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FortZED Eyeing a Smart 2010

The Fort Collins Zero Energy District, known as FortZED, is using federal grant money to underwrite several renewable energy projects planned for 2010. Among the initiatives is an $18.1 million grant to install smart meters in every home in the city to provide immediate electricity consumption data to utilities customers.

Fort Collins Light and Power Manager Steve Catanach says full deployment isn’t expected to be complete until 2011, but notes the utility is “starting a conversation with City Council on how to match (U.S. Department of Energy) funding. There will be a lot of news about that in 2010.”

NV Energy Opts for FlexNet

NV Energy has chosen the Sensus FlexNet system to provide the infrastructure solution for its planned deployment of smart meters scheduled to begin in 2010.

Robert Stewart, NV Energy’s Senior VP of Customer Relationships, said FlexNet’s high bandwidth IP-based open systems, customer signaling and multi-application solution was the right combination of operational advanced smart grid features the utility sought.

NV Energy moves forward with smart grid, renewable power

Sensus has been selected by NV Energy to provide its smart grid solution.  The project is expected to involve up to 1.3 million electric and 155,000 natural gas meters throughout NV Energy’s service territory that covers 54,500 square miles in Nevada and northeastern California.

The massive deployment will benefit NV Energy’s 2.4 million consumers with a cohesive smart grid solution across diverse geographic regions including densely populated Las Vegas and the sparsely populated rural areas in mountainous northern Nevada.

U.S. State Regulators Vetting Smart Meters

Connecticut Light & Power Co. has completed a large test of homes using smart meters. But on the heels of California power customers complaining over smart meter-based electric bills, state regulators are investigating if smart meters are a benefit to consumers or just a boon to utilities. Connecticut will hold hearings next year.

The United Illuminating Company, a New Haven, Connecticut-based electric distribution company that serves nearly 325,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers, reports it has equipment rates and technology to address some of the concerns raised is California. UI estimates it will need $8 million for equipment and updates to its billing and computer systems.

Ameresco to increase energy efficiency in Knoxville

Ameresco has been working with the city of Knoxville, Tennessee for more than a year to develop an ambitious energy services agreement that will save the city millions of dollars while reducing its energy usage and carbon emissions at the same time.

The energy conservation package carries a price tag of $19 million but the system will pay for itself in less than 15 years.  Knoxville City Council approved the agreement with Ameresco on December 29.