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.

Industry first advanced transceiver supporting future smart utility network standard

[img:federico_arcelli.thumbnail.jpg|Federico Arcelli,
CEO, Accent
]May 9, 2011 - Accent has announced the immediate availability of its Sub-GHz RF transceiver supporting the advanced performance needs defined by the standardization efforts of the IEEE 802.15 TG4g task group. Accent is a world leader in semiconductor integration of communications and metering technologies for the Smart Grid industry. The group’s charter is to create a global standard for a PHY amendment to 802.15.4 targeting applications such as smart-grid utility networks.

Smart grid happening in Ontario

[img:paul_murphy%20resize_0.jpg|Paul Murphy, Chair,
Ontario Smart
Grid Forum
]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- May 4, 2011 - The smart grid is happening in Ontario and while much has been accomplished over the past three years, much work remains, according to a new report from the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.

The report, “Modernizing Ontario’s Electricity System: Next Steps,” says that the government has passed legislation that mandates smart grid development and modernization efforts are clearly well underway. However, more effective and coordinated efforts are needed to accelerate progress and in particular, clarity is needed around the roles and responsibilities of private sector companies as they introduce new products and services made possible by the smart grid.

Smart grid in Brazil to cost up to US$12.6 billion

[img:ministro_edison_lobao_0.jpg|Edison Lobão,
Brazil’s energy minister
]Brasilia, Brazil --- (METERING.COM) --- May 3, 2011 - At a meeting last week Brazil’s minister of Mines and Energy Edison Lobão said the cost of deploying a smart grid across the country is expected to be between R$15 billion and R$20 billion (US$9.4 billion to US$12.6 billion).

IEEE Standards Association and SAE International to collaborate on smart grid...

[img:JackP.thumbnail.jpg|Jack Pokrzywa,
Director of Global
Ground Vehicle Standards,
SAE International
]Piscataway, NJ and Warrendale, PA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 3, 2011 - The IEEE Standards Association and SAE International have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a strategic partnership in vehicular technology related to the smart grid.

‘No limits’ on utilities to achieve and excel and the upcoming...

[img:Plumb.thumbnail.jpg|Retired Navy Captain
Charlie Plumb
]St Louis, MO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 3, 2011 - The annual Aclara Client Conference, being held May 9-12 in Nashville, Tenn., will provide almost 650 gas, water and electric utility attendees the opportunity to learn about new Aclara solutions for advanced metering, network with peers and industry colleagues, and help drive Aclara’s product planning.

This is the first time in the conference’s 12-year history that it is being held in Nashville, home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a hub for pop, rock, bluegrass, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues, and soul music.

This year, “No Limits” is the central theme of the conference. Retired Navy Captain Charlie Plumb, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam and one of the top 10 sought-after speakers in the country, will offer the keynote address. Plumb uses the “No Limits” theme to encourage audiences to recognize the opportunities that surround them, no matter what the obstacles.

Each year, the Aclara Client Conference provides up-to-date training to enhance technical and customer service skills when using Aclara systems. Customers attending the conference also are briefed on upcoming enhancements to Aclara products, including its STAR® Network system, TWACS® technology, and software solutions for customer engagement and meter data management, ENERGYprism® and Energy Vision®. Attendees provide feedback to Aclara and meet together to exchange best practices, share solutions to challenges, and validate strategic directions.

Electricity usage due to EVs could soar by 1700% by 2020,...

[img:billmoroney-1_0.jpg|William R. Moroney,
UTC president &
chief executive
]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 29, 2011 - Energy usage attributable to electric vehicles (EVs) could rise 1,700% by 2020, according to a report authored by utility management consulting firm The Shpigler Group for the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC).

The study finds that annual usage from EVs could grow from only 146,000 MWh in 2010 to 2.6 million MWh by 2020, raising a host of technological and operational issues for the nation’s electric utilities, particularly when it comes to modernizing and upgrading utility communications and information technology.

Six projects put forward to compete for U.K. smart grid funding

[img:ofgem-logo.thumbnail_0.gif| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 28, 2011 - Six projects have been submitted by Britain’s network operators to compete for the second annual allocation of funding for “flagship” smart grid projects from the Low Carbon Networks Fund.

Up to £64 million is being made available annually over 5 years for these projects, out of a total £500 million fund. In the first round last year, four projects from CE Electric, UK Power Networks, Central Networks and Western Power Distribution were awarded almost £62 million.

Smart Grid Fund launched in Ontario

[img:BradDuguid.thumbnail.jpg|Brad Duguid,
Minister of Energy,
]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- April 28, 2011 - The Ontario government has announced that it is investing $50 million in a Smart Grid Fund that will advance the development of the province’s smart grid and provide economic development opportunities, as well as give families and businesses more control over how and when they use electricity.

LG launches first smart grid-ready appliances

[img:smart_fridge500_0.jpg| ]Seoul, South Korea --- (METERING.COM) --- April 28, 2011 - LG Electronics last week launched its first two smart grid-ready appliances embracing the latest in smart technologies.

These are a smart refrigerator and a smart washing machine. Starting with the smart refrigerators, the company plans to roll out a full spectrum of smart appliances this year.

California utilities awarded funding for smart metering and grid projects

[img:RW.thumbnail.jpg|Dr Robert
Chair, California
Energy Commission
]Sacramento, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 27, 2011 - Two California utilities, Glendale Water & Power and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), have been awarded funding of $1 million each from the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program to expand smart metering and the smart grid in the state.

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