San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is not content to rest on its smart meter laurels. After establishing itself as one of the United States’ early adopters of smart meters and related technology, SDG&E is bolstering its renewables portfolio by signing contracts with a subsidiary of San Diego-based enXco and with Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, a subsidiary of LS Power Development. The new deals, which require approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), represent a combined total capacity of up to 237 megawatts (MW) of solar energy.
The US believes consumers can become energy innovators. At the Building the 21st Century Grid event, it announced support for all Americans to take advantage of new tools and services to manage their energy use and save on their utility bills. This is part of a wider set of initiatives and policy framework announced to support ‘smart grid’ – applying digital technologies to the electric system – to enable a clean energy economy, ensure a secure and reliable grid, and foster innovation and jobs of the future. There are plans to track progress and push further on energy education programmes.
Globally, smart meters are amongst the fastest growing markets over the last couple of years. The extension of automated meter reading (AMR) is a smart meter; it comprises the whole range of metering devices, software, and communication media. The CMFE (Chemical, Material, Food and Energy) practice at Markets and Markets is pleased to announce its “Analyst Briefing Presentation” on the “Global Smart Meter Market by Shipments, Types, Geography, Applications, Regulations Market Trends & Forecasts: (2011-2016)” to be held on June 21, 2011.
Siemens Energy is partnering with Tendril to market the Tendril Connect platform to utilities. Siemens will deliver the Tendril solutions to energy marketers and distribution network operators with its project management solution PM@Siemens. Initially the alliance will target the United States and Canadian markets and then expand internationally.
Echelon, Elster, GE, Itron, Landis+Gyr, and Sensus have formed the Smart Meter Manufacturers’ Association of America (SMMAA). The non-profit organization will focus on advocacy work and education on the topic of smart meters. Each founding member company will having representatives on the board, with the president’s position rotating between companies.
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded $4.5 billion to promote smart grid and clean energy projects, which was matched by $5.5 billion in private funding. The new push to promote the smart grid will be much less expensive for the federal government but the Administration hopes it will be even more effective.
On Monday, June 13, the Obama Administration is hosting e media event dubbed Building the 21st Century Electric Grid that will detail new initiatives designed to implement a smart electric grid in the United States, including the role IT will play. The report also outlines what it will take for lawmakers and the private sector to come together to solve this aspect of the energy challenge.
The NGN Forum has announced that the working groups comprising the Smart Grid Forum will cover smart grid topics including security, infrastructure and network management, green energy, applications development, business intelligence, and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).
Telvent’s was singled out by Gartner in a recent report, MarketScope for Advanced Distribution Management Systems, which examined the capabilities of global smart grid solutions providers that offer advanced distribution management (ADMS) smart grid solutions.
A study of 750,000 households of varied demographics in six states found that Americans who receive meter data on their home energy usage—whether via smart meters or traditional analog utility meters—reduced consumption by 1.8 percent after the first year. The research, which was conducted by energy-management software company Opower and sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), followed homes enrolled in various utility programs that provided home usage data via a Web portal, text, or paper reports mailed to consumers’ homes.