Boulder, CO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 11, 2013 - The smart electric meter market has entered a slow growth phase and worldwide shipments of smart meters will peak in 2018, at 131 million annually, before slowing to 114 million by 2022, according to Navigant Research in a new report.
Deployments of new smart meters have declined in North America, following several years of large scale rollouts bolstered by U.S. federal stimulus funding. In other regions, previously announced large scale smart metering programs have been delayed in the near term, particularly in the United Kingdom and Brazil, where regulators have slowed the pace of new deployments.
St. Cloud, FL, U.S.A. and Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- July 11, 2013
The City of St. Cloud, Florida has selected the CIS Infinity customer information and utility billing solution from Advanced Utility Systems to support its in-house billing and customer service functions.
New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- July 10, 2013 - Mini-grids (aka microgrids) are expected to play a significant role in efforts to address access to energy in rural areas, but there are still a number of barriers to scaling up deployment, according to the outcomes of a roundtable discussion at the recent Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial in April.
These include technological barriers, with renewable energy-based mini-grids require potentially expensive energy storage technology, as well as barriers pertaining to business models and financing, policy, and regulation. Further, there is a shortage of information in the public domain regarding process issues, permitting, and standards for mini-grid developers, and also a lack of consumer awareness and access to information.
Melbourne, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- July 10, 2013
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has established a 13-member Consumer Challenge Panel (CCP) to help ensure that decisions on network costs incorporate the interests of consumers.
The panel of experts, each appointed in their individual capacity, will advise the AER on the issues that are important to consumers as it assesses the network businesses’ spending and regulatory proposals.
The CCP is a key component of the Council of Australian Governments’ energy reform agenda, and is aimed to ensure that AER decisions reflect the long term interests of consumers.
“Members of our challenge panel possess vast local and international expertise, which they will use to provide consumer perspectives that challenge network businesses’ spending proposals,” commented AER chairman Andrew Reeves.
Morgan Hill, CA and Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 10, 2013
Two new tools have been released for demand response professionals – the OpenADR 2.0b Profile Specification from the OpenADR Alliance, and Demand Response 2.0: A Future of Customer Response from the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS).
Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti --- (METERING.COM) --- July 9, 2013 - A 3,500 smart meter pilot is to be deployed in the city of Djibouti by Sagemcom, with the prospect of later extension to more than 41,000 delivery points.
Sagemcom will implement its turnkey OFDM PLC PRIME solution including meters (single and three-phase), data concentrators and management platform, as well as the central meter data management software.
Zurich, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- July 9, 2013 - Chargers for more than 200 electric vehicle fast charging stations across the Netherlands are to be supplied by ABB, bringing an EV fast charger within 50 km of all of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants.
These stations are to be implemented by the company Fastned at existing service station locations on the Dutch highways. They will be equipped with several multi-standards fast chargers, such as the 50 kW Terra 52 and Terra 53 models, capable of charging electric vehicles in 15-30 minutes.
Manila, Philippines --- (METERING.COM) --- July 9, 2013 - Energy efficiency is a key solution to meeting energy and economic challenges in developing Asia, with a 1–4% investment in energy efficiency, as a share of overall energy sector investment, meeting as much as 25% of the projected increase in primary energy consumption by 2030, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 8, 2013 - Around €6 billion has been invested in smart grid projects in Europe, including 281 smart grid R&D projects and 90 smart metering pilots and rollouts, but more investment is needed particularly in smart metering, with an estimated €50 billion required for 250 million smart meters by 2020.
Further some €480 billion is required to upgrade the rest of the system by 2030.
Sydney, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- July 8, 2013 - Australia’s first smart grid standard, DR AS 5711 Smart Grids Vocabulary, has been released for comment, following its development through industry and stakeholder consultation.
“When a new area of standardization is first being developed, it’s customary to first start with an agreed vocabulary, which is precisely what this standard does,” said Colin Blair, chief executive officer of Standards Australia. “Just to get to this point in any new set of standards is a significant breakthrough.”
Islamabad, Pakistan --- (METERING.COM) --- July 8, 2013 - The meter replacement project being carried out as part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported Power Distribution Program is making progress, with almost 40,000 meters replaced to date.
