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The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (UH-HNEI) has chosen Silver Spring’s standards-based networking platform and CustomerIQ consumer engagement solution with photovoltaic (PV) enhancements have been selected by for solar integration projects in Hawaii, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.
Frost & Sullivan has named Landis+Gyr the 2013 AMI Company of the Year. The announcement was made at the Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Best Practices Awards Banquet held in Paris. According to the awards mandate, annual Best Practices honors single out companies “in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.”
At a recent Intellect UK event Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Baroness Verma told attendees that smart meters are an integral part of the energy efficiency agenda and “key to putting control in the hands of the consumers, putting an end to passive observation, and instead, active engagement. In-home displays will give near real time information in pounds and pence. This will help enable consumers to better manage energy consumption, save money and secure sustainable energy supply.”
Echelon has introduced the new DCN 3000 distributed control node designed to help utilities simplify their grid modernization and optimization. The new technology provides increased computing power and flexibility for a more intelligent communication infrastructure between grid devices and the utility head-end through a variety of wireless and fixed connectivity options.
Accenture and Siemens have announced plans to create a joint venture designed to help utilities to improve energy efficiency, grid operations, and reliability. The new enterprise called Omnetric Group will be tailored to provide advanced solutions and services focused on data management and systems integration by leveraging Siemens’ products and solutions with Accenture’s management and technology consulting, systems integration, and managed-services capabilities.
Top Austrian utilities Wien Energie, IKB, and Steiermark have selected Echelon and Kapsch Smart Energy for several key pilots that cumulatively represent potential orders of approximately 3.5 million smart meters and networked energy services (NES) software platform licenses. The pilots were ordered to comply with a new Austria mandate that requires utilities to upgrade its grid by 2019.
A new TUNet-compatible Itron CENTRON II meter that features Tantalus communication modules is now commercially available for residential and commercial applications. Tantalus reports that the meter “will allow utilities to immediately utilize real-time interval meter reading, outage/restoral notification, voltage data, tamper detection and remote disconnect/reconnect functionality for residential electric customers. In addition, the new communications module is capable of receiving TUNup over-the-air firmware upgrades, which enable reading support functionality for Itron electric, water, and gas ERT modules that let electric utilities to preserve their existing investments in handheld and drive by AMR infrastructure.”
The UK’s Energy and Climate Change Minister says solar PV energy will be integral to the growth of the renewable industry in Britain. Greg Barker notes, “The Coalition is committed to delivering the clean and reliable energy supplies that the country needs, at the lowest possible cost to consumers. Solar PV can play a central role in meeting this challenge. It’s a genuinely exciting energy technology which has already seen rapid growth and enjoys strong public support. I want this growth to continue and to help us push further ahead in the global race, but new solar installations must be sensitive to public opinion and mindful of wider environmental and visual impacts.”
S&C Electric Company has constructed a high-speed fault-clearing system at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) to improve the school’s power reliability and reduce outages. S&C collaborated with TME to develop a solution that detects and isolates underground distribution faults within fractions of a second.
E.ON Connecting Energies has completed the acquisition of Matrix, which provides management and energy efficiency services for commercial buildings through advanced metering and other state of the art technologies. E.ON UK chief executive Tony Cocker says, “This acquisition is hugely helpful for E.ON here in the UK. A key plank of our strategy is to help customers understand their energy use, control their energy use and use only as much they need. Matrix brings us a great skill set to help some of our larger customers.”
Fortum has completed its three-year deployment of smart meters in Finland, installing a total of 610,000 of the devices in the utility’s distribution areas. The new meters are part of the smart electricity network of the future, enabling more efficient energy use and supporting the transition towards a more ecological energy system. Additionally, the smart technology helps to reduce the number and duration of power outages.
Olivine, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), and EnergyHub have joined the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS), which focuses on development and exchange of information among demand response (DR) and smart grid professionals. All three companies will participate in the National Summit on Integrating Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid.