The Smart Energy Panel held last week at the Freescale Technology Forum asked participants what they thought the biggest hurdle was to smart energy efficiency. Freescale’s senior vice president, Henri Richard, believes that energy efficiency can be improved by giving people the opportunity to help without having to expend a lot of time or effort.
The electronic contraption, only in its first generation, was named this year by experts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as one of the 10 most important technology innovations of 2010. MIT ranked the “smart transformer,” created by the FREEDM Systems Centre in Raleigh, alongside recent advances in cancer genomics and synthetic cells.
Duke Energy Ohio has petitioned regulators to approve an Electric Security Plan (ESP) for its customers beginning Jan. 1, 2012. Under terms of the proposal, rates would be in effect through May 31, 2021.
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has signed a partnership deal with Duke Energy, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a non-profit research organization that focuses on the electric power utility industry both in the United States and internationally to identify opportunities for testing and deploying ARPA-E funded projects that enhance the electric grid.
Citing the need to streamline costs related to replacing old infrastructure with a smart grid, Duke Energy Corp. and Progress Energy have filed applications seeking regulatory approval for their proposed merger. If approved, Duke Energy reports the merger will create the United States’ largest electric utility, “as measured by enterprise value, market capitalization, generation assets, customers and numerous other criteria.” The combined company will have more than 7.1 million electric customers in six states—North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky—and the largest regulated nuclear fleet in the country.
The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), an independent non-profit group working to foster mutual understanding between industry and consumers regarding the creation of a next-generation energy infrastructure has announced several new members including CNT Energy, Citizens Utility Board (CUB), Duke Energy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and OG&E
Echelon Corporation has introduced a new open software platform for distributed control of the smart grid. The Echelon Control System (ECoS) runs at the edge of the grid, which represents the space where the distribution network connects to customers, via the new Edge Control Node (ECN) 7000 series of open and extensible hardware solutions. The announcement was made at a special presentation attended by industry consultants and Echelon customers and partners including Duke Energy, Oracle, SEAS-NVE, and Telvent. Echelon also announced today that Duke Energy will be the first customer for the ECoS.
In the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to cut emissions that cause smog, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new regulations to tighten restrictions on pollution from coal-burning power plants owned by utilities including Duke Energy, American Electric Power Co., and Southern Co. The new proposal, called the Transport Rule, targets 31 states from Massachusetts to Texas and the District of Columbia. The measure requires a reduction in smog , acid rain, and soot-producing emissions that can travel long distances in the wind in order to “cut air pollution that impairs air quality and harms the health of people downwind.” The EPA estimates the rule would prevent as many as 36,000 premature deaths a year.
Just three weeks after partnering with Cisco Systems to fast-track development of a state-of-the-art electric smart grid, Duke Energy has signed a new agreement with Cisco to pilot and further develop a smart grid-enabled home energy management solution. The goal is to provide Duke Energy customers with secure and reliable energy information and a simple-to-use tool to help them reduce the amount of energy wasted in their homes.
SUBNET Solutions Inc. has announced the 2010 annual SUBNET User Group Conference will be held October 24-28 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference highlights substation and power system advancements, technological innovation, and the continued development of the North American power systems.