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.

Intelligent metering software launched by IBM

[img:Net_0.jpg| ]Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 2, 2011 - IBM has introduced an Intelligent Metering Network Management software package aimed at utilities to monitor and manage smart meter events, alarms and data, and overall to provide greater control and automation of the smart metering infrastructure.

The software taps data captured from smart meters – on service availability and assurance – and then correlates it according to policies to provide greater insight, thereby enable operational improvements. When data events fall outside the normal patterns, the software can automatically trigger customer service to create a work order or for staff to take the appropriate actions. By doing this, network faults can be detected and even prevented.

Pecan Street calls for smart grid companies with great ideas

[img:Brew.thumbnail.jpg|Brewster McCracken,
Executive Director,
Pecan Street Project
]Austin, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 1, 2011 - Are you a smart grid company with a great technology that you to want to validate and show to major customers? If so the Pecan Street Project would like to hear from you.

In the RFI that was released last week, “Open innovation” is one of the three “areas of interest” that the Project will focus on in its smart grid demonstration.

HomeGrid Forum and ZigBee Alliance to collaborate on wired and wireless...

[img:handshake.thumbnail.jpg| ]Beaverton, OR, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 22, 2011 - The HomeGrid Forum and ZigBee Alliance have announced a new liaison agreement to extend their collaboration on the ZigBee Smart Energy™ standard development, which will pave the way for consumers and utilities to use ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 wireless or wired networks to further advance smart grid programs.

Digi Intl and GEO collaborate to develop energy system for Europe

[img:handshake.thumbnail.jpg| ]February 14, 2011 - Digi International and Green Energy Options (GEO) today announced  that they are entering a joint collaboration agreement to develop a real-time, web-based energy management system for the European utility market. The new energy consumption information and control solution is based on the iDigi platform and Digi X-Grid solution, a solution for extending the power grid beyond the meter.

EU Energy Commisioner outlines agenda for Europe

[img:Gunther.thumbnail.jpg|Günther Oettinger,
EU Commissioner
]February 14, 2011 - Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy Security for Europe in a speech at Kings College London outlined the potential for a new energy policy.  In summary he stated that now is time to pave the way for another European integration project of vast potential: a true European energy policy.

Luxoft develops ZigBee Smart Energy communication module for Landis+Gyr

[img:Mikhail-Minkevich_0.jpg|Michael Minkevich,
VP Technology
Services, Luxoft
]Moscow, Russia and New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 9, 2011 - Application and product engineering outsourcing services provider Luxoft has announced the market’s first ZigBee Smart Energy wireless communication module for Landis+Gyr’s E350 flex meter.

By combining the quality and power of the Landis+Gyr E350 metering device with the easy-to-deploy ZigBee Smart Energy communication protocol, Luxoft enables utility companies the ability to better manage wireless devices at customer sites. As a result, utilities can significantly reduce operating costs and better allocate resources during periods of fluctuations in energy consumption.

Advanced metering reaches 8.7 percent penetration in U.S.

[img:ferc_logo full_0.gif| ]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 4, 2011 - Advanced metering penetration and potential peak load reductions from electric power demand response have both increased significantly in the United States over the past two years, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its latest “2010 Demand Response and Advanced Metering Survey.”

Western Australia utilities to pilot Energy Aware in-home display

[img:PowerTab_0.jpg| ]Perth, Australia and Vancouver, BC, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- February 2, 2011 - Western Australia power companies Synergy Electricity Retail Corporation and Western Power have launched a 2,200 home trial of Canadian developer Energy Aware Technology’s PowerTab in-home power consumption display.

The trial forms part of the Australian government's $94 million (US$ million) Solar Cities program. The Perth Solar City in Perth's Eastern Region includes the Shire of Kalamunda, Town of Belmont, Shire of Mundaring, City of Swan, Town of Bassendean and Town of Bayswater.

ZigBee for electric vehicle connection to the grid

[img:RichScholer.thumbnail.jpg|Richard Scholer, Chair,
SAE Hybrid Vehicle
Communications Task
Force Committee
]San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 31, 2011 - The ZigBee Alliance and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) have entered into a collaboration on the development of ZigBee Smart Energy to support plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and enable vehicle to grid (V2G) communication and power capabilities.

Tengelmann Energie, KiK and Deutsche Telekom launch smart meter pilot

[img:schick.thumbnail.jpg|Guido Schick,
Managing Director,
Tengelmann Energie
]Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- January 28, 2011 - Energy service provider Tengelmann Energie is partnering with KiK and Deutsche Telekom on a smart meter pilot project at 50 KiK stores.

In its market role as a metering point operator, Tengelmann Energie plans to monitor the power consumption in the KiK stores and to transmit the relevant data to its central database, to KiK, and to the relevant local network operator.

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