In a previous article, I discussed ways in which the smart grid and smart home technology could impact a customer’s electric service and utility bill. At the end of that article I promised to “do the math” and provide a few examples, so here it is. I examine several possible scenarios, including different rate plans, load shifting via smart appliances, and the addition of solar panels and on-site energy storage. Yeah, my spreadsheet has been busy this week!
No other utility company has more installed renewable capacity or uses a stronger proportion of renewably produced electricity. According to recent press releases, the utility giant E.ON leads the way to Germany’s Green Grid. E.ON Leads Germany’s Renewable Grid “Renewables account for more than 80 percent of the electricity that flows through our networks, well above the national average. This demonstrates that E.ON already operates the innovative, efficient energy networks of the future. Each year we i
So, I’ve mostly recovered from DistribuTECH, with just a lingering cold — the gift many of you probably also brought home with you. Zpryme’s Research Director H. Christine Richards was also there. It was she who pointed out who wasn’t at DistribuTECH. Groups like Google, Nissan, Tesla, SolarCity — those that “are [altering] or could significantly alter the industry weren’t a part of the discussion,” she noted, but “DistribuTECH is still very focused on the utility when there is a broader energy conversation that needs to happen.”
It’s been a good week for microgrids in Ontario. A second utility has announced plans to move forward with a project, this one a residential microgrid to be installed by Veridian Connections.Wednesday’s announcement by Veridian followed release earlier in the week of a solicitation by Sault Ste. Marie for the next phase in development of its municipal microgrid.
Ericsson has revealed three new solutions to equip communication service providers and utility companies to address services and requirements in the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) market.According to the company, IoT is quickly emerging as a very significant agent of transformation as it blends the physical and digital worlds. In the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, 28 billion connected devices are forecasted by the year 2021, more than half of which are M2M and IoT connections.
Talk of smart grid technology often revolves around how homeowners can reduce their utility bills by implementing smart meters on their homes. But focusing on such technology limits the understanding of how true technological innovations are transforming, and protecting, smart grids across the world. For instance, fuel cell technology in India is changing how the country uses back up generators and, as a result, how it will keep tens of thousands of cellular towers running amid the country’s pervasive blackouts.
Presciense, a leader in smart home automation, today announced a joint development partnership with Sercomm Corporation. This technology partnership will accelerate the deployment of Presciense’s smart energy and home management platform for utility companies and service providers – and positions the company for significant growth.”We are pleased to announce this strategic partnership with Presciense in the smart home automation market,” said James Wang, CEO of Sercomm. “It will allow both companies to optimise product development and support the requirements of telecom operators and utility companies. Presciense’s platform will connect Sercomm smart home products to offer a complete solution. With the growth of IoT, Sercomm is committed to driving new, innovative and integrated smart home solutions.”
Connected objects are nothing new in the energy sector. While the Internet of Things (IoT) is a new concept for many consumers and companies, enterprises in the oil, gas and utility industries have long relied on connected equipment to support operations in far-flung locations.More recently, however, this connected equipment has become the source of major cybersecurity concerns.
Thanks to models like the Tesla Model S and the BMW i8, it’s clear that Electric Vehicles (EVs) can keep gearheads happy and still play an important role in the future of our clean-energy transportation portfolio. In addition to ushering us into a silent, torque-happy utopia, they’re poised to benefit the very grid that supports them, and help revolutionize our energy sector.For starters, a 240 volt high-speed charging system adds up to five times the kilowatt demand of a typical air conditioning unit to the electric grid. As EVs become more common (especially in densely populated areas), utility companies are exploring how to leverage new smart grid technology to ensure that sections of the grid don’t become overloaded, especially as the number of fast chargers like Tesla’s Superchargers continue to grow.
Not long ago when Schneider Electric’s Mark Feasel would make an appointment to talk to a utility about microgrids, he’d usually get shuffled off to the ‘smart guy’.The smart guy is interesting, but he has no budget and therefore no real influence. Being sent to him signaled the utility’s lack of enthusiasm.But something has changed. For one thing, Feasel has noticed the smart guy is no longer the only one talking about microgrids. At energy conferences, for example, C-suite utility leaders now take the podium.