A recent report by the National Audit Office (NAO) concludes the Department of Energy and Climate Change must address some significant risks in order to get full value from its £11.3 billion investment to install smart power and gas meters in all British homes and smaller non-domestic premises by 2019.
According to research by E.ON, consumers remain mostly either confused or ambivalent to efforts designed to help them reduce energy consumption.
Britain’s Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets regulator, known as Ofgem, has announced that consumers receiving smart meters ahead of the government’s mandated 2014 rollout, will be provided improved customer protection. Ofgem is also considering whether additional protections for business consumers are needed as well, especially small businesses.
Itron and Krohne have announced a partnership that will provide advanced water meter technology to utilities around the world. Under the terms of the agreement, signed recently at Itron’s facility in Mâcon, France, Krohne will supply water meters that leverage electromagnetic technology for Itron’s portfolio.
A new study has urged the British government to adopt a more unified approach to smart grid security. The report concludes that the UK’s fragmented approach to cyber-security could expose its power supply to attacks.
Avista will use Tropos Networks and Itron’s jointly developed Smart Grid solution as part of the $38 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project in the city of Pullman, Washington, and the nearby community of Albion. The project, according to Avista, is designed to “increase system reliability and reduce outage time, incorporate renewable energy sources, and provide customers with more tools and information to monitor their energy usage.” To fulfill those goals, Avista is deploying an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), smart grid communications, and distribution automation (DA) devices.
A new technology developed by San Diego start-up On-Ramp enables data to be transmitted up to 45 miles. Using current technology, a typical wifi signal travels around 300 feet before becoming too weak to be detected by a computer.
The ZigBee Alliance, which describes itself as an ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer applications, has opened two new offices in China. The goal is to increase ZigBee’s adoption and address ZigBee standards to meet China’s specific needs for its expanding infrastructure and rapidly growing markets.
The smart grid has a new UK cheerleader. SmartGrid GB has been established to promote the consumer, environmental, and economic benefits expected from the accelerated deployment of smart grid infrastructure. The new organization says it is comprised of representatives from “across the energy sector, ICT companies, environmental organizations, government, regulators, and consumer groups.” SmartGrid GB was introduced at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.
The Smart Specification Working Group (SSWG) has expressed support for the UK government’s recently announced accelerated roll-out of smart meters. The Group was established in June 2010 by global smart energy system companies committed to helping British consumers benefit from smart energy, including Elster, Landis+Gyr, and Secure Meters. Recently, GE, Itron, Logica, SAP, Sensus, and Trilliant have joined the SSWG.