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.

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).

Proposed specifications for low cost meter for India released

[img:cea-head_0.jpg| ]New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- March 8, 2012 - The proposed functional requirement specifications for a cost effective single phase smart meter for the Indian market have been released for consultation.

The specifications, prepared by a committee comprising representatives from government, utilities and vendors for the India Smart Grid Task Force, are aimed at a solution for the large scale rollout of smart metering across India.

Home energy management device market to soar in the next five...

[img:lisaarrowsmith.thumbnail.jpg|Lisa Arrowsmith,
Senior Analyst,
IMS Research
]Wellingborough, UK ---- (METERING.COM) --- March 7, 2012 - Over the next five years over 25 million home energy management devices, such as smart thermostats, smart energy displays, and smart appliances with the ability to communicate with smart meters, will be shipped in the U.S., while in the U.K. over £2.4 billion will be spent on such devices.

Eight Indian cities be supplied with SCADA/DMS by Siemens

[img:Maharashtra.thumbnail.jpg| ]Mumbai, India --- (METERING.COM) --- March 7, 2012  - The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. has placed an order with Siemens for the installation of turnkey supervisory control and data acquisition technology (SCADA/DMS) for the power distribution networks in eight cities.

The €18.5 million order has been awarded in connection with the Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Program funded by the Indian government. The SCADA/DMS systems are to be installed and ready for operation by June 2013 and are expected to improve the availability and transparency of the distribution networks and cut the related power losses by as much as 15 percent.

Cloud-based energy management solution for residential customers from Comcast and EcoFactor

[img:Bowling_Mitch.thumbnail.jpg|Mitch Bowling,
Senior VP and GM
of New Businesses,
Comcast Cable
]Philadelphia, PA and Redwood City, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 6, 2012 - Comcast is the latest communications provider to expand in the home energy space with an agreement with energy management solution provider EcoFactor to create a new service that optimizes the heating and cooling patterns of a home and integrates with the Xfinity Home platform.

Tendril acquires energy audit software developer Recurve

[img:adrian_0.gif|Adrian Tuck,
CEO, Tendril
]Boulder, CO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 28, 2012 - Energy software provider Tendril is to expand its offerings with the acquisition of home energy audits and residential retrofit software developer Recurve.

Over time, Tendril will incorporate the Recurve residential energy auditing software and analytics into its cloud platform, TendrilConnect™.

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