Wednesday was the third consecutive day that a group of protesters in West Marin attempted to stop the Wellington Energy employees from installing Pacific Gas & Electric’s smart meters, only this time two female protesters were arrested – they were standing in front of Wellington energy’s trucks.
Consumer electronics manufacturer Fujitsu has entered into the United States smart meter market, supplying devices featuring its proprietary wireless technology to Kit Carson Electric, a New Mexico based utility. Fujitsu’s wireless technology solution enables Kit Carson Electric to build a network of smart meters for approximately 30 percent less than by using other smart meters currently on the market. The sale is estimated to be worth several billion yen.
Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology is a smart grid solution that plug-in electric vehicles (BEV’s/PHEV’s) can use for communicating with the power grid and selling demand response services either through supply of electricity to the grid or through reduction in their charging rate.
Delmarva Power was saved the cost of a massive smart meter recall at the 11th hour after the device’s supplier, Silver Springs Networks, verified their safety rating. The initial recall was prompted by concerns about the utility’s new natural-gas smart meters that Delmarva has been deploying to replace old analog electric and natural-gas meters for its 123,000 natural-gas customers, all located in New Castle County.
In an announcement made yesterday, St. Louis-based supplier of special purpose utility solutions ESCO Technologies Inc., said that the Mexican utility company Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), has placed an additional order for Aclara PLS Inc.’s TWACS® power-line technology. Aclara is part of ESCO’s Utility Solutions Group.
The Ottawa based company Energate has announced this week that Lori Reslock has been appointed as their Vice President of Marketing. Energate CEO, Niraj Bhargava cited Ms Reslocks extensive experience in the energy sector as a major factor in her appointment.
Energate is a leading provider of Energy Demand Response Solutions, a sector which has seen significant growth in the last few years. Established in 2004, the company is emerging as one of the key players in the global market, providing software, systems and fully integrated Energy Management Solutions.
The need to find sustainable energy solutions for the modern world is a high priority for individuals and governments alike. Wind power has been with us for generations – on a small scale – but the challenge for energy providers today is not perhaps generating clean energy, but supplying enough to meet modern demand.
Distributed energy storage systems company Silent Power announced the sale of nearly $2 million of the company’s Series A preferred stock. The financing includes support from Hunt Technologies’ founder Paul Hunt, Wright-Hennepin Holding Company and ongoing support from existing investors. England & Company served as Silent Power’s exclusive financial advisor for the deal.
Southern California Edison (SCE), a division of Edison International in Rosemead, seeks approval of the California Public Utilities Commission for spending increases that would increase electricity rates by $2.70 per month for low-income residential customers and by about $5 per month for mid-use residential customers. The utility wants to spend money on updating its ageing infrastructure and making the system more efficient.
The 2011 International CES® will feature The Connected Home Appliances TechZone. This is the first time that such a category has been included in the world’s biggest consumer technology trade show, and about 100 manufacturers will showcase their smart appliances in this TechZone. Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), and The Retail Observer magazine are sponsoring this initiative.