The Texas Institute announces Smart Grid Training Seminars

The Texas Institute announced its Electricity and Smart Grid Fundamentals Training Seminars on Thursday, August 25th in Dallas, TX and on Tuesday, August 30th in Austin, TX.  Understanding the complex and dynamic electric industry requires specialized training led by industry experts. The Texas Institute provides comprehensive, expert-led training programs designed to help everyone from new hires to veterans learn about the industry and successfully apply the knowledge in their careers.


Verizon Wireless Powering Lone Star State Smart Grid Trials

Verizon Wireless is supplying the wireless infrastructure for smart grid trials in Texas being conducted by Bluebonnet Electric and Pedernales Electric. The two cooperatives, in partnership with the Lower Colorado River Authority, are testing a system where data from Consert’s Home Area Network and energy management software is sent back to the utilities so they can better manage peak loads.

Texas Plans Three Wind Farms

Texas has long been known as the home of big oil but the winds of change are bringing a new energy player to the state. Austin-based Baryonyx Corporation has submitted applications for three wind energy sites in South Texas to the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The proposed wind farms are planned for development across more than 60,000 acres of submerged land under lease from the Texas General Land Office. When fully developed, the wind farms could have an installed capacity of up to 3GW, which is enough electricity to power around more than one million homes.

Time to Fit that Smart Meter

Smart people want to save energy: It keeps utility bills down and is good for the planet. A smart grid, which gives feedback to both consumers and electricity producers on how much energy is being used and when it’s most in demand, can help make those energy savings happen. But smart, profit-motivated utility companies don’t all share the goals of smart people. Right now, they have more control over when and how the smart grid will develop, and they’re losing interest in moving forward.

Graduate Students Improve Energy Efficiency

A regional program established in North Carolina in 2009 designed to help universities increase energy efficiency and save money is expanding into a national effort with a mandate to curb greenhouse gas pollution in four states—Texas, Georgia, New York, and New Jersey—as well as Washington D.C. Climate Corps Public Sector, the forward thinking summer fellowship program developed by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), specially trains graduate students to seek out energy efficiency savings in local governments, higher education and other organizations.

Texas Tech Partners with University of Hertfordshire on Smart Energy Project

Texas Tech is collaborating with IBM and the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom on a research project to study the acceptance and impact of residential micro-generation systems, such as solar-powered technologies and micro turbines, on the public’s understanding and adoption of green initiatives and technologies. The project falls under the umbrella of smart energy, which encourages consumers to take energy conservation initiatives by generating their own power and then selling it back the excess to the grid.

TXU Introduces New Dashboard

Texas Utilities, Electric and Gas Company (TXU) has introduced its Energy Dashboard, a new online tool that helps consumers examine their power consumption to see where they can reduce usage to lower monthly bills. The service is available for free to all TXU Energy customers.

Texas Utility Inaugurates EV Charging Stations

The first eVgo network charging location for electric vehicles is now available in the Dallas area, courtesy of Texas Utility (TXU), which says the reality of EVs presents a significant savings opportunity for drivers across the state. This is one of 70 charging locations to be installed in Dallas-Fort Worth and 50 in Houston by the end of 2012, with half in place by this summer.

HomeGrid Forum Reports Smart Grid Standards Breakthrough

The HomeGrid Forum has announced that the G.hnem standard has entered the final stages of approval at the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The global G.hnem standard is for low frequency (9-500 KHz) power line communications (PLC) for smart meters, energy management systems, electric vehicle communications, control, and home automation.

Tantalus Smart Grid Solutions Come to Texas Utilities

Tantalus has formed an alliance with the Texas Electric Cooperatives (TEC) to provide Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet) Smart Grid communications technology to electric cooperatives and municipal utilities throughout Texas.