Trilliant has been named the 2011 Smart Grid award winner in the San Francisco Business Times Cleantech Awards. Trilliant, a Smart Grid communications company that delivers solutions to enhance energy efficiency, utility operations, and renewable resource integration, was honored in an awards ceremony that took place on Thursday, June 16, in San Francisco.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission is requiring Central Maine Power (CMP) to offer an opt-out program for customers who do not want a standard smart meter installed. Power consumers in CMP’s service territory will have two opt-out options: they can get a smart meter and have its transmitter turned off or they can retain the existing analog meter.
Trilliant, which provides Smart Grid communications that enhance energy efficiency, utility operations and renewable resource integration, has appointed technology veteran Salim Khan as Chief Operating Officer.
Iberdrola Renovables has launched the National Control Centre (NCC) in Portland, Oregon, which has operational control over approximately 800,000 inputs from 2,500 turbines across the country. The NCC infrastructure also controls data from Iberdrola’s other wind farms around the world. This efficient management of wind power will provide greater stability to the United State’s power grid.
Maine and Vermont have announced separate smart grid projects. In the first, Maine’s Public Utilities Commission approved Central Maine Power’s proposed $1.4 billion power grid upgrade. CMP, the state’s largest electric utility, plans to build a new 345,000-volt transmission line, doubling the capacity of the grid’s backbone. It is the first major upgrade since 1971, and CMP says the improvements are necessary to keep the power grid stable beyond 2012. CMP spokesman John Carroll reported that the utility expects to get final permits from the Army Corps of Engineers soon and start construction in June ad will finish sometimes in 2015.