By Patricia Thompson and Michael Ozog
Over the past year or two, many utilities have begun to formulate and execute smart grid strategies. The bulk of these strategies depend on the installation of smart meters. Although some argue against the necessity of smart meters to execute these applications, the industry appears to accept that more and better energy usage data provided to customers will lead to improved energy management, an increase in satisfied customers, and more efficient utility operations and planning.
By Artur Bratkowski and Jaroslaw Wojtulewicz
Obtaining accurate information on the current consumption of electricity, gas, water or municipal heat is an important element of business conducted by any utility company. The majority of almost 7 million gas meters and over 15 million electricity meters installed in Poland have been so far read by collectors every two to three months or even only twice a year. However, consumers are not satisfied with such a reading method as the amounts charged in their bills are basically estimates based on the actual consumption recorded within previous periods, corrected only after new data are read. Therefore, some of the bills turn out to be unexpectedly high. In addition, some customers cannot correctly relate their consumption patterns to the amounts charged in their bills.
By Derek Lickorish
With the UK’s general election still at the early stage of a coalition and what seems like every expert professing a view on cutting government debt, it’s pleasing that concerns over security of supply and its long term and legally binding carbon reduction targets have not been forgotten, but has the vision and who is going to pay for all this… well maybe?
By Malcolm Unsworth, Itron CEO
In the last century, while the world’s population tripled, water consumption increased by a factor of six. For natural gas demand, the same rapid growth has experts saying that global demand for this clean energy source will increase by 60% over the next 15 years. To compound these issues, supply and delivery issues are challenging providers of both resources.
In a recent statement, the organization said that member countries should look to smart grid technology in their pursuit for sustainable development.
ECREEE]Praia, Cape Verde --- (METERING.COM) --- July 8, 2010 - The Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has been formally opened in Praia, Cape Verde, as a regional center to help develop renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in West Africa.
The center, a specialized agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), also will assist in policy and capacity development and quality assurance, designing financing mechanisms, and implementing demonstration projects with potential for regional scaling-up.
Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft Corp. are teaming up to implement the Microsoft Hohm internet-based energy management application for Ford’s electric vehicles.
Ford is the first automaker announcing the use of Hohm, starting with the Focus Electric next year. Hohm will help owners determine when and how to most efficiently and affordably recharge electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EV, PHEV). It also should help utility companies manage the added demands of electric vehicles on the electrical grid.
Entrepreneurship]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 5, 2010 - The European standards organizations, CEN (European Committee for Standardization), CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization), and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) have been given a mandate to develop a common charging system for electric cars, scooters and bicycles.
ACEEE]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 1, 2010 - Consumers could cut their household electricity use as much as 12 percent and save $35 billion or more over the next 20 years if U.S. utilities go beyond simple “smart meter” initiatives to include a wide range of energy use feedback tools that get them more involved in the process of using less energy, according to a new report from the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
The standard, which will define the information used to communicate between utilities (and other sources) and the customer, and how that information is organized, will allow utilities and customers to exchange detailed electricity usage and cost information in a consistent format. This will enable consumers to track their electricity usage and to help them decide how to manage their energy consumption and costs.