29. June 2016 · Comments Off on Record Enrollment in ComEd’s Smart Meter-Enabled Savings Program · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

When it gets hot this summer, nearly 160,000 ComEd customers enrolled in Peak Time Savings Program can power down to save cash

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The beginning of June marks the start of summer savings for ComEd customers who signed up for the smart meter-enabled Peak Time Savings program. This year nearly 160,000 ComEd customers are taking advantage of Peak Time Savings – record enrollment since the program began in 2014 – and from June 1 through September 30, program participants who voluntarily reduce energy usage during the Peak Time Savings hours will earn credits that appear in the form of dollars off on their next electric bill.

During the summer of 2016, ComEd will announce Peak Time Savings Hours on days when electricity is most in demand. Peak Time Savings Hours will typically occur for a few hours between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on three to five days during the summer. There is no penalty for not participating and customers can still participate in future Peak Time Savings Hours.

More than 52,000 customers saved $385,000 in just a few short hours last summer by reducing their electricity usage during high electric demand periods. ComEd is the first utility in the Midwest to offer this program to customers whose homes have been fitted with a smart meter.

“The Peak Time Savings program is another way our smart meter technology is bringing value to our customers,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customer Operations, ComEd. “Smart meters are at the heart of what we believe will become the electricity network of the future and we will continue to use smart grid technology as a platform to explore innovative solutions to provide customers with reliable electric service and more options on managing their electricity use and costs.”

Source: Record Enrollment in ComEd’s Smart Meter-Enabled Savings Program | Business Wire

07. August 2015 · Comments Off on Brazil smart grid project to create communication protocol by 2016 · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In Latin America, Brazil expects to complete a communication protocol for smart grid interoperability by the end of 2016.Brazil’s advanced metering project, known as Sibmah, is a platform that aims to standardise different types of smart meter as part of the country’s future smart grid.

Source: Brazil smart grid project to create communication protocol by 2016 | Metering.com

17. April 2015 · Comments Off on CenterPoint Energy continues to lead the nation in comprehensive smart grid technology · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

More than five years after receiving a $200 million federal Smart Grid Investment Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the acceleration of smart meter deployment and Intelligent Grid (IG) implementation, CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) continues to lead the nation in electric grid optimization. The company was one of only six utilities awarded the maximum grant amount by the DOE in 2009, with $150 million used toward smart meter deployment and the remaining $50 million toward implementation of the IG system.

“Through these advancements in smart grid technology, made possible in part by the Department of Energy, we have seen significant improvement in reliability, are able to provide better service to customers and improve air quality in our community,” said Kenny Mercado, senior vice president of Electric Operations for CenterPoint Energy. “This is a large step forward for CenterPoint Energy and will provide the basis for long-term advancements in how we operate our system.”

via CenterPoint Energy continues to lead the nation in comprehensive smart grid technology — HOUSTON, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —.

15. April 2015 · Comments Off on CenterPoint Energy completes DOE-supported smart grid project · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

More than five years after receiving a $200 million federal Smart Grid Investment Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the acceleration of smart meter deployment and Intelligent Grid (IG) implementation, CenterPoint Energy continues to lead the nation in electric grid optimization.

The company was one of only six utilities awarded the maximum grant amount by the DOE in 2009, with $150 million used toward smart meter deployment and the remaining $50 million toward implementation of the IG system.

via CenterPoint Energy completes DOE-supported smart grid project – Pennenergy.

02. February 2015 · Comments Off on Webcast – The Impact of IoT on Energy Efficiency in the Home · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Internet of Things is driving radical change in the energy industry as consumers adopt smart devices and smart energy solutions. Approximately 10% of U.S. broadband households have a smart device with energy-related functions – including 8% with a smart thermostat and 6% with smart lighting.

The growing penetration of these devices is changing the way that utilities execute energy efficiency (EE) and demand response (DR) programs. The combination of smart meter and smart product data enable many new approaches to energy management.

via Parks Associates webcast – The Impact of IoT on Energy Efficiency in the Home.

23. December 2014 · Comments Off on Big Data In Utilities: Don’t Believe The Hype · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Twelve months ago, this is what a typical meeting would look like for me – I’d kick off with an introduction to the data that Utilities companies had at their fingertips, and explain what they could do with that goldmine of data.  I would talk about the types of analytics that some early adopters in the Utilities industry had done with their data and how they benefited.  Kind of like the Beginners Guide to Big Data in Utilities.

Fast forward a year later, and I find myself at European Utility Week 2014, where every other stand had an offering around ‘big data for Utilities’ or ‘smart meter and smart grid data analytics.’

Talk about a gold rush on big data and big data analytics in the Utilities industry!

via Big Data In Utilities: Don’t Believe The Hype.

08. September 2014 · Comments Off on Smart Meter Market Cools Down In U.S., Heats Up In Europe And Asia Pacific · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Worldwide smart meter shipments are expected to grow from 94 million annually this year to 116 million annually in 2023, according to a new report from Navigant Research. However, the market landscape is changing.

The report says that in North America, after five years of numerous U.S. smart meter deployments backed by federal stimulus money, the frenzy of new smart meter deployments is over, and the market has entered a steady growth pattern.

via Renew Grid: Content / New & Noteworthy / Smart Meter Market Cools Down In U.S., Heats Up In Europe And Asia Pacific.

03. September 2014 · Comments Off on The 5 testing steps that allow utilities to roll out smart devices with confidence · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In the rapidly developing world of the “connected home,” one of the biggest technology rollouts now underway is the smart energy meter. Of all the systems that a utility company can offer its customers, the smart meter is the most direct link between its core business – supplying energy – and its customers, who want to control their costs while interacting with utility companies on an automated (and much easier) basis.

In all of the machine to machine (M2M) world, the scale of the smart meter rollout (often now mandated by governments and regulators) is one of the largest. Telecoms firm Telefónica, for example, in a report entitled “The smart meter revolution,” notes that the installed base of meters will be about 830 million worldwide by 2020, with China alone taking half of this number.

via Smart Grid: The 5 testing steps that allow utilities to roll out smart devices with confidence.

19. August 2014 · Comments Off on Ericsson to provide smart meter managed services to Landis+Gyr · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Ericsson has been selected by smart energy management solutions provider Landis+Gyr to provide smart meter reading and related field operations as a service for its utility customers in Finland.

The smart meter managed services deal strengthens Ericsson’s presence in the Finnish energy sector, the company said.

via TelecomLead | Ericsson to provide smart meter managed services toLandis+Gyr – TelecomLead.

10. July 2014 · Comments Off on Smart Grid: Smart meters trapped between benefits and dangers, claims Forbes · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water, the smart meter debate has been elevated to the national level by several publications, including Forbes.

Smart meter installations in the United States are expected to progress steadily over the next 10 years. That is because they offer a range of benefits to both utilities and their customers.

Even so, according to Forbes Magazine, smart meter deployments are facing opposition by a small group of activists concerned about several issues, especially data privacy.

via Smart Grid: Smart meters trapped between benefits and dangers, claims Forbes.