Consumers Energy is accelerating its plan to provide updated electric meters to homes and businesses across Michigan.  By the end of 2017 — two years earlier than scheduled originally — 1.8 million electric meters will be updated along with 600,000 natural gas meters for customers who also have Consumers Energy electric service. “Our high customer Continue reading →

Clean energy benefits are becoming widely known to include reduced carbon footprint that is sustainability-focused and home solar systems that essentially turn consumers into paid energy providers. Significant shifts are happening in this sector; business model and financial innovation and the need for seamless integration of technology makes M2M communication key to adoption. M2M device management pioneers Mformation spoke to Continue reading →

Trilliant announced recently that it has been selected by National Grid to deploy the company’s smart grid communications platform for Volt/VAR Optimization. The project is designed to help deliver energy efficiency benefits to National Grid’s customers in Rhode Island. This initial phase will support a demonstration of Volt/VAR Optimization (VVO) in the state of Rhode Continue reading →

13. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Electric vehicles could provide smart grid services that have been handled by conventional power plants. Automakers and utility groups took a step forward last week in an effort to systematize the communication between a charging plug-in electric vehicle, or PEV, and grid operators. “A key aspect of the platform’s benefits will be giving customers flexibility Continue reading →

05. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For the past few decades, the argument for modernizing the nation’s electric power grid has included some reference to the benefits customers would receive from upgrading their on-premise power meters to one that communicates with the headend over a two-way line, or maybe even wirelessly. Many of this nation’s utility companies report smart meter installation Continue reading →

31. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The EMerge Alliance– an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for buildings – today announced it will start teaming up with local organizations and launched a new Industrializing membership category to bring the benefits of DC microgrids to industrializing countries in South Asia. A DC microgrid is Continue reading →

30. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Moving the electricity sector into a low-carbon future presents many challenges. As supply becomes increasingly intermittent, so the need for fast-responding, flexible demand and generation sources grows. Energy storage is a key source of flexibility to meet this need and has been identified by the UK Smart Grid Forum as a crucial intervention likely to Continue reading →

10. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water, the smart meter debate has been elevated to the national level by several publications, including Forbes. Smart meter installations in the United States are expected to progress steadily over the next 10 years. That is because they offer a range of benefits to Continue reading →

07. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart Energy GB, an organisation set up by the Government and funded by energy companies, is launching the first phase of the £85 seven-year marketing plan next week (8 July). It was first revealed in March and the campaign will play a key role in the Government’s £11bn plan to install the devices in every Continue reading →

25. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A £667k grant under the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Offshore Wind Components Technology Scheme is allowing Scotland-based SgurrControl, part of renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy, to launch an offshore wind reliability project. SgurrEnergy is leading the wind turbine intelligent control project to simulate, implement and demonstrate the capability of individual blade control technology Continue reading →

18. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Utilities in the United States and around the world are investing millions of dollars in the so-called “smart grid” to bring electric grids into the information age, and then passing those costs on to consumers — as much as $600 or more per customer in the U.S., according to the Wired Group. A new book, Continue reading →

16. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A £667k grant under the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Offshore Wind Components Technology Scheme is allowing Scotland-based SgurrControl, part of renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy, to launch an offshore wind reliability project. SgurrEnergy is leading the wind turbine intelligent control project to simulate, implement and demonstrate the capability of individual blade control technology Continue reading →

The inaugural meeting of the Mobile Energy Association took place this week at TM Forum Live in Nice, France. The association aims to increase collaboration between the telecoms and energy sectors. The founders believe that significant benefits for both industries can accrue to consumers in both developing and developed markets through improved cooperation, transfer of Continue reading →

29. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For the power sector to realize the full benefits of the smart grid revolution, advanced networking and communications technology must span the entire power grid.  For many smaller utilities, however, the lack of access to adequate financial and human resources may limit their ability to invest in smart grid solutions at the desired level. Hosted Continue reading →

02. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Malaysia’s largest utility, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Trilliant that calls for the two companies to exchange technical information and training and to explore models to deliver smart grid benefits such as enhanced energy efficiency, improved reliability, and energy security throughout TNB’s customer base. Malaysia has the third largest Continue reading →

30. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the largest electric utility in Malaysia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Trilliant, a leading smart grid platform company based in the United States of America, following the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership’s (USACEP) High-Level Meetings and ahead of a historic visit by President Barack Obama to Malaysia. The Continue reading →

22. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The smart grid can foster an “energy divide” for low-income consumers, according to a new research report published by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC). The SGCC, a nonprofit organization that aims to advance the adoption of smart grids, says that with a substantial portion of the consumer benefits of smart grids coming from greater Continue reading →

21. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Ameren Illinois says it has exceeded its yearly reliability performance goals required by the state’s Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) and that its modernization plan is on track. “Customers are beginning to experience the benefits of a long-term approach for upgrading the state’s electric delivery infrastructure,” said Richard Mark, president and CEO of Ameren Illinois. Continue reading →

17. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

One of the latent benefits of smart meter technology, or advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), is conservation voltage reduction (CVR) – systems that can dynamically adjust voltage to optimize and conserve the electricity on the power grid. While few North American utilities have taken full advantage of these techniques to date, CVR is likely to be Continue reading →

08. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program has produced benefits for utilities and their customers, with more than $7.9 billion invested by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to modernize the electric grid, strengthen cybersecurity, improve interoperability, and collect an unprecedented level of data on improvements in grid operations and customer services since 2009. via Continue reading →