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.

SGIP agrees on standards and guidelines for wireless communication and meter...

[img:erich%20gunther.thumbnail.jpg|Erich Gunther,
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.

U.S. Department of Energy partners with Google to promote electric vehicles

[img:Chu.thumbnail.jpeg|Steven Chu, U.S.
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.

NEC and Enel Distribuzione agree to co-operate on next-generation smart grid

[img:Sign_0.jpg| ]April 21, 2011 - NEC Corporation, a leading network, communications and IT company, and Enel Distribuzione, the Distribution System Operator of Enel SpA, announced the signing of an agreement launching a strategic partnership on the development of new technologies and solutions in the domain of Smart Grids.

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.

Galvin Electricity Initiative introduces landmark smart grid rating program

[img:jk_0.jpg|John Kelly, deputy
director of the
Galvin Electricity
]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.

Siemens exhibits show the smart grid of tomorrow

[img:SiemCon_0.jpg| ]April 20, 2011 - With the support of Siemens, Hamburg, as the European Green Capital 2011, launched the rolling, interactive exhibition "Visions for future cities." In the coming months, the "Train of Ideas" will be showing over 100 environmental projects in its six exhibit cars and providing information on central topics such as energy and mobility.

Ausgrid rejects claims about smart meters

[img:Ausgrid_0.JPG| ]April 19, 2011 - Energy company, Ausgrid has rejected claims it has not consulted with households, businesses and public organisations when it comes to its "Smart Grid, Smart City" project.

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.

Estimating the costs and benefits of the smart grid

[img:epri_logo.thumbnail.gif| ]April 18, 2011 - A report from EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute), which is a partial update to an earlier report (EPRI 1011001), aims to initiate a stakeholder discussion regarding the investment needed to create a viable Smart Grid. To meet this goal, the report documents the methodology, key assumptions, and results of a preliminary quantitative estimate of the required investment.

Department of Energy, Duke Energy and EPRI partner to test advanced...

[img:Chu.thumbnail.jpeg|Steven Chu,
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 to accelerate smart grid deployment in Europe

[img:Gunther.thumbnail.jpg|Günther Oettinger,
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.

Smart grid VC funding off a cliff in Q1 2011

[img:raj.thumbnail.jpg|Raj Prabhu,
Managing Partner,
Mercom Capital
]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.

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