Landis+Gyr, a global leader in energy management solutions, has successfully completed Wi-SUN US Profile physical layer certification of the radio technology used in Gridstream® solutions and deployed globally in over 7 million smart grid IoT devices.Industry alliance certifications ensure future interoperability of RF-enabled hardware deployed in smart grid networks. This standards-based certification demonstrates that utilities will be able to realize a future smart grid vision that securely connects devices critical to efficiently and reliably serve the needs of energy consumers. With a wide variety of Wi-SUN compliant devices already operating today on Landis+Gyr networks, utilities are better positioned to bring new devices onto the network for a variety of energy efficiency, grid management and smart city applications.
Picture this: Wheelbarrows full of signed postcards and petitions being pushed (literally) toward the offices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in support of net metering, whereby energy consumers can generate their own energy using solar power. It really happened late last week, as residents throughout California — representing a diverse coalition of consumer, environmental, faith, public health, environmental justice, and business organizations –gathered on the CPUC steps to deliver more than 130,000 signatures in support of net metering.
After several false starts, 2017 could be the year when smart meters finally run wild across Europe. That’s when Germany — the last holdout among major industrialized nations in the European Union — is set to begin pushing out a ramped-up rollout of smart meters in a phased-in process that now has the support of the country’s 900 distribution service operators (DSOs).According to a draft Digitization Law document leaked to the press in early August, smart meters would be compulsory for high energy consumers and for those living in new buildings.
A proposed standard from ASHRAE and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to create smart facilities supporting smart grids is open for public review until Oct. 6, 2015. ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model, would provide a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage, and communicate about electrical energy consumption and forecasts.Steve Bushby, committee chair for 201P, said the standard also is being considered for adoption as an international standard through the International Organization for Standardization.
The UK is a rich, stable country with oil and gas reserves, lots of wind, and more than enough scientists and engineers to make the most of its resources. So why do so many people in the country continue to tolerate high energy bills and poor service?The question of what can be done to encourage energy consumers to become more active and engaged has come to a head after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published provisional findings from its investigation into the UK’s energy market.
A new survey by Accenture found that within the next five years, 57% of global energy consumers would be interested in solar panel or connected-home solution installation, as more people seek to lower their energy bills, increase energy efficiency, and further integrate technology into their lives. According to the survey, only 7% of energy consumers worldwide are currently interested in those options, meaning that there’s a lot of opportunity for solar and smart grid companies in the coming years.
Silver Spring Networks will use the MongoDB database to capture and store high volumes of machine-to-machine (M2M) data for its new SilverLink Sensor Network, which enables developers to access enriched data to deliver new applications and services for utilities and energy consumers. The new solution will be up to 10x faster and cost a tenth of traditional utility IT infrastructure.
PowerStream is providing a glimpse of how energy consumers may be able to go off-grid in the future through a Micro Grid demonstration project the utility officially unveiled today at the company’s head office.
The event, attended by key stakeholders, partners, industry associates and the media, also featured a video which explained the Micro Grid concept and provided insights on PowerStream’s demonstration project.
The idea behind smart grids is to use information to improve the efficiencies and effectiveness of electrical power generation, transmission and distribution resources.
It’s easy to see why this makes sense for utilities.
By reducing electrical demand during times when resources are heavily taxed, the existing grid infrastructure can be used more efficiently, controlling costs for all while maximizing usable power for energy consumers.
Smart Meters are amassing reams of data that, when effectively analyzed and applied, can help energy consumers at all levels – residential, commercial and industrial – cut down on both their consumption and their bills. And social media, backed by strong analytics, may prove to be an effective tool for delivering efficiency improvements.