By Jonathan Spencer Jones
Canada’s power industry needs to better engage consumers on the smart grid, with apparently little progress achieved over the past year, SmartGrid Canada’s latest consumer survey suggests.
In the first survey last year, 27% of the survey respondents indicated a basic knowledge of smart grids, rising to just 31% this year. However, more significantly last year 68% expressed favorability towards smart grids, while only 54% did this year – perhaps because most see smart grid enhancements as benefiting the system rather than themselves, with almost three-quarters associating smart grids with fewer and shorter outages, but only 17% with home automation systems.
São Paulo, Brazil --- (METERING.COM) --- September 27, 2013 - CPFL Energia, Brazil's largest private electricity group, has completed the first phase of its smart grid rollout, with deployment of Silver Spring Networks’ networking technology to Grupo A (commercial and industrial) clients in the state of São Paulo.
In the next phase, the technology will be implemented for Grupo A clients in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. This is expected to bring the total number of C&I customers connected to over 25,000 by the end of 2014.
Dallas, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 27, 2013 - A new smart data concentrator evaluation module from Texas Instruments has the ability to connect and manage more than 2,000 e-meters.
With accompanying powerline communication (PLC) system-on-module and supporting software for smart grid developers, the highly integrated TMDSDC3359 EVM provides the ultimate level of flexibility and scalability with numerous performance, cost and connectivity options so developers can create data concentrator designs that can adapt to many smart grid standards.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 26, 2013 - Approximately $30 million has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy for the development of new tools and technologies to strengthen protection of the electric grid and other energy infrastructure from cyber attack.
The eleven projects, which will combine advanced expertise in power system engineering and cybersecurity, will include testing of the new products to demonstrate their effectiveness and interoperability.
Skanderborg, Denmark --- (METERING.COM) --- September 26, 2013 - Danish companies are ready for the country’s smart meter rollout – that is the word following the announcement of the rollout last week by Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard.
Through iPower, a consortium of research and innovation in intelligent energy, universities and the Danish energy sector have been developing solutions for the future intelligent energy system since 2011.
By Jonathan Spencer Jones
“Smart grid is now coming of age in all the continents of the world,” says Philip Lewis, CEO of the VaasaETT global energy think-tank, commenting on an interesting new report being released today, which analyzes 200 smart grid projects around the world with an in-depth focus on 30 of the leading projects.
The Smart Grid Global Impact Report 2013, the first issue of what will be an annual study, is the first to review smart grid project outcomes, and was carried out by VaasaETT for Ventyx and ABB. As the title indicates, it is focused on the ‘impacts’ and these are evaluated according to the 5 smarter grid goals or ‘pillars’ – Economic, Environmental, Consumer, Reliability, Innovation – which are seen to deliver returns against some of the industry’s biggest challenges.
These pillars were chosen following extensive discussion with people in the industry, explains Lewis, who authored the report. “The logic is that Economic, Customer, Environmental and Reliability impacts are the most important impacts of smart grid, while Innovation is at the very core of the ability of smart grid to achieve those impacts.”
What then are some of the many findings? Smart grid projects are surprisingly similar across all regions, with grid side technology components the key focus – including smart metering, demand response, and sensing and monitoring – but with customer and demand components also very powerful.
Perhaps not surprisingly given the nature of smart grids, innovation is the most successful pillar across all regions – and today, innovation is focusing on smart grid analytics. Also not surprising is that most of the projects surveyed have achieved improvements in network reliability, and they have also achieved diverse environmental benefits including renewable energy integration and emissions reductions.
However, there are some surprises and one is the geographical breakdown of the projects. The 30 leading smart grid projects represent 16 countries on 5 continents, but the top 10 projects do not include any from Europe and fully half of them are from Asia (the other five of the top 10 projects include 2 from U.S., 2 from Oceania and 1 from Latin America).
Another surprise is the relatively low level of investment in the projects, despite their varying scales (larger in the U.S. and Asia), averaging from under $200 per customer for projects without smart metering to approximately $400 for projects with smart meters installed, while the savings per customer for the projects range up to approximately $500 per year.
Several clear messages emerge, of which one is that project impacts do not necessarily correlate with the project spend – or as the report puts it, “you do not have to spend the most to be the best.” However, leading projects do have a more holistic approach, deploying innovation across many elements and capitalizing on their interdependencies. Further, the most successful smart grid projects overall are typically also those that deliver the greatest customer impact – and to do that they must be strongly customer focused at all stages.
Projects are being invited for inclusion in the next and future editions of the report – and particularly interesting would be more from the under-represented regions such as Latin America and the Middle East.
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 25, 2013 - The award of the license for Britain’s smart meter data and communications company (DCC) and the contracts between the various service providers and the licensee worth a total of almost £2.4 billion over the next 15 years were yesterday confirmed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Nicosia, Cyprus and Vancouver, BC, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- September 25, 2013 - The University of Cyprus has opened a BPL Competence Center for Smart Metering as part of its newly established Research Center for Sustainable Energy, with the support of Corinex Communications.
