The training center will be used to support courses in smart meter certification, advanced metering infrastructure and home area networking. The system will also demonstrate the ability to utilize smart grid infrastructure for advanced applications such as sectionalizing outages and managing distribution voltage.
Powertime, the creator of innovative mobile technologies for pre-paid electricity users, has announced the latest in its series of smart power management and instant prepaid electricity purchase apps for mobile phone users.
[img:Distribution%20(Custom).thumbnail.jpg| ]February 17, 2011 - Utilities worldwide will collectively invest more than US$378 billion in building electricity smart grids by 2030. But 80% of this capital spend will be concentrated in just ten countries, according to a new report by Innovation Observatory.
Over the next five years, the United States (US) will dominate global capital expenditure (capex), as US government stimulus funding drives a mass-market roll-out of advanced metering infrastructure. By 2030, the US will spend US$60 billion on intelligent smart grid infrastructure. This includes grid automation, communications infrastructure, IT systems and hardware, systems integration, and home area network equipment, in addition to smart meters.
Ultimately, the top-spending market will be China, where annual smart grid capex will overtake the US from around 2016. “China’s plans for wide-scale smart meter deployment will see it install over 360 million smart meters by 2030,” says Catherine Viola, the report’s co-author. “We expect China’s overall spend on smart grid development to reach US$99 billion by that date – more than a quarter of the global total.”
Two other major emerging market forces, India and Brazil, also make the top ten countries for smart grid investment, ranking third and sixth respectively. “Both India and Brazil have announced massive smart meter roll-out projects,” comments Viola.
“Brazil expects to replace 63 million electricity meters with smart meters by 2021, while India has plans for over 130 million smart meters.”
France, Germany, Spain and the UK are the leading European countries in terms of investment in smart grid infrastructure, while Japan and South Korea complete the top ten.
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[img:Distribution (Custom).thumbnail.jpg| ]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- February 9, 2011 - Ontario is to launch a $50 million smart grid initiative that will enable research, capital and demonstration projects in the spring.
The initiative, which was announced in a statement by the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance, will put in place modern grid infrastructure required to help homeowners monitor and control their energy usage through home automation and enable smart charging of electric vehicles. It is open for business to attract companies from around the world offering complimentary technologies.
Project Inc]Austin, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 2, 2011 - The first phase of the Pecan Street smart grid demonstration project has gone live in Austin's Mueller community following completion of the systems installation, Pecan Street Project Inc. has announced.
Deployed by Austin-based Incenergy LLC, the home smart grid systems capture minute-to-minute energy usage for the whole home and six major appliances or systems. To date the systems have been deployed in 100 homes at Mueller, all of which are green built and 11 of which have rooftop solar PV systems, at an installed cost per home of $341 ($241 for equipment plus $100 for installation).
SEAI]Dublin, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- January 19, 2011 - A pilot project has been launched on the Aran Islands involving 24 households to demonstrate the smart grid technologies needed to transfer and store wind energy in electric vehicles.
Eight electric vehicles have just been delivered to homes on the islands as part of a project coordinated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs. The vehicles are being rolled out to an initial eight households for one year, with a further eight households selected for participation in 2012 and again in 2013, under a three year program looking at the potential for wind energy to power electric cars and to reduce reliance on imported fuels.
Control4 Energy]Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 19, 2011 - AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, has selected IP-based home control systems provider Control4 to supply its home energy management solution as part of the utility’s smart grid demonstration project.
AEP Ohio's $150 million gridSMART® demonstration project, funded in part by a Smart Grid Demonstration Grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is being deployed in northeast central Ohio. The project is designed to demonstrate the full benefits of installing a comprehensive distribution smart grid for consumers and the utility and includes approximately 110,000 advanced electricity meters, new distribution grid technology, distributed energy sources, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, smart appliances, and consumer systems and products to help customers manage electricity use and costs.
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APX Alarm]Provo, UT, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 18, 2011 - Security and home services company APX Alarm Security Solutions Inc. has announced the acquisition of the Orem, UT-based Meter Solutions, an independent installation provider of smart meter technologies nationwide.
The acquisition is aimed to broaden APX’s focus on providing smart grid and energy management solutions for consumers.