Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative (DETEC) has selected Tantalus to provide advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) functionality for the 40,000 meters on their system, replacing DETEC’s aging, one-way automated meter reading (AMR) system. Tantalus expects its system to be fully operational by the end of 2014.
The Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation recently held a hearing to discuss the efforts to develop open standards for smart grid technologies while driving innovation within smart grid development.
A new report concludes that utilities will need to overhaul their operations to handle the emerging smart energy technologies. According to GTM’s The Smart Utility Enterprise 2011-2015, utility enterprise spending between 2011 and 2015 will be in excess of $8 billion in United States.
Utility technology association Utilimetrics has named Hydro One the 2011 recipient of its Excellence in Project Management Award. Utilimetrics chief executive officer Joel Hoiland says, “This prestigious award honors a utility that demonstrates superior achievement in innovation. The Awards Committee received many impressive entries from utilities whose AMI/Smart Grid projects are under way or complete.”
Commissioners for the village of Downers Grove this week voted across the board to oppose state legislation supported by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), that would authorize a rate increase to pay the $2.6 billion invested by the utility for smart technology improvements. The vote comes despite the village’s efforts to have ComEd make some infrastructure repairs.
Danish utility NRGi has selected eMeter’s EnergyIP meter data management platform for its 210,000 smart meter deployment. Infranet provider Eltel will also be part of NRGi’s European energy management framework. The eMeter EnergyIP platform will replace Gorlitz.