Knoxville, TN and Baltimore, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 31, 2013 - EnerNex Smart Grid Labs and MET Laboratories have announced an arrangement for collaboration on testing, analysis and training services for their energy industry clients.
The two labs work with a similar client base, offering complementary sets of services.
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 30, 2013 - It would be preferable to delay the installation of smart meters, rather than installing and operating them in “dumb” mode for some time, in order to ensure that the information consumers are given about their benefits isn’t significantly reduced or lost, a group of British MPs have urged.
In a new report the cross party House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee says it would be preferable if consumers can access the benefits of smart meters as soon as they are installed.
Dublin, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- July 30, 2013 - ESB Networks, in partnership with network solution provider Intune Networks and ICT developer TSSG (WIT), have secured €3.3 million in EU funding under the FINESCE smart energy project to explore how future internet technologies can be applied to advance smart energy systems.
The funding was awarded following a competitive process with other EU states, and the Irish partners were selected on the basis of the potential savings their projects could deliver to consumers across the European Union.
The Irish trials are among seven field trials taking place across Europe under the FINESCE project, which is investigating an open IT infrastructure for smart energy services. Within the Irish trials, the three Irish partners ESB, Intune Networks and TSSG (WIT) will team up with European partners Ericsson, Alcatel Lucent, Orange Labs, Alstom and the RWTH research center to test the application of advanced internet technologies and architectures to support smart grid requirements in two main areas:
Auckland, New Zealand and Redwood City, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 30, 2013 - SmartCo, a consortium of New Zealand lines companies, has selected Silver Spring Networks, Inc. to deploy an advanced smart grid network across New Zealand.
SmartCo is pursuing an innovative new business model in New Zealand’s disaggregated market where retailers are responsible for deploying smart meters. SmartCo and its lines company members will use Silver Spring’s platform to generate incremental revenue by providing smart metering services to energy retailers. The lines companies will also leverage the same platform to improve services for consumers including faster outage detection and restoration and improved power quality.
(METERING.COM) --- July 29, 2013 - MISO has introduced new synchrophasor technology in its real time system operations for grid monitoring and analysis.
Synchrophasor technologies use phasor measurement units (PMUs) to collect data from more than 344 installed devices at a frequency of 30 times per second. The data is GPS time-stamped, enabling measurements from different locations to be time-synchronized and combined to create a detailed, comprehensive wide area assessment of system conditions.
Dublin, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- July 29, 2013 - Irish Water is to start its more than 1 million AMR water meter rollout across Ireland this week.
Approximately 27,000 meters will be installed each month in the nationwide program, which is due for completion by the end of 2016.
Heredia, Costa Rica and New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 29, 2013 - Costa Rica utility Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia (ESPH) is to undertake a 30-day residential home trial of smart electric meters that, if successful, could result in the installation of approximately 80,000 smart meters in residential homes located in Heredia's jurisdiction.
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 26, 2013 - More than €1.9 billion has been invested in 320 electro-mobility research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects in Europe since 2007, according to a recent report from the Joint Research Centre.
Of this investment, almost two-thirds is public funding, and about 80 percent of the funding covers R&D projects and 20 percent demonstration projects.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 26, 2013 - Alongside the extensive efforts of utilities to interest their customers in their energy use, it seems that Americans from all walks of life and across the political spectrum are themselves getting on with the job of building the nation's new energy future.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 26, 2013 - A new Public Utility Commission portal providing insight and information on the official bodies responsible for energy regulation in the 50 U.S. states has been launched by the energy industry business organization Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).
The site also includes key energy data for each state and a comparison tool for side by side analysis of states.
Dublin, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- July 25, 2013 - Ireland’s energy regulator the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has proposed what it calls a ‘steady state’ model for the country’s national smart metering rollout.
Under this model:
- Back office systems perform the majority of data processing and hold ‘master’ versions of key data sets, such as customer account balance
- Minimal functionality and data is held on the smart meter.
