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Xtreme Power Commissions CCET Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Xtreme Power, Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies
Date: 2013-10-25
Kyle, Texas-based Xtreme Power, a world leader in integrated power management and energy storage solutions, unveiled its new 1MW, 60 minute system for the Texas Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) in Austin. CCET is a collaborative research and development consortium that brings together state university research centers, energy utilities and electric industry leaders. The project is included in a U.S. DOE's smart grid demonstration analyzing the benefits of using energy storage for wind energy integration.

The CCET project in Lubbock, Texas, marks the first time Xtreme Power's PEAK Series system has used lithium ion batteries from Samsung SDI. http://www.xtremepower.com. (Source: CCET, Xtreme Power, PR, 21 Oct., 2013) Contact: CCET, (512) 472-3800, http://www.electrictechnologycenter.com; Xtreme Power, (512) 268-8191, www.xtremepower.com

Tags Xtreme Power news,  Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies news,  Energy Storage news,  


Salem Smart Power Center Installs EnerDel Grid Backup (Ind. Report)
EnerDel
Date: 2013-06-03
On May 31, the Salem Smart Power Center opened in Salem, Oregon, as a part of a series of smart grid energy delivery tests. The tests were designed to help further integrate renewable energy sources into the electrical grid. The 8,000 square foot Salem facility is built with an energy storage system from Indianapolis-based Enerdel Inc. -- a 5-megawatt, lithium-ion battery system containing 1,440 batteries that work in conjunction with generators within a microgrid smoothing power flow and reducing outages.

Portland General Electric (PGE) and Eaton Electrical Service and Systems, an industrial manufacturer, developed the new $23 million project. The initial investment included $178 million in matching funds from the US DOE. There are 15 other such DOE funded smart grids around five states in the Pacific Northwest.

The power center's smart grid system allows PGE to store renewable energy, something that could not be done with previous technology. Software within the grid allows the electric utility to store energy when production costs are low and draw energy from the storage device when prices are higher.

The smart energy grid was developed as part of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project (PNW-SGDP). The project creates micro-grids to serve areas of several hundred homes and businesses. (Source: Salem Smart Power Center, Various Other Sources, iTech Post, 22 June, 2013) Contact: EnerDel, Cave Roberts, CEO, (317) 703-1800, info@enerdel.com, www.EnerDel.com

Tags Smart Grid news,  Enerdel news,  Energy Storage.Lithium-Ion Battery news,  Smart Grid news,  


Calico Licenses PNNL Advanced Energy Mgmt. Portfolio (Ind. Report)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ,Calico Energy
Date: 2013-02-01
Calico Energy Services reports that it has licensed Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) portfolio of advanced energy management Intellectual Property (IP). The IP was licensed through Battelle, which manages PNNL for the U.S. DOE

. The IP was developed in response to the challenges facing electric utilities, including the need to improve reliability, reduce costs, and integrate renewable energy. The portfolio coordinates large numbers of smart grid assets, including demand response, distributed generation, and distributed energy storage typically owned and controlled by customers.

PNNL's development of the technology was funded by DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the ARRA Act. The Patent Portfolio is based on a single, integrated smart grid model that utilizes an economic signal to automatically balance supply and demand at the lowest possible cost.

PNNL's technology has proven effective in real-world installations, such as the Pacific Northwest GridWise™ Demonstration Project, which PNNL led on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula from 2006 to 2007. A related version of the technology is also being used in the Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, a large-scale project designed to help bring the nation's electric transmission system into the information age. (Source: Calico Energy Services, 29 Jan., 2013) Contact: Calico Energy Services, Michael Miller, President & COO, (425) 440-0201, www.calicoenergy.com; PNNL, www.pnl.gov

Tags Pacific Northwest National Laboratory news,  Calico Energy news,  Energy Management news,  


FERC Report Highlights Co-op Smart Grid Growth (Ind. Report)
FERC,ECT Coop
Date: 2013-01-09
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) just released report, Assessment of Demand Response & Advanced Metering, notes that U.S. electric co-ops lead the nation in smart meter implementaion and in the adoption of smart grid technologies for their members. As in previous surveys, the report found that electric cooperatives have the largest penetration, nearly 31 percent, among categories of organizations; well above the 22.9 percent penetration level for all U.S. utility customers that FERC reported for 2011. The report also found that advanced metering penetration among co-ops increased from 16.4 percent in a 2008 survey to 24.7 percent in 2010 to 30.9 percent in 2012.

The report also pointed out NRECA's smart grid initiative among efforts supported by the DOE's Smart Grid Demonstration Program project. NRECA's Enhanced Demand and Distribution Management Regional demonstration has focused on technologies that could benefit more than 700,000 members in a dozen states. More than 230 electric co-ops participated in the study. (Source: FERC, ECT Coop, Jan. 8, 2013) Contact: FERC, (202) 502-8200, www.ferc.gov; ECT Coop, (703) 907-5500, contact@ect.coop, www.ect.coop

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DNV KEMA Report Surveys Smart Grid Demo Projects (Int'l)
DNV KEMA
Date: 2012-11-07
Energy consulting and testing & certification company DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability was hired by Netbeheer Nederland -- the Association of Energy Network Operators in the Netherlands -- to study smart grid demonstration projects around the world, with a focus on technical, policy, regulatory and social aspects. The points learned from this study will help inform network operators involved in current and future smart grid projects in the Netherlands.

The study focused on the differences between continents. For instance, in the US, smart grids are mainly used to make variable energy rates possible and to reduce peaks in electricity use. In Europe, the emphasis is on energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions, whereas in some parts of Asia the priority is on improving the reliability of the energy network. Smart grids are an important precondition to making the energy transition possible. Dutch network operators invest approximately €1.5 billion annually in the replacement and expansion of their grids. The Netbeheer Nederland report Networks for the future showed that between €20 and €70 billion extra must be invested before 2050 in order to adapt and 'smarten' the energy grids. It is imperative that these investments be practical. An earlier cost-benefit analysis showed that smart grids are profitable, due to consumer behavioral adaptation in response to variable energy rates as well as to cost savings in the construction of the energy grid.

Before the network operators can decide to make such sizeable investments, it is important that they first gain smaller-scale experience with the different aspects of a smart grid. To that end, the network operators started a number of test sites, where these aspects are tested for feasibility in practice. The experiences are shared among the network operators and with other stakeholders, with the aim of using this knowledge to make the right choices for the future. Now the results of the DNV KEMA study can be used for this purpose as well. Netbeheer Nederland (the Association of Energy Network Operators in the Netherlands) is the branch organization for all electricity and gas network operators. (Source: DMV, Nov.6, 2012) Contact: DNV KEMA, www.dnvkema.com

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EPRI Reports on Smart Grid Demo Initiative Progress (Ind. Report)
EPRI
Date: 2012-08-13
EPRI reports that its Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative has advanced past the half-way mark and research is yielding solid results. While two utilities joined the initiative in 2011, Ergon Energy from Australia and Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), others have been actively deploying equipment to the point where data collection and analysis have enabled completion of case studies focused on specific portions of the demonstrations, the EPRI report says.

The initiative is a seven-year international collaborative research demonstrating the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) in large scale demonstration projects. In total 23 utilities are participating with a common goal of shared learning covering a wide breadth of technology, deployment, and program results. Case studies include:

  • Simulation of community energy storage by American Electric Power;
  • Remote dispatch of customer-owned resources and assessment of achieving increased reliability with distributed energy resources by Con Edison;
  • Response precision of an open architecture virtual power plant by Electricite de France;
  • Smart green circuits, distribution volt-var control integrated with wind turbine inverter control, and smart meter customer behavior trial by ESB Networks;
  • Impact of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) on demand response by Commonwealth Edison;
  • Integrated distributed energy resources (IDER) management by FirstEnergy;
  • Customer acceptance and technology adoption by Kansas City Power & Light;
  • Use of storage for simultaneous voltage smoothing and peak shifting by Public Service of New Mexico;
  • Conservation voltage reduction and volt-var optimization by Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and
  • Capacitor bank health monitor by Southern Company.

