Dismantling the Myths about Smart Meters for Electric Customers
As any utility in the deployment or post-deployment stage can attest, there is much more to a successful installation than purchasing the right technology and ensuring it is successfully installed. Customer acceptance is vital; without it, utilities may face uphill public battles. And for some utilities, those battles are very painful. Customer reluctance ranges from letters to the editor to protests to refusing to allow the meter change outs. Some communities have formed groups to fight the installation of smart meters. More
May Webcast Features Edison SmartConnect Meter Data Management System
David Erickson, director, Edison SmartConnect IT Business Integration, will discuss Southern California Edison's SmartConnect Meter Data Management System during a webcast at 12:30 p.m. CDT May 4.
The webcast will include an in-depth look at the systems that support SCE's interval billing.
Southern California Edison's meter data management system is one of the most successful in the utility industry.
The webcast is free for members and $145 for nonmembers. Save the date. Click here for updated information, including registration.
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Vanguard Utility Services (3-year member)
If you haven't renewed your membership for 2011, please renew today by contacting Donna Stevens.
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Autovation Early Announcement Available Online
The Autovation Early Announcement is now available online.
The Early Announcement is our first Autovation 2011 publication. It contains great information on the conference and expo, including featured speakers, networking opportunities, breakfasts, exhibit hall hours, exhibitors and sponsors, pre-Autovation courses, hotel information and much more.
"Autovation will cover the entire lifecycle from business case development and pre-deployment to post deployment beyond the meter," said Utilimetrics CEO Joel Hoiland. "The Early Announcement provides a glimpse at the premier smart utility conference and expo in North America," he continued.
"Education programming is designed for professionals from electric, gas and water utilities," said Hoiland. "Attendees represent municipalities, investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives," he explained.
"We're putting the finishing touches on the education sessions and expect to have them listed on the website in the next few weeks," said Hoiland. He noted that program updates will be added to the website as they are announced. The Autovation website is www.utilimetrics.org/Autovation2011.aspx/. Bookmark the site and visit it regularly for updates.
The Preliminary Program, which lists a detailed schedule of events, education sessions and more, will be available in May.
Autovation Registration Opens April 1
Autovation registration opens April 1.
Utilimetrics members receive significant discounts on Autovation registrations. If your company is not a member, or if you have not yet renewed your membership for 2011, contact Donna Stevens. Utilimetrics membership+early bird registration=the best rate possible. Make sure you and your colleagues get the best rate.
Register online beginning April 1.
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Dominion Virginia Power Invests $1.7 Billion in Strengthening Electric Grid Reliability
PR Newswire via Dominion Share
Dominion Virginia Power plans to spend more than $1.7 billion over about a two-year period to strengthen its electric grid, support growing demand for electricity and improve service reliability for its 2.4 million customers. "While our service reliability has continued to improve over the last seven years, we are not satisfied unless every one of our customers has power," said Paul D. Koonce, Dominion Virginia Power president and chief executive officer. "This initiative is designed to do an even better job of keeping the lights on and restoring service as quickly and safely as possible when they are not." More
DTE Energy Schedules SmartCurrents Meter Installations
PR Newswire via DTE Energy Share
DTE Energy recently announced plans to install an additional 350,000 electric meters to provide the backbone for its SmartCurrents program, which will allow electric customers to communicate with the company, provide detailed information about their energy usage and recognize power outages without customer input. The meters incorporate technology that will allow them to be read remotely and provide a wide range of benefits to customers, as well as operational savings through increased efficiencies to DTE Energy. More
Echelon Surpasses 300,000 Smart Meters in Russia with PermEnergo Smart Metering Pilot Win
Echelon Corporation recently announced that its NES Energy Control System has been selected as one of five solutions in a 50,000 home smart metering pilot project by PermEnergo, part of the MRSK group, one of Russia's largest utilities. Echelon value added reseller Engineering Center ENERGOAUDITKONTROL was awarded a contract for networking 10,000 homes in a pilot project that is being monitored by the Russian government as a potential model for the country. More
AEMO Ltd. Chooses Itron to Automate Energy Demand Forecasting
Itron Inc. announced that Australian Energy Market Operator Ltd. will implement an Itron solution to automate short-term load forecasting for the National Electricity Market in Australia—a market which includes New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. Through this partnership, Itron will implement an end-to-end solution to streamline AEMO's processes and provide half-hourly demand forecasts at intervals ranging from half-hour ahead to eight days ahead. More
