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Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has selected Silver Spring Networks for North America’s largest networked street light deployment to date. The utility plans to deploy Silver Spring’s wireless IPv6 mesh networking technology and management and control software to connect and control 75,000 street lights in Miami-Dade County.
Gaz reseau Distribution France (GrDF) has announced tech company Sagemcom will be the primary supplier of equipment for the entire gas metering value chain in France. In addition, GrDF has selected Itron as a main supplier of Gazpar smart gas meters for its smart gas meter project. The deal calls for Itron to supply up to 3.7 million smart gas meters with integrated radios between 2016 and 2022. The smart meters to be used will be manufactured in France.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has published new efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. Experts anticipate the new standards will help cut carbon pollution by about 142 million metric tons – equivalent to the annual electricity use of 14.3 million U.S. homes – and save businesses up to $11.7 billion on their energy bills over the next three decades.
The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has recently launched today the third offshore transmission owner (OFTO) tender round for the high voltage transmission links of two offshore wind farms—Westermost Rough and Humber Gateway—that are located in the North Sea off the coast of Yorkshire.
Ericsson will provide Italgas a smart meter solution for its industrial users in what will be the first advanced meter management and reading system for Italy’s gas market. Ericsson’s solution is designed to gather data from gas meters and transfer it to Italgas’ internal IT environment. It also allows for event collection, command handling, network configuration, and real-time monitoring of multivendor gas smart meters from remotely.
Electronic Design and Manufacturing International has contracted with Arqiva to provide the communications hub for a portion of the smart meter rollout across Scotland and Northern England. The deployment is scheduled to install 53 million meters in 30 million homes and small businesses throughout Great Britain by 2020.
The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) has extended their partnership with Sensus by signing a new, three-year channel collaboration. Through the deal, Sensus smart grid technologies, including the FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system, smart meters, automation control, and demand response solutions will be offered to NRTC rural electric co-op members across the United States.
UK Power Networks is collaborating with POD Point, Smarter Grid Solutions, and Imperial College London on the Low Carbon London trial, a new system for charging electric vehicles designed to prepare the city for the widespread use of electric vehicles. Specifically, smart systems are necessary to keep the extra power demand from overloading the electricity system.
A new report by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) found both the energy industry and public support smart meters but believe the benefits of the device need to be communicated clearly and challenges such as misuse of data and concerns over utilities remotely controlling home appliances also need to be addressed.
HCC Embedded has developed an advanced file system, specifically designed to meet the needs of smart-energy and smart-meter applications. According to HCC, the company’s approach “maximizes the life of flash, significantly reduces power consumption, and provides a deterministic ‘emergency write’ function, which reduces cost by allowing the on-board capacitor to be as small as possible. Collectively the file-system features can result in savings of many ‘cents’ for each meter, a highly significant cost reduction in high volume manufacture.”
Centrica has addressed the need for energy diversity and independence as the industry continues to diversify to more sustainable options. The utility notes, “To ensure energy security for the future, the UK must pursue a diverse energy portfolio to reduce reliance on one type of energy. Our 270MW Lincs offshore wind development project has achieved first power and is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2013, and we have received planning consent for our proposed 580MW Race bank wind farm development. We are also undertaking pre-development work in the largest of the Round 3 Offshore Wind program zones.”
Enel Green Power has announced completion of its first wind farm in Brazil, located in Morro do Chapéu. Called Primavera, the new wind farm is comprised of thirteen 2.3 MW wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 30 MW. The facility is capable of generating more than 145 million kWh per year.
Chauffeur operator Thriev has launched the UK’s first electric vehicle taxi service with a fleet of 20 zero-emission, fully-electric cars manufactured by Chinese company BYD (Build Your Dreams) and powered by a London-wide charging network rolled out by British Gas. The BYD e6 has a range of up to 186 miles.
Opower has introduced the next generation of its thermostat platform featuring support for Honeywell’s Comfort Control API, which extends the platform to additional Honeywell WiFi thermostats. Additionally, another new feature, Set for Savings, incorporates recommendations based on actual energy and billing data to improve the consumption efficiency for thermostats connected to the Opower platform.
Leidos has extended its contract to provide smart-metering services to United Power for another ten years. Under terms of the new deal, Leidos will deploy an additional 20,000 meters to support the Colorado utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. The rollout is expected to be completed by September 2014.