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.

New energy display association launched in U.K.

[img:JohnPa_0.jpg|John Parson,
BEAMA Director,
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 24, 2011 - The Consumer Energy Display Industry Group (CEDIG) has been launched by Britain’s electrotechnical industry association BEAMA to serve as the voice of the country’s energy display industry.

Energy displays have proven highly successful in helping consumers to reduce electricity consumption, and they form an important component of the U.K.’s national smart meter program.

First small scale demand side projects providing frequency regulation in PJM

[img:AndrewLOtt.thumbnail.jpg|Andrew L. Ott,
PJM Senior VP –
Market Services
]Valley Forge, PA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 23, 2011 - The first frequency regulation services from small scale demand resources have been received by PJM Interconnection under new rules allowing smaller projects to participate in the company’s regulation market.

$8 million for consumer energy management programs in U.S.

[img:Chu.thumbnail.jpeg|Steven Chu, U.S.
Energy Secretary
]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 22, 2011 - The United States Department of Energy is making available up to $8 million in funding to encourage utilities, local governments, and communities to create programs that empower consumers to better manage their electricity use through improved access to their consumption data.

Energy@Home project to begin in-home trials

[img:Claud_0.JPG|Claudio Borean,
task leader
]Milan, Italy --- (METERING.COM) --- November 15, 2011 - The Energy@Home project is now ready to field test in 100 homes over the coming months, project task leader Claudio Borean has announced.

The project, which is being undertaken by a consortium led by Enel, Telecom Italia, Electrolux and Indesit, envisions a program that can provide users with information on their household energy consumption directly on the display of a metering appliance or remotely on a smartphone or computer. Using this information, consumers will be able to assess their energy use for home appliances and potentially enhance the energy efficiency of their entire house.

BT expects to cut energy bills by £13 million a year...

[img:richard%20tarboton.thumbnail.jpg|Richard Tarboton,
BT’s Director of
Energy and Carbon
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 10, 2011 - BT expects to shave £13 million a year off its energy bills, and reduce its carbon footprint by five per cent, by introducing smart meters and a smart energy management and control system across thousands of its offices, telephone exchanges and data centers.

Advanced metering and demand response increases in U.S.

[img:ferc_logo%20full_0.gif| ]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 8, 2011 - The penetration of advanced meters has reached 13.4 percent in 2011, up from 8.7 percent in 2009, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) latest annual assessment of advanced metering and demand response.

This figure corresponds to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) sample of 420 utilities, which had 9.7 million advanced meters out of a total 72.4 million meters as of June 2011. However, if advanced meters that have been installed but which have not yet been activated are also included, based on Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE) data the penetration may be over 18 percent, at 27.3 million meters.

Learning thermostat based on Apple expertise

[img:cooling_0.jpg| ]Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 3, 2011 - Two ex Apple employees have launched what they say is the world’s first “learning” thermostat, that learns from the user’s behaviors, preferences and surroundings to create a custom heating and cooling schedule to keep them comfortable when at home and conserve energy when away.

Snap shot of demand response in Europe

[img:SEDC.thumbnail.JPG| ]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- November 1, 2011 - A repeated pattern of regulatory barriers stretching across most of the European Union is effectively halting the establishment of demand response programs and the ability of third parties, such as aggregators to enter the electricity markets, as well as also severely limiting the programs which can be developed by incumbent players, such as suppliers and network companies, according to a new study from the Smart Energy Demand Coalition.

Lafayette Utilities selects Elster’s Energy Axis

[img:hands%20shaking.thumbnail.jpg| ]October 28, 2011 - Elster announced today that Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) has chosen EnergyAxis ® as its multi-utility Smart Grid solution.  Partially funded by a United States Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant, the $11.6 million deployment will provide energy-saving benefits to LUS customers.

The turnkey project is anticipated to be installed on a 12-month deployment schedule with completion in 2013.    

eMeter EnergyIP prepares for strong Brazilian market growth

[img:garybloom_0.jpg|Gary Bloom,
CEO, eMeter
]October 27, 2011 - eMeter, a global smart grid software platform provider, today announced that a Portuguese language version of eMeter EnergyIP®, an industry leading energy information management platform and an SAP-qualified business solution, will be available in Brazil by December 2011.

eMeter EnergyIP is the industry's leading information platform that delivers event-driven information and automation in real-time to integrate utility operations and manage the smart grid. eMeter EnergyIP enables electric, gas and water utilities to realize the full benefits of their automated metering infrastructure (AMI) and other Smart Grid initiatives. eMeter also provides its EnergyIP software to European, Asian and North American markets. The company has 40 customers in 11 countries and its products serve as the information platform for two of the largest most successful smart grid deployments in the world.

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