What began as Janice Cheam’s student project at UBC’s Sauder School of Business has turned into an innovative new technology for transforming an ordinary house into a smart home of the future.
Dubbed “Neurio”, the technology is contained in a WiFi sensor that connects to your home’s breaker panel, tracking energy use by appliances and other electrical devices and integrating with the online cloud and apps, enabling homeowners to manage everything from turning down the thermostat when they leave the house to reminding them that they left the oven on.
via Vancouver company helps you create a smart home – Times Colonist.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO) have issued a joint report confirming energy storage as an integral component of California’s future electric grid.
via CA ISO, NERC examine energy storage role in California – FierceEnergy.
The IT/OT gap is one of the single largest challenges facing utilities today. Companies look to take real-time data from the control room and turn it into actionable insights for decision makers to improve grid reliability and efficiency.
Schneider Electric looks to continue its role as a leading partner in solving these challenges with the latest release of its ADMS platform, ADMS 3.4.
Schneider Electric’s ADMS has already proven to be an indispensable tool of the smart grid era and with this release extends its value through new features uniting operational and information technology
via Energy management from Schneider Electric – Utility Products Magazine.
Alstom has been selected to provide its Integrated Distribution Management System (IDMS) to PPL Electric Utilities, which provides electric delivery service to 1.4 million customers in the state of Pennsylvania (USA). The contract is an integral part of PPL Electric Utilities broader three-year, $38 million Smart Grid project to enhance system reliability in the Harrisburg area.
This Alstom designed technology, known as e-terradistribution 3.0, combines Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software and advanced Distribution Management System (DMS) in one integrated IDMS. The project follows PPL Electric Utilities installation of an Alstom Energy Management System and represents the latest in a string of deliveries to US utilities now operational using Alstom’s IDMS to monitor and control their distribution networks.
via Alstom management system to power PPL Smart Grid project – Pennenergy.
Today president Obama took an important step toward supporting a clean energy future by directing the Federal Government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. This is more than double the current level, making this a significant moment in President Obama’s second term.
via A Good Day For Clean Energy As President Obama Doubles Down On Renewables – Forbes.
I value the perspectives of people who hold both engineering and business degrees. They understand better than most the delicate interplay between the two realms.
You can read about that interplay in the guest editorial below from Honeywell’s Jeremy Eaton, who has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration. He explains how new technology is making new business models possible. More specifically, how coupling inexpensive Wi-Fi thermostats with easy-to-use smartphone apps can motivate homeowners to buy and install demand-response-ready devices — on their own dime and with the encouragement and support of home centers.
via Smart Grid: How the bring-your-own-device trend is transforming demand response.
The action is non-stop in the smart grid sector, both here and abroad. So without further delay, we’ll get started with this week’s wins and awards.
via Smart Grid: Smart grid wins just keep on rolling in.
Farmers Electric Cooperative is developing a 750-kilowatt solar farm on nine acres. It will be the single largest energy project to reap electricity from the sun in the state, if not the region.
“This is part of our Cooperative Energy Plan to cut outside energy purchases by 25 percent,” said Warren B. McKenna, who manages the co-op headquartered in Frytown. And that suits Farmers’ 640 members just fine.
via Tiny Iowa Co-op Turns Solar Giant | Electric Co-op Today.
Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.
Obama said the plan to use renewables for 20 percent of electricity needs will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic energy sources such as solar and wind power that provide thousands of jobs.
via Obama to Feds: Boost Renewable Power 20 Percent – ABC News.
The Smart Grid Research Consortium (SGRC) today announced the completion of a study of risks and rewards associated with new programmable communicating thermostat technologies and programs at electric cooperatives, municipal and public utilities.
Many utilities can potentially reap large savings with new programmable communicating thermostat (PCT) programs, according to the SGRC. In fact, ignoring PCT opportunities could expose customer relationships to third-party providers whose initiatives may result in increased utility customer rates, SGRC contends.
via PCTs could expose utilities to risk – FierceSmartGrid.