The project is replacing old mechanical meters and damaged meters with new electrostatic meters in three government-owned power distribution companies – Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO), Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO).
More than 20,000 meters have been replaced in LESCO and 9,000 in both FESCO and PESCO, in selected subdivisions where improvements in meter reading and subsequent customer billing can be monitored, a recent USAID statement was quoted as saying.
Baghdad, Iraq and Zurich, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- July 5, 2013 - A utility communications solution that will serve seven electricity distribution control centers in Iraq is to be supplied by ABB, as part of a larger infrastructure improvement initiative currently being carried out by the Ministry of Electricity to establish a dependable power network to support the country’s economic and social development.
Malmö, Sweden and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 5, 2013 - Swedish utility E.ON Elnät Sverige is to implement Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) software and element manager to support its over 400,000 smart meter deployment.
The solution will form part of the Smart Grid as a Service being implemented by Ericsson to provide new features including the ability to remotely upgrade the meters with new meter functionality and to monitor network conditions to prevent and predict outages.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- (METERING.COM) --- July 5, 2013 - A $25 million grant has been approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) towards reduction of electricity theft and other actions to transform and modernize the energy sector in Haiti.
The grant, the third from the IDB towards Haiti’s energy sector reform, is intended to support the government’s energy policy efforts and to turn the state utility Electricité d’Haïti (EDH) into a viable financial and operational company.
London, England --- (METERING.COM) --- July 5, 2013 - Proposals for new rules requiring suppliers to clamp down on electricity theft in Britain have been put forward by Ofgem.
This follows the introduction in January of similar rules to tackle gas theft.
Singapore, London, U.K. and Chicago, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 5, 2013 - Smart buildings are leveraging emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies to become even smarter, with six advances in smart building technology enabling a new era in building energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction, according to real estate services provider Jones Lang LaSalle.
London, England --- (METERING.COM) --- July 4, 2013 - Work needs to be done in both the regulatory and policy spheres to ensure that British consumers will receive their fair share of the savings that are made from moving to smart grids, and that they are protected from potential sources of detriment, the consumer organization Consumer Futures says in a new position paper.
Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- July 4, 2013 - Ontario has launched the second round of funding from its Smart Grid Fund program and applications are now being accepted for innovative projects to support the development of a modern, intelligent electricity system.
The Smart Grid Fund supports Ontario-based projects that test, develop and bring to market the next generation of smart grid solutions. This round of funding will support advanced energy technology projects, such as energy storage and electric vehicle integration.
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 4, 2013 - Smart energy solutions provider EDMI Limited and software vendor for real time charging and billing solutions Orga Systems have announced an agreement to form a global partnership to develop and sell integrated solutions for utility smart grid systems.
Singapore --- (METERING.COM) --- July 3, 2013 - Singapore’s Energy Market Authority has awarded six grants totaling SG$10 million (US$7.9 million) for research on smart grids.
The six projects are:
- Towards green data centers as an interruptible load for grid stabilization in Singapore, with the principal investigator Dr Wen Yonggang at Nanyang Technological University and industrial partners Toshiba Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and SP PowerGrid Ltd
- Dynamic optimization and energy management for smart grids, with the PI Associate Prof. Dipti Srinivasan at National University of Singapore and industrial partner SP PowerGrid Ltd
- Research on DC microgrid for performance enhancement of smart grid, with the PI Dr Wang Huaqian at Singapore Polytechnic and industrial partner SP PowerGrid Ltd
- Wattalyzer: An integrated solution for smart grid condition monitoring through advanced sensing and real-time analytics, with the PI Dr Shonali Krishnaswamy at the Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR and industrial partners SP PowerGrid Ltd and Power Automation Pte Ltd
- Demand focused smart energy management in end-user environments for sustainable cities, with the PI Prof. Kristin Wood at Singapore University of Technology and Design and industrial partner Power Automation Pte Ltd
- Advanced solar PV communication and control device for optimized systems performance, reliable metering and enhanced grid stability, with the PI Dr Thomas Reindl at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University of Singapore, and industrial partners Power Automation Pte Ltd, Solare Datensysteme Asia Pacific, and SP PowerGrid Ltd.