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.

Smart grid curriculum launched in California by Silver Spring Networks

[img:Scott%20Lang_0.jpg|Scott Lang,
Chairman, President
& CEO, Silver Spring
Networks
]Redwood City, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 3, 2011 - An educational program, “A Smart Energy Future,” designed to increase the general public’s understanding of smart energy and help prepare the next generation for the benefits of the smart grid has been launched in California by Silver Spring Networks.

Intelligent metering software launched by IBM

[img:Net_0.jpg| ]Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 2, 2011 - IBM has introduced an Intelligent Metering Network Management software package aimed at utilities to monitor and manage smart meter events, alarms and data, and overall to provide greater control and automation of the smart metering infrastructure.

The software taps data captured from smart meters – on service availability and assurance – and then correlates it according to policies to provide greater insight, thereby enable operational improvements. When data events fall outside the normal patterns, the software can automatically trigger customer service to create a work order or for staff to take the appropriate actions. By doing this, network faults can be detected and even prevented.

Pecan Street calls for smart grid companies with great ideas

[img:Brew.thumbnail.jpg|Brewster McCracken,
Executive Director,
Pecan Street Project
]Austin, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 1, 2011 - Are you a smart grid company with a great technology that you to want to validate and show to major customers? If so the Pecan Street Project would like to hear from you.

In the RFI that was released last week, “Open innovation” is one of the three “areas of interest” that the Project will focus on in its smart grid demonstration.

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative selects EnergyAxis(R) smart grid solution

[img:FredA_0.jpg|Fred Anderson,
President & CEO,
NHEC
]Raleigh, NC and Plymouth, NH, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 28, 2011 - The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) has selected Elster's EnergyAxis(R) smart grid solution to improve operational efficiency and empower members with more visibility and control over energy usage.

The largest cooperative utility in New England serving 80,000 members in 115 communities, NHEC will deploy EnergyAxis(R) and more than 84,000 Elster smart meters to enable advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) capabilities, such as remote meter reading and comprehensive energy usage monitoring. The project will begin in the summer of 2011 and run through the end of 2012. Elster will manage the full deployment of the installation.

London contracts Siemens to manage electric vehicle network

[img:Boris.thumbnail_0.jpg|Boris Johnson,
Mayor of London
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 23, 2011 - Work to install 1,300 new electric vehicle charging points is starting across London and Siemens has been contracted by Transport for London to manage the network.

The Source London network of charging points is a key part of the Mayor's drive to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe, and these will placed at locations including supermarket and public car parks, on the streets and near underground railway stations.

Landis+Gyr and Northwest Lineman College to develop a smart grid training...

[img:Distribution%20(Custom).thumbnail.jpg| ]Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 22, 2011 - Landis+Gyr is to assist the Northwest Lineman College with the development of a smart grid training center at the college’s Oroville, CA campus.

The training center will be used to support courses in smart meter certification, advanced metering infrastructure and home area networking. The system will also demonstrate the ability to utilize smart grid infrastructure for advanced applications such as sectionalizing outages and managing distribution voltage.

Stimulus grant to develop microgrid for U.S. Army

[img:Dollar%20(Custom).thumbnail.jpg| ]Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 22, 2011 - Industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has announced that it will receive a $2.4 million federal stimulus grant to develop a microgrid to help military bases better manage power and storage while reducing their carbon footprints.

The project is intended to achieve an uninterrupted power supply, independent of commercial utility power, for critical mission and support functions on military bases. It will also help to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Smart and Just Grids: Opportunities for sub-Saharan Africa

By Morgan Bazilian, Special Advisor to the Director-General of UNIDO

In 2009, an estimated 585 million people had no access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. Unlike many other regions of the world, under current assumptions, that figure is expected to rise significantly by 2030 to about 652 million – an unsustainable and unacceptable situation. While national governments and regional organizations have identified the urgent need for accelerated electrification rates, responding to this need will require innovative and effective energy policies. The way future power systems are planned, designed, constructed, financed and operated will have a significant impact on how effectively these aspirations are delivered.

Kepco to invest $7billion in smart grid

[img:KEPCO_0.jpg| ]February 18, 2011 - State-run Korea Electric Power Corp said announced it would invest $7.18 billion in its smart grid business by 2030 to cut carbon emissions and boost the efficiency of electricity facilities.

Of the total investment will be spent in the next five years, to upgrade power transmission and distribution systems and switch meters, the company said in a statement.

Ten countries will account for 80% of global smart grid investment...

[img:Distribution%20(Custom).thumbnail.jpg| ]February 17, 2011 - Utilities worldwide will collectively invest more than US$378 billion in building electricity smart grids by 2030. But 80% of this capital spend will be concentrated in just ten countries, according to a new report by Innovation Observatory.

Over the next five years, the United States (US) will dominate global capital expenditure (capex), as US government stimulus funding drives a mass-market roll-out of advanced metering infrastructure. By 2030, the US will spend US$60 billion on intelligent smart grid infrastructure. This includes grid automation, communications infrastructure, IT systems and hardware, systems integration, and home area network equipment, in addition to smart meters.

Ultimately, the top-spending market will be China, where annual smart grid capex will overtake the US from around 2016. “China’s plans for wide-scale smart meter deployment will see it install over 360 million smart meters by 2030,” says Catherine Viola, the report’s co-author. “We expect China’s overall spend on smart grid development to reach US$99 billion by that date – more than a quarter of the global total.”

Two other major emerging market forces, India and Brazil, also make the top ten countries for smart grid investment, ranking third and sixth respectively. “Both India and Brazil have announced massive smart meter roll-out projects,” comments Viola.

“Brazil expects to replace 63 million electricity meters with smart meters by 2021, while India has plans for over 130 million smart meters.”

France, Germany, Spain and the UK are the leading European countries in terms of investment in smart grid infrastructure, while Japan and South Korea complete the top ten.

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