Before the end of the year, Australian utility Western Power plans to begin deploying smart meters to 8,900 homes in Perth’s eastern suburbs as part of a $15 million, three-year trial program. The meters will be installed at no cost to residents living in the Bassendean, Midland, Forrestfield and Darlington suburbs of Perth. Western Power will cover up to $13 million of the total cost so the company can “determine the suitability for a range of new technologies right across the network.”
UK-based Intamac Systems Limited has received a £4 million investment from Carbon Trust Investments Ltd, Seraphim Capital and Chandos Fund, to support development of their new online smart meter service to remotely control and manage home energy use.
Marvell Technology Group is publicly supporting United States Congressman Michael Honda’s efforts to make the consumer electronics (CE) industry greener through the H.R. 5070, The Smart Electronics Act. Introduced before Congress on April 20, the Act would assess the potential of smart electronics to reduce home and office electricity demand and to incorporate smart electronics into the Energy Star Program. The proposed legislation also addresses the impact of greenhouse gas and energy costs resulting from the proliferation of CE devices throughout the world.
While much of the world continues to struggle with the deployment of smart meters, several companies in Finland have already implemented smart grid technologies. Cleantech Finland, a collective of top 100 Finnish cleantech companies that specialize in energy-efficiency, clean industrial processes and bioenergy, and the Cluster for Energy and Environment consortium (CLEEN) will demonstrate their smart grid technology ecosystem at this week’s Nordic Green II conference in Palo Alto on April 27-28.
A recently released study by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) shows how the EU can achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The report determined that decarbonization of the energy sector is vital to achieving such an ambitious goal. Decarbonizing the energy sector would in turn have “knock-on effects” in both road transport and buildings.
In order for Delmarva Power to retain its level of profitability while meeting Delaware’s mandate to reduce power consumption in the state, the utility is separating its revenues from sales fluctuations, a practice known as decoupling, which power industry experts say will promote energy efficiency.