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.

Digi Intl and GEO collaborate to develop energy system for Europe

[img:handshake.thumbnail.jpg| ]February 14, 2011 - Digi International and Green Energy Options (GEO) today announced  that they are entering a joint collaboration agreement to develop a real-time, web-based energy management system for the European utility market. The new energy consumption information and control solution is based on the iDigi platform and Digi X-Grid solution, a solution for extending the power grid beyond the meter.

EU Energy Commisioner outlines agenda for Europe

[img:Gunther.thumbnail.jpg|Günther Oettinger,
EU Commissioner
]February 14, 2011 - Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy Security for Europe in a speech at Kings College London outlined the potential for a new energy policy.  In summary he stated that now is time to pave the way for another European integration project of vast potential: a true European energy policy.

Luxoft develops ZigBee Smart Energy communication module for Landis+Gyr

[img:Mikhail-Minkevich_0.jpg|Michael Minkevich,
VP Technology
Services, Luxoft
]Moscow, Russia and New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 9, 2011 - Application and product engineering outsourcing services provider Luxoft has announced the market’s first ZigBee Smart Energy wireless communication module for Landis+Gyr’s E350 flex meter.

By combining the quality and power of the Landis+Gyr E350 metering device with the easy-to-deploy ZigBee Smart Energy communication protocol, Luxoft enables utility companies the ability to better manage wireless devices at customer sites. As a result, utilities can significantly reduce operating costs and better allocate resources during periods of fluctuations in energy consumption.

Advanced metering reaches 8.7 percent penetration in U.S.

[img:ferc_logo full_0.gif| ]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 4, 2011 - Advanced metering penetration and potential peak load reductions from electric power demand response have both increased significantly in the United States over the past two years, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its latest “2010 Demand Response and Advanced Metering Survey.”

Western Australia utilities to pilot Energy Aware in-home display

[img:PowerTab_0.jpg| ]Perth, Australia and Vancouver, BC, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- February 2, 2011 - Western Australia power companies Synergy Electricity Retail Corporation and Western Power have launched a 2,200 home trial of Canadian developer Energy Aware Technology’s PowerTab in-home power consumption display.

The trial forms part of the Australian government's $94 million (US$ million) Solar Cities program. The Perth Solar City in Perth's Eastern Region includes the Shire of Kalamunda, Town of Belmont, Shire of Mundaring, City of Swan, Town of Bassendean and Town of Bayswater.

ZigBee for electric vehicle connection to the grid

[img:RichScholer.thumbnail.jpg|Richard Scholer, Chair,
SAE Hybrid Vehicle
Communications Task
Force Committee
]San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 31, 2011 - The ZigBee Alliance and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) have entered into a collaboration on the development of ZigBee Smart Energy to support plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and enable vehicle to grid (V2G) communication and power capabilities.

Tengelmann Energie, KiK and Deutsche Telekom launch smart meter pilot

[img:schick.thumbnail.jpg|Guido Schick,
Managing Director,
Tengelmann Energie
]Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- January 28, 2011 - Energy service provider Tengelmann Energie is partnering with KiK and Deutsche Telekom on a smart meter pilot project at 50 KiK stores.

In its market role as a metering point operator, Tengelmann Energie plans to monitor the power consumption in the KiK stores and to transmit the relevant data to its central database, to KiK, and to the relevant local network operator.

Up to 40 percent saving in U.K. energy saving trial

[img:Saving Elec.thumbnail.jpg| ]Birmingham, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 25, 2011 - Participants in a recent energy saving trial in the U.K. Midlands saved an average 46 kWh of electricity over the 12 week trial, with some participants saving up to 40 percent of their energy usage.

Further over the trial period, the homes taking part in the trial saved over 10 tonnes of CO2, according to a statement on the project.

Control4 to deploy home energy management solution for AEP Ohio’s gridSMART®...

[img:Richard_Walker.thumbnail.jpg|Richard Walker,
Control4 Energy
]Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 19, 2011 - AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, has selected IP-based home control systems provider Control4 to supply its home energy management solution as part of the utility’s smart grid demonstration project.

AEP Ohio's $150 million gridSMART® demonstration project, funded in part by a Smart Grid Demonstration Grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is being deployed in northeast central Ohio. The project is designed to demonstrate the full benefits of installing a comprehensive distribution smart grid for consumers and the utility and includes approximately 110,000 advanced electricity meters, new distribution grid technology, distributed energy sources, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, smart appliances, and consumer systems and products to help customers manage electricity use and costs.

Miami-Dade libraries latest to offer home energy monitors

[img:Watt_0.jpg| ]Miami, FL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 14, 2010 - The Miami-Dade Public Library System has become the latest to offer home energy monitors for check out by patrons alongside books or movies.

The Kill-A-Watt monitors have been supplied by Miami-Dade’s Office of Sustainability as part of the County's Energy Efficiency Campaign. The 150 monitors will be circulated among the Library’s 48 branches, where they can be checked out for up to 14 days.

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