The SmartMeter News Service
Updated: 37 min 34 sec ago
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.
Ventyx has announced plans to join an initiative to create one of the world’s smartest electricity networks as part of the Smart Grid Gotland project in Sweden. Ventyx will deploy a comprehensive distribution system optimization solution encompassing network control, demand response management, demand forecasting, and business analytics to support the project. This infrastructure will enable large quantities of wind and other renewable and distributed energy sources to be integrated into the grid.
Landis+Gyr has acquired PowerSense, which has designed solutions to retrofit and digitalize existing power distribution infrastructures enabling utilities to balance and better manage grids in their medium and low voltage distribution network. This enables grid operators to meet the challenges of the future power grids such as an increasing number of distributed power generation options and unpredictable loads that significantly change the power consumption patterns.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has successfully deployed C3 Revenue Protection and C3 AMI Operations across the utility’s two million meter smart grid network. The solutions analyze more than 35 billion rows of data from twelve BGE and third-party data sources to help BGE’s revenue protection and grid operational teams operate more efficiently and effectively.
HomeGrid Forum has confirmed that twenty-two vendors have certified G.hn silicon in their systems. The announcement comes as service providers in various regions are completing their field trials. HomeGrid also announced Triductor Technology of China is the newest addition to the list of G.hn silicon providers.