Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 22, 2013 - Starting a time-based rate study or wanting to compare a number of studies? – then a new publication jointly funded by the Smart Grid Investment Grant program and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) should help.
Prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and EPRI, the publication Quantifying the Impacts of Time-based Rates, Enabling Technology, and Other Treatments in Consumer Behavior Studies: Protocols and Guidelines, is intended to be a single source primer on evaluation designs and methods that are available for program planners and analysts.
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 22, 2013 - £30 million has been awarded in grants for grid scale energy storage research in U.K., as part of funding towards ‘eight great technologies’ identified by government to drive national growth.
The projects being funded are:
Sydney, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- July 19, 2013 - New South Wales network businesses Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy are to look to sell their national metering businesses to focus on core operations associated with the running of the NSW electricity network.
This follows Essential Energy’s gradual withdrawal from the contestable metering market (i.e. involving large commercial businesses) since 2011, after deciding not to renew contracts following the sale of its retail business.
Berlin, Germany and Pune, India --- (METERING.COM) --- July 19, 2013 - The German Energy Storage Association (Bundesverband Energiespeicher e. V., BVES) and the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to advance the energy storage industry in the two countries.
“India is one of the most rapidly emerging markets with a clear perspective towards increasing the contribution of renewable energy in the energy mix,” said Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber, president of BVES. “This has to be accompanied by the availability of low cost reliable storage systems. BVES looks forward to cooperate with the IESA in furthering this process in India.”
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 19, 2013 - In its latest round of funding for projects to improve electric services in the rural areas of the U.S., the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has included more than $18 million for smart grid projects.
The recipients of this funding are:
- Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FL) – $256,690
- Rayle Electric Membership Corporation (GA) – $2.1 million
- Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association (MN) – $126,451
- Central Electric Power Cooperative (MO) – $13.8 million
- Citizens Electric Corporation (MO) – $357,420
- Black Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SD) – $760,096
- Lacreek Electric Association, Inc. (SD, NE) – $1.4 million.
Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- July 18, 2013 - Ontario intends to make conservation the first resource to be considered in meeting the province’s energy needs where it is cost effective, and ahead of new generation capacity.
This new framework, which will be subject to consultation, will replace the current conservation and demand management framework, which is due to wind down at the end of 2014.
Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 18, 2013 - Working under an executive order to develop a voluntary cybersecurity framework the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) earlier this month released a draft framework outline for reducing cyber risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure, including smart grid.
The Framework’s core structure comprises five major cybersecurity functions and their categories and subcategories, etc., and three implementation levels associated with an organization’s cybersecurity functions and how well that organization implements the framework.
Piscataway, NJ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 18 2013 - The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) has recently formed an ICAP Synchrophasor Conformity Assessment Steering Committee (SCASC), with a key initiative to develop a consensus-based testing and certification program for phasor measurement units (PMUs).
The certification program is based on IEEE C37.118.1TM-2011, IEEE Standard for Synchrophasor Measurements for Power Systems.
New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 17, 2013 - “Gamification”, or the application of games to offer fun, friendly competition, is the next engagement frontier for energy providers for engaging communities, consumers and employees, according to Accenture.
In its New Energy Consumer Handbook, Accenture says that over the past 30 years, video games have become increasingly interactive and engaging. With the advent of social media, smartphones and interactive web technologies, games have also moved squarely into the mainstream. For example, in 2011, consumers spent more than 300 million minutes per day playing the mobile game Angry Birds. While popular games may come and go, the trend is clear – gaming is now big business, and also no longer just child’s play.
Brisbane, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- July 17, 2013 - Queensland’s energy minister Mark McArdle has established a Tariff Reform Working Group to review domestic electricity tariffs with the aim to improve the affordability of electricity.
The group will comprise representatives from the energy companies Energex and Ergon as well as from Queensland Competition Authority, Queensland Treasury and the Department of Energy and Water Supply. It will provide strategic advice and direction on future electricity tariff structures as part of the government’s work on electricity sector reforms.
Madrid, Spain and Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 17, 2013 - Delivery of Iberdrola’s meter data collection system has been completed, Itron has announced.
The project, which began in 2010, forms part of the Spanish company’s development and implementation of a broader advanced metering management (AMM) system for 2 million meters.
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 16, 2013 - Following a workshop and consultation the Smart Grids European Technology Platform has published the top priority topics from its Strategic Research Agenda 2035 that require early adoption by European and national funding programs.
The Strategic Research Agenda 2035 sets out the smart grid research and innovation activities that are considered necessary for the development of Europe’s electricity system to 2035 and beyond.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 16, 2013 - The Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) has announced the winners of its “Griddie” awards for excellence in communications with consumers.
The Facebook community Power Over Energy, an energy literacy campaign designed to increase awareness about global energy challenges and provide consumers with information needed to make smarter decisions about using electricity, was the winner in the “Online Exchanges” category. Funded by a coalition of energy and environmental groups, the creative team included Posit Partners, Indigo Partners, Silver Spring Networks and Steven Decker.
Sacramento, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 15, 2013 - In the final stretch of a two-summer pilot, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Smart Pricing Options dynamic rates pilot is being received well by participating customers and is showing positive results for the utility in terms of reducing load, the utility has reported.
To encourage customers to conserve during peak periods, special time-based prices were designed that provide a clear high price signal during summer peak periods and reward customers by reducing prices during non-peak periods.
Arlington, VA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 15, 2013 - The standard ANSI/NEMA SG IC 1-2013 Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme Operator Guidelines, developed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Koblenz, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- July 15, 2013 - A new version of the IDSpecto.AMMCockpit.NES dashboard has been released by Görlitz, with optimized processing of large data volumes and support for the user in concentrating on relevant issues.
Part of Görlitz’s IDSpecto.AMM solution,
IDSpecto.AMMCockpit.NES is the management tool for operating the NES metering system from Echelon as a head-end system within the SmartMDM IDSpecto. IDSpecto.AMMCockpit.NES supports all significant functions which are necessary for reliable availability and easy operation of a smart metering system.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 12, 2013
Customer enrollment in time-based rate programs requires time and effort, and effective marketing materials and strategies – that is the message of a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy on findings from the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program.
The report focuses on 9 of the 99 SGIG supported projects that are conducting consumer behavior studies on the response to time-based rate programs implemented in conjunction with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and customer systems such as in-home displays (IHDs) and programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs). These include eleven consumer behavior studies.
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 12, 2013
The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is to adopt a new definition of fuel poverty in order to “ensure support is targeted at those who need it most.”
Under the new definition, a household will be defined as ‘fuel poor’ if its total income is below the poverty line (i.e. has an income below 60% of the median once energy costs have been taken account of), and if its energy costs are higher than the typical (median) household.
Tokyo, Japan and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 12, 2013
The Wi-SUN Alliance has announced what it calls “a major milestone” in furthering multi-vendor, multi-layer interoperability for smart utility devices, with Wi-SUN member companies demonstrating standards-based products using JJ-300.10, Home Network Communication Interface for ECHONET Lite (IEEE802.15.4/4e/4g@920MHz-band Wireless).
Paris, France --- (METERING.COM) --- July 11, 2013 - French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced the go-ahead of the country’s smart electricity metering rollout on Tuesday, with the first phase of 3 million smart meters to be deployed by 2016.
The full nationwide rollout of 35 million smart meters will be completed by 2020, with an investment of €5 billion.