Smart grid demand management company Incenergy LLC and DSI Systems have announced a strategic alliance to distribute energy management solutions to homes and small businesses across the United States. The partnership enables Incenergy to leverage the sales channels and distribution capabilities of DSI Systems when rolling out its energy management solutions. Founded in 1984 in Des Moines, Iowa, DSI Systems is the nation’s largest distributor of satellite and consumer electronic equipment, especially in rural areas.
ABB will partner with Finnish public utility Helsingin Energia and Nokia Siemens to design a large-scale smart grid in the Kalasatama district of Helsinki that utilizes a flexible, low-emission power network. The Kalasatama district is located in the heart of Helsinki and will provide residential living space for 18,000 people along with 10,000 work places. It will also showcase the latest technologies being deployed at demonstration center.
Echelon Corporation has joined the European Smart Metering Industry Group. ESMIG is a resource for European Union member states, regulators, consumers, utilities and others involved in the European smart meter market and related communications.
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and its research partners, including start-up Akuacom, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Southern California Edison, have developed an open-source communications specification, OpenADR, which provides a common “language” for technology developed for the Smart Grid.
Oklahoma Gas and Electric has reached two important agreements regarding its plans to expand its deployment of smart meters. The announcement comes after the utility has completed its pilot program installation of 42,000 smart meters in Norman, Oklahoma. OG&E is the state’s largest electric company.
NRG Energy, Inc. is publicly applauding new legislation aimed at facilitating electric vehicles. The Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010, introduced May 27in the United States Congress, will establish the charging infrastructure and incentives needed for wide-scale adoption of electric vehicles in critical geographic regions.
RSA, The Security Division of EMC, has agreed provide enhanced security for Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream smart grid network. The strategic partnership between the two companies brings together Landis+Gyr’s expertise in advanced metering infrastructure and applications, and RSA’s track record in security and information risk management, allowing Landis+Gyr to enhance security features already present in Gridstream. Building security directly into the smart grid ecosystem from its inception enables companies to address potential vulnerabilities and risks to the system.
According to Austin Energy interim CIO Karl Popham, the goal of Austin, Texas, is to be the most livable city in the United States and Popham says Austin Energy wants “to be a major part of that goal. We just released our generation plan [which says] by 2020, 35 percent of our power will come from renewable energy. Right now we’re at about six percent, but even with that six percent, we’ve had the largest sales in renewable energy of any utility in the United States for eight years in a row now, and that’s mostly from wind farms in West Texas.”
Energate has secured $7.2 million in Series B funding that will be used to increase sales growth and customer deployment initiatives and support Energate’s product development and strategic partnerships.
Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP) will use SmartSynch’s residential SmartMeter for a five year, 231,000 unit deployment in Texas. The $123 million project is the largest residential smart meter deployment in the Unites States to use a public wireless network as the communications backbone. Using IP networks enables utilities to bring smart grid technology to homes across all terrains, from urban areas to remote rural communities, less expensively and also provides the utility with the flexibility to more easily incorporate new technology as it develops in the future.