CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric and the United States Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel B. Poneman have presented survey results from a smart meter In-Home Display pilot program that started in late 2010. Over 70 percent of the survey’s 500 participants report that they have changed their electricity consumption behavior as a result of the energy use data they accessed on their in-home displays.
Reports that in conjunction with the semi-annual Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition (GIUNC) meeting, IBM has today announced its collaboration with Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO), on the building of the Total Operations Centre at the Jeju Smart Grid Test-Bed Demonstration Complex. The centre will allow the 160 companies and 11 consortia members operating at the Jeju Complex to collect and manage information on all international markets, and monitor smart grid systems and data exchange.
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded $4.5 billion to promote smart grid and clean energy projects, which was matched by $5.5 billion in private funding. The new push to promote the smart grid will be much less expensive for the federal government but the Administration hopes it will be even more effective.
During a White House Grid Modernization event, United States Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that more than five million smart meters have been installed nationwide as part of Recovery Act-funded efforts to accelerate modernization of the nation’s electric grid. Nearly 90 percent of the meters installed to date are in Florida, Texas, California, Idaho, Arizona, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Nevada.
On the opening day of the G8 Summit in Deauville, France, United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reiterated their mutual intention to cooperate in protecting natural resources in the cross-boundary Bering Strait region and also trumpeted the countries’ agreement to collaborate on energy efficiency, smart grid technology, and clean energy.
CenterPoint Energy’s electric subsidiary has received eMeter’s 2011 Million Meter Milestone Award. The announcement was made at the 2011 eMeter Leadership Conference, which is taking place May 9-11, 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The conference attracts industry leaders in Smart Meter data management to discuss current trends and best practices, share ideas and experiences, and connect with other professionals.
University of California at Berkeley Extension will join experts from top technology, utility, and telecom companies at the Smart Grid Technology Conference 2011. Taking place June 1–2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Jose, California, the conference, now in its second year, provides a forum for participants from various industries to discuss and find solutions for smart grid issues, including developing partnerships, understanding new standards, and identifying areas for growth.
ABB has been commissioned by the CenterPoint Energy Service Company for the latest Service Suite mobile workforce management (MWFM) software from Ventyx and for the FocalPoint business intelligence solution from Obvient, both companies being recent ABB acquisitions.
BC Hydro has confirmed it will deploy approximately two million new Itron metering systems to over the next two years as part of its Smart Metering Program. It is estimated the meters will save about $70 million in the first three years of implementation and a net benefit to customers of over $500 million in the long term.
A new study released today (080410) confirms that the OpenWay Itron smart meters deployed in Texas are much more accurate than the analog meters they replaced. The report, Evaluation of Advanced Metering System (AMS) Deployment in Texas, was conducted by Navigant Consulting LLC, at the request of the Texas Public Utility Commission. Of the thousands of meters examined during the test, all were found to be accurate by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.