Wellington, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- September 4, 2013 - On August 29, new electricity metering rules became operational in New Zealand following a fundamental review to enable a contestable metering market, provide for the rapidly increasing uptake of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and ensure clear and robust processes around responsibilities and compliance for electricity meters
Arlington, VA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 4, 2013 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has received a Market Development Cooperation Program (MDCP) award from the U.S. Department of Commerce to promote market access for U.S. smart grid and other electrical products in Brazil.
Berlin, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- September 3, 2013 - The German Energy Agency (Deutsche Energie-Agentur, dena) has launched a study to investigate the challenges posed to the grid by the expansion of renewable energy sources and the measures necessary to guarantee a stable supply of electricity in future.
It will also research how renewable energy, storage systems, flexible control of electricity consumption and the use of power electronics can contribute to providing system services. The results of the study are expected by the end of 2013.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands --- (METERING.COM) --- September 3, 2013 - The OSGP Alliance replaces ESNA (Energy Services Network Association), which was founded in 2006 as an association of NES users, as an independent global, not-for-profit association that promotes the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and related services and infrastructure for smart grid applications.
São Paulo, Brazil --- (METERING.COM) --- September 2, 2013 - In April a R$3 billion (US$1.3 billion) plan, Inova Energia, was launched by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), and the Financier of Studies and Projects (Finep) to support smart grid and other technological innovation in the electric sector.
Of this, R$600 million is being provided by Aneel, and R$1.2 billion by each of BNDES and Finep.
Austin, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 2, 2013 - A new development kit has been introduced by TI providing a compact, versatile evaluation platform for Tiva C Series TM4C123G microcontrollers (MCUs), and including robust software for easy USB and CAN connectivity
Featuring a Tiva C Series MCU with ARM Cortex- M4 core that integrates connectivity and sensor aggregation solutions, this kit makes it easy for designers to evaluate the Tiva C Series TM4C123x MCU’s peripherals and inputs/outputs (I/Os) for industrial, motion control, automation, human machine interface (HMI), lighting and consumer electronics applications.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands --- (METERING.COM) --- September 2, 2013 - The rapidly evolving power transmission and distribution system and the challenges of incorporating intermittent renewable power will come under the spotlight when thousands of smart grids and T&D experts gather at the upcoming European Utility Week in the Amsterdam RAI from October 15-17.
Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- August 30, 2013 - With support from the province of Ontario, Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy will build an innovative smart grid laboratory to serve as a hub for researchers and provide a collaborative facility for testing and demonstrating smart grid ideas and products for local institutions.
Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 30, 2013 - The OpenWay® CENTRON® residential smart meter has received certification by Inmetro for the Brazilian market, Itron has announced.
This flexible and proven meter addresses the Brazilian market’s wide variety of needs, including smart payment, distribution generated and “white tariff” or dynamic pricing capabilities.
Secuacus, NJ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 29, 2013 - The U.S. Energy Department (DOE) is to partner with the State of New Jersey, the state’s public transportation corporation NJ Transit and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to assess NJ Transit’s energy needs and help develop a conceptual design of an advanced microgrid system to enhance the reliability and resiliency of electricity used for its rail and system operations.
Utrecht, The Netherlands --- (METERING.COM) --- August 29, 2013 - The growing success of ZigBee sentroller devices (sensors, controllers and actuators) will enable smart home device developers and integrators to expand their markets into new areas and multiply their sales, according to ZigBee semiconductor company GreenPeak Technologies
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 28, 2013 - The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has provided funding of $36 million to 22 projects across 15 U.S. states to develop transformational electric vehicle (EV) energy storage systems using innovative chemistries, architectures and designs.
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERI NG.COM) --- August 28, 2013 - The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has approved the Common Information Model’s (CIM) European market model exchange profile (IEC 62325-351) as an international standard.
Since 2009, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has supported the integration of member TSOs’ business requirements and use cases into the CIM, and contributions to its further development. For market-related exchanges, this has been accomplished through ENTSO-E’s liaison with IEC Technical Committee 57’s Working Group 16.
Houston, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 27, 2013
Texas energy company NRG Energy, Inc. has entered into a technology relationship with ThinkEco to offer a new energy monitoring and management tool to businesses.
The first application is the new modlet Smart Outlet, which is offered by Reliant. The Smart Outlet is a cloud-based, energy efficiency solution that tracks plugged-in equipment and wirelessly sends real time usage data to internet connected computers, smartphones or tablets. Businesses can use this information to control energy use and help achieve savings of as much as 30 percent per device.
Vienna, Austria --- (METERING.COM) --- August 27, 2013 - An East African Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) is to be established, with support from the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the East African Community (EAC).
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 26, 2013 - SmartGrid GB has expressed concern for the future demand side response industry in Britain, saying that it is at risk of damage from the pace of development of the proposed capacity market.
In particular, given the proposed timetable to complete the design of the capacity market this year, if this new market fails in respect of demand side response it will be harder for it to attract policy commitment or investment in the future.
Wakefield, MA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 26, 2013 - A new Priority Action Plan (22) on standards for electric vehicle (EV) fueling submetering has been approved by the SGIP Board of Directors
The impetus for EV fueling submetering is driven by the need to provide utilities, energy retailers, and other energy service providers the ability to identify, measure, and manage EV charging loads. Also of importance is the capability to provide real time EV charging electricity usage and cost information to the customers in a cost effective, and easy to understand manner.
Champaign, IL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 23, 2013 - Ameren Illinois has opened a new $3.3 million testing facility that will help facilitate research and development of smart grid technologies and support the state's economic development and job creation goals.
The Technology Applications Center (TAC) will provide small businesses and entrepreneurs with the infrastructure and resources needed to test programs, technologies, business models and other smart grid-related energy improvements on a live grid.
Melbourne, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- August 23, 2013 - Electric vehicles are likely to be an important part of Victoria’s transport future, with the government’s EV trial providing the basis for what is expected to be an important new market.
In the mid-term report of the trial, EVs are found to have the potential to provide a net economic benefit to the state of as much as Au$23 billion (US$21 billion) by 2040, mostly as savings to households and businesses in transport costs.
San Diego, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 22, 2013 - San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), in collaboration with the Pecan Street Research Institute, is launching a research study to test technology that can measure in-home electricity consumption down to the individual circuit and appliance level.