Energy & Grid Management

News and analysis concerning the demand of energy & grid management 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 the security of supply, energy efficiency measure, smart buildings and load balancing fall within the energy and grid management category.

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,
]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,
]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.

Singapore PowerGrid selects Telvent for next generation utility technology

[img:singapore_powergrid.thumbnail.jpg| ] Singapore --- (METERING.COM) --- June 16, 2011 - Singapore PowerGrid (SPPG) has selected to work with Telvent on implementing the next generation of GIS and outage management technology, the company has announced.

With multiple Telvent solutions paired with Esri South Asia and Microsoft platforms, SPPG will be able to reduce service disruptions and associated costs caused by power outages.

Transitioning to a smart grid in the U.S.

[img:NatScienceLogo.thumbnail.JPG| ]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 15, 2011 - The smart grid is becoming a reality in the United States, with investment of more than $10 billion to date, comprised of $4.5 billion from the Recovery Act and more than $5.5 billion in matching funds from public and private stakeholders.

These funds have led to 141 smart grid grants and cooperative agreements for smart grid and energy storage technologies across the country, and inter alia the deployment of more than five million smart meters.

Smart meters help demonstrate benefits of smart grid in Sí£o Paulo

[img:aes-eletropaulo.thumbnail.jpg| ]São Paulo, Brazil --- (METERING.COM) --- June 15, 2011 - A research and development project aimed at bringing the benefits of smart meters to the city of São Paulo and setting the stage for a more reliable and efficient energy infrastructure in Brazil is being undertaken by AES Eletropaulo.


The project is utilizing GE smart meters and Trilliant’ wireless communications network to supply data to AES Eletropaulo’s meter data management center, with goals to improve system monitoring, identify problems before they occur, and reduce the duration of interruptions in energy supply.

Siemens and Tendril team up for consumer energy management solutions

[img:PaulC.thumbnail.jpg|Paul Camuti,
President Smart
Grid Applications,
Siemens Energy, Inc.
]Orlando, FL and Boulder, CO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 14, 2011 - A strategic alliance has been entered into between Siemens Energy, Inc. and Tendril to market the Tendril Connect™ platform to utilities.

Siemens will deliver the Tendril solutions to energy marketers and distribution network operators with its project management capabilities, PM@Siemens. The partnership will initially target the U.S. and Canadian markets and then expand internationally. Additionally, Siemens Venture Capital (SVC) has invested in Tendril, making this its eighth investment in the smart grid area.

Scottish and Southern Energy smart meter trial shows 10 percent saving...

[img:sse.thumbnail.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 10, 2011 - A trial by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) in the community of North Leigh, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, has shown a reduction in energy consumption by 10 percent over three consecutive months.

For this project, SSE provided smart meters to the 800-home community, making the 2,000 villagers of North Leigh some of the first in the United Kingdom to have smart meters installed in their homes. The smart meters gathered data in real time and communicated that information back to the energy supplier, and this was then made available to individuals on a website, allowing them to view their energy usage and to make informed choices to reduce their electricity demand.

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