The SmartMeter News Service
Updated: 1 hour 46 min ago
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.”
A recent Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) analysis found that customers on prepayment meters are charged around £80 a year more ($133) than direct debit customers. The Ofgem eport indicated energy suppliers were able to charge more to sticky customers who did not switch and gave cheaper deals to those who shopped around.
SunEdison is partnering with the Rosedale Union School District (RUSD) in Bakersfield, California, to install, monitor, and manage 1.8 MW of solar at the district’s nine schools. The project is expected to save the district approximately $55,000 the first year and more than $2 million in energy costs over the next two decades. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking public comments on its NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0 draft. This is the first significant update in two years of the primary guiding document for creating the next-generation of smart energy grids.
ClipperCreek has launched their ETL-listed utility smart grid connected charging station, the CS-40-SG2. Called the first of a kind charging station, ClipperCreek reports that the facility includes “an embedded revenue grade sub-meter and a variety of smart grid communications options. Built on the trusted ClipperCreek CS-Series charging platform and Itron’s proven utility meter and powerful communications technology, this solution will extend a utility’s energy management intelligence directly to the charging station through multiple wireless communication interfaces.”
Tantalus has completed several advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployments within the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the United States’ largest public power provider. Numerous utilities within TVA selected the Tantalus Utility Network Tantalus (TUNet), a hybrid 200 MHz/900 MHz wireless that can simultaneously use fiber to the home (FTTH)/Ethernet to form a single AMI communications platform.