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.

Centerpoint Energy smart meter pilot demonstrates change in customer energy consumption...

[img:Mercado_0.jpg|Kenny Mercado,
CenterPoint Energy
Houston Electric's
division Senior VP,
Regulated Operations
Technology
]Houston, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 27, 2011 - CenterPoint Energy has released the results of a 500 participant smart meter in-home display pilot program begun last fall, finding that 71 percent reported changed electricity consumption behavior as a result of the energy use data they accessed on the displays.

FERC finds no sufficient consensus for smart grid interoperability standards

[img:Jon%20Wellinghoff_0.jpg|Jon Wellinghoff,
Chairman, FERC
] Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 21, 2011 The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has found that there is insufficient consensus to institute a rulemaking proceeding to adopt the group of smart grid standards that has been under consideration.

The five families of standards, which help to enable efficient and secure exchanges of information within and across smart grid domains, were:

HGI releases home gateway software requirements

[img:Duncan%20B.thumbnail.jpg|Duncan Bees,
Chief Technical
& Business Officer,
HGI
]Sophia Antipolis, France --- (METERING.COM) --- July 20, 2011 - The Home Gateway Initiative has published a document setting out the requirements that support software applications on the home gateway within a flexible, managed framework.

The document, “Requirements for Software Modularity on the Home Gateway” (HGI-RD008-3), is expected to bring service providers closer to making more next generation applications a reality.

Two new demand response reports released

[img:Dan%20Delurey.thumbnail_0.JPG|Dan Delurey,
Executive Director,
NAPC
]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 12, 2011 - Two new reports on demand response have been released in recent days – an action guide on demand response and smart grid communications from the National Action Plan Coalition (NAPC), and a summary of recent state policy activities in the area of demand response and smart grid from the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS).

First Utility and Opower partner on energy saving program

[img:MarkD.thumbnail.jpg|Mark Daeche,
First Utility
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 12, 2011-07-11 - U.K. independent energy company First Utility has entered into a partnership with U.S. efficiency and smart grid software company Opower to the company’s home energy management program to First Utility customers.

The program is expected to help First Utility customers find ways to save on their bills. Deployed to all U.K. households, the program is believed to have the potential to save consumers as much as £400 million on energy bills annually.

European energy efficiency directive aims to meet 2020 20% target

[img:Gunther.thumbnail.jpg|Günther Oettinger,
EC Energy
Commissioner
]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 6, 2011 - The European Commission last week released an Energy Efficiency Directive aiming to achieve the 2020 target of a 20 percent energy saving, with smart metering and billing set to play a key role.

The Directive, which presents the legislative framework for putting into place binding measures on energy efficiency, expects that major energy savings for consumers will result from easy and free-of-charge access to data on real-time and historical energy consumption through more accurate individual metering and billing, which will empower consumers to better manage their energy consumption.

Programmable thermostats demonstrate peak load reduction

[img:oge.thumbnail.jpg| ]Ottawa, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- July 5, 2011 - In a pilot project with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E), residential customers using smart thermostats achieved a peak reduction of 1.92 kW per home representing an average maximum of over 50 percent, far surpassing the goal of 1.3 kW.

Further, these results were accomplished exclusively with pricing signals where consumers could choose to opt-in and select their level of participation. Price signals were delivered with high reliability to consumers, providing them with timely decision-making information.

Microsoft Hohm to be discontinued

[img:hohm.thumbnail.jpg| ]San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 1, 2011 - Microsoft has announced that it is to discontinue its online energy application Hohm, citing slow market adoption of the service.

Hohm will continue to operate through May 31, 2012.

In a blog post, Microsoft says that Hohm has helped demonstrate the critical role of information in helping people and organizations improve how energy is generated, distributed and ultimately consumed, and feedback from customers and partners has remained encouraging throughout its beta period. However, due to the slow overall market adoption of the service, the company is instead focusing its efforts on products and solutions more capable of supporting long standing growth within this evolving market.

Energy management research center to open at Swinburne

[img:lsterling.thumbnail.jpg|Professor Leon Sterling,
Dean of Swinburne’s
Faculty of Information
& Communication
Technologies
]Hawthorn, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- June 29, 2011 - Swinburne University of Technology is partnering with home energy management company GreenWave Reality to open an Energy Management Research Center (EMRC) at its Hawthorn campus.

Demand response is the “cool thing to do” in Britain

[img:ENA%20UK.thumbnail.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 28, 2011 - Demand response will be one of the mechanisms likely to change the way that society thinks of and uses energy in Britain and to achieve an optimal outcome, society will need to be convinced that it is the “cool thing to do.”

According to a recent report, GB Demand Response, prepared by Kema for Britain’s Energy Network Association (ENA), demand response provides seven specific opportunities. These are:

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