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Kamstrup’s smart water meter has passed the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) test, which measured the device’s accuracy and durability. Petrus Van Heerden, Kamstrup South Africa’s country manager says, “We are convinced that we have a compelling answer to this country’s severe water issue. Both consumers and suppliers will benefit in the short term from accurate metering. The suppliers need to protect their revenue in order to be able to make investments in the water supply, and conserving our scarce water resources is in everybody’s interest.”
The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has introduced prepay smart metering based on a smart energy infrastructure provided by GE’s Digital Energy and Trilliant. The service, Meralco’s first phase of a long-term smart grid implementation, integrates smart intelligence to help consumers better manage their electricity consumption.
Research suggests that the smart home appliance market will witness substantial growth over the next five years, reaching nearly $25 billion by 2018. According to ABI Research’s Smart Home Research Service, the growth will be fueled in part by more lower tier brands and models getting into the sector.
The United States Department of Energy has announced a plan to spur solar power deployment by cutting red tape for residential and small commercial rooftop solar systems. The initiative is part of the Department’s Rooftop Solar Challenge and will consist of eight teams, which will receive about $12 million, matched by over $4 million in outside funding.
Opower is supplying Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) with its big data platform, which analyzes large scale smart meter and offers customers more personalized information about their energy consumption. Nadeem Sheikh, Opower Managing Director for Asia Pacific and Japan says, “TEPCO is a leading global utility that is committed to providing its customers with the insight and information they need to make smarter decisions about their energy use. We are excited to partner with TEPCO, which will be the first utility to launch our services in Japan.”
Consumers Energy has broken ground on the 105 MW Cross Winds Energy Park, located in Akron and Columbia townships of Tuscola County, Michigan. The project is scheduled to feature 62 General Electric 1.7 MW turbine units. Forty-three turbines are earmarked for Akron Township and 19 turbines will go to Columbia Township. Barton Malow was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the $255 million project.
Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft (RWW), a water supplier located in Mülheim an der Ruhr,Germany, has selected Itron to provide more efficient delivery of water in urban areas of Western Germany. By using Itron’s smart water metering solution, RWW will be able to detect water loss, identify possible theft, and improve billing accuracy.
In his statement to Parliament, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change Edward Davey noted that “even though British households pay some of the lowest prices for gas and electricity in Europe, such facts are scant comfort to those who have seen prices rise considerably over the last 10 years. The main driver of these energy price rises has been rising wholesale energy costs, not social and environmental policy.”
Echelon Corporation is teaming with Marvell to bring industrial-grade Wi-Fi to applications in the emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market. Through the collaboration, Marvell will include elements of Echelon’s new IzoT platform in its Easy Connect Software for Marvell’s 88MC200 Wi-Fi Microcontroller platform, and Echelon will add a range of Marvell-based Wi-Fi control modules to its catalog.
Energy companies Hanergy and Saferay have established their international headquarters in Singapore. Jason Chow, Hanergy chairman and chief executive officer says, “The global headquarters will develop significant internal capabilities such as information technology infrastructure and customer relationship management tools to readily address customer’s energy needs. The headquarters will also capitalize on emerging solar PV (photovoltaic) trends such as rooftop solar PV system leasing that is gaining significant interest with commercial and residential building owners.”
Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced the latest additions to the Tiva C Series microcontroller (MCU) platform. The Tiva TM4C129x are the industry’s first ARM Cortex-M4-based MCUs with Ethernet MAC+PHY, which enable the creation products that bridge the cloud and augment the expanding Internet of Things (IoT).
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comments on the first revision to the guidelines it is proposing for secure implementation of smart grid technology. The agency’s NIST Interagency Report (IR) 7628 Revision 1: Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber-security report is the first update to NISTIR 7628 since it was first published in September 2010. Since that time, use of smart grid technology has expanded dramatically, especially the number of smart energy meters in homes along with technology and regulations, all of which prompted NIST to update its document.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the government is investing $60 million to support solar energy research and development. The funding is part of the DOE’s SunShot Initiative, which supports research and development designed to help lower the cost of solar electricity, advance seamless grid integration, and support a growing American solar workforce.
New rules from the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) that prevent energy suppliers from increasing prices on fixed term tariffs have gone into effect. Utilities are also banned now from automatically rolling householders on to another fixed term offer when their current one concludes. The change of policy is designed to provide consumers more simplicity, clearness, and fairness.
A new study concludes that energy consumption in the Middle East and North Africa will increase by as much as 114 percent from 2010 to 2050. The World Energy Council’s report based the estimate assuming “priority is given to achieving individual access and affordability of energy via economic growth.” However, energy consumption in the region would may be expected to increase by 81 percent if “emphasis is placed on international coordination and environmental sustainability.”