Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is partnering with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to administer commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs that will help keep energy costs low for consumers across the Southeast. Lockheed Martin will supply program management, engineering, and operations services to TVA and local power companies to deliver energy more efficiently.
At the ARPA-E Energy Summit in Washington, D.C. last month, Smart Wire Grid had something of a coming-out party. The company has been around for a few years after growing out of Georgia Tech, but it was at the annual summit that Smart Wire Grid, a power flow controls company, was showcased as one of the successes of the Department of Energy’s research program.
Smart Wire Grid’s pilot with Tennessee Valley Authority was featured in a video between keynote sessions. But the Oakland, Calif.-based company is already moving beyond pilots with its first commercial customer, Southern Company.
Out of the hundreds of energy innovations on display this week at the annual ARPA-E Summit just outside of Washington D.C., it’s been rare to find a group actually selling and shipping products. But a startup out of Oakland, Calif. called Smart Wire Grid has quietly begun delivering devices that clamp onto transmission lines and control the flow of power, and it has scored some of the bigger names in the power company business. In a few weeks Smart Wire Grid plans to install its devices on the lines of power giant Southern Company, following a pilot installation of 99 of its devices on the lines of the federally-owned Tennessee Valley Authority.
Open source software — code that’s free for anyone to use, as long as they share what they’re doing with it — plays a small, but growing, role in the smart grid. Examples include OpenADR, a Berkeley Labs-California Energy Commission-backed standard for automating demand response, and OpenPDC, a Tennessee Valley Authority’s Hadoop-based data management tool for transmission grid synchrophasor data.
Rockwood Electric Utility (REU) presented to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) the results of load control testing of its smart energy program with Consert Inc., an intelligent energy management company that provides the most advanced high-value load management suite available in the marketplace.
REU was one of several distributors selected by TVA to participate in a direct load control project for peak load reduction.
The demonstration test event occurred on an 83-degree day in September and included 75 residential pilot participants utilizing Consert’s Virtual Peak PlantTM technology. Results of the conservation event showed an average peak load reduction of 2.0 kW per participant by managing air conditioners, water heaters and pool pumps.
Tantalus, a provider of smart grid communication systems, has implemented its Dispatchable Conservation Voltage Regulation (DCVR) program.
Tennessee-based Morristown Utility Systems (MUS), which received a smart grid pilot project grant from Tennessee Valley Authority, has been using DCVR in conjunction with the Tantalus Utility Network since last summer to curtail its peak demand.
As part of its observance of October as National Energy Awareness Month, the Tennessee Valley Authority announced that its EnergyRight Solutions energy efficiency website has been redesigned and is now live at www.EnergyRight.com.
The new EnergyRight Solutions website features a simpler, clearer layout to help consumers more quickly and easily navigate the site and find information.