Utilities

Talquin Co-op Chooses Sensus for Florida Metering Project

Talquin Electric Cooperative is implementing Sensus technologies for its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart metering program. The deployment will service all 54,000 residential, commercial, and industrial members in its 2,600 square mile territory. Talquin began deploying the smart meter installation in December 2010 and expects installation to be completed by early 2012.

Utilities Urged to Generate Revenue from Smart Meters

A new report from Ovum urge utilities to reduce the significant costs associated with deploying smart meters. In Profiting from Smart Meter Communications Networks, Ovum says utilities need to find ways to generate additional revenues from smart meters because “the business case for rolling out expensive smart meter networks is often thin, so utilities need to find ways to manage costs to retain financial stability.”

Cisco and KEMA to Share Smart Grid Strategies

Jennifer Lin from Cisco’s Smart Grid Business Unit and Joe Moran, Senior Vice President with KEMA will be keynote speakers at the SUBNET User Group Conference taking place October 24-28 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Lin will share Cisco’s end-to-end vision and strategy for a smarter grid, explaining the role a secure and standards-based network plays in achieving operational efficiencies, grid reliability and security, and network scale for millions of end points within the smart-grid.  Moran’s presentation will focus on optimized operational control and smart grid security through automation and advance analysis for improved reliability for utilities and consumers.

Empower Launches Home Energy Portal

Web-based energy portal Empower Software has announced the launch of an advanced home energy portal for electricity, gas and water. Empower specializes in consumer usability. That expertise is leveraged with existing communication information channels in order to anticipate consumers’ future energy consumption based on their usage today. Empower says it works with the utility’s data and visually presents it to the consumer “in an easy to understand and meaningful way through a client portal or desktop application.” The company also says its application “is the only energy conservation tool to offer communication messaging and up to date energy monitoring across all three utilities.”

Trilliant Offers Free Web Seminar

On Tuesday, September 28 from noon to 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, Trilliant will host a free webinar that focuses on deploying and managing a full-scale smart grid. Specifically, the discussion will cover the complexity of securing and integrating distribution, metering, and consumer operations into a cohesive IT management framework. Trilliant says the webinar offers vital information for IT personnel and anyone who will be building systems and processes to support the deployment of a full smart grid.

Accenture, Oracle Are Baltimore-Bound

Baltimore Gas and Electric is partnering with Accenture and Oracle to develop a smart meter network for the utility’s 1.2 million customers. The planned implementation is part of BGE’s smart grid initiative to reduce peak electricity usage, improve customer service, and upgrade operational performance.

Smart Meters – Are They Really The Future?

Energy providers are now working flat out to meet tight DECC deadlines and install Smart Meters across the UK. But the key to their success will not be which type of Smart Meter boxes they install, but how they handle the mountain of data unleashed by these sophisticated devices and use this valuable information to help change customer behaviour and meet our green targets. Paul Fitzgerald, Sales & Marketing Director  from industry expert Junifer Systems explains how ‘smart’ analysis tools will be the key driver for Smart Meter success.

Cobb Electric Opts for Sensus

Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) has selected Sensus to deliver smart grid solutions to its nearly 200,000 members. The program will include the Sensus FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology, smart meters, automated hourly meter reads, and support for future applications. The project is partially financed by a grant from the United States Department of Energy,

Orlando Selects Siemens

The Orlando Utilities Commission – The Reliable One (OUC) has selected Siemens to implement their meter data management system based on eMeter’s EnergyIP software to support current and future applications and business processes enabled by an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).  OUC selected Siemens’ project management and delivery services combined with EnergyIP’s advanced capabilities as the best choice for their planned Smart Grid initiatives.

Landis+Gyr Deploys Gridstream in Kansas City

Landis+Gyr is deploying its Gridstream solution for Kansas City Power & Light’s (KCP&L) comprehensive SmartGrid demonstration project, which provides customers with in-home displays, programmable thermostats, and home area networks. In addition, the project includes installation of rooftop solar panels at both residential and commercial sites, electric vehicle charging stations and battery storage.