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.

Pecan Street project goes live with first phase of smart grid...

[img:Brew.thumbnail.jpg|Brewster McCracken,
Executive Director,
Pecan Street
Project Inc
]Austin, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 2, 2011 - The first phase of the Pecan Street smart grid demonstration project has gone live in Austin's Mueller community following completion of the systems installation, Pecan Street Project Inc. has announced.

Deployed by Austin-based Incenergy LLC, the home smart grid systems capture minute-to-minute energy usage for the whole home and six major appliances or systems. To date the systems have been deployed in 100 homes at Mueller, all of which are green built and 11 of which have rooftop solar PV systems, at an installed cost per home of $341 ($241 for equipment plus $100 for installation).

Western Australia utilities to pilot Energy Aware in-home display

[img:PowerTab_0.jpg| ]Perth, Australia and Vancouver, BC, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- February 2, 2011 - Western Australia power companies Synergy Electricity Retail Corporation and Western Power have launched a 2,200 home trial of Canadian developer Energy Aware Technology’s PowerTab in-home power consumption display.

The trial forms part of the Australian government's $94 million (US$ million) Solar Cities program. The Perth Solar City in Perth's Eastern Region includes the Shire of Kalamunda, Town of Belmont, Shire of Mundaring, City of Swan, Town of Bassendean and Town of Bayswater.

Smart City San Diego initiative launched

[img:epKnight_0.jpg|Jessie Knight Jr.,
Chairman and CEO,
]San Diego, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 2, 2011 - The Smart City San Diego initiative has been launched, combining the resources of a broad mix of organizations to develop and implement initiatives that will improve the San Diego region’s energy independence, empower consumers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and drive economic growth.

Elster partners to enhance its AMI and smart grid solutions

[img:handshake.thumbnail.jpg| ]San Diego, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 2, 2011 - Elster has entered into two partnerships with power and automation group ABB and automation system security management provider Industrial Defender to enhance its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart grid solutions.

The partnership with ABB has led to the integration of Elster's ALPHA-based medium voltage (MV) AGI node monitoring and communications platform with ABB's new SCC-125 split core combination voltage and current sensor. The integrated product will provide remote wireless feeder monitoring at the medium voltage level, and combined and time synchronized with other system-level data will enable utilities to more efficiently monitor and operate their distribution network.

Duke Energy to collaborate with KEMA to develop smart grid interoperability...

[img:Mohler-DW_0.jpg|David Mohler,
Chief Technology
Officer, Duke Energy
]Burlington, MA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) February 1, 2011 - Duke Energy is to collaborate with KEMA on developing smart grid interoperability testing and certification capabilities.

The Smart Grid Interop Lab will provide utilities and technology suppliers independent verification of device specifications. It will also certify smart grid product and service interoperability, performance, and compliance with existing and emerging standards.

Atos Origin and NXP introduce end-to-end security in the smart grid

[img:Distribution (Custom).thumbnail.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 31, 2011 - Atos Origin subsidiary Atos Worldline and NXP Semiconductors N.V. have announced an end-to-end security and authentication solution designed to protect smart grid networks against energy theft, privacy breaches and grid attacks.

The solution brings Atos Worldline’s Energy Security Service (ESS) and Smart Meter Personalisation (SMP) together with secure last-mile devices and authentication technology from NXP, a leader in security IC solutions. Together, Atos Worldline and NXP are able to provide end-to-end security – from the smart meter to the meter data management platform, and from the smart meter to end devices in the grid.

New EV charging stations unveiled

[img:anda.thumbnail.jpg|Anda Ray, Senior
Vice President of
Environment and
Technology, TVA
]Knoxville, TN and Toledo, OH, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 28, 2011 - Research on electric vehicle charging stations is continuing apace and two new types of station have been unveiled in recent days the Tennessee Valley Authority and Electric Power Research Institute and the University of Toledo.

The TVA/EPRI prototype Smart Modal Area Recharge Terminal (SMART) station with six parking spaces is solar powered (about 2 kW of PV panels per space), is able to store electricity (about 5 kWh per space) and also supply this electricity to the grid.

Located at EPRI’s Knoxville Research Laboratory, the station will be tested for three to six months, along with another prototype which is being built by the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Thereafter further stations, with a total of 125 charging spaces, are expected to be built in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville and possibly other sites over the next few years.

“Electricity as a transportation fuel can benefit the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and it can save consumers money by lowering their driving costs,” said Anda Ray, TVA senior vice president of Environment and Technology. “These all-in-one charging stations are important to the development of electric vehicles and also to TVA’s goal to provide cleaner, low cost energy.”

The University of Toledo’s charging station is a prototype “smart” station that can be programmed to search for the lowest energy demand time and then draw down that cheaper electricity, and also to sell back a car battery's stored power at times of peak demand.

A total of three smart charging devices have been installed at UT, where they will be used to recharge the University’s existing fleet of hybrid vehicles, and also for research on topical issues such as software and standards.

According to Chuck Lehnert, UT vice president for facilities and construction, the university wants to be a lead researcher in the field of charging stations. “This new technology represents a paradigm shifts. We're hoping we can influence industry to come up with a standard way," he said.

Meanwhile the first Nissan LEAF in Texas has been delivered to Reliant Energy customers Jimmy and Christie Sauers of Seabrook.  The vehicle comes with a time-of-use price plan and will utilise the privately funded eVgosm network, in which Reliant has an interest through its parent company NRG Energy.

Smart grid venture capital investments reach high in 2010

[img:raj.thumbnail.jpg|Raj Prabhu, Managing
Partner, Mercom
Capital Group
]Austin, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 26, 2011 - Venture capital funding in the smart grid sector reached its highest level in 2010, almost doubling compared to 2009, according to the global clean energy market intelligence, consulting and communications firm, Mercom Capital Group, llc.

Smart grid advisory body to be established in U.K.

[img:DECC_0.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 25, 2011 - The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the regulator Ofgem are to establish a smart grid advisory body to advise on the ongoing development of the nation’s networks and the challenges and opportunities that will arise.

The Smart Grid Forum, which will be co-chaired by the DECC and Ofgem, is envisaged to consist of around 15 people from within the energy industry as well as from technology providers, large customers, academics and other bodies working on smart grid related issues – the aim being to ensure that the different aspects of smart grid development are represented on the Forum, while keeping it small enough to allow it to operate effectively.

Up to 40 percent saving in U.K. energy saving trial

[img:Saving Elec.thumbnail.jpg| ]Birmingham, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 25, 2011 - Participants in a recent energy saving trial in the U.K. Midlands saved an average 46 kWh of electricity over the 12 week trial, with some participants saving up to 40 percent of their energy usage.

Further over the trial period, the homes taking part in the trial saved over 10 tonnes of CO2, according to a statement on the project.

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