Phoenix, Arizona’s Salt River Project (SRP), the third largest public power utility in the U.S., will double its deployment of the Elster EnergyAxis advanced metering infrastructure Smart Grid solution. Using DOE Smart Grid Investment Grant funds to help fund the project, SRP will add 500,000 smart meters over the next three years to facilitate TOU pricing and customer service, eliminate thousands of truck rolls, and improve energy management for both customers and the utility.
The rapid deployment of smart grids in the United States is a security risk said Ian Mitton, HP’s utilities industry director. Speaking at the company’s annual Executive Energy Conference in Dubai, Mitton said that security needed to be built-in and not added afterwards. “I guess our observation is that primarily security has to be designed in up-front and it is a little bit of an afterthought, and that does concern me in some ways. We could be heading for a world where the initial projects that are deployed think, Oh my goodness what about security?”
At the request of the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E made public 45 monthly SmartMeter reports submitted to the agency. The reports, totaling more than 700 pages, date back to August 2006 and reveal PG&E efforts to cooperate with the CPUC and further strengthen communications with its customers.
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.