At the start of the 21st century, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering chose large-scale electricity networks as the greatest engineering achievement of the previous 100 years. Yet most of those same networks, for the first decade of the new century, were slow to adopt the information technology advances that were transforming many other sectors of today’s economy.
via NOVEC, Lockheed Martin demo smart grid cybersecurity | Intelligent Utility.
Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) is installing the largest rooftop solar system in Virginia — more than 2,000 solar panels on the roof of Canon Virginia Inc.’s Industrial Resource Technologies facility in Gloucester. The project is part of Dominion’s Solar Partnership Program, in which Dominion leases rooftop or ground space at commercial, industrial or public facilities for installation of solar panels.
via DVP to install VA’s largest rooftop solar system – FierceEnergy.
A major automobile manufacturer has signed on with University of Delaware researchers to test their technology that helps guide power back onto the electric grid from idle vehicles.
If the test is successful, Honda could someday use the university’s technology in its production of electric vehicles – and perhaps encourage other manufacturers to adopt the technology.
via Honda experimenting with UD’s ‘vehicle to grid’ technology | The News Journal | delawareonline.com.
Ergon Energy is the government-owned electricity utility for the State of Queensland in Australia. With more than 700,000 customers spread over 1.7 million km squared, Ergon Energy has similar integration, geographical and technology challenges of a larger utility but manages these with a smaller customer base, in the face of rapidly evolving technology, growing solar generation penetration, and flat to declining revenues. To address these issues Ergon Energy has had to give careful consideration to how it makes its smart grid investments.
via Ergon Energy Meets Challenges with its Smart Grid Project | EnergyBiz.
SolarCity® (Nasdaq:SCTY) has unveiled a smart energy storage system to address two major pain points for business: rising utility demand charges and increasing grid outages. SolarCity DemandLogic™ can allow businesses to reduce energy costs by using stored electricity to reduce peak demand, and can also provide backup power during grid outages. Developed with advanced battery technology from Tesla, SolarCity DemandLogic storage includes learning software that automates the discharge of stored energy to optimize utility charge savings for customers.
via SolarCity Introduces Energy Storage for Businesses – HispanicBusiness.com.
Driven by growing penetration of intermittent renewable energy, increasingly constrained grid conditions, and the need for investments in electricity infrastructure, compressed air energy storage (CAES) – a technology that has been commercially available for more than 30 years – is enjoying a surge of renewed interest. In Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America, new installations of CAES are expected to increase steadily over the next 10 years. Click to tweet: According to a recent report from Navigant Research, new system installation revenue for CAES will reach $4.8 billion annually by 2023.
via BOULDER, Colo.: Compressed Air Energy Storage Will Reach $4.8 Billion in Annual New System Revenue by 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online.
Worldwide shipments of smart meters could reach 131 million units annually by 2018, according to Navigant Research, www.navigantresearch.com. Much of this growth will likely happen outside of North America as regions such as Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, among others, either play catch up or leap frog the United States when it comes to smart-meter deployment.
via Connected World magazine | India’s Meters Get Smart.
Minneapolis-based software solutions provider Open Access Technology International Inc. (OATI) has adopted the OpenADR standard, saying it will help simplify demand response and provide more cost-effective methods to meet energy industry needs.
via Renew Grid: Content / FYI / OATI Goes With OpenADR Standard.
Smart Grid News is working with experts from Elster and other leading smart grid companies to create the ultimate guide to AMI — a full-scale, start-to-finish, everything-including-the kitchen-sink compendium of best practices, lessons learned, and future directions. When it’s complete, we will make it available to you as an eBook. In the meantime we’re publishing select excerpts. In this sixth installment, Ed Beroset digs into the all-important security issue with probing questions utilities need to ask themselves – and their technology providers – to better understand their security needs and how to meet them.
via Smart Grid: The 3 ultimate goals of AMI security (and how to achieve them).
Most U.S. utilities have little interaction with the Federal Trade Commission, which is best known for its role in enforcing anti-trust laws. But the FTC also houses the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Under that guise, it is beginning to examine consumer privacy and security for what many are calling “the Internet of Things.”
via Smart Grid: Why utilities may soon need to cope with the FTC.