Dusseldorf, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- June 24, 2013 - A total of 15 new products in the RZ/A1 group of embedded microprocessor (MPU) solutions for creating sophisticated human-machine interface (HMI) implementations for the “smart society” of the future have been announced by Renesas Electronics.
A key feature of the new products is 10 MB of on-chip RAM, which is sufficient to handle instruction codes during program execution and large volumes of image data required for HMI applications such as graphics processing.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 21, 2013 - Utility administered energy efficiency programs for electric and natural gas customers are a proven means to help these customers reduce their energy costs, and they continue to grow with almost $6 billion in program budgets in the United States in 2012, according to a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 21, 2013 - Energy saving improvements in Britain can increase the value of properties by 14 percent on average, and as high as 38 percent in some parts of the country, according to a new study from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
This amounts to an addition of around £16,000 to the sale price, increasing to around £24,000 in the northeast and northwest.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 21, 2013 - In its continuing support for the development of the electric infrastructure in rural America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has included funding of more than $15 million for smart grid projects.
The recipients of this funding are:
Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MN) – $1,154, 611
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- June 20, 2013 - Europe’s distribution system operators (DSOs) have a key role to play in communicating on smart meters with consumers before, during and after the installation, according to a new paper from Eurelectric.
Activating consumers to make the most of their smart meters will depend on a positive customer experience. In this regard, clear information is key.
Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 20, 2013 - A new tool to enable utilities and other energy sector stakeholders to assess the economics of energy storage and better assess its viability and role in their systems has been released by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Windsor, England --- (METERING.COM) --- June 20, 2013 - RWE npower has selected Trilliant to supply foundation smart meter services, including the Trilliant communications hub and UnitySuite head-end software (HES).
Trilliant has begun working on delivering its smart meter solutions to RWE npower for a rollout beginning this year.
Augusta, ME, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 19, 2013 - The Maine Public Utilities Commission has voted to audit Central Maine Power’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) program, citing concerns about the increased costs and reduced benefits of the program.
The order, which was voted last week, seeks to evaluate the reasonableness and prudency of CMP’s projections of the costs and savings on which approval of the AMI project in January 2010 were premised, its management of the AMI project, and implementation of supply side programs.
Overland Park, KS, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 19, 2013 - Aging water and sewer infrastructure continues to be the top concern for the water industry in the United States, followed by the management of capital and operational costs, according to Black & Veatch’s second annual industry survey.
However, surprisingly, non-revenue water, i.e. water loss – despite averaging over 20 percent across the nation – came in only 10th place, behind the ageing workforce and water availability and/or conservation.
Hamburg and Koblenz, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- June 19, 2013 - A partnership has been entered into between independent German utility LichtBlick and Görlitz AG to develop standardized hardware and software solutions to control decentralized ‘SchwarmStrom’ (SwarmElectricity) plants.
These solutions are intended to provide the interfaces between the on-site installation and the software from LichtBlick.