    During 2012, the highest three priority research topics under investigation are distribution management system (DMS) applications, DMS integration, and cybersecurity for field equipment. (Source: EPRI, Aug. 10, 2012) Contact: EPRI, IntelliGrid, www.smartgrid.epri.com

    Tags Distributed Energy news,  EPRI news,  


  • Japanese Companies Launch Japan-U.S. Collaborative Smart Grid Demo Project in Albuquerque (Ind. Report)
    NEDO
    Date: 2012-05-22
    On May 17, nine Japanese companies -- Shimizu Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Sharp Corporation, Meidensha Corporation, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and TheFurukawa Battery Co., Ltd. -- launched a demonstration study for the Albuquerque Business District Smart Grid Demonstration Project as part of NEDO's Japan-U.S. Collaborative Smart Grid Demonstration Project. The demonstration study will continue for two years, ending in March 2014.

    The Project demonstration study will be conducted using an existing three-story, 7,000-square meter commercial building with an electric power load near 400 kilowatts (kW). A micro grid (to supply power from the demand side) will be installed in the building from power sources consisting of a 50kW photovoltaic (PV) power generation system, a 240kW gas-engine generator, 80kW fuel cells and a 90kW battery system. By controlling each of these power generation systems, the demonstration study will: perform demand and supply adjustment within the building based on requests from a commercial electric utility supplier; operate the power generation systems according to energy and heat demand within the building itself, and: compensate for power output fluctuations in the PV power generation system of the regional utility company.

    U.S. Project participants side include Public Service Company of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories(SNL)and the University of New Mexico. In addition, Accenture and Itochu Corporation will respectively undertake Project data management and demonstration site management support. (Source: NEDO, PR, 21 May, 2012)


    LIPA Selects Landis+Gyr for Smart Grid Demo (Ind. Report)
    Long Island Power Authority,Landis+Gyr
    Date: 2012-04-13
    Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has selected Landis+Gyr to deploy a smart grid demonstration project that will test consumer response to dynamic pricing signals, as well as the scalability of smart grid technology in the Route 110 corridor located in Farmingdale, NY which is part of LIPA's service territory. The project includes deployment of Landis+Gyr's Gridstream™ RF smart grid network, along with advanced meters and in-home energy displays to consumers in the town of Farmingdale on Long Island, NY. The project area, which includes the Farmingdale State College campus, was chosen because it is representative of LIPA's customer base in terms of demand levels and percentage of residential versus commercial customers.

    LIPA and its partners, Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College, received a Smart Grid Investment Grant from the DOE to fund the project. They are using this demonstration project to provide a comprehensive assessment of the benefits of smart grid technology. In addition to advanced metering, the utility is interested in solutions to automate and control distribution devices. Deployment of the Gridstream network and advanced meters is scheduled to be completed by June of 2012.

    Gridstream RF technology uses a highly versatile and proven radio mesh network to communicate with meters, in-premise devices and distribution automation equipment. Gridstream devices use the Smart Energy Profile standard to enable communication with smart appliances and in-home units. This technology is currently being deployed to millions of residential and commercial sites across North America.

    Based in Uniondale, NY, LIPA is a non-profit municipal electric provider that owns and operates the retail electric transmission and distribution system on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA is the second largest municipal electric utility in the nation in terms of electric revenues, third largest in terms of customers served and the seventh largest in terms of electricity delivered. (Source: Landis+Gyr, April, 11, 2012) Contact: Richard Mora, CEO , Landis+Gyr, (678) 258-1500, www.landisgyr.com; LIPA, www.lipower.org

    Tags Long Island Power Authority news,  Landis&Gyr news,  


    Mitsubishi Launches EV-Smart Grid "M-tech Labo" Demo (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi Motors
    Date: 2012-04-13
    Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation have developed and begun the operation of "M-tech Labo" , a smart grid demonstration system that utilizes EV rechargeable batteries for electric-demand leveling of factory facilities. Tokyo Institute of Technology is playing an advisory role for the project. This demonstration project is part of the KEIHANNA Eco-City Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems Demonstration Project, one of the four smart grid initiatives authorized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

