The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) at its March meeting on Monday approved a Weather-Sensitive Emergency Response Service pilot scheme prior to the upcoming summer that will expand its options to reduce electricity use during the peak summer season when power demand is high and supplies are tight. “During the hottest hours of summer Continue reading →
A comprehensive 15,000 home National Grid smart grid pilot program is deploying EcoFactor’s cloud-based services for home energy management. The pilot is designed to help participants save energy by giving them better control over their power usage. via EcoFactor Joins National Grid Pilot.
National Grid has selected Itron’s smart grid solution, which utilizes Cisco’s multi-application communications network for the utility’s 10,000 meter Smart Grid Pilot Program in Worcester, Mass. National Grid will roll out the full pilot in early 2013. National Grid reports it also plans to “expand the highly secure IPv6 communication network based on Cisco’s GridBlocks Continue reading →
Echelon Corp. is designing a 1,500 unit pilot in Brazil through its partner ELO at Cemig’s City of the Future project in the Sete Lagoas region. Cemig serves more than 7 million customers in 774 municipalities of Brazil. Echelon is providing smart metering sub-systems to ELO. Cemig’s City of the Future project is designed to Continue reading →
Texas electric grid planners are extending a program that pays customers who agree to reduce electricity use during an emergency. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees the grid for most of Texas, will extend through the summer a pilot project designed to lower the amount of electricity used in emergency conditions, it announced Continue reading →
Most people who pay their own energy bills know that power is expensive. But where it’s coming from and how much it costs is often more mysterious. That could change if technology that’s part of a demonstration project at the University of Washington catches on. It’s co funded by the US Department of Energy. The Continue reading →
LISTED distribution utility Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) will start the technical test of its planned prepaid electricity service next month, to be followed by a consumer test and a commercial roll out next year, the company said in a statement yesterday. “Meralco is set to do the technical pilot of its prepaid electricity service (PRES), Continue reading →
GridSolar, LLC has released a final Request for Proposals seeking up to 2,000 kW of “smart grid” projects that either reduce energy use or generate power within the towns of Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor and Southport. The Maine Public Utilities Commission has designated the Boothbay peninsula as the location for a three-year pilot project to test Continue reading →
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has completed a project using REGEN Energy’s Swarm Energy Management demand response solution that showed peak reduction capabilities that translated into energy and bill savings for customers and peak load savings for SMUD. via www.metering.com | SMUD demand response pilot demonstrates energy savings.
In a pre-conference workshop at Utility Analytics Week, Thomas Humphreys, Baltimore Gas & Electric’s project manager for advanced meter capabilities, described how the investor-owned utility tackled the prospect of using data analytics. In his introduction, Rick Brakken, CEO of DataRaker, BGE’s vendor for its pilot analytics program, said that BGE had been well-organized for a Continue reading →
Last month, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) green-lighted National Grid’s proposed smart grid pilot in Worcester, Mass. The two-year project, estimated to cost around $44 million, aims to install Itron smart meters for approximately 15,000 of the utility’s customers in the region. In addition, the pilot will explore electric vehicle charging, dynamic pricing Continue reading →
As part of the ‘Project Plug-IN’ initiative, Toyota is partnering with Duke Energy and Energy Systems Network (ESN) on a pilot designed to determine the best way to manage plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) charging based on integrated communication between the vehicle and the electric power grid. The pilot, which will use advanced technologies to Continue reading →
National Grid recently received the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ approval to begin a two year comprehensive smart grid pilot. An important element of the pilot is the company’s focus on customer outreach and education. Cited as its “listen, test, and learn” approach, National Grid will use a variety of different communication channels, both traditional and Continue reading →
Oklahoma Gas & Electric needs kilowatts from all corners. That includes homes, which are slated to curb 210 megawatts to help relieve summer peaks. It’s part of a master plan by OGE to reduce the need for new generation until at least 2020. This summer is the first year when the demand response program has Continue reading →
An AEP Texas smart grid pilot started in 2009 has reached the 500,000 mark – now halfway through its goal of installing Landis+Gyr Gridstream smart meters across its entire service territory (1 million homes and businesses). via AEP halfway through installation of 1M Landis+Gyr smart meters – FierceSmartGrid.
Three Tri-City-area utilities plan to start a pilot project in September to show how utilities might be able to store electricity when it’s cheap and then release it back to the grid when it’s in demand. The project will help guide research that could make day-to-day storage of electricity by utilities practical, saving customers money Continue reading →
National Grid will begin installing 5,000 meters today in Worcester in advance of its proposed smart grid pilot test. The meters, which amount to about one-third of the 15,000 planned under the pilot program, are being installed in the North Worcester, Greendale and Tatnuck areas of the city. via National Grid Pushes Toward ‘Smart Grid’ Continue reading →
Allure Energy, Inc. is pleased to announce a smart energy pilot with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD™). The Allure Home Energy Management System™ is fully automated and privacy protected. Featuring Allure Energy’s Patented Proximity Control Technology™, the system works with an iPhone™ app, called Allure Mobile, that senses how far you are from home Continue reading →
Big data presentations frequently get around to mentioning smart electricity meters as an up and coming use. No wonder, when you hear a pilot project in Washington plans to take electric data feeds from houses every five minutes. Although Battelle’s Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project is a relatively small pilot project with 60,000 participants Continue reading →
The state’s utilities regulators have approved a first-of-its-kind energy pilot project in the Boothbay region designed as an alternative to the construction of additional transmission lines in the region. The Maine Public Utilities Commission yesterday approved the partnership among Portland-based GridSolar, Maine’s Public Advocate, Conservation Law Foundation, Environment Northeast and the Efficiency Maine Trust to Continue reading →