Revised ZigBee Smart Energy Version 2.0 Technical Documents Available for Public Comment
Zigbee Alliance Share
The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer applications, recently announced that the current revisions of the ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 Technical Requirements Document and Public Application Profile are available for public comment by the Smart Grid community at large. Public comments received last year for both documents, and Alliance responses, are also available for review. The Alliance continues its leadership role in expediting smart grid standards and is now accepting public comment on these revised documents for 30 days. More
EVs Change Technology Landscape
Connected World Share
As more electric vehicles roll out from manufacturers and arrive on dealers' lots around the country, the way people think about refueling their cars is set to change. The EV market doesn't just represent an opportunity for automakers, but also for the companies providing charging infrastructure and support. A recent report from GTM Research predicts cumulative global EV sales to reach 3.8 million by 2016. The research firm says this will speed up the rate of adoption of technologies such as distribution automation, vehicle-to-grid communications and new software applications. EVs present significant challenges to existing electric grids, and these types of technologies are needed to help support the grid and EVs. More
New Jersey Lawmakers Continue to Pursue Green and Clean Technologies
NJ Spotlight Share
New Jersey has embraced cleaner ways of generating electricity, such as solar and wind power, but now legislators are looking at other ways to produce energy without increasing global climate change. Could wave power provide an inexpensive and cleaner way of creating energy? George Ventz of Clean Wave Energy LLC, based in Surf City, N.C., believes so. "It is the cheapest way and it is not being harvested," Ventz said. The company claims converting wave energy to electricity will cost less than generating an equivalent amount of energy from either wind power or solar collectors. More
US Army Goes Green with Smart-Charging Micro Grid
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The U.S. Army has taken a step towards more sustainable energy with its first smart-charging micro grid at the Wheeler Army Airfield in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Smart-Charging Micro Grid system is a photovoltaic upgraded carport that provides 25 kilowatts of solar power, 200 kilowatt-hours of battery storage and powers four plug-in electric vehicles. Thanks to Hawaii's sunny days, the prototype provides enough electricity for three buildings for up to 72 hours. The buildings, which include the garrison headquarters, are fully independent of the commercial power grid thanks to the micro grid. More
Pecan Street Aims to Crack HAN Nut
With Department of Energy grant money in hand, the Pecan Street Project, based in Austin, Texas, is aiming to spur the evolution of grid-connected home energy management with a project it calls the Energy Internet Demonstration. Housed at the University of Texas, the project team is allocating half a million dollars to run up to five home energy management technology trials. The trials will run in as many as 1,000 homes, with monies split among winning bidders. Responses are due May 11. More
Smart Gas Meter Penetration to Reach 11 Percent by 2016
Pike Research Share
Gas utilities worldwide are placing increased emphasis on upgrading their operations with smart gas meters that utilize advanced metering infrastructure technologies to enable two-way communications between meters and utility systems. Mirroring electric utilities' smart grid initiatives in many ways, these smart gas meter deployments are designed to improve the efficiency of utility operations, reduce costs and improve the reliability and safety of natural gas distribution. More
Investments in Brazil's Smart Grid Overhaul to Top US$20 Billion
Brazil's power distribution sector will see investments in smart grid implementation of more than US$20 billion, Nelson Fonseca Leite, president of the Brazilian power distributors association told BNamericas. In January, Brazilian telecoms research and development firm CPqD said it will guide the information technology and telecom elements of a strategy for changing the country's power sector to a smart grid. More
MDM Smart Meter Market is Blooming
The Meter Data Management market is growing at a faster pace than other applications thanks to the deployment of smart metering. That's the low down from IDC's Energy Insights, which also forecasts the EMEA market to have a 26.5 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate, growing from $173 million in 2010 to $349 million by 2013. MDM is an application for processing metering data collected from various customer services. More
Quebec Contemplates Water Meters
CTV via The Canadian Press Share
The Quebec government wants people to quit wasting water and is considering making them pay if they don't. Municipal Affairs Minister Laurent Lessard says the province could save $2 billion over 20 years with the strategy he recently announced. Under the plan, the average production of drinking water per person will be cut by 20 percent by 2017. More
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