    The purpose of this project is to demonstrate load shifting by charging at night when demand is low, storing power produced from renewable sources in rechargeable batteries, and supplying such power back to the grid when factory facilities and offices face peak demand. MC, MMC and Mitsubishi Electric also expect that utilizing EV batteries and used rechargeable batteries, instead of expensive, dedicated batteries, will lower costs while promoting the environmental-benefits of renewable energy and EVs.

    Details of the system follow HERE. (Source: Mitsubishi Motors, April, 11, 2012) Contact: Mitsubishi Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, www.mitsubishi-motors.com

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    Princeton Power to Supply Smart Grid Project Inverters (Ind. Report)
    Princeton Power Systems,Green Charge Networks
    Date: 2012-04-12
    Princeton Power Systems (PPS) has been selected as the inverter supplier by Green Charge Networks (GCN) to support a $95 million smart grid demonstration project sponsored by the U.S. DOE. The project is being led by New York-based Consolidated Edison Inc. (Con Edison). The multiyear demonstration project aims to identify, develop and test new technologies within the electric delivery system that will help build a smarter, more efficient grid. The project includes the integration of smart grid architecture and the effects of widespread EV adoption on the electric grid.

    GCN's scope of work includes the installation and operation of a network of smart storage and generation units, known as GreenStations, in the New York City distribution grid that communicate directly with Con Edison. The GreenStations include multiple PPS 100 kW grid-tied inverters and demand-response inverters, which will function as the interface between the electric grid and the lithium-ion battery system. (Source: Princeton Power Systems, April, 10, 2012) Contact: Darren Hammel, Executive VP Business Development, Princeton Power Systems, (609) 955-5390, dhammell@princetonpower.com, www.princetonpower.com; Green CHarge Networks, Ron Prosser, President and CEO of (347) 384- 2600, www.GreenChargeNet.com

    Tags Princeton Power Systems news,  Green Charge Networks news,  


    NorthWestern Selects FullMAX™ for Smart Grid Communications (Ind. Report)
    Northwestern Energy,Full Spectrum
    Date: 2012-02-27
    NorthWestern Energy has selected Full Spectrum's FullMAX™ private, broadband, wireless communications system for some of its smart grid communication needs.

    NorthWestern Energy provides electricity and natural gas to 668,300 customers in 349 cities in the western two-thirds of Montana, eastern South Dakota and central Nebraska. NorthWestern manages approximately 30,500 miles of electrical transmission and distribution lines and 9,375 miles of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines and storage facilities.

    NorthWestern will use the FullMAX™ broadband wireless system to communicate with intelligent network devices including capacitor bank controllers, reclosers, voltage regulators and voltage sensors distributed along remote transmission and distribution electrical lines. Real time communications and control of intelligent grid devices increases electric power quality, reliability and efficiency. NorthWestern's initial FullMAX™ deployment will be located in Philipsburg, Montana and is part of the DOE's Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project coordinated by The Battelle Memorial Institute. (Source: NorthWestern, February 27, 2012) Contact: NorthWestern Energy, Dan Rausch, Director, NorthWestern Energy, (605) 978-2902, dan.rausch@northwestern.com, www.northwesternenergy.com

    Tags Northwestern Energy news,  Full Spectrum news,  


    Hitachi, Silver Spring Networks form Global Smart Grid Strategic Alliance (Ind. Report)
    Hitachi,Silver Spring Networks
    Date: 2012-02-24
    Hitachi, Ltd.and Silver Spring Networks, Inc. have formed a strategic alliance under which they will offer integrated solutions to power utilities and power users in the global smart grid sector. Their products and solutions will focus on improving efficiency in the power and information fields, leveraging the existing strengths and market leadership of both companies. As part of the alliance, Hitachi will acquire convertible bonds with stock acquisition rights to be issued by Silver Spring. The two companies will jointly undertake R&D for new products and solutions for the smart grid. Hitachi and Silver Spring have been working together on the Japan-U.S. collaborative smart grid demonstration project on the Hawaiian island of Maui since the spring of 2011. This alliance will strengthen and expand that relationship. (Source: Silver Spring, February 23, 2012) Contact: Silver Spring Network, Matt Smith, Senior Director of Product Management, (650) 298-4200, www.silverspringnet.com; Hitachi, www.hitachi.com

