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In an effort to educate the public and dispel a host of misinformation spread by smart meter opponents, the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) has released a video and fact sheet, to provide consumers with reliable data. In addition, the group recently launched a new website (www.WhatIsSmartGrid.org) to explain benefits of the smart grid.
ABB positions world’s most powerful offshore wind connector in the North Sea. DolWin alpha offshore converter station sets new world record for power capacity and voltage level. In addition, the DolWin 1 offshore wind connection is expected to prevent three million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Researchers from GE and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) may have found a solution for next-generation electric vehicle (EV) batteries that improve driving range and lower costs for consumers. In addition, the flow battery would offer improved safety over batteries now used in cars and could be easily integrated into current car designs.
The Brazilian Chamber of Commercialization of Electric Energy (CCEE Camara de Comercializaçao da Energia Eletrica) has awarded Enel Green Power three 20-year energy supply contracts. The three wind projects, which are located in the northeastern state of Bahia, will have a total capacity of 88 MW. The deal comes through the 2013 Brazilian Reserve Auction.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $16 million in funding for seventeen projects designed to produce energy from waves, tides, and currents. In addition to increasing power production, the projects will enable researchers to gather valuable data on how deployed devices interact with the surrounding environment.
Toshiba is partnering with Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to establish a new joint venture. The newly formed T. T. Network Infrastructure Japan Corporation, which will start business on September 2, will integrate Toshiba’s technologies in power transformation and power grid solutions with TEPCO’s grid planning, system design, operation and maintenance to provide comprehensive T&D solutions in overseas markets.
Vision Metering has introduced a new solution to protect revenue in developing countries. The HawkEye Elevated Metering System provides utilities with a compact metering system that can be deployed high above the ground. According to Vision Metering, “The HawkEye system is composed of a secure aluminum enclosure which is configurable from 10 to 50 meters. HawkEye meters are 0.2 percent accuracy class and are equipped with two CT’s and two disconnects in order to detect circuit imbalances. The meters are user configurable for current limiting, prepaid metering via the STS protocol and can even act as circuit breakers for device protection. Each HawkEye enclosure contains a RadioGate collector that provides communication to our EndSight head end system or connection to existing backhaul capabilities.” Vision Metering president Randy Austin adds: “Non-technical losses have always been a large concern for utilities in developing countries. Our new HawkEye Elevated Metering System is a perfect, low cost solution to help address this issue. By offering a secure, easy to install elevated metering cluster, HawkEye enables utilities to take control of energy theft while offering their customers the convenience of prepay at an affordable price.” All Vision meters come equipped with advanced features including demand, time of use, load profile, and reactive power. Vision meters also include various communication options including NexGrid, OnRamp Wireless, cellular, and legacy drive-by RF. Vision Meter’s family of devices is accredited in the United States, the Philippines, Central and South America. “Solid Technology on a Flexible Platform” For more information visit http://www.visionmetering.com/ (http://www.visionmetering.com/)
Opelika Power Services (OPS) has selected the Tantalus Homerun Network as the technology platform for a fiber-based smart grid solution that will be integrated with the utility’s triple-play media services. Tantalus’ communications technology and AMI applications, together with Itron meters, is part of a plan to make Opelika the first city in Alabama to provide fiber services directly to the user.
Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative (GCEC) has selected Itron to supply its advanced metering solution utilizing cellular communications, which will enable GCEC to deploy a secure, scalable system to optimize its power delivery. GCEC has also contracted to use Itron Services to manage and maintain the entire solution, freeing the utility to focus on core business operations.
The new meters being installed in New York’s Glasco Water District have raised safety concerns among some residents, but town officials insist the new devices are safe. Town Councilman James Bruno, who is the liaison to the Water Department, says some residents have been spreading inaccurate information about the meters and unnecessarily worrying their neighbors. Bruno points out that the town of Ulster has used smart meters for the past eight years without any problems or health issues.
The United States Department of Energy is partnering with the State of New Jersey, NJ Transit, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to assess NJ Transit’s energy needs and help develop an advanced microgrid system. The DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories will assist NJ Transit to enhance power reliability for its rail and system operations.
E.ON has announced it is using customer research to develop new policies that will influence its supply activities. The utility is already applying the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets’ (Ofgem) new standards of conduct rules but is going beyond that to create policy that will be embedded in the company’s actions.