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 →

07. 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 →

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

The $43 million battery project was funded by Duke with 50% of the cost covered under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By storing wind energy, the battery smoothes the wind farm’s variability. It can respond quickly to regulate frequency and also provide ancillary services. Duke is currently preparing its first report for the U.S. Continue reading →

20. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has set the goal of installing 53 million smart meters in 30 million homes over the next eight years. The department claims the national roll out will save the country almost $12 billion over the next twenty years. The roll out of smart meters across Continue reading →

19. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A £27m project to create the UK’s first Smart Energy Demonstrator site has been given the green light at Keele University after the Government agreed to provide vital funding. As the national lead for such ground-breaking work it is believed that the long term benefits of the project will include the creation of high tech Continue reading →

19. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Electric vehicles (EV) are seeing another push as pressure on car manufacturing companies to devise sustainable and environmental friendly automobiles grows. Although electric cars will not be the answer to all environmental issues, automakers are touting the benefits of ownership. via Manufacturers facing pressure to drive EV popularity – FierceEnergy.

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

A new report by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) explores the emerging role of smart grids in the UK and presents a vision of the near future where energy use is monitored in real time, home appliances are automated, and Britain is powered by a network of community run energy schemes. Findings from the Continue reading →

Rob Saunders, head of energy at the Technology Strategy Board, which focuses on British innovation, believes more could be done to help consumers embrace efficient energy forms. “You see digital technologies making a difference in taking out energy inefficiencies,” he says. “I think people are starting to become aware of some of this, but at Continue reading →

A federal appeals court recently ruled that the Federal Communications Commission must rethink its net neutrality rules — a decision with potentially far-reaching implications for the future of high-speed Internet. Now FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler must work with Congress to modernize outdated laws that don’t address the reality of today’s Internet. In doing so, he Continue reading →

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

The concept of developing local microgrids to support organizational missions is a current topic of interest in board rooms, campuses, utilities, and city councils.  The truth is that microgrids are not cheap, require a lot of careful design, require ongoing operations and maintenance expenditures, and are not always the optimal solution. In a previous article, Continue reading →

01. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Silver Spring Networks, which works on smart grid technologies, has launched its SilverLink Sensor Network, making streams of data available to utility companies, sensor network operators and consumers. The software allows users to consume data from smart grids, with information coming from sources such as smart meters and other devices. via Real-time data the key Continue reading →

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

The Smart Grid Research Consortium (SGRC) today announced results of a recently-completed study that identifies a new smart grid investment strategy that can transform a poor AMI business case into an attractive investment. Many electric cooperatives and public utilities have rejected AMI systems because expected meter-related benefits are not compelling enough to outweigh costs.  Adding Continue reading →

20. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

GE’s Digital Energy business and the city of Skiatook, Oklahoma recently announced plans to implement GE’s Grid IQ Solutions as a Service (SaaS) grid-modernization technology. The SaaS offerings are designed to provide cities and utilities with the benefits of a modern grid without requiring the large staff or up-front capital typically needed to do so. Continue reading →

20. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

When it comes to measuring voltage, current and other grid-power properties, tiny differences in accuracy can add up to a difference of millions of dollars in the value of the smart grid projects they support. The question has always been whether accuracy can be achieved in a reliable form — and at the right cost. Continue reading →

14. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

On the Danish island of Bornholm, the Ecogrid EU smart grid demonstration project  is providing valuable lessons in how utilities can better engage customers. The pilot involves smart meters, sensors, appliance controllers and a communications network. To persuade residents to participate, the project managers had to learn how to clearly articulate the benefits of a smart Continue reading →

30. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The integration of distribution automation systems and applications with previously deployed or planned advanced metering infrastructure systems will be key to successful utility smart grid deployments in the coming years, according to a recent report from Navigant Research. As the smart grid sector matures, utilities are turning their focus to integrating advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) Continue reading →

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

The world’s water systems are under increasing pressure. Water utilities are relying on aging or inadequate infrastructure to meet growing demand, tough environmental targets, and increasing regulatory requirements. At the same time, utilities need to reduce non-revenue water losses and improve their operational efficiency. Smart water networks have an important role to play in addressing Continue reading →

Smart Grid Today has named 50 Smart Grid Pioneers of 2013, including many utility executives, regulators and political figures working on smart grid solutions to electricity challenges globally. PG&E’s Senior Director of Smart Grid and Technology Integration, Kevin Dasso, received the recognition for his efforts in installing new technologies that enhance the delivery of safe, 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 survey by Accenture. A majority of executives surveyed (85 percent) also expect the industry’s landscape to change in the next five Continue reading →