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    Saft to Supply Batteries to Con Edison Smart Grid Demo (Ind. Report)
    Saft Battery,ConEdison,Green Charge Networks
    Date: 2012-02-21
    Industrial battery manufacturer Saft will supply lithium-ion batteries to Green Charge Networks (GCN) as part of a $92 million smart grid demonstration project that is being led by Consolidated Edison Inc. (Con Edison). GCN's scope of work includes the installation and operation of a network of smart storage and generation units in the distribution grid that communicate directly with Con Edison. Site selections include several convenience stores, car rental locations, hotels and parking garages, all in the New York City area.

    Saft will be supplying energy-storage systems totaling close to 1 MWh, utilizing the Synerion 24M high-energy lithium-ion batteries. Installation is slated to begin in March. Con Edison initiated the multi-year demonstration project in 2010 after receiving a U.S. Department of Energy award to identify, develop and test new technologies within the electric delivery system. (Source: Saft, February, 2012) Contact: Con Edison, Maria Robinson, Director, Business Development, (914) 993-2166, robinsonm@coneddev.com, www.conddev.com; Saft Batteries, www.saftbatteries.com

    Tags Consolidated Edison news,  Saft news,  


    Siemens, TIBCO Selected for Con Edison Smart Grid Demo (Ind. Report)
    Con Edison,TIBCO,Siemens Smart Grid
    Date: 2012-02-07
    Siemens Smart Grid division and TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TIBX) will provide Smart Grid enterprise integration services to Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) for a Smart Grid demonstration project. The project is a result of Con Edison Company of New York receiving funding for the Smart Grid demonstration project from the DOE through the ARRA stimulus program.

    Siemens (NYSE: SI) and TIBCO will provide a fully integrated and secure Smart Grid solution for Con Edison using standards-based software and technologies. Together with Siemens and TIBCO, Con Edison will be able to improve Smart Grid reliability and provide customers with greater visibility, flexibility and value; enhance control capabilities for existing Smart Grid assets and manage daily system peaks via demand response; and determine how to best apply developing technologies.

    Implementation of the Smart Grid integration solution began in August 2011. The project is estimated to be completed in May 2013. (Source: Siemens, February 6, 2012) Contact: , Siemens Smart Grid Division , United States., Thierry Godart, President, www.usa.siemens.com/smartgrid; TIBCO, Murat Sonmez, EVP, Global Field Operations, www.tibco.com; Consolidated Edison, www.coned.com

    Tags Consolidated Edison news,  Siemens Smart Grid news,  


    Hawaii, South Korea in Smart Grid Dev. Deal (Ind. Report)
    South Korea, Hawaii
    Date: 2012-02-06
    Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Choi Kyu-Chong, Director of the Electricity Market and Smart Grid Division at the Republic of Korea Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) signed a letter of intent to pursue mutual interests in smart grid development in the Hawaiian Islands. Korea and the United States, specifically Hawaii, have been conducting a number of relevant smart grid demonstration projects. Korea and State of Hawaii recognize that it would be mutually beneficial to collaborate on smart grid research, development and demonstration projects in conjunction with public/private partners from Korea, Hawaii and elsewhere in the United States.

    MKE and its Korea Smart Grid Institute (KSGI) have been at the forefront of the Korea Smart Grid Roadmap, South Korea's plan to develop and implement a nationwide smart grid by 2030. The MKE and KSGI are currently leading more than 170 South Korean companies in the development and deployment of the Jeju Island Test Bed, a planned 6,000 household smart grid community demonstration project in South Korea, with investments totaling more than $240 million between 2009 and 2013. KSGI is also currently implementing a joint Korea-State of Illinois project to install energy-saving equipment in at least four Chicago buildings with investments of more than $35 million by companies such as LG Electronics and KT Corporation (formerly known as Korea Telecom).

