Rosemead, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 8, 2013 - With more than 1 million miles travelled by its more than 300 strong fleet of plug-in electric vehicles since 2009, and with its customers owning or leasing about 10 percent of national EV sales (more than 12,000 vehicles), Southern California Edison (SCE) can claim some significant insights on these vehicles and their operation.
Rome, Italy --- (METERING.COM) --- August 8, 2013 - Enel Distribuzione and Italian multi-utility company Hera are to launch a smart grid pilot in the province of Modena as part of the initiative to expand smart grid in Italy.
The pilot will test out technologies that Enel has developed or is testing on its own grid. In so doing this will create a de facto standard for smart grid technologies in Italy, said Enel in a statement.
Berkeley, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 8, 2013 - The Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have signed a memorandum of understanding on smart grid and other joint energy-related R&D.
Washington, DC and Richland, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 7, 2013 - Distributed wind energy has grown more than five-fold in the United States over the past decade, accounting for more than two-thirds of all wind turbines installed in that period, according to a new study from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
At the end of 2012 the 10-year cumulative installed capacity of distributed wind was more than 812 MW from more than 69,000 units.
Tokyo, Japan --- (METERING.COM) --- August 7, 2013 - A large scale battery storage demonstration is to be undertaken in Japan by Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc., Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc. and Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced.
The aim is to examine the installation and utilization of large scale storage batteries in electricity grid substations in managing the integration of renewable energies, as well as to develop the technology to optimally control and manage such batteries.
Melbourne, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- August 7, 2013 - In its ongoing bid to secure approval for its advanced metering infrastructure budget, Victoria electricity distributor SP AusNet has had its appeal for Au$56.4 million (US$50.7 million) previously disallowed by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) dismissed by the Australian Competition Tribunal.
Edmonton, AB, Canada and Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 6, 2013
ATCO Gas has completed its automated metering deployment including 1.1 million gas communication modules, mobile and handheld collectors and associated software, the solution provider Itron has announced.
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- August 6, 2013
Europe’s energy distributors, in most of the countries in the region, have a key role in the deployment of smart grids and smart metering systems as well as in handling smart metering data, and should not have their potential undermined by sweeping mandates, a recent report from the distributor association GEODE says.
Rueil Malmaison, France --- (METERING.COM) --- August 6, 2013
A new mobile platform, Orbit, which uses cloud technology to allow for seamless integration of field inspection data and assets, has been introduced by Schneider Electric.
Paris, France --- (METERING.COM) --- August 5, 2013 - France’s government has given its approval ‘in principle’ to a nationwide rollout of the Gazpar smart gas meter.
In a statement Pierre Moscovici, minister of economy, and Philippe Martin, minister of
ecology, sustainable development and energy, said they supported the rollout in principle. Final approval will be given following a tender process for the deployment by GrDF (Gas Réseau Distribution France), if it is confirmed to be in the interests of the market and of consumers, according to the energy code.
Washington DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 5, 2013 - The Saving More American Resources Today (SMART) Grid Study Act of 2013 has been introduced as bipartisan legislation to the U.S. Congress in order to examine steps that can be taken to prevent the damages caused by disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and mitigate the huge costs that consistently accrue on the backend of a disaster.
Jakarta, Indonesia --- (METERING.COM) --- August 5, 2013 - Under a Memorandum of Understanding with Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) is to collaborate on a smart community demonstration in Suryacipta City of Industry.
The project will be NEDO’s first smart community demonstration in Asia.
Berlin, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- August 2, 2013 - A national smart electricity metering rollout would not be cost beneficial for Germany and is not recommended, the federal ministry of economics and technology (BMWi) has advised.
Citing a cost-benefit analysis commissioned from Ernst & Young, the ministry said in a statement the study shows that, especially for consumers with low annual consumption, the costs of a smart metering system would significantly exceed the average annual energy savings to be achieved. A mandatory installation would therefore be disproportionate and economically unacceptable.
Tokyo, Japan --- (METERING.COM) --- August 2, 2013 - A demand response customer billing system for the Yokohama Smart City project, the largest smart city pilot in Japan, has been completed and deployed by Accenture, the company has announced.
Field testing began last month in 1,900 homes in the city of Yokohama for the home energy management system, designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce peak demand for electricity. Using advanced analytics capabilities, the system will use weather forecasts and residents’ energy usage data to analyze and predict times of high demand. It also will provide incentives for residents to reduce their electricity usage.
Morgan Hill, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 2, 2013 - An OpenADR Alliance Korea is to be formed, as a result of a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the OpenADR Alliance and Korea Smart Grid Association (KSGA).
“OpenADR can help the way energy is managed throughout the country,” said KSGA vice chairman Ho Moon. “Korea intends to implement real time pricing programs to help provide better grid stability. The formation of OpenADR Alliance Korea will introduce the OpenADR standard to Korea and help facilitate its adoption.”
Hobart, Tasmania --- (METERING.COM) --- August 1, 2013 - The King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project (KIREIP) has achieved another milestone with sustained periods of 100 percent renewable energy penetration when the diesel operation could be shut off completely.
With this result it is expected that zero diesel operation will now occur for extended periods overnight when customer demand is lowest, and in daylight hours under high wind conditions.
Barcelona and Madrid, Spain --- (METERING.COM) --- August 1, 2013 - The European Investment Bank (EIB) has concluded loan agreements totalling €675 million with Gas Natural Fenosa and Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica SA to support the modernization of the two utilities’ distribution networks and their installation of smart meters throughout Spain.
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- August 1, 2013 - The European standards organizations CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) have set up a joint body to coordinate standardization activities in Europe on smart cities and communities.
The Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities Coordination Group (SSCC-CG) will liaise with stakeholders, share information and enable cooperation among the relevant technical bodies of CEN and CENELEC. It will also prepare a roadmap and a set of recommendations, including priorities for new standardization activities.
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 31, 2013 - The Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC) has published its “Demand Response Action Plan for Europe”, providing a step-by-step guide for industry participants and policymakers to enabling demand response and other flexibility resources.
Outside of Europe, markets such as Canada, Australia, South Korea and the U.S.A already have significant levels of demand response participation in their markets. For example in the U.S. alone 29.5 GW of flexible load is available, and in 2012 businesses and homeowners earned over €2 billion in direct revenues from demand response over and above bill savings and avoided investment.
London, England --- (METERING.COM) --- July 31, 2013 - Plans for what is said to be the largest energy storage battery trial in Europe have been given the go ahead at Leighton Buzzard in the U.K.
UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity in the east of England, London and the south east, last month received consents to build the energy storage facility at a 33 kV/11 kV primary substation site in the town.