Smart electric meters provide a platform for energy efficiency improvements, new customer services, and network optimization. To achieve those goals across Europe, more than 30 million meters will need to be deployed annually during the peak years of activity, and major upgrade programs will need to be executed simultaneously in Europe’s largest countries, along with Continue reading →
Over the next 10 years, Japan will install some 80 million smart electric meters. Itron, the 35-year-old Washington utility metering technology provider, just landed a big deal with Panasonic that should help it get a slice of that market. via Itron In Deal With Panasonic For Huge Japanese Smart Meter Market | Xconomy.
Southern California Edison (SCE) will start installing smart electric meters in the San Joaquin Valley, in California, US, under its 1.6bn Edison SmartConnect program, authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission. Under the program, SCE will replace traditional mechanical meters with the new electric meters and transform electric system into a smart grid. via Southern Continue reading →
Let’s face it: advanced electric meters, or “smart meters,” have a reputation problem. Consumer concerns about health and privacy have given these devices a bad rap. A video and fact sheet released today by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) set out to separate the facts from the fiction about smart meters and provide consumers Continue reading →
Recently FortisBC Inc., an integrated energy solution provider serving approximately 162,000 electricity customers in Canada, selected Itron’s smart grid solution to support the utility’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project. This follows on the heels of BC Hydro, another Canadian utility, announcing its plan to upgrade nearly 2 million electric meters over the next two years. Continue reading →
Itron, Inc. ITRI +3.07% announced today that, to date, DTE Energy has installed 800,000 Itron endpoints, including smart electric meters and gas modules, in its Southeastern Michigan service area. This marks a significant milestone for DTE Energy’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project, which is a key component of the utility’s SmartCurrents initiative. SmartCurrents aims to Continue reading →
DTE Energy has endorsed a report on advanced meters by the staff of the Michigan Public Service Commission. The report said that the electromechanical meters now used by utilities, including DTE Energy, are obsolete and out of production. The utility, which has 2.1 million electricity customers in southeastern Michigan, is replacing current meters with smart Continue reading →
As Consumers Energy gears up to deploy smart meters in Michigan, a new report says this technology has little health risk and outdoes the current meter system. The traditional electromechanical meter that gauges electricity usage by customers is obsolete compared to the more accurate and responsive smart meter, according to a report by the Michigan Continue reading →
According to research from the Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE), electric utilities are making steady inroads in upgrading customers’ analog electric meters. The report says that as of May of 2012, digital smart meters have been installed for 36 million households (or one-third) across the U.S. This equates to one-third of households and is up Continue reading →
Gov. John Kitzhaber said Thursday that power customers could play a bigger role in the state’s clean energy future. He spoke at the Northwest Smart Grid Summit in Portland. The governor says a smarter power grid can help Oregon reach his 10-year goals for renewable energy and energy efficiency. For example, Kitzhaber says, projects are Continue reading →
Baltimore Gas and Electric says they are installing new smart electric meters starting this spring. Between spring 2012 and 2014 BGE will be installing about 2 million electric and gas meters in every home and small business in the service area. via BGE to replace gas and electric meters.
Cisco Systems is shipping its first routers geared for networks of smart meters. The Series 1000 routers are part of a second wave of smart grid systems from a business unit the company set up two years ago to address the emerging market for digital networked utilities. The new routers can aggregate traffic from more Continue reading →
The Metal and Engineering Corporation of Ethiopia has agreed to replace the electric meters operated by the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation. The project is valued at nine billion birr and will exchange electric meters for new ‘smart’ meters. The new ‘smart’ digital meters are expected to automatically register electric consumption and report back to EEPCo Continue reading →
Idaho Power has finished installing approximately half million smart electric meters in its service area, completing a three-year project that is part of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and the overall Smart Grid project. via Idaho Power Completes Smart Meter Deployment.
Idaho Power has finished the installation of about 500,000 “smart” electric meters for customers, wrapping up a three-year project. via IDAHO MOUNTAIN EXPRESS: Updated and breaking news.
Smartenit, Inc. (formerly SimpleHomeNet), a leading manufacturer of home/building controls, and Blue Line Innovations, announce a Universal Whole House Energy Monitoring Interface for ZigBee® and INSTEON® control networks. The breakthrough conveniently delivers energy information from most electric meters to automation applications, enabling them to provide true energy management through energy-based monitoring and control. via SimpleHomeNet Continue reading →
A new, high-tech utility meter is inflaming passions around the Bay Area. Now PG&E Corp. is trying to tamp down growing regional opposition to its $2.2 billion meter upgrade—but is failing to mollify many local critics. PG&E, through its Pacific Gas & Electric Co. unit, plans to install 9.3 million digital electric and gas meters—otherwise Continue reading →
When it gets hot this summer and you have the air conditioning going full blast you won't have to wait until you receive your monthly electric bill to find out how much all that air conditioning is costing you. This summer Forest Park residents will only have to wait one day to find out how Continue reading →
A Nevada-based utility firm is going to deploy smart grid technology from Raleigh-based Sensus. NV Energy says it plans to utilize up to 1.3 million electric meters and another 155,000 gas meters across its more than 50,000 square miles of coverage area that includes some 2.4 million customers. Deployment is expected to begin this year. Continue reading →