The SmartMeter News Service
Updated: 7 hours 39 min ago
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.”
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has awarded a new smart metering contract to Itron. LADWP will implement Itron’s cellular solution to supply advanced time-of-use and net time-of-use residential, commercial, and industrial electric metering to the utility’s customers. The solution will enable LADWP to improve customer service, expand green energy initiatives, and facilitate meeting the increasing demands from applications for solar net metered customers.
Enel has signed two agreements with the heads of the China Huaneng Group and the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to further expand their relationship by collaborating on the development of projects utilizing renewable energy sources, management research in the fields of social economy, sustainable development, policies and regulation, and the management of carbon assets and carbon strategy.
Landis+Gyr has agreed to acquire utility analytics company GRIDiant Corporation. The deal will expand Landis+Gyr’s software analytics portfolio and enhance end to end solution capability. GRIDiant’s analytics suite will be integrated into Landis+Gyr’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution grid management, and cloud-based solutions for utility customers.
HP has agreed to a three-year collaboration with Swansea University that will hopefully lead to developing sustainable next-generation cities, communities, and campuses using HP technology and leveraging smart metering, intelligent cities, situational awareness, data analytics, and security threat detection.
The United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is considering a competitive lease process for wind energy development offshore New York of New York. The potential project is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to develop domestic clean energy sources, cut carbon pollution, and to create jobs.
Landis+Gyr has announced plans to acquire companies specializing in power metering and networks. Chief operating officer Richard Mora says, “We aspire to be a company with $4 billion in revenue by 2020 and we will do this through organic growth and acquisitions. If there is a compelling case, they are ready and willing to allow us to make the investments. We are betting that smart grids will develop in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in Asia-Pacific and in South America. The opportunity is huge.”