In the US, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) partnered with multinational energy firm E.ON to improve the reliability of its system using energy storage.Under the partnership, E.ON is constructing two 9.9MW of battery energy storage systems in Pyron and Inadale counties for storing energy generated from the company's existing wind farms to supply ERCOT’s grid network.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 to help ERCOT stabilise its grid network during peak demands and secure its energy supply in line with growing customer demand.
The signing of the deal followed an increase in the utility’s energy demand during the winter months of December 2016 through to March 2017. In January, ERCOT recorded a new winter demand of 59,650MW to beat the company’s previous winter demand of 57,924MW from its 24 million customers in Texas. [US utility launches DR portfolio for industrial consumers].
E.ON smart meter rollout
Meanwhile, in Germany, E.ON launch four smart meter pilot projects under efforts to prepare for the mass rollout of the smart metering system to improve its energy billing.
Under the pilots, E.ON will install smart electric meters for its customers consuming more than 6,000KW/h per annum and plant operators funded under the Renewable Energies Act with an installed capacity of more than 7KW, reported a UK media.
The trail projects will be deployed in the Germany cities of Fehmarn, Rugen, Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Bavaria to help E.ON identify the benefits of smart meters as well as address technical and operational constraints associated with the smart metering system.
[quote] With the smart meters, some 1 million customers of E.ON participating in the pilot projects are expected to improve their energy efficiency by having access to their energy usage data through access to online portals.
The smart meter pilot projects will be implemented through to 2027 to help E.ON improve management of its grid system with access to 15 minutes energy interval data.
This will allow the utility to develop new business models such as Time of Use energy pricing to improve the resiliency of its energy distribution system.
Paul-Vincent Abs, Managing Director of E.ON Metering, said: “The experience we are currently gaining as part of these pilot projects and the co-operation with municipality utilities helps us to optimise the technical performance of the devices and thus to better align the technology with the customers’ preferences.
“The launch of intelligent meters is another step towards intelligent grids, which are hugely important for new, customer orientated products and an ever more distributed energy world."
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