The SmartMeter News Service
Updated: 7 min 29 sec ago
Silver Spring Networks has extended its speed-to-value smart infrastructure program to municipal utilities. The company is also delivering its smart street light solution to enable smaller municipalities leverage advanced smart city technology. The solution will lower operations and management costs, reduce energy usage, and improve the reliability of public lighting infrastructure.
Shadow Energy Minister Jonathan Reynolds recently visited E.ON’s Smart Metering Centre of Excellence in Bolton to learn how smart metering will help end estimated billing, eliminate the need for visits from meter readers, and enable customers to track their energy use in real time. Reynolds also listened in on customer service calls.
The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) commended the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft regulations to address CO2 emissions and for the agency’s recognition that there are numerous ways to introduce greater efficiency into the United States’ electricity system to help reduce its carbon footprint.
Less than a year after the launch of the Smart Dubai initiative, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it now offers full smart services. The goal of the initiative is to make Dubai the “smartest” city in the world with all its services and utilities run by integrated and connected smart systems. In addition, DEWA has a 94.3 percent customer satisfaction rate, the highest of any country.
CLP India has given the Suzlon Group a notice to proceed (NTP) for a 100.8 MW wind power project, which will use 48 units of Suzlon’s S97-2.1 MW wind turbines featuring doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) technology. When completed, the project will increase CLP India’s wind power portfolio to approximately 1000 MW.
Southern California Edison (SCE) has selected FirstFuel Software to deliver a continuous engagement program using advanced analytics to help scale energy efficiency delivery. The program is part of California’s IDEEA365 initiative, which is designed to help investor-owned utilities adopt new ideas and technology that can improve the quality of energy efficiency delivery.
Trina Solar Limited will supply 60MW of PV modules to Xinyi Solar for its utility scale and agricultural greenhouse solar projects in Anhui, China. Xinyi Solar has selected 5MW of Trina Solar’s TSM-PC05A modules, 30MW of TSM-PC14 modules, and 25 MW of dual glass TSM-PDG5 solar panels, which will be used for roof bracing for an agricultural greenhouse located within Xinyi Solar’s power plant in Anhui province.
Sunetric has deployed a 198.8 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system with automated curtailment and smart-grid controls at resort on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. All the electricity generated by the PV system is used by the local facility and not fed back to the utility grid. This reduces the impact on the local circuit and makes it easier for the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to manage the grid. The project was funded by Kairos Energy Capital.
ABB has released the results of the Wayside Energy Storage Project, a six-month pilot program for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA). Along with partners Viridity Energy and Saft Battery, ABB led the design, supply and integration of a public transit energy storage system (ESS) within SEPTA‘s aging transit infrastructure.
Cornell University Crop and Soil Sciences Professor Jerry Cherney is studying the potential for Northern New York-grown grass energy crops to be the foundation for a regional renewable energy system. The idea is to develop a grass-based heating product that is grown, processed into chunks or pellets, and sold locally.
The government of India’s northern state of Haryana is implementing an energy conservation policy making solar power generation mandatory for certain buildings and areas. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda says the government estimates the move will create 200 MW of power and avoid significant CO2 emissions.
The Alstom-Saft consortium is partnering with the EDF group to supply an initial energy storage system using a container of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batterie. Alstom’s MaxSine eStorage solution, connected to Saft’s Intensium Max 20M storage system, will be installed on EDF R&D’s experimental concept grid, designed to develop grids and smart electrical systems. The installation is located south of Paris, the first of its kind in France.
Fortum’s chief executive officer believes internal energy markets help to keep Europe’s energy supplies secure. Speaking recently at Eurelectric’s Annual Conference in London,Tapio Kuula observed, “European leaders have expressed their political will to develop functioning internal energy markets. Now that the agenda of the new European Parliament and the Commission will be set, it is time to put these intentions into practice. The political attention should be on the security of energy supply on the EU level, while a fully-functioning internal market would then take care of the national security of supply.”