions, built on Echelon's proven, open standard, multi-application energy control networking platform, at the world's leading trade fair for lighting and intelligent buildings, Light+Building, held at the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre on April 15-20 in Hall 9.0, Booth E10. Echelon and its partners will demonstrate how these solutions reduce energy use and carbon emissions while providing better end-user comfort and safety.
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Echelon Corporation ELON -1.08% today announced two micro grid deployments in India and South Africa that integrate distributed generation to compensate for disruptions in utility-supplied power. The deployments are built on Echelon's proven, open standard, multi-application energy control networking platform powered by its Control Operating System (COS) and incorporate application software and services from its local partners Grene Robotics and Power Meter Technics (PMT). The first-of-its-kind in the two countries, the micro grid deployments involve dynamically managing demand and energy supply mix for a residential community and a retail mall to deliver reliable service cost-effectively.
The global energy picture is changing so fast that it's getting hard to keep up. In just the last five years, we've seen:
• Crude oil briefly spike above $140 a barrel in 2008 • A number of governments -- especially in Europe and China -- subsequently rush to deploy solar and wind power • The United States find ways to tap into vast reservoirs of natural gas • The Chinese, Indian and Brazilian economies grow so fast, that their energy needs threaten to alter the current global balance between energy supply and demand.
If there's one thing for sure, it's that more neck-snapping moves in the global energy market will take place anew in the next few years. And investors will need to be prepared to act accordingly.
The rush to embrace wind and solar power now seems to have been a bit hasty. Key countries such as Germany and Italy have radically cut spending in this area, and for investors, solar- and wind-power stocks have been duds anyway because supply overwhelmed demand and pricing plunged.
Yet it's abundantly clear that in the future, the world will have to do more with less. Demand for energy will only rise, and the supply of energy may not keep pace. We'll have no choice but to make more judicious use of the power we have. Electric utilities are just now starting to take steps to enhance the efficiency of their networks, looking at ways to serve more customers without building more power plants.
This, in a nutshell, is the premise behind a "smart grid."
By adding a degree of intelligence to their systems, utilities can more effectively monitor and control power consumption patterns. And though a number of companies seek ways to profit from this niche, only one has a longstanding track record and the products that can help utilities "get smart."
I'm talking about Echelon (Nasdaq: ELON), which has been around for more than 20 years and has already seen several spurts of growth on the heels of major utility contracts. Right now, its stock is near 10-year lows, as growth has slowed in a constrained global economy. But the steps are in place for a solid rebound in sales -- and the lagging share price.
The top after-market NASDAQ gainers Friday were: Metabolix, AXT Inc, Echelon Corp, Ku6 Media Co, Saba Software and Penford Corp. The top after-market NASDAQ losers were: Nortek, TripAdvisor, Groupon, Vera Bradley, Illumina and Amsurg Corp.
Echelon Corp. (ELON) stock surged 3.84 percent to $4.60 in aftermarket session.
Smart Street Lighting and Smart Buildings Solutions Built on Its Energy Control Networking Platform
FRANKFURT, Germany, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- At Light+Building 2012, the world's leading trade fair for Architecture and Technology, Echelon Corporation ELON -0.24% will be highlighting several Smart Street Lighting and Smart Buildings solutions built on Echelon's energy control networking platform. Powered by its Control Operating System (COS), Echelon's platform transforms streetlights and buildings into intelligent, energy-efficient, remotely managed device networks. By offering the ability to add third-party applications from market leading ecosystem partners, Echelon allows city managers and building professionals to architect multi-application, multi-vendor smart buildings and smart cities and eliminates the cost of duplicate infrastructure.
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Echelon Corporation ELON will announce results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012, on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, after market close. The company will also hold a conference call for investors and analysts on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Echelon Corp (Nasdaq: ELON)(HOLD): Similar to last quarter, we expect compares to grow more challenging moving through ’12 as volumes at Duke (27% of ’11 revenues) moderate, while run rates at Fortum should help.
It will never see the $80 level it saw more than a decade ago, or even the $30 level it saw in 2007. But just a return to the $10 level it was trading at a year ago yields a double — and that's still where I think this stock will be the next time Echelon enters into one of its periodic phases of new contract momentum.
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Echelon Corporation ELON -1.41% today introduced a new Echelon Control Operating System (COS)-enabled control module that, when coupled with Echelon's data concentrator and system software, enables electricity meter manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively offer a comprehensive solution for automated metering and low voltage grid optimization. The new CPM 0600 control point module implements the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and transforms the manufacturer's electronic meter into a smart meter plus grid sensor that leverages Echelon's proven, open standard, and multi-application energy control networking platform. The company also announced that leading meter makers in Asia, including Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Korea's VIDCOM, Malaysia's Comintel, and China's Holley Metering, will offer solutions based on Echelon's platform.
Hold-rated Echelon (Nasdaq: ELON): No surprise, near-term headwinds keep visibility low (with tough comps upcoming). That said, management continues to seed the market for expected pick-up H2\13 into 2014 as the pipeline remains healthy.
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