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.

Smart grid underpin U.K.’s electricity future

[img:Huhne.thumbnail.jpg|Chris Huhne, Secretary
of State for Energy
and Climate Change
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 13, 2011 - The development of a more flexible electricity network – a smart grid – is one of the keys to transform the U.K.’s electricity system to ensure that future electricity supply is secure, low carbon and affordable, the government has identified in its newly released White Paper on electricity market reform.

OpenADR Alliance selects Intertek and QualityLogic for product compliance testing and...

[img:Rolf%20B.thumbnail.jpg|Rolf Bienert,
Technical Director,
OpenADR Alliance
]Morgan Hill, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 13, 2011 - The OpenADR Alliance has selected QualityLogic Inc. to develop a conformance and interoperability test tools and Intertek Group PLC to provide testing and certification services for OpenADR compliant products.

QualityLogic was selected to develop a test tool allowing the company to become the independent test tool vendor for OpenADR 2.0 compliant products. Headquartered in Moorpark, California, QualityLogic has, since its founding in 1986, developed numerous test solutions for the consumer electronics and telecom industries, and in 2009 was named the testing partner for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project. QualityLogic is also an active participant in the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Testing and Certification Committee and the OpenSG Conformity Work Group.

NRECA’s smart grid demo project finalizes $13.7 million in contracts

[img:NRECA.thumbnail.jpg| ]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 12, 2011 - The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) expects to close on contracts worth $13.7 million by the end of the month for smart grid components to be deployed at 23 cooperatives participating in the cooperatives’ regional Smart Grid Demonstration Project (SGDP).

Supported by a matching grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, over the course of the project participating cooperatives will deploy more than 75 technologies and kinds of equipment in twelve states.

More than €5 billion invested in smart grids in Europe

[img:MGQ_0.jpg|Máire Geoghegan-Quinn,
Commissioner for Research,
Innovation and Science
]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 11, 2011 - More than €5 billion has been invested in some 219 smart grid projects in Europe to date, and conservatively estimated investment could top €56 billion by 2020, according to a new report from the European Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

China’s State Grid smart meter market valued at $7.7 billion

[img:CSGC.thumbnail.jpg| ]Beijing, China --- (METERING.COM) --- July 11, 2011 - China’s State Grid Corp has a potential market of 300 million smart meter users with a meter market value of 50 billion yuan ($7.7 billion), according to Fei Yuhang, a member of the National Standardization Committee for Electrical Meters, quoted in the China Daily.

Fei, an engineer at Shanghai Belling Co, which is a major provider of silicon chips for meters, was also quoted as saying that in addition to smart meters, the market value for related equipment and software products will reach 70 billion yuan ($10.8 billion), presenting huge business opportunities to manufacturers of meters, silicon chips, batteries, LCD panels and other components.

Four organizations adopt SGIP’s approach to interoperability testing and certification for...

[img:Distribution%20(Custom).thumbnail.jpg| ]Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 11, 2011 - Four leading testing organizations have adopted the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s (SGIP) Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee’s (SGTCC) recommendations for the establishment of testing and certification processes, the Committee has announced.

The four organizations are the UCA International Users Group, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the OpenADR Alliance, and the MultiSpeak Initiative.

STMicroelectronics acquires Arkados to expand capabilities in convergent home digital networking...

[img:Carmelo%20Papa.thumbnail.jpg|Carmelo Papa, Senior
Executive VP & GM,
Industrial &
Multisegment Sector,
Geneva, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- July 8, 2011 - Semiconductor solution provider STMicroelectronics is enhancing its powerline communication (PLC) capabilities with the completion of its acquisition of the semiconductor assets and intellectual property of Arkados.

European energy efficiency directive aims to meet 2020 20% target

[img:Gunther.thumbnail.jpg|Günther Oettinger,
EC Energy
]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 6, 2011 - The European Commission last week released an Energy Efficiency Directive aiming to achieve the 2020 target of a 20 percent energy saving, with smart metering and billing set to play a key role.

The Directive, which presents the legislative framework for putting into place binding measures on energy efficiency, expects that major energy savings for consumers will result from easy and free-of-charge access to data on real-time and historical energy consumption through more accurate individual metering and billing, which will empower consumers to better manage their energy consumption.

Toyota City low carbon trial gets under way

[img:ToyotaC_0.jpg| ]Toyota City, Japan --- (METERING.COM) --- July 6, 2011 - The Toyota City Low Carbon Society Verification Promotion Council, an organization of 26 entities including Toyota City and private companies, has completed model smart houses in the Higashiyama and Takahashi districts of the City for testing energy management systems and has started trial operations for the establishment of a household and community-based low carbon city in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture.

PG&E releases smart grid plan

[img:ChrisJohns.thumbnail.jpg|Christopher P.
Johns, President,
]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.

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