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.

Smart energy and smart grid central to future power supply in...

[img:EEnergy.thumbnail.jpg| ]Berlin, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- April 16, 2012 - Smart energy and smart grid technologies can make a central contribution to meeting the challenges of future power supply in Germany, according to an interim review of the E-Energy initiative.

In particular, matching the use times of electric power in households and enterprises with electricity supply can contribute to integrating renewables into the distribution grids. Further, initial trials with new electronic market platforms have made promising progress.

Cuming County Public Power District deploys Aclara demand response system

[img:Elwood.thumbnail.jpg|Elwood Moore,
General Manager,
]West Point, NE and St Louis, MO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 10, 2012 - Nebraska’s Cuming County Public Power District (CCPPD) is to deploy Aclara’s Demand Response Management System (DRMS) to expand the load control capabilities of its existing TWACS network infrastructure.

The DRMS will enable CCPPD to dramatically improve upon its traditional load control model with flexible demand response capabilities and powerful analytics through a unified command-and-control center. With DRMS, CCPPD will be able to gain control of irrigation loads, automatically initiate and terminate events in response to signals from its wholesale power provider, and maintain load levels based on a pre-defined threshold.

SGIP approves two new Priority Action Plans

[img:SGIP.thumbnail.jpg| ]Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 5, 2012 - The governing board of the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel has approved two news Priority Action plans (PAP) on market interfaces for demand response and the Green Button initiative.

PAP 19 – Wholesale Demand Response Communication Profile is aimed to identify electricity market requirements and gaps with current standards frameworks (including among others Energy Interoperation, OpenADR profiles and the IEC Common Information Modeling) to adequately address the role of demand response wholesale market interfaces in the smart grid. While adequate for today's business models, enhancement of wholesale market interfaces is desirable to meet evolving smart grid architectures.

Navetas secures £5m investment from Sensus

[img:ChrisS.thumbnail.jpg|Chris Saunders,
CEO, Navetas
Energy Management
]Ipswich, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 5, 2012 - British start-up Navetas Energy Management has secured a £5 million investment from Sensus, which will see its “disaggregation” technology being launched in the U.S. market.

The investment deal will result in Sensus acquiring a 15 percent stake in Navetas and an exclusive licence agreement under which the Navetas technology will be integrated into Sensus’s next generation smart meters for the U.S. market, due to launch in 2013.

Opower Facebook social energy app launched

[img:DanY_0.jpg|Dan Yates, CEO,
]Arlington, VA, Menlo Park, CA, and Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 4, 2012 - In conjunction with 16 utilities representing 20 million households and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Opower has launched a Facebook platform social energy app.

The app is aimed to enable people to take action and become more energy efficient, by quickly and easily benchmarking their home’s energy usage against similar homes, comparing energy use with friends, entering energy saving competitions, and sharing tips on how to become more energy efficient.

HAN interoperability demonstrated in Britain

[img:british_flag_0.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 3 2012 - Britain’s Smart Specification Working Group (SSWG) has successfully demonstrated the capability of smart metering devices from leading manufacturers utilizing the Group’s set of open specifications to work together in a home area network (HAN).

The SSWG’s specifications are based on the ZigBee platform and they  support communication and networking between core HAN components, including smart gas and electricity meters, communications hubs, head end systems and in-home devices.

Model microgrids in India and South Africa from Echelon

[img:Michael%20A.thumbnail.jpg|Michael Anderson,
Senior VP Worldwide
Markets, Echelon
]San Jose, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 30, 2012 - Two microgrid deployments in India and South Africa that integrate distributed generation to compensate for disruptions in utility supplied power have been announced by Echelon.

The deployments are built on Echelon's open standard, multi-application energy control networking platform powered by its Control Operating System (COS) and incorporate application software and services from its respective local partners Grene Robotics in India and Power Meter Technics in South Africa.

Gas Technology Institute launches emerging energy efficiency technology program in North...

[img:RyanK_0.jpg|Ryan Kerr,
Manager Emerging
Technologies, GTI
]Des Plaines, IL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 28, 2012 - The U.S. Gas Technology Institute (GTI) recently launched an industry collaborative to drive the deployment of energy efficient emerging technologies and solutions in the U.S. and Canada.

The Emerging Technology Program (ETP) is focused on accelerating the commercialization and adoption of the latest end use and energy efficiency technologies. The program is designed to help companies identify and evaluate the most promising products and integrated solutions and assess their suitability for future use in the marketplace. The collaborative will leverage the collective intelligence, expertise, and funding of members from the natural gas industry to help deploy new technologies.

Perth Solar City energy efficiency trial reduces home power costs

[img:energy_efficiency_tcm2-18447.thumbnail.jpg| ]Perth, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- March 27, 2012 - Preliminary results from Western Power’s energy efficiency trial as part of the Perth Solar City program have shown that households can halve their power bills – and even with no cost to the householder, electricity bills can be easily reduced by nearly 10% simply by turning off lights and appliances when not in use.

Green Button initiative to be expanded by 15 million households

[img:JohnHold.thumbnail.jpg|Dr John P. Holdren,
Director, White House
Office of Science and
Technology Policy
]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 23, 2012 - At a meeting at the White House yesterday utilities and companies gave commitments to expand the availability of the Green Button initiative by more than 15 million households.

The nine utilities that will provide the Green Button are American Electric Power (5.3 million customers in 11 states), Austin Energy (400,000 customers), Baltimore Gas and Electric (1.2 million customers), CenterPoint Energy (1.8 million households), Commonwealth Edison (3.4 million households), NSTAR (1.1 million households), PECO (1.4 million households), Reliant (500,000 households), and Virginia Dominion Power (2.4 million customers).

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