In the US, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) this week announced it has secured federal funding of US$2.1 million for grid modernisation projects.The non-profit organisation confirmed the US Department of Commerce had selected it for the Grid Interoperability Standards Cooperative Agreement Programme.
Cybersecurity researchers from four universities and one utility company are working together as part of a Department of Energy (DoE) Center for Securing Electric Energy Delivery Systems (SEEDS) to help safeguard the nation’s power utilities from cyber attacks. The $12.2 million DoE funded initiative is augmented by $3.1 million in matching funds from the research participants. The team is led by faculty from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and includes faculty from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Carnegie Mellon University Lehigh University, researchers from Florida International University’s (FIU) College of Engineering and Computing and the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is adding solar to their grid, and doing so in many ways. The company announced a $1 million commitment to install rooftop solar on 79 homes in the Habitat for Humanity program. The funds will benefit 18 different Habitat for Humanity local affiliates throughout Northern and Central California, from the Mendocino Coast to Merced.
Today, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) new energy-saving pledge to encourage energy efficiency in their cities, with a chance to earn up to $2 million in funds for local businesses to reinvest in sustainability programs.Sponsored by PG&E, Step Up and Power Down is a community initiative inspiring local companies to adopt behavioral changes in the workplace.
You might recognize the Oomi name from a story we did on the gear back in January of this year. I’m not sure what happened on that first crowd-sourced funding campaign for the gear, presumably it didn’t raise the funds it needed. The Oomi product is back now and it offers the same promise of making your home smarter with an easy to deploy system.Smart homes used to require a computer and complex controllers, but Oomi can be set up in three steps that make the deployment of the system easy.
A 30 megawatt (MW) wind farm is moving forward after the announcement that Deepwater Wind has raised more than $290 million. The funds will finance the Deepwater Wind Block Island, which is already under construction and will likely become the first offshore wind farm in the United States.
Nearly all U.S. rural electric utilities surveyed in a recent poll have some sort of smart grid effort in place, according to the 2014 Rural Smart Grid Survey Report, which was produced by Zpryme and sponsored by Honeywell. (And considering all the funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture has pumped into smart grid work over the years, that finding is perhaps no big surprise.)
Two years after being proposed US electrical engineer, Scott Brusaw’s system of solar powered roads is in the second prototype stage, which could lead to wide spread use. Scott’s idea is to cover highways and other roadways with photo-voltaic panels that would collect energy and feed it into a decentralized power grid. If successful, these panels could generate enough energy to power the entire country. Scott is currently raising funds via an IndieGoGo campaign to begin production.
Ruston, Louisiana is home to just under 21,000 residents, served by 10,596 electric meters. It was one of the 99 utilities selected to receive matching funds from the U.S. Smart Grid Investment Grant program. It received $4.3 million in October 2009 towards its $8.6 million smart grid program, which encompassed these areas:
- Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)
- Meter data management system (MDMS)
- Distribution automation
Here’s the basic idea behind startup Stem: install batteries at a building and use software to convert the building over to battery power (instead of using power from the grid) when energy from the power grid is expensive (like a hot Summer day). Large power companies seem to think it’s a good idea, and on Monday Stem announced that it’s raised $15 million from new investors including GE and Spanish power giant Iberdrola.