    The goal of the partnership between Korea and Hawaii is to develop a memorandum of understanding for a project in Hawaii similar to those mentioned above. Such a partnership would help both partners achieve the mutual goals of smart grid development and deployment, which ultimately improves energy efficiency and promotes economic growth.

    The next step outlined in the letter of intent is for both parties to collaborate on a more defined memorandum of understanding by October 31, 2012, which will describe the project partners, scope, location and resource contributions. This project is in addition to another smart grid demonstration project that is currently taking place on Maui, which was brought forward through an agreement with Japan-based New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in November of 2011. (Source: Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie, February 4, 2012)


    U.S., Japanese Companies Work on Hawaiian Smart Grid (Ind. Report)
    Hitachi,Cyber Defence,Mizhuo
    Date: 2011-11-04
    Hitachi Ltd., Cyber Defense Institute Inc., and Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd. have been selected as contractors for a smart grid demonstration project spearheaded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The project aims to establish a system model for the integration of clean energy and to verify technologies in a smart grid system on Maui, where a high percentage of renewable energy is already in place.

    Hitachi will lead and coordinate the project, which is a joint undertaking by the U.S. and Japan and is based on the Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Technologies Action Plan. Hitachi, Cyber Defense, and Mizhuo will work with the state of Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc., the University of Hawaii and the U.S. national laboratories on the project, which is scheduled to be complete by March 2014. (Source: Hitachi Ltd, November, 3, 2011)Contact: Hitachi, www.hitachi.com; James Shea, CEO, Cyber Defense Institute, (315) 443- 4895, jrshea@syr.edu, http://cyberdefenseinstitute.net/

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    KEMA, NorthWestern Energy Partner on Smart Grid Demo (Ind. Report)
    KEMA,Tendril,Northwestern Energy
    Date: 2011-11-04
    KEMA, a global provider of business and technical consulting, is partnering with NorthWestern Energy to connect approximately 200 Montana utility customers to the smart grid as part of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project. In addition to installing home area network equipment, KEMA will work with customers on equipment use and benefits, and manage the educational components of the campaign.

    The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project is a $178 million program funded by the U.S. DOE to test and measure new technologies, such as distributed automation (DA) and conservation voltage reduction (CVR), as well as analytical tools for the smart grid.

    NorthWestern Energy will test DA and CVR, as well as energy savings associated with demand response and load control. The company will deploy Tendril Network's Tendril Connect. (Source: KEMA, November, 3, 2011)Contact: Dan Rausch, Director, NorthWestern Energy, (605) 978-2902, dan.rausch@northwestern.com, www.northwesternenergy.com ;Hugo van Nispen, Managing Director,KEMA Americas, (781) 273-5700 (US OFFICE), www.kema.com ; Marie Bahl, Director of Marketing/Communications, Tendril Inc., (303) 468-4445, mbahl@tendrilinc.com, www.tendrilinc.com

    Tags Northwestern Energy news,  Tendril news,  


    Hawaiian Utility Selects Landis+Gyr's Gridstream Technology for Smart Grid Deployment (Ind. Report)
    Landis+Gyr,Hydro-Quebec
    Date: 2011-10-20
    Landis+Gyr has been selected by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to deploy advanced meters and infrastructure as part of the utility's wide-ranging smart grid project aimed at improving energy efficiency, reducing costs and integrating alternative energy on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. KIUC is one of 23 electric cooperatives participating in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's (NRECA) Smart Grid Demonstration Project. The project is designed to assist rural utilities, such as KIUC, in implementing technologies that make the electricity grid more efficient and reliable.

