Smart Grid

News, insights and utility activities concerning developments and improvements to the smart 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 electric grid 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.

PG&E releases smart grid plan

[img:ChrisJohns.thumbnail.jpg|Christopher P.
Johns, President,
PG&E
]San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 5, 2011 - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has published its vision for the smart grid and a broad plan for modernizing its electric infrastructure to deliver a host of energy and cost savings to customers.

The 290 page plan, which was provided in response to a requirement by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), represents “a disciplined and integrated approach to using new monitoring and control technology to support PG&E’s mission of providing safe, reliable, responsive and environmentally sustainable service to its customers,” it states.

Programmable thermostats demonstrate peak load reduction

[img:oge.thumbnail.jpg| ]Ottawa, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- July 5, 2011 - In a pilot project with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E), residential customers using smart thermostats achieved a peak reduction of 1.92 kW per home representing an average maximum of over 50 percent, far surpassing the goal of 1.3 kW.

Further, these results were accomplished exclusively with pricing signals where consumers could choose to opt-in and select their level of participation. Price signals were delivered with high reliability to consumers, providing them with timely decision-making information.

Smart grid industrial control systems security guide published

[img:Keith-Stouffer_2.thumbnail.jpg|Keith Stouffer,
NIST
]Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 1, 2011 - The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued the final version of its Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security (SP 800-82) for smart grid and other critical infrastructures to enable mangers to secure their systems while addressing their unique performance, reliability, and safety requirements.

U.K. smart grid cyber security fragmented, study finds

[img:ENA%20UK.thumbnail.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 30, 2011 - Cyber security management approaches for the U.K.’s current electricity network tend to be somewhat fragmented, with responsibility split across different parts of the electricity networks companies, according to a new report.

Further, cyber security is perceived to be a sub-project of other initiatives, in some cases being seen solely as a technical issue, and there is also a strong dependency with security of supply

CPFL works with IBM to create a smarter energy network in...

[img:Brazil.thumbnail.jpg| ]São Paulo, Brazil --- (METERING.COM) --- June 30, 2011 - CPFL Energia Holdings, the largest privately owned energy provider in Brazil, has contracted IBM to assist in developing a smart grid strategy that drives operational efficiency and optimizes the communication network to improve customer service and workforce management.

IBM is assisting CPFL by providing consulting and assessment services to implement three of its SmartGrid projects on automatic meter data collection, meter data management, and an optimized communications network.

Demand response is the “cool thing to do” in Britain

[img:ENA%20UK.thumbnail.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 28, 2011 - Demand response will be one of the mechanisms likely to change the way that society thinks of and uses energy in Britain and to achieve an optimal outcome, society will need to be convinced that it is the “cool thing to do.”

According to a recent report, GB Demand Response, prepared by Kema for Britain’s Energy Network Association (ENA), demand response provides seven specific opportunities. These are:

Google to retire PowerMeter

[img:BillW.thumbnail.jpg|Bill Weihl,
Google Green
Energy Czar
]Mountain View, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 27, 2011 - Google is to “retire” its PowerMeter web-based energy monitoring tool from September 16, the company has announced.

In a blog posted by Google green energy czar Bill Weihl, he writes that the PowerMeter was first launched as a project to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to data surrounding their energy usage. However, while there’s been more attention brought to this issue since the launch, which was in February 2009, the company’s efforts have not scaled as quickly as it would have liked.

City of Fulton selects Tantalus for smart grid project

[img:Darrell_Dunlap.thumbnail.jpg|Darrell Dunlap,
Fulton Utility
Superintendent
]Fulton, MO and Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 27, 2011 - The City of Fulton, Missouri has selected Tantalus to provide the communications backbone for its smart grid.

Fulton’s deployment of the technology is funded by a Department of Energy grant that carries strict performance requirements. Tantalus was selected based on a number of criteria including its ability to manage real time data communications.

SmartGrid GB industry group formed

[img:Powerlines_0.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 24, 2011 - SmartGrid GB has been launched as a new cross industry body to act as a national champion to promote the development and delivery of a smart grid in Great Britain.

SmartGrid GB brings together key players from across the energy sector, ICT companies, environmental organizations, government, regulators and consumer groups. The founding members are Alcatel-Lucent, British Gas, Cable & Wireless, General Electric, IBM, Intellect, Logica, npower, Oracle, Power Plus Communications, SAP, Siemens, UK Power Networks, and Utilisoft.

10 home energy technology companies to receive $63 million in ecomagination...

[img:beth_comstock.thumbnail.jpg|Beth Comstock,
Senior VP & Chief
Marketing Officer, GE
]New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 24, 2011 - Ten home energy technology companies are to receive a total of $63 million investment from GE and its venture capital partners and five companies will each receive a $100,000 grant to further develop innovative technologies in the second round of funding under GE’s $200 million ecomagination Challenge.

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