Smart Grid

News, insights and utility activities concerning developments and improvements to the electric grid, transmission lines, substations, transformers and distribution network. Furthermore, we highlight the digital technology, communication protocols, controls, automation and technology that allows for two-way communication between the utility and its customers, allowing for smart response and demand management. The category also includes the influence of consumer interaction with smart devices within smart homes and the associated impact on tariffs and supply, as well as any and all topics relating to the power delivery system and energy consumption.

MOU signed for smart grid pilot in India

[img:Distribution%20(Custom).thumbnail.jpg| ]Puducherry, India --- (METERING.COM) --- March 6, 2012 - The first of eight smart grid pilots proposed by the India Smart Grid Task Force is to be undertaken in the Puducherry Town limit.

Under a memorandum of understanding between the Puducherry government’s Electricity Department and the Power Grid Corporation of India, the project will be implemented by the PGCIL and its associates, with no financial implication for the local government or citizens of Puducherry.

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.

Draft smart grid roadmap for India released

[img:Picture1_0.jpg| ]New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- March 5, 2012 - A draft smart grid vision and roadmap for India to 2027 and beyond has been released for consultation by the India Smart Grid Forum.

According to the six-page document the proposed smart grid vision is that by 2027 the Indian power sector is transformed into “a secure, adaptive, efficient and sustainable system that provides reliable and competitive energy to meet the needs and aspirations of all citizens through active participation of all stakeholders and innovative technologies and policies.”

4G wireless technology proof of concept demonstrated for grid automation

[img:LarsN.thumbnail.jpg|Prof. Lars
Nordström, KTH
]Stockholm, Sweden --- (METERING.COM) --- March 5, 2012 - A proof of concept demonstrator using 4G wireless technology, also known as LTE (Long Term Evolution), for substation automation has been developed and tested at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in collaboration with Ericsson.

With 4G, the transfer of information has reached the level required for operation and maintenance of critical infrastructure. The technology offers a guarantee of quality and a future-proof uniform standard. With a clear roadmap for future improvements, such as LTE-Advanced, wireless broadband technology becomes applicable in areas with high demands on reliability and availability.

Smart grid revenues to exceed $125 bn in 2017

[img:Farah-Saeed_0.jpg|Farah Saeed,
Principal Consultant,
Frost & Sullivan
]Mountain View, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 2, 2012 - Smart grid market revenues are expected to increase over the next five years from $23.97 billion in 2010 up to $125.15 billion in 2017, according to Frost & Sullivan.

However, despite the heavy investments, the industry is far from achieving its goal of deploying a true smart grid. Manufacturers promoting their smart grid technology to utilities have to contend with several issues such as securing financial backing, marketing in a highly cyclical and unpredictable market, and consumer backlash.

Smart Grid Investment Model completed

[img:sgschem.thumbnail.jpg| ]Orlando, FL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 2, 2012 - After a two-year development project including application at 15 utilities, the Smart Grid Investment Model has been completed as a stand-alone software application.

The Model, from the Smart Grid Research Consortium, which began as a research and service project at Texas A&M University, is aimed to provide a comprehensive financial analysis framework covering all aspects of smart grid costs and benefits.

Final Smart Grid Framework 2.0 released

[img:arnold_2.jpg|George Arnold,
National Coordinator
for Smart Grid
Interoperability, NIST
]Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 1, 2012 - The final Release 2.0 of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards setting out a plan for transforming the United States’ power system into an interoperable smart grid is now available.

Hitachi and Silver Spring Networks form smart grid strategic alliance

[img:Yutaka.thumbnail.jpg|Yutaka Saito,
VP and Executive
Officer, Hitachi
]Tokyo, Japan and Redwood City, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 28, 2012 - Hitachi and Silver Spring Networks have formed a strategic alliance under which the two companies propose to offer integrated solutions to power utilities and power users in the global smart grid sector.

The alliance is aimed to strengthen the two companies’ solutions and expand their businesses around the world. They will jointly undertake R&D for new products and solutions for the smart grid.

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™.

KTH to host SweGRIDS smart grids center

[img:Rajeev.thumbnail.jpg|Prof. Rajeev
Thottappillil, head
of SweGRIDS center
]Stockholm, Sweden --- (METERING.COM) --- February 27, 2012 - KTH Royal Institute of Technology has been selected to anchor the new Swedish Center for Smart Grids and Energy Storage (SweGRIDS), bringing together academia with industry and public utilities to tackle the European Union’s ambitious targets for improved energy efficiency.

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