SGIP Administrator]Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 26, 2011 - The governing board of the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has voted in favor of a new standard on meter upgrades and a set of guidelines addressing the need for wireless communications among grid-connected devices.
The SGIP identified “Meter Upgradeability Standard” and “Guidelines for Assessing Wireless Communications for Smart Grid Applications” as critical needs for realizing an energy efficient, modern power grid with seamlessly interoperable parts. These, named PAP 0 and PAP 2 respectively, are among 17 other Priority Action Plans (PAPs) that are under development.
Energy Secretary]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 26, 2011 - The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a partnership with Google, Inc. and more than 80 electric vehicle (EV) stakeholders to help consumers find charging stations nationwide.
The aim of the partnership, named the GeoEVSE Forum, which is involving the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is to provide consumers with consistent, up-to-date information about the EV charging stations in communities nationwide. Drawing on Google Maps, the collaboration will coordinate an online network of all U.S. charging stations and will serve as the primary data source for GPS and mapping services tracking electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) locations, i.e. charging stations.
Under the strategic partnership, Enel Distribuzione and NEC will undertake joint feasibility studies as well as deploying advanced, flexible and cost-effective solutions for smart grids, focusing in particular on energy storage. The partnership will leverage on NEC’s expertise in intelligent systems for energy collection and storage.
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Initiative]April 21, 2011 - The Galvin Electricity Initiative today introduced the Perfect Power Seal of Approval™ (PPSoA), a program to drive innovation in the electric power industry by embracing consumer needs. The program, modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification for buildings, will evaluate and recognize the nation's top-performing smart microgrid projects in key performance categories.
"The Perfect Power Seal of Approval program establishes much-needed metrics that can empower consumers, businesses, communities and regulators to demand better performance from the power system," said John Kelly, deputy director of the Galvin Electricity Initiative.
Concern has been raised that there is potential for serious breaches of privacy and that New Zealand smart meters have been linked to hundreds of house fires.
Energy Secretary]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 15, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) has signed a partnership deal with Duke Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to identify opportunities for testing and deploying ARPA-E funded projects that will bolster the electric grid.
EC Energy Commissioner]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- April 13, 2011 - The European Commission (EC) has committed itself to promoting faster and wider deployment of smart grids in Europe in a communication presented today.
According to the communication, Smart Grids: from innovation to deployment, over €5.5 billion has been invested in about 300 smart grid projects in Europe during the last decade. However, the EU is still in the early stages of the actual deployment of smart grids, with only around 10 percent of EU households having some sort of smart meter installed, and there is a considerable gap between current and optimal investment in the region, which can only partly be explained by the current economic downturn.
Group]Austin, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 13, 2011 - Venture capital funding in the smart grid sector fell off the cliff in Q1 of 2011, with $76 million funded in 13 deals, according to Mercom Capital Group’s latest quarterly review of the sector.
In comparison, the VC funding in Q4 2010 was $188 million in 18 deals. In fact, according to the review, this has been the worst quarter in VC funding since Q3 2009.