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Eight Milton Keynes residents will receive Nissan LEAF electric cars and controllable at-home charging points as part of the Thinking Energy trial collaboration between E.ON and the Milton Keynes Council to develop ways to manage energy use in the home. Milton Keynes is located in Buckinghamshire about 45 miles west of London.
A UK Government policy to reduce electricity distribution costs will help householders and businesses owners in Northern Scotland save £50 million a year on energy bills. The Hydro Benefit Replacement Scheme offers protection from the significantly higher distribution costs faced by electricity users in the far north of the country compared to other areas of the UK.
Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R) has announced a three year, $7.3 million smart grid program to take place in New York’s Rockland County. The pilot calls for the installation of high-tech, computerized, operating equipment designed to improve overall electric system reliability for more than 25,000 O&R customers.
The Memphis City Council has approved Memphis Light, Gas, and Water’s (MLGW) to spend $10.1 million for the purchase of 60,000 smart meters from Elster Solutions. The utility will install the electric, gas, and water smart meters at 24,000 homes, with the deployment scheduled to begin later this year. Currently, there are 1,000 smart meters in use from a three-year smart grid demonstration pilot.
Ameren Illinois has opened a new $3.3 million testing facility that will facilitate research and development of smart grid technologies. Ameren states that the Technology Applications Center (TAC) “will provide small businesses and entrepreneurs with the infrastructure and resources needed to test programs, technologies, business models and other smart grid-related energy improvements on a live grid.”
San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) is undertaking a new research study designed to test technology that can measure in-home electricity consumption down to an individual circuit and appliance level. The research will be supported by the Pecan Street Research Institute, a consumer energy research organization headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin. According to SDG&E, between 30-50 customers living Civita, an SDG&E smart community in Mission Valley, will participate in the study. The Civita master-planned development is a project where a variety of smart grid technology is being integrated including solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, fuel cell generation, battery storage and enhanced energy management tools for residents. “This research will take smart grid technology to a new level by providing among the most detailed energy usage data to customers through technology that is not even on the market yet,” says John Sowers, SDG&E vice president for generation and resource planning. “Through the research study, SDG&E will learn how this in-depth data can help customers to make smarter energy decisions and save money.” By understanding how customers use electricity at the circuit level, SDG&E hopes to identify ways to help design future utility programs related to home area networks, energy efficiency, and demand response. Pecan Street will give participants access to a free website and mobile application that provides real-time information on the customer’s electricity use as well as information on appliance, rooftop solar panel and home energy performance. The service is powered by an “energy data router” installed at the customer’s circuit panel. SDG&E says the research will launch in August and last for several months.
British Gas has appointed Paul Nickson the company’s commercial director effective immediately. Nickson, a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is the former Head of Arrivals and Departures, London 2012. His new appointment comes just weeks after British Gas commemorated the installation of its millionth smart meter, more than any other UK energy supplier.
As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Department of Energy (DOE) has announced 12 projects to develop innovative heating, cooling, and insulation technologies for residential and commercial buildings. The projects will receive approximately $11 million of DOE funding, matched by about $1 million in private sector funding.
A shareholder revolt has ousted Peter Kennedy, the executive chairman and founder of Darwen smart meter firm Bglobal. Hawkwood Capital, the London asset manager that holds 9.7% of the shares, joined forces with three directors and other shareholders to force Kennedy out during a recent general meeting. Over the last five years shares in Bglobal have fallen in value from 63p to a low of 3.6p but have now risen to around 7p. The company is valued at £7 million.
A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) identifies how to best protect the nation’s electric grid from power outages that occur during natural disasters. The report comes on the tenth anniversary of the massive blackout that affected tens of millions of residents across parts of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has broken ground on the nation’s largest federally-owned wind project at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. The project is expected to complete construction and start generating electricity in summer 2014. When finished, the five-turbine 11.5 megawatt project will power more than 60 percent of the plant with wind energy and reduce carbon emissions by over 35,000 metric tons per year, equal to removing 7,200 cars off the road.
Telefónica UK, which does business as the O2 brand, today announces that it has been selected as the preferred communications service provider for two out of three lots in the UK’s Smart Meter Implementation Program. The national infrastructure project will oversee the deployment of 53 million gas and electricity meters across the UK by 2020, with the intent of helping consumers better understand how they consume energy so they can better control their energy usage.