Brussels, Belgium --- (METERINGC.COM) --- July 3, 2013 - The European electricity union Eurelectric has launched an online platform on smart grid activity in Europe.
The platform is a joint initiative with the EC’s Joint Research Center and is based on the JRC’s inventory of smart grids projects. It comprises two main parts – an interactive, fully searchable map of smart grid projects, and the detailed project pages.
New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 3, 2013 - Smart meters are still a smart investment and are foreseen to play a key role in federal and state regulatory and energy policymaking, future retail rate design, and system reliability standards, according to the global rating agency, Fitch Ratings.
In a new report, “Smart Meters Are Still a Smart Investment,” the agency says it believes the large investment over the last few years by U.S. utilities in smart meters will pay increasing dividends in cost savings, service reliability, demand side management, and energy efficiency.
New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- July 3, 2013 - A $692,000 grant agreement has been concluded between India’s Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to prepare a detailed planning and procurement document for the implementation of a smart grid test bed project at the Institute’s main campus in Bangalore.
Wellington, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- July 1, 2013 - The opportunity for smart electronic meters to provide a wider range of benefits at little extra cost has been lost in New Zealand, according to the country’s Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, in a new report.
Les Sables d'Olonne, France --- (METERING.COM) --- July 1, 2013 - The Smart Grid Vendée project was launched last week to pilot a range of smart grid technologies in the Pays de la Loire region of France.
The 5-year, €28 million project is intended to develop and test new tools to integrate renewable energy and manage consumption.
In particular the project includes:
Geneva, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- July 1, 2013 - The first smart meter integrated circuit (IC) with built-in support for the METERS AND MORE open communication standard, which enables widespread interoperability among smart metering equipment using powerline communication (PLC), has been introduced by STMicroelectronics.
This will help to maximize smart grid benefits for the environment, consumers and utility companies.
Townsville, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- June 28, 2013 - Queensland electricity retailer Ergon Energy has completed an 18-month electric vehicle trial with initial findings including the need for upgrading the network and managing peak demand for mass uptake while also providing customers more charging options.
The trial involved a fleet of five Mitsubishi i-MiEVs, which were driven by Townsville customers at Mt Low and Mysterton during separate eight-month periods.
Foster City, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 28, 2013 - A 50 million meter benchmark test has been completed by eMeter – indicating that its EnergyIP smart grid application platform can provide utilities of any size with the energy consumption analytics they require for risk-free growth.
As part of the benchmarking process, eMeter achieved Oracle Exadata Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that EnergyIP has been tested and tuned with Oracle Exadata Database Machine to deliver speed, scalability and reliability to energy and water utility customers.
St Louis, MO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 28, 2013 - TWACS® powerline communications technology support is now available for the Landis+Gyr E330 FOCUS® AX polyphase commercial meter for light commercial and industrial applications, Aclara Technologies has announced.
Other commercial meters supported by Aclara’s universal metering transponder for TWACS technology include General Electric kV2c and Elster A3 ALPHA® meters.
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 27, 2013 - Providers must customize their demand side management (DSM) program to meet their low income customers’ lifestyles and needs, with the offering needing to both make sense and offer value, a new report from the DEFG recommends.
Further, high-touch interactions are critical to relationship building with low income populations, and a linkage between cash assistance, bill pay and energy management must be strongly established.
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 27, 2013 - The U.K. Energy Networks Association representing the U.K.’s and Ireland’s transmission and distribution network operators has launched the Smarter Networks portal for information on the smart grid.
The aim of the portal, which was tasked to the ENA by the regulator Ofgem, is to bring together the experience in the U.K. with developments around the world through a repository of innovation, ideas and projects. It will also play a key part of the work for the DECC/Ofgem Smart Grid Forum.
Markham, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- June 27, 2013 - The MultilinTM DGCM field remote terminal unit (RTU) has been introduced by GE to help utilities improve network efficiency and reliability by monitoring and automating distribution assets.
The Multilin DGCM field RTU monitors distribution assets to determine load constraints and overloading conditions in the network, helping utilities better understand grid conditions to reduce outages and equipment damage. If faults do occur, utilities can use customizable control schemes to reduce the time required to bring the lights back on, lowering repair costs and helping improve customer satisfaction. Visual fault detection, communicated by operators to field crews, helps locate failed equipment faster making power restoration quicker.
Clayton, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- June 26, 2013 - Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) has recently launched the Future Grid cluster to develop the nation's capacity to plan and design the most efficient, low emission future electricity grid.
San José, Costa Rica --- (METERING.COM) --- June 26, 2013 - The Central American Electrical Interconnection System (Sistema de Interconexión Eléctrica de los Países de América Central, SIEPAC) has brought electricity integration to Central America and is now operating commercially, according to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Reston, VA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 26, 2013 - The latest version of the LightHouse Sensor Management System (SMS) software with predictive grid analytics has been introduced by analytics provider Tollgrade Communications Inc.
The software works with the company’s inductively powered medium voltage smart grid sensors that provide visibility throughout the distribution network.
London, England --- (METERING.COM) --- June 25, 2013 - Britain’s Ofgem has finalized proposals aimed to deliver a simpler, clearer and fairer energy market for consumers, following two years of engagement with consumers and the industry.
The proposals, which are now up for final consultation, will tackle what the regulator describes as problems of widespread consumer confusion over energy tariffs, poor supplier behavior and lack of transparency which is stifling competition.
Campbell, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 25, 2013 - The ChargePoint America program to install home, public and commercial charging ports for electric vehicles (EVs) across the nation has been completed, ChargePoint, Inc. has announced.
In the program, which was supported with a $15 million dollar matching grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy, 4,600 charging ports were installed in single-family homes, multi-family housing, commercial and public locations to support more than 2,000 program vehicles.
New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- June 25, 2013 - Power Grid Corporation of India is to provide technical and managerial support for improvements to the intra-state transmission and distribution systems of six northeastern states, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura.
These projects will improve grid connectivity and enhance these states’ capability to supply power to larger section of consumers with economy and reliability.
Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- June 24, 2013 - The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) have recently set out joint recommendations for a European energy storage technology development roadmap towards 2030.
The recommendations are aimed to describe future European needs for energy storage in the period to 2030, and cover those energy storage technologies that are believed to hold the largest potential for economic and technical development over the coming 20-year period. These include chemical energy storage; electrochemical energy storage, including batteries and electrochemical capacitors (supercapacitors); mechanical energy storage, including compressed air energy storage, flywheel energy storage and hydro energy storage; thermal energy storage; and multi-functionality hybrid energy storage systems such as liquid hydrogen in combination with superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES), which is a potentially future applicable storage technology.
Golden, CO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 24, 2013 - The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado, has been announced as the latest U.S. Energy Department user facility and the only one in the nation focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration.
The facility also has its first industry partner, Colorado-based Advanced Energy Industries, which has signed on to work at ESIF on the development of lower cost, better performing solar power inverters.