Utilities, smart grid pundits, industry suppliers and regulators across the U.S. are interested in the performance metrics proposed by Commonwealth Edison in its 2013 smart grid progress report filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission April 1 (Case 13-0285). The metrics were developed collaboratively by stakeholders, including the Citizens Utility Board, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Continue reading →
A powerful collaboration of researchers, manufacturers and economic development officials are embarking on a groundbreaking demonstration project for smart grid, net zero energy buildings called the GridSTAR Center — a Smart Energy Campus initiative at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Spearheaded by Penn State with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Continue reading →
A world-first trial using Australian-developed electric vehicle charging smart technology has found that it can help to halve electric vehicle drivers’ charging costs, while also optimising utility network performance. Using technology called ChargeIQ, the project – which was led by Victoria’s Department of Transport as part of the state government’s $5 million Electric Vehicle Trial – featured Continue reading →
Tennessee-based municipally owned utility Humboldt Utilities has selected the Elster EnergyAxis AMI and grid performance management solution. via Renew Grid: Content / Projects & Contracts / Humboldt Utilities To Deploy Elster Smart Grid Solution.
The Energy Department announced today up to $13 million in funding to develop and test advanced components and technologies to boost the performance of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems. The Department plans to select up to 10 awards aimed at developing advanced controls, power systems, and device structures specifically for MHK applications, which harness Continue reading →
While the smart grid, cybersecurity and renewable energy sources garner most of the press corps’ attention these days, arguably the biggest challenge transmission and distribution companies face is maintaining the performance of the grid’s most valuable — and aging — assets. Utilities have installed substation transformers, breakers, capacitor banks and the like over several decades. Continue reading →
At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where the nation’s top battery scientists are working to achieve revolutionary advances in battery performance, electric vehicles (EVs) are not just a technology of the future. Growing numbers of employees are already using them to commute to work. To encourage even more to do so, Berkeley Lab has announced that Continue reading →
Emissions-free motoring has a new high-performance champion following the unveiling of the Detroit Electric SP:01, a limited-edition, two-seat pure-electric sports car that sets new standards for performance and handling in the electric vehicle (EV) segment. Boasting an impressive 155 mph (249 km/h) top speed and covering the 0-62mph (0-100km/h) sprint in a blistering 3.7 seconds, Continue reading →
That’s what is happening in Illinois, where both Ameren and ComEd have partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) to create performance measures – 19 tracking metrics in the case of Ameren and 20 for ComEd. I have to agree with EDF attorney Raya Salter when she hopes that Continue reading →
The TORQ Roadster from Epic EV proves that electric cars can have race car performance. It boasts a 400 horsepower electric engine and carbon fiber panels. The three-wheeled TORQ Roadster will coast 65,000 dollars, the New York Daily News reported. via World`s fastest three-wheeled electric car at $65k.
Silicon Labs SLAB -1.04% , a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, today introduced a high-performance, ultra-low-power wireless transceiver optimized for China’s rapidly growing smart metering market. Silicon Labs’ new Si4438 EZRadioPRO(R) IC is designed to maximize wireless range and battery life while reducing bill of materials (BOM) cost by 30 percent for smart meters. Continue reading →
Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, today introduced a high-performance, ultra-low-power wireless transceiver optimized for China’s rapidly growing smart metering market. Silicon Labs’ new Si4438 EZRadioPRO® IC is designed to maximize wireless range and battery life while reducing bill of materials (BOM) cost by 30 percent for smart meters. Designed Continue reading →
Texas Instruments has introduced the TMDSDC-EVMAM335x Smart Data Concentrator Evaluation Module (EVM), which gives developers performance, cost, and connectivity options for their data concentrator designs. The EVM includes advanced hardware and software that reduce development time by up to nine months while still supporting connectivity to more than 1,000 smart meters. via TI Smart Data Continue reading →
Grid IQ™ Insight, a new power management system from GE Digital is a platform that consolidates data from a broad mix of sources including existing grid management systems, smart meters and other intelligent grid power equipment, sensors, weather monitoring and even unstructured social media content. GridiQ Insight takes the terabytes of data and using advanced Continue reading →
Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, will showcase its wireless solutions for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) at DistribuTECH, the utility industry’s leading smart grid conference, held in San Diego, California, Jan. 29-31. Silicon Labs’ mixed-signal devices, including wireless radios, ultra-low-power 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), 32-bit Precision32™ MCUs and digital isolators, Continue reading →
One unremarked aspect of the coverage we’ve given to the past year’s extreme weather events —fires in the West, derechos in the East and a hurricane in the Northeast—is how centralized power’s performance affected public perceptions of grid modernization. via Extreme weather and the grid: what’s next? | Intelligent Utility.
Premier Alliance Group, Inc. (OTCQB: PIMO), a strategic advisory, services, and solutions firm focused on providing 360 degrees Intelligence Delivery through our Knowledge Based Expertise (“KBE”), today announced that its Energy and Sustainability Division has partnered with AutoGrid Systems (AutoGrid), a developer of advanced analytics software for the energy industry, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Continue reading →
Constantly growing demand is reducing the global water supply to the point it is considered an increasingly scarce resource. Against that backdrop, solutions to make the most of the water we have has taken on critical importance. New research commissioned by metering, communications and software company Sensus found that utilities could save up to $12.5 Continue reading →
If you’re thinking I’m writing too much on Hurricane Sandy and the grid, you’ve got it backwards: the conversation is just beginning. Though a post-mortem on utility performance and the smart grid’s role, if any, is premature, we can outline a few issues. via Sandy and the smart grid: who won? | Intelligent Utility.