UTC president &
chief executive]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 29, 2011 - Energy usage attributable to electric vehicles (EVs) could rise 1,700% by 2020, according to a report authored by utility management consulting firm The Shpigler Group for the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC).
The study finds that annual usage from EVs could grow from only 146,000 MWh in 2010 to 2.6 million MWh by 2020, raising a host of technological and operational issues for the nation’s electric utilities, particularly when it comes to modernizing and upgrading utility communications and information technology.
Up to £64 million is being made available annually over 5 years for these projects, out of a total £500 million fund. In the first round last year, four projects from CE Electric, UK Power Networks, Central Networks and Western Power Distribution were awarded almost £62 million.
Minister of Energy,
Ontario]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- April 28, 2011 - The Ontario government has announced that it is investing $50 million in a Smart Grid Fund that will advance the development of the province’s smart grid and provide economic development opportunities, as well as give families and businesses more control over how and when they use electricity.
These are a smart refrigerator and a smart washing machine. Starting with the smart refrigerators, the company plans to roll out a full spectrum of smart appliances this year.
Energy Commission]Sacramento, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 27, 2011 - Two California utilities, Glendale Water & Power and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), have been awarded funding of $1 million each from the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program to expand smart metering and the smart grid in the state.
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.
[img:jk_0.jpg|John Kelly, deputy
director of the
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.