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.

Smart meters not enough to reduce residential power use and electric...

[img:Nadel.thumbnail.jpeg|Steven Nadel,
Executive Director,
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).

Energy usage information standards to be developed by NAESB

[img:NAESB.thumbnail.jpg| ]Knoxville, TN, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 30, 2010 - The North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) is to develop a basic energy usage data model standard, with a commitment to complete the standard before the end of 2010.

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.

Power analytics gateway introduced

[img:Mark%20A_0.jpg|Mark A. Ascolese,
Chairman and CEO,
EDSA
]San Diego, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 28, 2010 - Power analytics solutions developer EDSA has unveiled its patented Power Analytics Gateway™ (EPAG™) data integration platform that allows electrical energy monitoring and management systems from major vendors to exchange data.

The technology is being deployed in applications including microgrids and data centers.

First TV white spaces smart grid trial launched

[img:tv_spectrum_0.jpg| ]Portola, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 25, 2010 - Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative & Telecommunications (PSREC) in partnership with software and services provider Spectrum Bridge, Inc. and Google have launched the first smart grid wireless network trial in the United States utilizing TV white spaces spectrum.

With its outstanding propagation characteristics, ability to penetrate foliage and non-line of sight connectivity, TV white spaces – the unused spaces in the spectrum used by TV broadcasters – was selected by PSREC to enable smart grid technologies to investigate more efficient ways to manage its supply and demand of electricity, improve system control and data acquisition (SCADA) with its substations, and provide broadband internet access to underserved areas.

Genius Box launched to network home appliances and power sources

[img:appliance.thumbnail.jpg| ]Dubai, United Arab Emirates --- (METERING.COM) --- June 24, 2010 - A Bluetooth enabled network device dubbed the Genius Box which networks home appliances with local power sources has been introduced by Dubai-based next generation energy technology developer Axial Vector Energy Corporation.

The Genius Box monitors and intelligently controls the start up and shutdown of individual Bluetooth networked home appliances (e.g. pool equipment, air conditioners, electric dryers, electric water heaters, etc.) during peak hours. The device also coordinates the selective start up and shutdown of local solar, wind and utility supply to optimize power generation credits, load balance, and reduce peak rate demand on the public power grid.

Substantial policymaking on demand response under way in U.S.

[img:Dan%20Delurey.thumbnail_0.JPG|Dan Delurey,
Executive Director,
DRCC
]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 23, 2010 - A substantial amount of state policymaking related to demand response, smart metering and the smart grid has happened recently or is presently underway, according to a new report from the Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC).

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.

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