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.

AMI and new distribution management system for Paraguay

[img:Paraguay.thumbnail.jpg| ]Asunción, Paraguay --- (METERING.COM) --- December 2, 2010 - Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for large industrial and residential users and a new distribution management system will be among the outcomes of a new US$100 million loan from the World Bank to Paraguay’s national utility Administración Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE).

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative advances smart grid program with Incenergy

[img:Mark_Rose.thumbnail.jpg|Mark Rose, CEO
& General Manager,
Bluebonnet Electric
]Bastrop and Austin, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 2, 2010 - Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is to undertake a smart grid pilot program utilizing Incenergy LLC’s software platform to provide energy information and tools to manage electricity usage both on the consumer side of the meter and up to the grid management level.

NRG Energy launches electric vehicle charging ecosystem

[img:DavidC.thumbnail.jpg|David Crane,
President & CEO,
NRG Energy
]Houston, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 19, 2010 - NRG Energy, Inc. is launching the first privately funded, comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem in Houston, as the start of a rollout across Texas in 2011.
Under the brand name eVgo, NRG will provide electric vehicle owners throughout the greater Houston area with a convenient and affordable “home and away” fueling package. In addition to procuring and installing an EV home charging station, NRG will install and maintain public fast charging stations conveniently located along major freeways, in key shopping and business districts, at popular retailers, and in multi-family community and workplace parking areas across Harris County.

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.

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