Vancouver, BC, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- July 25, 2013 - FortisBC, which supplies electricity and natural gas to approximately 1.1 million customers in British Columbia, has received approval for its smart metering rollout – provided the company also files an application for an opt-out provision.
In a more than 200-page decision paper the BC Utilities Commission has approved project development costs of $50.898 million (US$49.3 million). Over its 20 year life the project is expected to generate a net benefit of $13.9 million (US$13.5 million) as a result of reductions in operating costs and electricity theft.
Albany, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 25, 2013 - The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) is collaborating with DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability on a new $23 million battery and energy storage technology testing and commercialization center at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester.
Austin, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 24, 2013 - Venture capital funding in smart grid remained in a rut in Q2 2013, coming in at $50 million in 10 deals, according to Mercom Capital Group’s latest quarterly review.
This compares with the $62 million in 9 deals in Q1 3013, and except for Q3 2012, VC funding has remained in the $50-70 million range with 9-12 deals for almost two years.
Redwood Shores, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 24, 2013 - Utilities are accumulating enormous amounts of smart grid data, but are still struggling to turn it into business value, according to Oracle second annual ‘Big data’ study.
Based on a survey of 151 North American senior level utilities executives, it was found that utilities are more prepared to manage the data deluge today than they were a year ago, with 17 percent responding they are completely prepared, up from 9 percent in 2012. However, the majority still say they are underprepared.
Staines, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 24, 2013 - British Gas has reported installing its millionth smart meter as part of Britain’s nationwide rollout which will see all current gas and electricity meters replaced by 2020.
In addition the company has 1,700 experts trained to deliver the rollout, and says it has interviewed more than 26,000 customers to ensure the rollout meets customer expectations.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 23, 2013 - California and Texas have the smartest grids in the United States, according to the newly released Grid Modernization Index (GMI) developed by the GridWise Alliance and Smart Grid Policy Center.
The next group following are (in order) Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Arizona, District of Columbia, Ohio, Nevada, and Illinois. Completing the top fifteen are Florida, Virginia, Oklahoma, Vermont and Maine.
Lemont, IL, U.S.A. and Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 23, 2013 - The first of two joint European and U.S. centers to promote common standards in electric mobility and smart grids on both sides of the Atlantic has been inaugurated at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago.
The launch of the interoperability center for electric vehicles and smart grids follows the signing of a Letter of Intent for closer cooperation between the JRC, the European Commission's in-house science service, and the U.S. DOE in 2011.
Tokyo, Japan and Rome, Italy --- (METERING.COM) --- July 23, 2013 - Toshiba Transmission and Distribution Europe S.p.A. (TTDE) and the Italian national agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development ENEA, have signed an agreement on the joint development of energy management systems optimized for Europe.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 22, 2013 - Smart meters, smart grids and other new clean technologies can be expected to receive increased support from the World Bank, a new paper indicates, outlining future directions for the Bank’s energy sector.
The two main areas that these technologies may receive funding appear to be in helping to tackle the regulatory and financial barriers to their adoption, and demonstration projects.
States the paper: “New clean technologies – such as smart meters, smart grids, and concentrating solar power – may be proven elsewhere but new to a given market… Other technologies may be technically proven but require a significant cost reduction before they can be made commercially viable. An example is long term storage of energy for small scale solar and wind power…
Future World Bank Group activities will directly finance projects for specific sustainable energy technologies and facilitate new technology development through policy support, capacity building, the launch of clean energy market mechanisms, early stage equity investments by IFC in clean technology companies, and knowledge generation and sharing.”
The paper, entitled Toward a Sustainable Energy Future for All, is closely aligned with the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which has the triple goals of achieving universal access, doubling improvements in energy efficiency, and doubling the global share of renewable energy by 2030.
The paper says that supporting universal access to reliable modern energy is a priority.
In countries with low energy access, the priority will be affordable and reliable energy.