According to U.S. News and World Report Fort Collins, Colorado is one of the Top 10 Cities Adopting Smart Grid Technology, where the “smart grid of tomorrow is a reality today.” Other cities singled out as communities looking to the future and investing in modern technology to address increased energy demands include Austin, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Sacramento, California
On the opening day of the G8 Summit in Deauville, France, United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reiterated their mutual intention to cooperate in protecting natural resources in the cross-boundary Bering Strait region and also trumpeted the countries’ agreement to collaborate on energy efficiency, smart grid technology, and clean energy.
Fleming Gulf Management Services has announces its Smart Grids and Smart Meters Summit, scheduled to take place on September 26 and 27, 2011, in Abu Dhabi.
The United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programs, under which consumers can help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as wind and solar. Green power sales from utility programs exceeded six million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2010. Wind energy now represents more than three-fourths of electricity generated for green energy programs nationwide.
Detroit Edison (DTE Energy), which services more than two million electric customers in Southeastern Michigan, has selected solutions from Itron and Tropos for its $168 million SmartCurrents project, the utility’s first smart grid program designed to modernize the electric grid, improving distribution system reliability and efficiency, and empowering electric customers with more information about their power usage.
CenterPoint Energy’s electric subsidiary has received eMeter’s 2011 Million Meter Milestone Award. The announcement was made at the 2011 eMeter Leadership Conference, which is taking place May 9-11, 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The conference attracts industry leaders in Smart Meter data management to discuss current trends and best practices, share ideas and experiences, and connect with other professionals.
The Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) has installed and integrated the first 44 synchrophasors, advanced electronic measurement devices known as phasor measurement units (PMU), at strategic points along the regional transmission network. The $34.5 million program is partially funded by a $17.3 million Recovery Act grant awarded by the United States Department of Energy to modernize the nation’s electrical grid.
The Power Systems Energy Research Center PSERC has been awarded a $5.5 million grant from the United States Department of Energy DOE to research the requirements for a systematic transformation of today’s electric grid to enable high penetrations of sustainable energy systems. According to PSERC, the future grid “needs to support high penetrations of highly variable distributed energy resources mixed with large central generation sources, energy storage, and responsive users equipped with embedded intelligence and automation. These sustainable energy systems require more than improvements to the existing system; they require transformative changes in planning and operating electric power systems.”
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has signed a partnership deal with Duke Energy, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a non-profit research organization that focuses on the electric power utility industry both in the United States and internationally to identify opportunities for testing and deploying ARPA-E funded projects that enhance the electric grid.
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.