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
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/ —.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.