Smart Grid

Silver Spring Networks Selected for Paris Smart City Project

Silver Spring Networks is collaborating with EVESA to deploy a citywide network in Paris that connects above- and below-ground cabinet-based controllers for street and traffic lights. Scott Lang, Silver Spring Networks chairman, president, and chief executive officer, says, “With more than two million citizens and 16 million annual visitors, modernizing the public lighting infrastructure for…

Florida Utility Debuts New Smart Grid Facility

Florida Power & Light (FPL) has launched the Power Delivery Diagnostic Center, which the utility reports is designed to “leverage advanced smart grid technology to better manage the electric system and deliver reliable service that ranks among the best in the nation.” FPL’s vice president of power delivery Manny Miranda notes, “The electric grid, which…

Smart Grid Workshop Eyes Future

A recent smart grid workshop hosted by the University of Alberta’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering attracted leading researchers and energy industry professional from across the globe to discuss soft power grid solutions, distributed generation, and the continuing evolution of power systems. The conference was designed to build and strengthen connections between industry and…

Austin, Texas, to Host Smart Energy Summit

Organizers of the Energy Thought Summit taking place this week in Austin, Texas, says the conference will focus on how smart grids are utilizing the latest monitoring and analytics technology to adapt to changing electricity demands. At least 750 attendees are expected to attend the event on March 25-26 event, which will feature 175 energy…

IBM, Semtech Introduce New IoT Technology

IBM Research and Semtech have introduced a new technology based on low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) that are touted as having advantages over cellular networks and Wi-Fi for providing machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. In past years the Internet of things’ (IoT) potential for business has been challenged by technical obstacles such as limited battery life, short communication…

“Father of the Smart Grid” Honored

The Energy Thought Summit (ETS) will honor University of Minnesota professor Massoud Amin, considered by many to be the father of the smart grid, as its Thought Leader of the Year during ETS15. The award recognizes an individual whose vision inspires the global energy ecosystem. Amin notes, “I have had the privilege of presenting at…

Intel Unveils New Smart Grid Solution

Intel Security and Wind River have introduced a new technology platform that has the potential to secure both legacy and new capabilities within the electric power grid. The solution, called the Intel Security Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), was developed in collaboration with the Department of Energy-funded Discovery across Texas smart grid project and deployed at…

Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab Opens in Canada

Ryerson University and the Ontario Ministry of Energy have unveiled the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory (SESG Lab), Canada’s first university-based smart grid laboratory. The facility, which will be available to partners and collaborators, is designed to test new products and operational strategies, validate grid transformation solutions, conduct research, and train employees. Ontario’s Minister of…

UAE Encouraging Electric Vehicle Adoption

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is encouraging drivers to adopt electric vehicles as part of an effort to make Dubai an environmentally friendly smart city. To that end electric vehicle charge stations are planned for the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (Dewa) headquarters. The utility has also announced plans to establish 100 EV charging stations…

College Dorms in Energy Conservation Contest

Williams College in Massachusetts is holding a week-long Do it in the Dark event in which dorms compete to reduce their energy consumption by the most. The buildings are divided into two categories—large and small—with one winner chosen from each category. According to the college, “WEC compares how much energy each dorm building uses during…