By a 5-0 vote, California’s Public Utility Commission has unanimously adopted the world’s first comprehensive set of rules assuring consumers can access the detailed energy usage data provided by their smart meter while simultaneously protecting the data’s privacy and security.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has published its long term vision for the Smart Grid, which will modernize its electric infrastructure to deliver energy and cost savings to PG&E customers across Northern and Central California.
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 Environmental Defense Fund has released a framework to evaluate the effectiveness California public utilities’ plans to upgrade the state’s electricity network into a digital smart grid. The approved a roadmap last June based on the provisions of state law SB 17. It requires that utility smart grid investments help California meet its climate change, demand-side management and renewable energy goals.
On May 23, the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DSRG), a “smart grid” trade association coalition, announced that the U.S. Senate had introduced the Electric Consumer Right to Know Act, S 1029.
The introduction of smart meters in a community in Fairfax California has sparked a revolt in protest to planned installation amongst some of the population. The utility company involved, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and its partners realise that opposition to the meters may have stemmed from a lack of communication and education programmes.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has published its long anticipated proposed ruling over consumer privacy related to home devices that use smart meter data and are locked into one company’s platform or technology but leave customer-owned data sources outside of its authority.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has announced it will replace some of Landis+Gyr’s electric SmartMeters because of a rare defect in the devices. Landis+Gyr reports the error affects fewer than 1,600 of the two million meters it supplied to PG&E. The utility will replace the meters at no cost to customers and issue full refunds to customers who received inaccurate bills.
Earlier this year, energy efficiency company OPower said it wanted to double its utility company clients from 50 to 100 in 2011. Two new deals move the company only incrementally toward that goal, but the scale of the projects underscores OPower’s domination in the customer engagement arena.
According to a new study by Pike research, the smart appliance market, which includes smart grid-connected refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers, water heaters, dishwashers, and other appliances, will experience greater growth beginning in the 2013 timeframe, and by 2019 the cleantech market intelligence firm anticipates that smart appliances will represent a $26.1 billion annual market.