Marlborough, MA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 23, 2013 - Most utilities are still using old analytics tools and are not taking advantage of the newer technologies and trends to solve the newer problems brought on by big data, according to a new study from BRIDGE Energy Group.
Pellworm, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- September 23, 2013 - The North Sea Island of Pellworm is pointing the way to the energy supply system of the future with the deployment of northern Germany’s first smart local energy system, which is serving as a platform for testing and refining the local storage of renewable source electricity and the operation of a smart grid.
By Jonathan Spencer Jones
WiGig is a name that is likely to be heard increasingly frequently in future connected homes.
Referring to wireless communication at 60 GHz, WiGig (wireless gigabit) technology offers high speed, low latency and security protected connectivity between nearby devices (currently up to a few meters apart, and within a single room).
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 20, 2013 - Smart water infrastructure aimed at addressing leakage from poor infrastructure, waste, and theft could save emerging market countries $12.3 billion annually if fully implemented, according to a new report from Northeast Group, LLC.
With 38 percent of all water produced lost to leakage, emerging market countries are however, starting to take note and deploy smart water infrastructure, the report finds. While financing remains the key hurdle to smart water development in emerging market countries, with infrastructure aging and scarcity growing more severe, inaction is no longer an option and the case for smart water is simply too compelling to ignore. The 72 emerging market countries across the globe in the study are projected to cumulatively spend $46.5 billion by 2023, allocated across smart water metering, smart water networks, smart irrigation and software analytics to optimize water use.
New mobile app and gateway solution from Motorola Solutions that bridges communication gap to mobile devices
Schaumburg, IL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 20, 2013 - A new mobile app and gateway solution, MOTOTRBO Anywhere from Motorola Solutions, offers work team connection on a new level.
MOTOTRBO Anywhere allows workers to communicate with MOTOTRBO radio users and talk groups with an easy-to-use application on their Android or iOS smartphones, which connects via a wireline gateway to the MOTOTRBO radio network. Organizations can now leverage their MOTOTRBO network to extend communications to other mobile broadband devices to improve collaboration and efficiency.
By Jonathan Spencer Jones
Denmark is the next country in Europe to set out its smart meter ambitions – and all homes in Denmark are to have smart electric meters recording hourly consumption by 2020, Climate, Energy and Building Minister Martin Lidegaard announced yesterday.
London, England --- (METERING.COM) --- September 19, 2013 - An innovative electricity demand reduction (EDR) pilot is to be launched in Britain with at least £20 million available as financial incentives for businesses and other organizations for reducing the amount of electricity they use, Energy Secretary Edward Davey has announced.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 19, 2013 - Boston is the most energy efficient aware city in the U.S., according to a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Close behind are Portland, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Austin, which are also leaders in energy efficiency across the sectors of their economies. In the next tier are Washington DC, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia and Denver, while lowest ranked are Detroit and Jacksonville.
Beirut, Lebanon --- (METERING.COM) --- September 18, 2013 - Smart meters are to be piloted in Lebanon in a bid to crack down on electricity theft, the country’s Energy Ministry has been quoted as saying.
According to an article in the Beirut Daily Star, a 3,000 smart meter pilot will be conducted by the state utility Électricité du Liban, prior to a countrywide rollout of 1.2 million meters over a period of about 2 years.
Beaverton, OR, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 18, 2013 - The first G.hn product certification has been awarded by the HomeGrid Forum to advanced networking solutions provider Comtrend Corporation for its PG-9172 powerline adapter.
The Comtrend PG-9172 powerline adapter product is a single input-single output (SISO) model with several plug type options for different regions (EU, U.S., Israel and others). With an ability to support up to 500 Mbps with the highest quality of service over standard home electrical wires, the PG-9172 adapter satisfies all of the requirements of bandwidth-intensive applications such as HD IPTV, VoIP and gaming throughout the home.
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 17, 2013 - British Gas has awarded a £600 million deal to Landis+Gyr, under which the company will supply the majority of the 16 million smart meters for British Gas’ company-wide smart meter rollout.
Britain’s nationwide smart meter rollout, covering both electric and gas metering, is scheduled to start in late 2015, with completion to all homes and businesses by 2020. The rollout includes an in-home display showing customers how much gas and electricity is being used and the cost in pounds and pence.
Boulder, CO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 17, 2013 - There will be 775 million electric meters served by distribution management system (DMS)-equipped substations by 2020, according to a recent report from Navigant Research.
Serving as the user interface to critical distribution infrastructure, DMSs increasingly form the brains of the energy distribution network, supporting all aspects of utility power grid operations. Information technology (IT) upgrades, following in the wake of smart grid equipment rollouts, are driving steady growth for these third generation DMSs. Moreover, rapidly growing interest in integrated distributed energy resources management motivated by renewables integration and demand response is spurring innovation.