    KIUC will be deploying Landis+Gyr's Gridstream™ RF mesh network technology that provides an intelligent communication path with advanced meters, distribution devices and home area networking equipment. About half of the project is being ARRA funded. (Source: Landis&Gyr, October, 19, 2011) Contact: Dilney Bibao, Landis+Gyr, Dilney.bilbao@landisgyr.com, www.landisgyr.com

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    ICAP, WSU. Sign Syncrophasor MOU (Ind. Report, R&D)
    IEEE, Washington State University
    Date: 2011-10-06
    The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) and Washington State University Laboratory through its smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation lab (SGDRIL), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and implement a standards-based, Smart Grid related test program. The program focuses on IEEE C37.118 syncrophasor performance, accuracy and certification testing providing utilities with important information to validate manufacturer's syncrophasor claims.

    Synchronized phasor measurements (synchrophasors) provide real-time measurement of electrical quantities across a power system. Applications of synchrophasor measurements include system model validation, determining stability margins, maximizing stable system loading and system-wide disturbance recording. The MoU includes cooperative marketing, educational activities, and an open dialogue to further IEEE standards conformity in global markets.

    ICAP is designed to be flexible and participant driven, while creating innovative programs that address industry requirements. In addition, ICAP is focused on bridging IEEE standard development with the conformity assessment activities that accelerate market acceptance and enablement of new products and technologies. (Source: IEEE, October, 5, 2011) Contact: Peter Lefkin,Managing Director, IEEE Conformity Assessment Program, ICAP, (732) 562-3802, Peter.Lefkin@ieee-isto.org

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    Pecan Street Selects Consumer-Focused Smart Grid Colleagues (Ind. Report)
    Pecan Street
    Date: 2011-10-03
    Pecan Street Inc. today announced that Best Buy, Check-It, Chevrolet, Freescale, Intel, Landis+Gyr, Sony, SunEdison and Whirlpool will join it in creating a consumer-focused smart grid built around home applications and consumer electronics. The companies will test consumer products on a smart grid platform and dedicate researchers to Pecan Street Inc.'s smart grid demonstration project in Austin. The University of Texas professors and students carrying out Pecan Street research. Headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin, Pecan Street Inc. is a research and development organization focused on developing and testing advanced technology, business model and customer behavior surrounding advanced energy management systems.

    Chevrolet and Pecan Street Inc. will team up to provide 100 Chevrolet Volts for lease or purchase to participating residents. This will mark one of the nation's highest residential concentrations of electric vehicles. To date, more than 130 residents within a one-square mile area have signed up to buy or lease a Volt.

    Best Buy with Check-It, as well as Intel, Sony and Whirlpool will deploy home services systems that serve as the operating platform for consumer smart grid products and services. These systems can provide consumers with a range of home security, energy management, health care monitoring, home improvement, entertainment and labor-saving services.

    Best Buy and Whirlpool will test smart appliances and provide guidance and research collaboration on integrating smart appliances into home services systems to provide enhanced consumer services. Best Buy will work with Whirlpool to install and provision the smart appliances.

    SunEdison will lead the research team's work to develop home solar panel charging for the Chevrolet Volts. A number of the SunEdison-led home solar vehicle charging systems will also have in-home batteries, and all systems will integrate into Best Buy/Check-It, Intel, Sony and Whirlpool home services systems.

    Landis+Gyr will leverage its smart grid network platform and will install several hundred E350 FOCUS AX smart meters with Smart Energy Profile for smart consumer product connectivity. These meters and the associated communication networking platform will make it possible for the Best Buy/Check-It, Intel, Sony and Whirlpool home services systems to integrate pricing and demand management information from utility distribution systems.

    (Source: Pecan Street Inc, September, 30, 2011) Contact: , Brewster McCracken, Executive Director, Pecan Street, (512) 650-4442, www.pecanstreet.org

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    NRECA selects RuggedCom for Smart Grid Demo (Ind. Report)
    RuggedCOM
    Date: 2011-09-21
    Concord, Ontario-headquartered RuggedCom Inc. , a manufacturer of utility grade Ethernet and 4G wireless broadband networks, has been selected as a key partner of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's (NRECA) regional Smart Grid Demonstration Project.

