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.

€42 million electromobility initiative kicked off in Europe

[img:kallas-s.thumbnail.jpg|Siim Kallas, EC
Commissioner for
]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- April 1, 2011 - A 4-year, €42 million cross‐European initiative to promote electromobility, Green eMotion, has been kicked off by the European Commission, which is also making available €24.2 million in support.

The initiative includes 42 partners comprising industrial companies, automobile manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, universities, and technology and research institutions, which will input, exchange and expand their know‐how and experience in selected regions within Europe.

USNAP, EPRI to jointly develop a single smart residential device standard

[img:handshake.thumbnail.jpg| ]Nashville, TN, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 31, 2011 - The USNAP Alliance and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are to jointly develop a single modular interface specification combining elements of the EPRI Demand Response Socket Interface Specification and the USNAP Alliance 2.0 specification.

The initiative was prompted by a request from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Home-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group (H2G DEWG) to harmonize the two bodies of work, in preparation for delivery to a standards development organization.

Smart Energy Demand Coalition launched

[img:Jessica.thumbnail.jpg|Jessica Stromback,
Executive Director,
]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- March 30, 2011 - The European Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC) was formally launched at a function in Brussels, Belgium last evening as an industry group dedicated to promoting the requirements of demand side programs in Europe.

The SEDC, which was constituted in November 2010, is intended to represent the entire energy value chain and cut across all segments of the electricity industry.

Home energy monitoring tool unveiled by HP

[img:Screens_0.JPG| ]San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 30, 2011 - HP has become the latest IT company to enter the home energy management arena, with the unveiling of a proof of concept of a “home energy intelligence service.”

The service, from the company’s central research facility HP Labs, includes a tool that uses sensors and HP gateways throughout the home to track energy consumption by room and by appliance. The information is viewed on an online interface or via a mobile phone, and includes 3-D rectangular icons that represent the rooms or appliances that are color coded – green, blue, yellow or red – according to their energy usage.

PermEnergo smart metering pilot to include Echelon’s NES system

[img:segeSM_0.jpg|Ron Sege,
CEO & President,
]Yekaterinburg, Russia and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 30, 2011 - PermEnergo, part of the MRSK group and one of Russia’s largest utilities, has selected Echelon Corporation’s NES Energy Control System as one of five solutions in a 50,000 home smart metering pilot project.

Echelon value added reseller ENERGOAUDITKONTROL was awarded a contract for networking 10,000 homes in a pilot project that is being monitored by the Russian government as a potential model for the country.

Fraunhofer ISE’s DEMAX smart grid pilot concludes

[img:isepreview_0.jpg| ]Munich, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- March 28, 2011 - The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (Fraunhofer ISE) has announced the conclusion of a pilot project to demonstrate how smart metering systems with flexible tariffs for supply and loads can be used to intelligently control the load flow in the networks.

The project used the DEMAX (Decentralized Energy and grid MAnagement with fleXible energy rates) gateway, developed under the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Innonet initiative, and Fraunhofer ISE’s developing openMUC software platform to optimally match the energy supply and demand for both thermal and the electrical energy.

OpenADR progresses towards international automated demand response rollouts

[img:Berk_0.jpg| ]Berkeley, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 28, 2011 - Alstom Grid’s recent acquisition of the Santa Clara, CA-based smart grid vendor, Utility Integration Solutions, Inc (UISOL), is set to mainstream the OpenADR technology to the national and international markets, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

According to a statement from the Berkeley lab’s Demand Response Research Center, which is leading the development of the OpenADR specification, UISOL is supporting the lab on the specification, primarily in deployment of the OpenADR standards and development of Open Source toolkit for wide-scale adoption of OpenADR.

Test system for ZigBee SEP 2.0 introduced by QualityLogic

[img:djollota.thumbnail.jpg|Dave Jollota,
President & CEO,
]Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 28, 2011 - A new test system that validates the interoperability and reliability of smart meters, business and residential energy management devices, and gateways that share energy information with business and residential users via the ZigBee Smart Energy Profile 2.0 standard has been announced by QualityLogic Inc.

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

[img:Scott%20Lang_0.jpg|Scott Lang,
Chairman, President,
CEO, Silver Spring
]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.

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