(METERING.COM) --- September 17, 2013 - The EU supported FINESCE (Future INtErnet Smart Utility ServiCEs) project is looking for new partners to carry out certain tasks within the project.
- Area 1 –To support the proposer’s own creative ideas for dissemination and promotion of energy related services and applications, related to FI-WARE functionality and the FINESCE trial topics.
- Area 2 – To support the consortium by expanding the scope of the trials, developing a visualization of energy consumption, creating an automatic meter reading (AMR) system, or developing a management system for the energy distribution networks.
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- September 16, 2013 - Smart metering progresses in Europe, with rollouts completed, under way and yet to start, according to the Council of European Energy Regulators’ (CEER) latest status review.
The review covers responses from 23 of the 30 national regulatory authority members of CEER.
Paris, France --- (METERING.COM) --- September 16, 2013 - EDF has opened a smart grid lab, Concept Grid, offering a unique experimental platform to support the development of electrical systems for smart grids.
Located at EDF’s R&D site at Renardières, Concept Grid provides the ability to conduct complex stress testing on materials and systems under disruption abundant conditions that would be impossible to realize on the real network.
Mexico City, Mexico and Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 16, 2013 - Mexico’s state utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has selected Elster’s electronic meters for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in 2013.
CFE will deploy Elster's A3 ALPHA meter, with the initial phase including more than 28,000 C&I customers throughout the country. This will enable the utility to collect accurate and reliable data, improve billing calculations and efficiency, and help their business customers to become more savvy consumers of electric energy.
New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- September 13, 2013 - A Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India has been launched calling for a nationwide rollout of smart grids by 2027.
This would follow a set of integrated technology pilots by 2015, followed by full rollout of smart grids in the pilot project areas by 2017 and in major urban areas by 2022. It would also be accompanied by a phased national AMI rollout for all consumers, starting with consumers with load >20 kW by 2017 and 3-phase consumers by 2022.
San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 13, 2013 - A 1,325 MW energy storage target for procurement by California’s three investor-owned utilities by 2020 has been proposed by Public Utilities Commissioner Carla Peterman in a Proposed Decision paper last week.
This is comprised of 580 MW for each of Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison, and 165 MW for San Diego Gas & Electric. The first procurements – of 90 MW by PG&E and SCE and 20 MW by SDG&E – would be in December 2014, for which proposals must be filed by January 1, 2014.
Arlington, VA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 13, 2013 - A new behavioral demand response (BDR) solution enabling utilities to cost effectively engage all residential customers in demand response programs has been introduced by Opower.
Whereas traditional demand response programs rely on devices in customers’ homes, Opower’s solution leverages AMI data to deliver personalized insights to each customer through their communication channel of choice, and motivates them to reduce usage during times of peak power demand, such as hot days when air conditioner use is high.
Brisbane, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- September 12, 2013 - Queensland’s government has proposed a customer-driven rollout of advanced meters for the state, in which a range of different service providers can compete to offer customers advanced metering services and associated product choices, and customers can choose to adopt the technology based on their own assessment of the benefits.
Ehningen, Germany and Armonk, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 12, 2013 - E.ON Metering is to move its smart metering IT infrastructure to a private cloud in order to improve the integration of renewable and decentralized energy sources, while also allowing delivery of personalized services that will put customers in better control of their energy usage.
Norfolk, VA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 12, 2013 - In its continuing support for the development of electric infrastructure by rural utilities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded loan guarantees totaling more than $11 million for smart grid projects.
The recipients of this funding are:
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 11, 2013 - Almost 40 percent of households in the United States now have smart meters with over 45.8 million smart meters having been deployed through July 2013, according to the latest annual survey of utility-scale deployments by the IEE, an Institute of the Edison Foundation.
This is up from one-third of households in the previous year with over 9 million smart meters having been deployed since May 2012.
Seville, Spain --- (METERING.COM) --- September 11, 2013 - The historic center of Seville is to be the focus for development of a technology platform for managing the energy in smart cities in Europe.
The €4 million initiative, named DAREED (Decision support Advisor for innovative business models and useR engagement for smart Energy Efficient Districts), will last for 3 years and includes participants from Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.
Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 11, 2013 - A new integrated slave transceiver for use in two-wire meter bus (M-BUS) slave devices and repeaters for remote meter reading applications has been introduced by ON Semiconductor.
The NCN5150 provides all necessary functionality to satisfy the EN 13757-2 and EN 1434-3 standards that describe the physical layer requirements for remote meter reading M-BUS applications in multi-energy, heating and cooling, water and gas meters.
Austin, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 9, 2013 - More than 100 million smart electricity meters are expected to be shipped in 2014, according to IHS Inc. in a new report.
Up from an estimated 82 million units in 2013, annual shipments are expected to exceed the hundred million mark until at least 2017. By then, these units will account for almost $5 billion in revenue for meter manufacturers, with almost three-quarters of this coming from Asia.
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- September 9, 2013 - The two first micro fuel cell-based combined heat and power (FC-CHP) units have been installed in Homburg and Munich, Germany in the ene.field project by project partners BAXI INNOTECH GmbH and Elcore GmbH.
These units are the first of around 1,000 micro FC-CHP units that will be installed during the project in dwellings across several European countries. They will be actively monitored, with the outcome to provide the project team with a valuable, practical and up-to-date dataset on domestic energy consumption and micro-CHP applicability across Europe.
Asian Center of Excellence in Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Management opened by DNV KEMA in Singapore
Singapore --- (METERING.COM) --- September 9, 2013 - An Asian Center of Excellence for Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Management has been opened by the DNV KEMA Clean Technology Centre (CTC) in Singapore to provide advisory services on the technical and business aspects of smart grids.
As renewable energy sources become integrated into the grid, advisory services covering both technical and electricity market design considerations will be key to facilitating the adoption of renewable energy in Southeast Asia, according to a DNV KEMA statement.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 6, 2013 - Pacific Gas & Electric’s SmartRate(TM) program, which began in 2008 and now enrolls 100,000 customers in critical peak pricing, put the customer at the hub, a new case study from the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) reports.
Tokyo, Japan --- (METERING.COM) --- September 6, 2013 - Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. and Toshiba have established a joint venture to undertake the engineering support, operation and service business of power transmission and distribution (T&D) systems in markets globally.
The new company, T. T. Network Infrastructure Japan Corporation, integrates Toshiba's technologies in power transformation and power grid solutions with TEPCO's know-how in grid planning, system design, operation and maintenance. It will provide comprehensive T&D solutions in a wide range of markets, from advanced nations to emerging economies, including India and countries in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- September 5, 2013 - Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is to introduce a new dispatch tool for all grid-connected wind resources with effect from September 11.
The dispatch will apply to 1,725 MW of existing transmission-connected wind resources as well as an estimated 3,000 MW of transmission-connected wind and 280 MW of transmission- connected solar expected to come into service over the next 18 months. Distribution-based wind and solar facilities, forecast to total almost 2,400 MW during this period, will not be subject to grid dispatch, but the output from those facilities will now be visible to the IESO's system operators.
The enhancements also include state-of-art wind forecasting to assist in planning and executing daily operations.
“The IESO is constantly looking for ways to improve the efficient operation of the province's electricity market, while promoting continued reliable supply,” said Bruce Campbell, president and chief executive officer of the IESO. “The dispatch of variable generation – wind and soon solar – will help reliably and efficiently integrate the growing fleet of variable generators into our system.”
This new capability adds an important lever to the reliable operation of Ontario’s bulk power system. It gives operators another source of flexibility to meet ramping requirements as demand for electricity increases and decreases over the day, and to manage surplus baseload generation. Within the availability of wind, wind turbines can be highly flexible, increasing and decreasing output very quickly in response to system needs.
Berlin, Germany and Moscow, Russia --- (METERING.COM) --- September 5, 2013 - The German Energy Agency (Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, dena) and the Russian grid operator OAO Rossiiskie Seti are to work together to find solutions for the modernization of the Russian power grid.
The centerpieces of the cooperation are technological modernization and an increase in energy efficiency of the Russian grids, including transformer stations, administration and production buildings and the vehicle fleet of the operators. The introduction of smart grids based on western standards takes priority at Rossiiskie Seti.