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 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:

Google to retire PowerMeter

[img:BillW.thumbnail.jpg|Bill Weihl,
Google Green
Energy Czar
]Mountain View, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 27, 2011 - Google is to “retire” its PowerMeter web-based energy monitoring tool from September 16, the company has announced.

In a blog posted by Google green energy czar Bill Weihl, he writes that the PowerMeter was first launched as a project to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to data surrounding their energy usage. However, while there’s been more attention brought to this issue since the launch, which was in February 2009, the company’s efforts have not scaled as quickly as it would have liked.

10 home energy technology companies to receive $63 million in ecomagination...

[img:beth_comstock.thumbnail.jpg|Beth Comstock,
Senior VP & Chief
Marketing Officer, GE
]New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 24, 2011 - Ten home energy technology companies are to receive a total of $63 million investment from GE and its venture capital partners and five companies will each receive a $100,000 grant to further develop innovative technologies in the second round of funding under GE’s $200 million ecomagination Challenge.

GRID 21 non-profit launched to advance smart grid deployment

[img:SteveHauser.thumbnail.jpg|Steve Hauser,
Executive Director,
GRID 21
]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 17, 2011 - GRID 21 has been launched by the GridWise Alliance in the United States as a non-profit committed to engaging electricity customers in using a new generation of tools and technologies to better manage their electricity consumption.

Hydro-Québec and partners to roll out PEV public charging network

[img:Thiery_0.jpg|Thierry Vandal,
CEO, Hydro-Québec
]Montreal, QC, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- June 17, 2011 - Hydro-Québec and its partners, RONA, les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, METRO and the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), have announced plans to roll out “The Electric Circuit” – a public charging network for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that they expect to be Canada's first.

ISO launches ISO 50001 energy management standard

[img:RobSteele.thumbnail.jpg|Rob Steele,
Secretary-General,
ISO
]Geneva, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- June 17, 2011 - The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has launched the standard ISO 50001 on energy management systems.

ISO 50001:2011, Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, is intended to provide organizations with a recognized framework for integrating energy performance into their management practices.

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