    The project aims to demonstrate the reliability, efficiency, and cost benefits of a smarter grid to NRECA members. Participating cooperatives will deploy more than 250,000 pieces of equipment across 12 states, including communication infrastructure and SCADA. (Source: RuggedCom, September, 20, 2011) Contact: Marzio Pozzuoli, President and CEO, RuggedCom, (905) 856-5288, www.ruggedcom.com; Glenn English, CEO, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, (703) 907-5746, www.nreca.org

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    Idaho Falls deploying Elster EnergyAxis® Smart Grid Solution (Ind. Report)
    Elster,Idaho Falls Power
    Date: 2011-08-30
    Elster (NYSE: ELT) announced today that Idaho Falls Power (City of Idaho Falls, Idaho) will deploy the Elster EnergyAxis® Smart Grid solution as a key component of its Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project. The Idaho Falls Power deployment is part of the DOE's $178 million Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project. Elster's EnergyAxis, a field-proven Smart Grid solution with more than 90 active deployments and five million endpoints across the globe, enables utilities to:

  • Realize operational efficiencies;
  • Conserve environmental and economic resources by reducing the losses in electricity, gas and water infrastructures;
  • Reduce outages and improve outage response and repair time;
  • Improve customer service and consumer choice;
  • Implement demand response programs that can conserve resources and reduce costs, especially during periods of peak demand;
  • Provide real-time information to end consumers to allow them to better manage their energy consumption; and
  • Detect and reduce non-technical grid losses. (Source: Elster, August, 29, 2011) Contact: Mark Munday, CEO, Elster (800) 338-5251, www.elstersolutions.com

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  • NorthWestern Energy Selects Tendril for Smart Grid Demo (Ind. Report)
    Northwestern Energy,Tendril
    Date: 2011-08-04
    Boulder, Colorado-based Tendril, the provider of the cloud platform for the Energy Internet, reports that NorthWestern Energy, one of the largest providers of electricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest, has selected Tendril for its Smart Grid Demonstration Grant Project. Tendril Energize™ and Tendril Connect™) will be deployed to deliver consumer engagement and enable energy usage behavioral changes, and to provide Demand Response and load control benefits to NorthWestern Energy.

    NorthWestern Energy will launch this summer with select customers in urban and rural parts of Montana, with Tendril's deployment focused in Helena. These volunteers will use the Tendril Energize consumer engagement application suite, which includes a web portal and mobile apps for the iPhone and Android, as well as in-home smart devices all built upon the Tendril Connect platform for real-time energy consumption information and usage control tools.

    This deployment is part of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, a $178 million program funded by the U.S. DOE to test new technologies and advanced analytical tools for the Smart Grid. NorthWestern Energy's portion will specifically test distribution automation and conservation voltage reduction (CVR), as well as energy savings associated with DR and load control. The project will also measure the impact of providing customers with new and innovative ways to control their energy consumption, and produce useful insight into customer acceptance and usage behavioral changes.

    Leading industry providers Itron and Lockheed Martin are partnering with Tendril on the NorthWestern Energy Smart Grid project. Lockheed Martin's SEEsuite Smart Grid Command and Control™ platform will provide demand response management and integrated situational awareness, and Itron is supplying its CENTRON® R300 advanced residential meters and Tendril-sourced Home Area Network equipment of smart thermostats and in-home display products.

    The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project is a collaborative, five-year test of new technologies and advanced analytical tools that will demonstrate the potential for a safe, scalable and interoperable Smart Grid for regulated and non-regulated utilities. The collaborative involves the BPA, five technology partners, and 11northwestern utilities and more than 60,000 utility customers. The project is managed by Battelle. (Source: Tendril, August, 2, 2011) Contact: Marie Bahl, Director of Marketing/Communications, Tendril Inc., (303) 468-4445, mbahl@tendrilinc, www.tendrilinc.com; Dan Rausch, Director,NorthWestern Energy, (605) 978-2902, dan.rausch@northwesternenergy.com, www.northwesternenergy.com

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