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 Continue reading →

13. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The U.S. military is the largest single consumer of energy and fossil fuels on the planet. Estimates place the total energy consumption of the Department of Defense to be on par with the state of Oregon and greater than two-thirds of all countries. To capture the economic, environmental, and strategic benefits offered by alternative fuels, Continue reading →

More than two-thirds of utilities executives believe that the benefits of smart grids and smart meter deployments — which include improved customer service, reliability and outage response — will exceed original industry forecasts, according to a new global survey by Accenture (NYSE:ACN). A large majority of executives surveyed (85 percent) also expect the industry’s competitive Continue reading →

08. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Before the world can reap the true benefits of the internet of things — a collection of billions of connected devices which could contribute tens of trillions to the global economy by 2030 – there’s an awful lot of expensive heavy lifting to be done, both on the device side and in the network infrastructure. via Huge potential Continue reading →

06. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Across the U.S., stakeholders have often been hard-pressed to identify quantifiable direct and indirect economic and environmental benefits of grid modernization based upon real-world experience. In order to help rectify this challenge, the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) recently released the Smart Grid Economic and Environmental Benefits report. via Renew Grid: Content / Up Front Continue reading →

04. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

There has been a lot of talk about the deployment of the “Smart Grid”.  Most of the initial Smart Grid deployments are focused on the deployment of smart meters that enable utilities to gather usage information in near real time – or what they call “Automated Meter Infrastructure” or AMI.  The use of AMI provides Continue reading →

31. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) announced today that BC Hydro, which serves 1.9 million electricity customers throughout British Columbia, Canada, has entered the next phase of network migration for its Smart Metering Program. BC Hydro has passed a major milestone in the testing of Itron and Cisco’s jointly developed IPv6 network architecture, bringing the utility one step Continue reading →

24. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

With Wi-Fi and app access, the new wave of programmable thermostats can deliver the ultimate in comfort, convenience and control, while cutting energy bills. But the benefits don’t have to stop at the front door. Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that its full line of Wi-Fi thermostats will enable homeowners to connect with their utility Continue reading →

23. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A new report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) suggests that a standardized approach to determining the benefits and costs of distributed solar generation (DSG) would provide regulators with facts to determine whether or not claims surrounding net metering — the bill credit that pays solar customers for selling power back to the grid Continue reading →

14. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today provided an update to state regulators showing the utility’s progress on its Smart Grid plan for modernizing the electric grid to improve safety and reliability while delivering a host of energy and cost savings to customers. The report also describes how new and future Smart Grid projects enable Continue reading →

11. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A fully deployed smart grid has the potential of saving between $39.69 and $101.57 — and between 55 to 592 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions — per consumer per year in the United States, according to a new from the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), which aims to help smart grid stakeholders better understand the Continue reading →

10. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A fully deployed smart grid has the potential of saving between $39.69 and $101.57 — and between 55 to 592 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions — per consumer per year in the United States, according to a new from the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), which aims to help smart grid stakeholders better understand the Continue reading →

02. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart energy projects continue to roll out around the world as organizations see the benefits of the technology. Smart grids can help both utilities and customers to better understand and manage energy consumption, and the technology that enables the smart grid is advancing. By 2018, the number of communications node shipments associated with the smart Continue reading →

20. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The city of Boston does a pretty good job managing its energy use — in fact, it was just named the most efficient large U.S. city in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. But there’s always more to be done — and figuring out what investments will yield the Continue reading →

17. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The materials below were assembled by an ad hoc group of industry experts, spearheaded by Erich Gunther of EnerNex and Massoud Amin of the University of Minnesota and the IEEE Power and Energy Society. Thanks to them and all the others who contributed. At top you will find a list of useful Web sites. I Continue reading →

12. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart meters are occasionally the focus of attack from activists involved in efforts to spread misinformation about the devices’ safety and privacy. A video and fact sheet, re-released today by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), set out to separate the facts from the fiction about smart meters and provide consumers with reliable information about Continue reading →

05. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Less than a year after PPL Electric Utilities completed its smart grid pilot project, customers in Dauphin and Cumberland counties are already experiencing a 38 percent improvement in service reliability, meaning fewer power interruptions and shorter outage duration. The three-year, $38 million project, supported by a federal stimulus grant, involved installation of hundreds of automated Continue reading →

29. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

These days, the future is often in the news. It’s not uncommon to come upon articles about cars that drive themselves, vacation trips to space, and automated smart houses a la the Jetsons. I don’t know much about space tourism or self-driving cars, but I do know that smart homes and the associated technologies are already allowing for the possibility of Continue reading →

27. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) recently launched a new online resource to help inform consumers about the smart grid. WhatIsSmartGrid.org provides visitors with easy-to-understand information about the smart grid. Since more than 50 percent of consumers have never heard the term “smart grid,” SGCC designed the site with a focus on explaining the concepts Continue reading →

These days, the future is often in the news. It’s not uncommon to come upon articles about cars that drive themselves, vacation trips to space, and automated smart houses a la the Jetsons. I don’t know much about space tourism or self-driving cars,  but I do know that smart homes and the associated technologies are Continue reading →