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.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative customer web portal and MDM goes live

[img:Mark_Rose.thumbnail.jpg|Mark Rose, CEO,
Bluebonnet Electric
Cooperative
]Bastrop, TX, and Orlando, FL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 21, 2010 - The installation of the first full-scale rollout of eMeter’s Energy Engage customer web portal has been completed on-site at Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative by Siemens Energy.

The portal, named Net Energy Market, was deployed on top of the eMeter EnergyIP Meter Data Management platform in order to provide Bluebonnet’s consumers easily accessible and understandable daily usage and cost information. With the information collected, the customer will be able to assess the implications of variable rate pricing as regulators consider moving to time-of-use (TOU) and event-based rates in the future.

Smart grid project to be implemented in Maharashtra state

[img:Maharashtra.thumbnail.jpg| ]Prakashgad, India --- (METERING.COM) --- June 18, 2010

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. has awarded a turnkey contract to IT solution and services provider Telvent in partnership with Larsen and Toubro Ltd to implement baseline data and IT applications for energy accounting, auditing and IT-based consumer service centers for 95 towns in India.

G.hn standard approved

[img:MattTheall.thumbnail.jpg|Matt Theall,
President,
HomeGrid Forum]Beaverton, OR, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 18, 2010

The International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU-T) G.hn unified wired home networking standard was approved by the organization last week, with all three components of the new standard – the Data Link Layer (G.9961), Physical Layer (G.9960) and coexistence protocol (G.9972) – now complete.

SMUD to pilot solar energy storage project

[img:SMUD.thumbnail.jpg| ]Sacramento, CA and Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 16, 2010

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is to pilot renewable technology company Silent Power’s distributed energy storage technology in its photovoltaic (PV) storage pilot at Anatolia.
SMUD’s $5.9 million pilot project will evaluate how the integration of energy storage enhances the value of distributed PV resources for the community, the utility and the grid by reducing peak loads, firming intermittent renewable capacity and maximizing overall system efficiency.

Significant energy savings possible with home electronic equipment, study finds

[img:ecwlogo.thumbnail.gif| ]Madison, WI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 15, 2010 - Making a one-time change to the power management setting on a home computer could save more than half of one month's electric usage each year for the average residential electric customer, according to a new survey from the Energy Center of Wisconsin.

Further, average savings of 300 to 600 kWh per year per home could result by also manually unplugging devices that draw standby power when not in use, manually turning off devices that are left on but not used, using “smart” power strips to eliminate standby power consumption of peripherals when the main device is turned off, and using timers to eliminate electricity use by devices that are only used at certain times of the day.

U.K. government puts energy usage online

[img:Huhne.thumbnail.jpg|Chris Huhne, Energy
and Climate Change
Secretary
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) ---- June 11, 2010 - In line with a commitment to be “greener” and more transparent than its predecessor the new British government has started displaying its energy usage online in real time.

The first two departments to go online are the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Home Office, and all other central government departments will follow in the coming months.

Partnership to provide IP-based demand response solution

[img:handshake%20resize_0.png| ]Minnetonka, MN and Waukesha, WI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 9, 2010 - A partnership has been entered into between wireless M2M solution provider Digi International and power delivery solution provider Cooper Power Systems, to provide a ZigBee Smart Energy Profile (SEP)-enabled two-way IP-based demand response solution.

Cooper Power Systems offers its ZigBee SEP 1.0-enabled thermostats and Yukon Energy Services Software Platform, while Digi provides the ConnectPort X2 for Smart Energy gateway and iDigi platform. Digi’s plug-and-play smart energy solution connects the SEP 1.0 devices from a home area network (HAN) to a utility via the location’s broadband connection.

ZigBee and SunSpec Alliances to collaborate on renewable energy and microgrid...

[img:Solar%20B.thumbnail.jpg| ]San Ramon and Scotts Valley, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 8, 2010 - The ZigBee® Alliance and the SunSpec Alliance have announced an agreement to collaborate on defining standards for renewable energy and microgrid management using the ZigBee Smart Energy™ version 2.0 standard.

The collaboration will address the existing gap between the growing use of distributed generation via renewable energy resources and the smart grid, in order to enable microgrid systems to integrate with the smart grid.

Smart meters: a key tool to better manage Australia’s energy use

[img:andrew_blyth.thumbnail.jpg|Andrew Blyth,
Chief Executive,
Energy Networks
Association
]By Andrew Blyth, Chief Executive, Energy Networks Association

Electrical engineers will tell you that heat needs more energy than light. Whilst recent public discussion in Australia on smart meters has certainly generated plenty of heat, what we really need is for more light to be shed to understand what the smart meter rollout is all about.

Microsoft Hohm scores 60 million homes in U.S.

[img:troy.thumbnail.gif|Troy Batterberry,
Product Unit Manager,
Microsoft Hohm
]Redmond, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 28, 2010 - Microsoft’s online home energy management tool, Hohm, offers users the new feature of an estimate of their home's energy efficiency.

Using advanced analytics licensed from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and statistical data from the Department of Energy, Hohm scores estimating a home’s energy efficiency have been calculated for homes across the United States. Users are then able to compare their score with others and, as Microsoft put it in a statement, “answer one simple question: ‘Am I an energy hog or an energy miser?’”

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