The NGN Forum has announced that the working groups comprising the Smart Grid Forum will cover smart grid topics including security, infrastructure and network management, green energy, applications development, business intelligence, and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).
Junifer Systems will provide its Utility Customer Information Systems (CIS) to E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business. Junifer Systems’ Utility CIS is a modular, end-to-end customer information and billing system designed to support the specific challenges encountered by both legacy utility systems and the new requirements prompted by the industry wide Smart Meter rollout programs.
Web-based energy portal Empower Software has announced the launch of an advanced home energy portal for electricity, gas and water. Empower specializes in consumer usability. That expertise is leveraged with existing communication information channels in order to anticipate consumers’ future energy consumption based on their usage today. Empower says it works with the utility’s data and visually presents it to the consumer “in an easy to understand and meaningful way through a client portal or desktop application.” The company also says its application “is the only energy conservation tool to offer communication messaging and up to date energy monitoring across all three utilities.”
Energetics Incorporated has announced it signed a three-year contract with the United States Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) in Washington, DC. The contract, valued at $21.7 million, encompasses support for two OE programs: the Electricity Research and Development program and the Smart Grid Investment Grant program. Activities to be performed by Energetics include program and project management oversight support, strategic planning, and technical communications.
Vancouver start-up Empower Software has been named a finalist in the Quest for Canada’s Greenest IT award for their portable energy management software for the smart grid. Empower’s SmartHome allows consumers to monitor their home energy consumption in real time without the need of an additional in home display. Empower’s demand response applications have shown to reduce power consumption up to 20 percent when consumers use a PC or a smart phone to view usage.