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.

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.

Smart Energy India presents workshop on integrating renewable energy

[img:india-flag_0.jpg| ]Will the influx of new wind generation change the reliability of the grid?

The challenge to integrate higher levels of renewables into the existing energy mix safely and reliably will be addressed during a workshop at the Smart Energy India conference and exhibition this coming Monday, 31 January in New Delhi. Some of India’s most respected power professionals as well as global metering technology experts are meeting in what is considered the country’s top smart grid forum. Enabling India to implement the smart grid and embrace renewable energy is at the top of the agenda.

Duke Energy and ENN Group to collaborate on green cities development

[img:James1.thumbnail.jpg|Jim Rogers,
Chairman, President
& CEO, Duke Energy
]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 21, 2011 - Duke Energy and the China-based ENN Group have announced an agreement to collaborate on the development of technologies to help build “green cities” in China and the United States.

The agreement creates the Future Energy Technology Demonstration Platform and paves the way to exchange knowledge on advanced energy, building and transportation technologies.

Tools to help ensure grid reliability with new generation resources identified

[img:Jon wel.thumbnail.jpg|Jon Wellinghoff,
Chairman, FERC
]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 21, 2010 - A systematic approach to identifying metrics which are useful for operating and planning a reliable power system with increased amounts of variable renewable generation has been set out in a new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The study, which was conducted for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and is now open for comment, is based on the concept of the “frequency nadir,” which is the frequency at which frequency decline is arrested following sudden loss of generation, and takes advantage of new information gathering and processing capabilities that system operators are developing for wide-area situational awareness.

BC Hydro sets out AMI business plan

[img:BC Hydro.thumbnail.jpg| ]Vancouver, BC, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- January 20, 2011 - BC Hydro’s smart metering program business case shows that the benefits exceed the cost by CA$520 million (US$525 million) in today’s dollars.

And the net present value remains positive even if all the costs are incurred but only the BC Hydro operational efficiencies are realized, or if all the benefits are achieved at the low end of the estimated benefit range.

Smart Energy India focuses on India’s commitment to the smart grid...

[img:india-flag_0.jpg| ]Enabling India to implement the smart grid and embrace renewable energy is at the top of the agenda at the upcoming Smart Energy India conference and exhibition which takes place in New Delhi from February 1-2. Some of India’s most respected power professionals as well as global metering technology experts are meeting in what is considered the country’s top smart grid forum.

Aran Islands move into fast lane with electric vehicle pilot

[img:Owen_0.jpg|Professor Owen
Lewis, CEO,
]Dublin, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- January 19, 2011 - A pilot project has been launched on the Aran Islands involving 24 households to demonstrate the smart grid technologies needed to transfer and store wind energy in electric vehicles.

Eight electric vehicles have just been delivered to homes on the islands as part of a project coordinated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs. The vehicles are being rolled out to an initial eight households for one year, with a further eight households selected for participation in 2012 and again in 2013, under a three year program looking at the potential for wind energy to power electric cars and to reduce reliance on imported fuels.

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