Energy & Grid Management

News and analysis concerning the management of energy demand and supply on the electricity grid. Grid modernisation and smart grid upgrades, as well as distributed energy resources and storage form part of this category. Trends in own generation, net metering, influence of prosumers and energy management tools at the grid edge also influence grid management. Furthermore, strategies to boost grid resilience, for example in the case of a typhoon or cyber attack, strategies to ensure security of supply, energy efficiency measure, smart buildings and load balancing fall within the energy and grid management  category.

Seventeen new home automation products certified by ZigBee

[img:Bob%20Heile.thumbnail.jpg|Bob Heile,
ZigBee Alliance
]San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 20, 2009 - Seventeen devices from 10 manufacturers using ZigBee Home Automation have been certified by the ZigBee Alliance and also enhancements to the public application profile have been announced.

"With 17 products from 10 global manufacturers passing our rigorous certification process, ZigBee Home Automation will be in a position to make a strong retail debut," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "With a total of 41 certified products, ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Smart Energy will give consumers more options to monitor and control their energy use while enjoying a smarter and safer home."

Ford unveils ‘intelligent’ system for plug-in hybrids to communicate with grid

[img:electrification.thumbnail.jpg| ]Dearborn, MI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 19, 2009 - The Ford Motor Company has announced the development of an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that “talks” directly with the electric grid.

This new technology allows the vehicle operator to program when to recharge the vehicle, for how long, and at what utility rate.

‘Pay as you save’ proposed to finance low energy housing refurbishment...

[img:logo-ukgbc.thumbnail.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 17, 2009 - “Pay as you save” (PAYS) could offer a real and workable solution to financing low energy housing refurbishments, with no upfront cost to the householder in many cases, according to a new report from the United Kingdom Green Building Council (UK-GBC).

Further PAYS could also be effective for funding “consequential improvements” and in reducing some of the upfront costs of new build low energy homes.

Plug-in hybrid vehicle effects on New York electric grid to be...

[img:Car.thumbnail.jpg| ]Albany, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 14, 2009 - A new engineering study is to be conducted on the effects that plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) might have on New York’s electrical grid by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

The study will complement a parallel national study that both organizations are also involved in, along with the Ford Motor Company.

Next generation smart charging software to support largest U.S. electric vehicle...

[img:corsell_peter.thumbnail.jpg|Peter L. Corsell,
CEO, GridPoint
]Arlington, VA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 13, 2009 - The next-generation electric vehicle management software, Smart Charging 3.0, is to support the largest U.S. deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, smart grid software provider GridPoint has announced.

Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a subsidiary of ECOtality was awarded nearly $100 million in stimulus funding last week to deploy charging infrastructure and advance the adoption of electric vehicles (see $100 million for electric vehicle deployment in U.S.).

Network management system for Malta

[img:Malta.thumbnail.jpg| ]Marsa, Malta --- (METERING.COM) --- August 12, 2009 - The order for a network management system that will help monitor and control Malta’s electricity supply network and provide a foundation for the evolution of a smart grid has been awarded to power and automation technology group ABB.

ABB will implement an integrated Network Manager SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) solution to monitor and control the power stations and substations on the island of Malta. The project scope includes design, engineering, installation, commissioning and a three-year service agreement.

Fortum partners to develop electric vehicle technology

[img:hyvarinen.thumbnail.jpg|Esa Hyvärinen,
Vice President,
Public Affairs,
]Fortum, Finland --- (METERING.COM) --- August 11, 2009 - Nordic energy provider Fortum and speciality car manufacturer Valmet Automotive have entered into a partnership to develop an electric concept car and the related recharging technology.

The goal is to introduce the fully electric concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. The solutions developed will be utilized in widening the offering by Finnish companies in the fast-growing electric car market.

$100 million for electric vehicle deployment in U.S.

[img:Don-Karner.thumbnail.jpg|Don Karner,
President, eTec
]Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 7, 2009 - The United States Department of Energy has awarded a grant of approximately $99.8 million to ECOtality subsidiary Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec) to undertake what will be the nation's largest deployment of electric vehicles and the supporting charging infrastructure to date.

Pepco Holdings to deploy energy management software for customers

[img:logo-pepco.thumbnail.gif| ]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 7, 2009 - Pepco Holdings Inc. is to deploy Aclara’s load and rates analysis and carbon footprint calculator modules to help customers understand how they are using energy as well as how their usage affects the environment.

The load and rates analysis module, which allows customers to view data about their electric and gas usage, will be implemented in 2009 to PHI’s Delmarva Power service area in Delaware, but the company plans to extend the module to all of its 1.9 million customers by 2013. The carbon footprint module, which enables customers to calculate their carbon footprints, will be available for all PHI customers immediately.

U.K. green energy skills training center to open

[img:Phil%20Bentley_0.jpg|Phil Bentley,
Managing Director,
British Gas
]Staines, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 6, 2009 - British Gas and the Welsh Assembly Government have announced they will open the United Kingdom’s first training center dedicated to green energy skills in Tredegar in the South Wales Valleys later this year.

With JobMatch, Jobcentre Plus, Summit Skills and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council as strategic partners, the Green Skills Center will train over 1,300 people each year. This will include specialist provision to help enable local, long term unemployed, people to find work in the emerging green economies. British Gas will also use the Center to train its new staff and up-skill its existing force in renewable technologies.  

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