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 initiative in Oklahoma to be rolled out by Silver...

[img:Scott%20Lang_0.jpg|Scott Lang,
Chairman, President,
CEO, Silver Spring
Networks
]Tulsa, OK and Redwood City, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 25, 2011 - Tulsa-based Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) is to deploy Silver Spring Networks’ smart grid solutions, the company has announced.

The agreement follows the deployment of Silver Spring’s IP-based Smart Energy Platform at two of American Electric Power’s other operating companies, AEP Ohio and Indiana Michigan Power through AEP’s gridSMART® initiative.

Grid Friendlyâ„¢ appliance controller licensed for market development

[img:Flick_0.JPG| ]Richland, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 23, 2011 - A non-exclusive license has been granted by Battelle to start-up technology firm Encryptor of Plano, TX for a technology that will help soften the blow for utilities during times of peak demand on the grid by temporarily shifting when smart appliances use power.
 
Encryptor plans to incorporate the Grid Friendly appliance controller technology, which was developed at the Department of Energy's Battelle operated Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, into a new, low cost electronic chip that can be easily built into appliances.

Smart grids key to Europe’s low carbon economy

[img:EUlogo.thumbnail.jpg| ]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- March 22, 2011 - Investment in smart grids is a key enabler for a low carbon electricity system, notably facilitating demand side efficiency, larger shares of renewables and distributed generation, and enabling electrification of transport, and as such will play a key role in achieving a low carbon economy in Europe.

KNX and EEBus form Alliance for Smart Energy Solutions

[img:Heinz.thumbnail.jpg|Heinz Lux,
Director,
KNX Association
]Darmstadt, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- March 18, 2011 - The Alliance for Smart Energy Solutions has been established by KNX and EEBus with the aim to introduce a manufacturer-neutral, worldwide standard for connecting the smart home with the smart grid.

The communiqué was signed by Heinz Lux, director of the KNX Association, Peter Kellendonk, EEBus representative, and Lutz Steiner from the research team of the German ministry of Economics and Technology sponsored “E-Energy” project.

Telvent and Esri CIS partner to expand smart grid solutions in...

[img:ignaciogonzalezdominguez.thumbnail.jpg|Ignacio Gonzalez,
Chairman & CEO,
Telvent
]Madrid, Spain and Moscow, Russia --- (METERING.COM) --- March 18, 2011 - IT solutions and information provider Telvent and Esri CIS in Russia have partnered to provide smart grid solutions for the country’s energy industry.

Under the partnership, Esri CIS’s 3,000 clients will have access to Telvent solutions, including ArcFM Enterprise GIS tool, a powerful extension of Esri’s ArcGIS platform, to support their transition to a smart grid and provide a more reliable and efficient infrastructure network.

Cemig secures USTDA support for smart grid development

[img:Djam.thumbnail.jpg|Djalma Bastos de
Morais, Chairman,
Cemig
]Belo Horizonte, Brazil --- (METERING.COM) --- March 16, 2011 - Brazilian utility Cemig has secured a grant of $710,000 from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to fund a feasibility study for the implementation of a smart grid by the Belo Horizonte based company and its sister utility Light in Rio de Janeiro.

Utilities increase planning and budgets for smart grid adoption survey finds

[img:Jons.thumbnail.jpg|Jon C. Arnold,
Managing Director for
Worldwide Power &
Utilities Industry,
Microsoft Corp
]Houston, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 15, 2011 - There was only a modest increase in the number of utilities moving past smart grid planning and into implementation over the past year, but the general industry expectation is that budgets to support these efforts are on the rise, according to Microsoft’s latest utility survey released last week.

Smart grids and smart metering underpin new European energy efficiency plan

[img:Gunther.thumbnail.jpg|Günther Oettinger,
European
Commissioner
for Energy
]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- March 14, 2011 - The rollout of smart grids and smart meters providing consumers with the information and services necessary to optimize their energy consumption and calculate their energy savings is key to a new energy efficiency plan adopted by the European Commission (EC).

Townsville to host electric vehicle research project

[img:Ian-McLeod_0.jpg|Ian McLeod,
Chief Executive,
Ergon Energy
]Townsville, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- March 14, 2011 - Queensland government owned utility Ergon Energy has chosen Townsville to host a research project to better understand how the widespread introduction of electric vehicles could affect the state’s regional power network.

The project will feature a fleet of seven electric vehicles, including five Mitsubishi i-MiEVs as well as a converted Mazda 2 and Volkswagen Caddy mini-van.

ANSI to facilitate development of standardization roadmap for mass deployment of...

[img:sJo.thumbnail.jpg|S. Joe Bhatia,
President & CEO,
ANSI
]New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 11, 2011 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is to form an Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP), which will develop a standardization roadmap to enable the safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in the United States.

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