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.

European Smart Energy Demand Coalition launched

[img:Jessica.thumbnail.jpg|Jessica Stromback,
Executive Director,
]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- November 16, 2010 - Industry participants including utilities, technology companies, and industry groups have launched the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC) as a European trade association for companies that provide products and services in the areas of demand response and smart grid.

ORION in-home water consumption display launched

[img:ORION_0.jpg| ]Brown Deer, WI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 12, 2010 - A new remote water consumption display for utilities to provide to their customers is being launched by Badger Meter.

The company’s ORION in-home display (IHD) is compatible with any water meter that is connected to a Badger Meter ORION automatic meter reading (AMR) system, and it enables end customers to monitor their water use from inside their home.

IBM in smart grid pilots in Shanghai and South Korea

[img:Distribution (Custom).thumbnail.jpg| ]Shanghai, China and Seoul, South Korea --- (METERING.COM) --- November 9, 2010 - IBM has announced its participation in smart grid pilot developments with Shanghai Electric Power Company in Shanghai and with POSCO ICT on the Jeju Island demonstration in South Korea.

The Shanghai project has involved the development of a new technology, now being piloted with Shanghai Power, to help energy companies manage power outages more effectively while improving productivity. The Integrated Distribution Outage Planner (IDOP) is an online, real time outage planning tool, which integrates data from relevant departments and processes and manages the schedule of different types of power outage tasks. Using analytics and optimization technology, the IDOP allows the power grid to draw data across the company to conduct analysis of possible factors causing outage and excessive energy consumption. It also can provide scientific arrangements of outage tasks, including the time frame and load transfer path for each outage task. This helps to minimize security risks, increase workload balance, and reduce the amount of time spent on monthly coordination of scheduled power outages from half a month to just a few days. 

Ontario’s largest electricity and gas companies join forces to help business...

[img:AnthonyH.thumbnail.jpg|Anthony Haines,
President & CEO,
Toronto Hydro
]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- November 9, 2010 - Ontario’s Coalition of Large Distributors has launched a framework to encourage the province’s largest businesses to contribute towards meeting the province’s energy savings goals.

The framework includes new energy conservation incentive programs, which are in the final stages of development and will be launched January 1, 2011. These include:

New Zealand’s Mighty River Power to trial Onzo’s smart energy kit

[img:JamesMunro.thumbnail.jpg|James Munro, GM
Retail and Corporate
Affairs, Mighty
River Power
]Auckland, New Zealand and London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 3, 2010 - New Zealand power company Mighty River Power is to trial British customer intelligence solutions provider Onzo’s smart energy kit.

Onzo will supply Mighty River Power’s retail arm, Mercury Energy, with the smart energy kit, which will be trialled to determine the impact of providing customers with information about how much energy they are using, how much it’s costing them and how to reduce or change their consumption.

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.

EU research initiative under way to increase electronic device efficiency and...

[img:AdrianI_0.jpg|Prof. Adrian M.
Ionescu, Nanolab,
Ecole Polytechnique
Federale de
]Lausanne, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- October 28, 2010 - A major research initiative involving leading academic and corporate research organizations across Europe has been announced to address the growth in energy consumption by electronic devices, ranging from mobile phones to laptops to televisions to supercomputers, both when active and in standby.

NRECA releases interoperability and cyber security plan

[img:Security.thumbnail.jpeg| ]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 26, 2010 - The U.S. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has released an “Interoperability and Cyber Security Plan” for cooperatives participating in a nationwide smart grid demonstration project.

The plan, which was developed by NRECA’s Cooperative Research Network (CRN), sets out the interoperability and cyber security requirements that will be incorporated in the demonstration by the 18 participating coops.

Communicator EXT 3.0 smart metering energy management software suite for Windows®...

[img:Windows7_0.jpg| ]Westbury, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 26, 2010 - A new version of the energy management software suite, Communicator EXT 3.0, that is compatible with Microsoft's Vista® and Windows® 7 platforms is now available, Electro Industries/GaugeTech has announced.

Communicator EXT 3.0 is designed to monitor, control and analyze the use of electricity with easy-to-use, powerful tools. Based on modern software technology, Communicator EXT lets users harness the power of smart metering technology, including multi-generational support for modern and legacy meters installed worldwide.
“It has always been our passion to be in the frontier of new technology,” commented Electro Industries' CEO, Erran Kagan. “Early adoption of Windows® 7 support within our full product offering shows our commitment to staying in the forefront of leadership.”

KCP&L selects Tendril for smart grid demonstration project

[img:adrian_0.gif|Adrian Tuck,
CEO, Tendril
]Kansas City, KS and Boulder, CO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 25, 2010 - KCP&L has selected energy management technology provider Tendril to provide its end-to-end energy management and consumer engagement platform for the company’s four-year-long smart grid demonstration project.

The Tendril solution will provide home energy management devices such as in-home displays, load control switches, smart thermostats and appliances, as well as capabilities to support emerging technology such as electric vehicle (EV) recharging and distributed generation. The platform helps customers gain insight and control over their energy use by utilizing products and applications that communicate directly with KCP&L’s existing infrastructure, and subsequently provide customers with the information they need to make good energy management choices day to day. The platform also allows the utility to better understand customer energy usage patterns and better manage load to avoid major service interruptions.

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