Itron and Cisco have introduced a new combined next-generation smart grid platform that provides a secure, scalable, and multi-service IPv6-based communications architecture. The companies report that the platform will speed adoption and simplify deployment of smart grid solutions by utilities; reduce the total cost of ownership of the systems; and unleash innovation for smart grid applications and technologies in the marketplace.
A report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee suggests that the public may not get the benefits of smart meters without a significant change in energy habits and that low income families will be worse off. The report focuses on the preparations for the mass deployment of smart meters in the UK.
Petra Solar is partnering with Enviromena Power Systems to develop solar and smart grid projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Combining Petra Solar’s smart energy technology with Enviromena’s expertise in renewable energy projects is expected to promote solar and smart grid growth in the MENA region.
ABB has been selected by the Estonian government to build a network of 200 electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations throughout the country. The order is Europe’s largest EV charging infrastructure contract to date and is intended to establish the world’s first fast-charging infrastructure with nationwide coverage. ABB is scheduled to have all Terra systems direct current (DC) chargers running by the end of 2012.
eMeter has unveiled the latest version of its flagship product. eMeter EnergyIP 7.5 and its new Analytics Foundation improves smart grid data management for utilities by heightening energy information processing capabilities through meter data analytics software and applications.
Opower has introduced its Data Principles, which details the company’s commitment to give utility customers control of their energy consumption information and provide transparency about how Opower uses and protects that information.