Smart Grid

News, insights and utility activities concerning developments and improvements to the electric grid, transmission lines, substations, transformers and distribution network. Furthermore, we highlight the digital technology, communication protocols, controls, automation and technology that allows for two-way communication between the utility and its customers, allowing for smart response and demand management. The category also includes the influence of consumer interaction with smart devices within smart homes and the associated impact on tariffs and supply, as well as any and all topics relating to the power delivery system and energy consumption.

Smart grids present growth opportunity for U.K. economy

[img:DavidW.thumbnail.JPG|David Willetts,
Minister for
Universities and
Science, U.K.]
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 5, 2010 - The deployment of smart electric grids has been highlighted as a potential area of growth that could be transformative to the U.K.’s economy over the next 20 years.

In a new report from the government’s futures think tank Foresight, the smart electricity grid is described as maybe being the first new transformational infrastructure of the 21st century.

HD-PLC Alliance certifies powerline network products complying to IEEE 1901 standard

[img:Mitch_Aramaki_0.gif|Michimasa Aramaki,
President & Chair,
HD-PLC Alliance
]Fukuoka, Japan --- (METERING.COM) --- November 4, 2010 - The HD-PLC Alliance has announced a certification program for wavelet OFDM-based powerline network products complying to the new IEEE 1901 BPL PHY and MAC standard.

The certification program is for IEEE 1901 compliant devices. The certification tests include required PHY performance and compatibility tests with all HD-PLC products. In addition, the program provides certification to the coexistence specification, or Inter-System Protocol (ISP) in IEEE 1901, which was also approved as ITU-T G.9972 as of June 2010.

AHAM completes assessment of communications protocols for smart grid enabled appliances

[img:JoeMcGuireweb.thumbnail.jpg|Joseph M. McGuire,
President, AHAM
]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 3, 2010 - The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has recently completed a technical evaluation and assessment of communications standards for smart appliances.

The results, which are presented in the report, “Assessment of Communication Standards for Smart Appliances,” are based on assessment with respect to the Application (APP), Network (NET), and Media (MAC, PHY) communications layers.

Wi-Fi and HomePlug Powerline Alliances collaborate on smart grid technologies

[img:edgar-figueroa.thumbnail.jpg|Edgar Figueroa,
Wi-Fi Alliance
]Austin, TX and Portland, OR, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 3, 2010 - The Wi-Fi Alliance and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance have entered into a liaison agreement to facilitate and promote the adoption of HomePlug powerline and Wi-Fi networking technologies in smart grid applications.

The agreement enables cooperative efforts for joint technical review of Wi-Fi Alliance and HomePlug specifications and standards that facilitate interoperability of smart grid applications. The organizations will also engage on joint outreach to promote the adoption of wireless and powerline technologies for smart grid applications.

Hawaii smart grid project gets go ahead

[img:Distribution (Custom).thumbnail.jpg| ]Honolulu, HI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 2, 2010 - The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has given approval to Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) to use a $5.3 million federal stimulus grant to install smart grid technology.

The project, to which Hawaiian Electric is contributing $10.1 million, is part of the company’s East Oahu Transmission Project and will install computerized automated controls to portions of the electric system in urban Honolulu. This increased automation will help speed up troubleshooting during outages and reduce outage times.

Electricity utilities across EMEA not realizing the full potential of the...

[img:Distribution (Custom).thumbnail.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 29, 2010 - Utilities are making progress towards the implementation of smart grid infrastructures, but will be unable to reap the full benefits of the technology because they are not considering the key capabilities it delivers, according to a new study by Oracle Utilities.

Additionally, utilities are concerned that their current IT systems lack the flexibility to scale to the full potential delivered by smart grids and smart meters in the long term.

Singapore’s electric vehicle test-bed taking shape

[img:ema_0.jpg| ]Singapore --- (METERING.COM) --- October 29, 2010 - Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) has recently launched various activities to ready the island country for electric vehicles (EVs).

The EMA, together with the Land Transport Agency (LTA), which together lead the inter-agency Electric Vehicle (EV) Taskforce, have appointed Robert Bosch (SEA) Pte Ltd to design, develop, deploy, operate and maintain Singapore’s EV charging infrastructure as part of the EV test-bed program. Bosch will be collaborating with local partners SingTel – on the communications interface – and Greenlots – on the charging network – to deliver an integrated infrastructure solution for EVs.

OpenADR Alliance formed to accelerate industry adoption of automated demand response...

[img:MaryA.thumbnail.jpg|Mary Ann Piette,
Research Director,
PIER Demand
Response Research
]Morgan Hill, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 28, 2010 - Leading industry organizations have announced the formation of the OpenADR Alliance, as a non-profit corporation aimed to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard.

Accenture and ST Electronics to design and implement Singapore’s Intelligent Energy...

[img:LawrenceWong_0.thumbnail.jpg|Lawrence Wong,
Chief Executive,
]Singapore --- (METERING.COM) --- October 28, 2010 - Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) has selected Accenture and ST Electronics Pte Ltd to design and implement Phase 1 of its Intelligent Energy System (IES) pilot project.

The IES pilot project is an advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid pilot funded by the Government of Singapore and Singapore Power.

IEEE launches P2030.2 Working Group to address smart grid energy storage

[img:ieee_logo_125_0.gif| ]Piscataway, NJ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 27, 2010 - The IEEE has launched the P2030.2™ Working Group (WG), with the task to deliver guidelines for discrete and hybrid energy storage systems that are integrated into the electric power infrastructure.

P2030.2 will build on the overall smart grid interoperability topics being covered in IEEE Standard P2030™, a cross discipline guideline for smart grid interoperability for the power engineering, communications and information technology industries. The “Guide for the Interoperability of Energy Storage Systems Integrated with the Electric Power Infrastructure” (P2030.2) will help users achieve greater understanding of energy storage systems by defining technical characteristics. It will also illustrate how discrete and hybrid systems may be successfully integrated with and used compatibly as part of the electric power infrastructure.

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