CGI has announced plans to integrate its Smart Data Service with Telefónica UK’s communication network, enabling CGI to offer its energy company customers that are rolling out smart meters Telefónica’s communication services, increasing the range of communication options available to them. CGI UK’s vice president energy and utilities Tara McGeehan explains, “We are providing our…
Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has released the 2011 Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) update. The presentation, made during GridWeek 2011, provides updates on the worldwide community of SGMM users and partners. The SGMM is a management tool designed to help utilities map out and prioritize their smart grid plans, and measure progress as they upgrade the power grid. Developed by utilities for utilities, SGMM is hosted by the SEI as a resource for industry transformation with the support of the United States Department of Energy.
Tropos Networks, the best-of-breed provider of private wireless IP broadband networks for the smart grid today announced that The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (KCBPU) has selected Tropos GridCom as its communications infrastructure for aggregating multiple smart grid applications across 127 square miles of service territory.
British Columbia’s Green Party is urging a halt to smart meter installation across the province because of health and environmental concerns. Party Leader Jane Sterk asserts that the meters will expose citizens to electromagnetic radiation, and says the World Health Organization has cited electromagnetic radiation as a possible carcinogen.
A new white paper concludes that the benefits to customers and utilities for investing in smart meters’ advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and associated energy management technologies will outweigh the costs. The Costs and Benefits of Smart Meters for Residential Customers, which was prepared by the Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE), the Brattle Group, and To the Point, identifies three benefit categories: operational, customer, and societal.
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric and the United States Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel B. Poneman have presented survey results from a smart meter In-Home Display pilot program that started in late 2010. Over 70 percent of the survey’s 500 participants report that they have changed their electricity consumption behavior as a result of the energy use data they accessed on their in-home displays.
Pepco subcontractor Scope Services is currently recruiting and training local workers to install smart meters in Prince George and Montgomery counties in a deployment scheduled to last through the end of 2012. Pepco also is installing smart meters in the District of Columbia and anticipates completing that deployment by the end of 2011.
A new study by Frost & Sullivan reports that differing regulations and policies among the EU countries has resulted in a disparity in the deployment of smart meters as countries endeavor to meet EU’s energy targets to be achieved by 2020, including an 80 percent smart meter penetration. But the lack of regulatory consistency is impacting implementation efforts.
Logica is partnering with Systems, Applications, and Products (SAP) to address the British government’s challenge to deploy smart metering infrastructure by 2014. According to the National Audit Office, the program is expected to provide £18.6 billion in benefits from an initial investment of £11.3 billion, £23 per home per year.
Leesburg, Florida’s $20 million smart grid upgrade will begin with 24,000 utility customers receiving smart meters beginning sometime this November and finishing around early 2012. Leesburg Electric Director Paul Kalv says, “Right now it is hard to pinpoint an actual date but we are targeting to have them fully deployed before March 2012.”