Public utility

Accenture, Oracle Are Baltimore-Bound

Baltimore Gas and Electric is partnering with Accenture and Oracle to develop a smart meter network for the utility’s 1.2 million customers. The planned implementation is part of BGE’s smart grid initiative to reduce peak electricity usage, improve customer service, and upgrade operational performance.

SGCC Welcomes new Members

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

Evaluation of PG&E Smart Meters Released

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) released a third-party evaluation of Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) SmartMeter program.  Prepared by Houston-based Structure Group, the report determined that PG&E’s new meters are recording customer electric usage accurately. In addition, it also found that early issues were limited in scope, were being appropriately addressed by PG&E, and generally were caused by factors unrelated to the meters.

Oncor Reports on Meter Testing

In a letter sent to Texas Public Utility Commission of Texas, Oncor CEO Bob Shapard reported that extensive testing by the utility has determined that of the 1.1 million smart meters Oncor Electric Delivery has installed, only 25 proved to be inaccurate. That error rate works out to one meter per every 44,000 installed, or .00025 percent. Oncor spokesman Chris Schein says the problem with the faulty meters appear to be related to a loose resistor.

AT&T Teams with Petra Solar

AT&T has signed a new agreement to combine Petra Solar’s smart grid and renewable energy technology with the telecom’s wireless network in order to offer utilities improved power quality and grid reliability. Petra Solar’s solution enables utility companies to simultaneously address Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements and invest in a smart grid technology.

PECO Selects Sensus for Smart Grid Implementation

Electric and natural gas utility PECO has issued a Letter of Intent to purchase the Sensus FlexNet communications network as its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution for an upcoming deployment that will bring Smart Grid/Smart Meter technology to more than 1.6 million electric customers in Pennsylvania.

New York to Study Smart Grid Regulatory Policies

The New York State Public Service Commission has initiated a proceeding to determine what regulatory policies will best promote development of the smart grid. Commission Chairman Garry Brown says, “The smart grid and the modernization of the electric grid hold great potential for the state’s ratepayers. However, the Commission must be very thoughtful and deliberate before it decides whether to invest ratepayer money in the smart grid over the next decade. This proceeding will help us discover the opportunities and pitfalls that might exist.”

China Water & Gas Smart Metering

GSL Events has announced its 4th China Water & Gas Smart Metering, AMR/AMI & Smart Grids International Conference & Exhibition, which is to be held in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 14-16, 2010

FirstEnergy Puts Rebate Project on Hold

FirstEnergy Corp has halted a two week smart grid pilot project for its customers in Greater Cleveland that would credit participating customers for power they conserved during times of high demand this summer. The credits would be calculated at electric rates up to seven times higher than standard rates.

Freescale Introduces New Microcontrollers

Freescale Semiconductor has introduced three advanced microcontroller (MCU) solutions that enable smart meters to be designed with tamper detection mechanisms and real time usage monitoring, providing customers an extra layer of security for their smart meter products.