Smart Grid

News, project announcements and utility projects concerning smart grid developments and improvements to the electric grid, transmission lines, substations, transformers and distribution network. This includes digital technology and digitalisation, controls, automation and technology that allows for two-way communication between the utility and its customers, allowing for smart response and demand management.  

Itron to install smart meters

BC Hydro picked Itron Inc. to supply approximately two million electric meters over the next two years for $270 million.

EPRI Smart Grid costs estimate

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has released an assessment of the costs and benefits to modernize the U.S. electricity system and deploy the Smart Grid.

Implementing micro-CHP within a smart grid

PowerMatching City demonstration in The Netherlands

Dutch residential ‘microgrid’ community goes live with micro-CHP

11 March 2010 - A consortium of Dutch companies has created a living smart grid demonstration community, including interconnected micro-CHP units, that goes live today. Consultancy KEMA has partnered with Dutch energy research centre ECN, software company Humiq and utility Essent to create the ‘PowerMatching City.’

Smart energy futures with CHP

Can cogeneration play an important role in the ‘smart’ electricity grid concept being developed around the world, and then within real, physical, smart grids? Most certainly, suggests COGEN Europe’s Fiona Riddoch in a feature article in this issue on page 15. CHP has always delivered a range of benefits to several market participants – reduced energy costs and an element of energy independence for the host consumer; lower emissions for the environment; and local grid reinforcement services for the utility.

Biden outlines funding for US smart grid initiatives

America's Vice President Joe Biden has detailed plans by the Department of Energy to develop a smart electrical grid, that is likely to support the development of distributed and on-site power generation.

Alstom and Microsoft team up to deliver smart grid

In a move which may facilitate the widespread development of distributed generation, Alstom Power's Energy Management Business (EMB)has announced it will collaborate with Microsoft to deliver the next generation of IT system for the power industry.

National Grid considers more interconnectors

National Grid Group, the company which owns and operates the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, is considering projects which would establish links with the grid systems of three European countries, according to a report in the Independent on Sunday.

Ambient Corp. demonstrates its Powerline Telecommunications Technology in Japan

Ambient Corporation announced the successful completion of joint testing with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (SEI), Japan's largest manufacturer of electric wire and cable.

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