Cisco (San Jose, USA) is hoping to accelerate the development of smart-grid technology with the launch of a developer program that provides participants with access to tools, resources and go-to-market support.
Called the Connected Grid Cisco Developer Network (CDN), the program allows partners to develop services that can be integrated with Cisco’s GridBlocksTM architecture and Connected Grid solutions to support advanced smart-grid capabilities.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is looking into the introduction of a smart grid to boost energy efficiency and provide better services to consumers in the State.
The PSC has initiated a proceeding that it says will examine “all aspects” of smart grid technologies, including their implementation costs, any technical issues and the societal impacts they might have.
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The introduction of smart meters to the UK could lead to savings of £65 a year for the average household, according to a new report from British Gas (Staines, UK) and Oxford Economics.
According to the study, the rollout of smart meters across the UK will lead to savings of approximately £14 billion ($22.7 billion) between 2012 and 2030, equating to an average saving per household of about £65 a year.
Itron (Liberty Lake, USA), a manufacturer of energy-saving meters for utilities, claims to have won a contract to provide smart meters in Melbourne and other parts of Victoria State, allowing water utilities to better manage consumption.
The deal will help City West Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley Water and Barwon Water manage supply, optimize usage and conserve water resources, and follows Itron’s completion of a three-year contract to provide water meters and an advanced meter reading system to the four utilities.
Officials in Los Alamos County have switched on a $53 million smart grid developed by scientists working in New Mexico and Japan, reports the Associated Press.
The project has involved collaboration between Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The smart grid comprises a solar photovoltaic array, a battery storage system and a smart house and energy management system for the benefit of Los Alamos residents.
The US Department of Agriculture says it has now provided a total of $269 million to fund the development of smart grids in America’s rural communities, beating its investment goal of $250 million.
The target formed part of President Obama’s plan to modernize the country’s electrical system, helping utilities to become more efficient and consumers to save money by reducing energy use in homes and businesses.
Taiwan’s government is to invest NT$130 billion ($4.4 billion) in the deployment of a national smart grid over the next 20 years, according to a report from Taiwan Today.
The report claims the plan has already secured the backing of the Cabinet and says an interagency task force will soon be formed.
Taiwan’s Bureau of Energy, under its Ministry of Economic Affairs, has said the construction of a smart grid is needed to help Taiwan reduce its carbon emissions and become more energy efficient.
Southern California Edison (SCE), the biggest utility in the state, has announced that it will begin installing smart electric meters at the end of the month in the San Joaquin Valley.
The deployment will form part of the Edison SmartConnect program, a $1.6 billion project authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission to help realise California’s energy policy targets.
The objectives include reducing greenhouse gas omissions by around 365,000 metric tonnes per year and helping California to generate a third of its electricity from renewables by 2020.
Investments in smart grids in the Southeast Asia region will lead to a doubling of revenues over the next eight years, according to a new report from Pike Research.
Pike says revenues generated by investments in transmission, substation and distribution upgrades, as well as smart meters, will grow at a compound annual rate of 10%, rising from approximately $1.9 billion in 2011 to about $4.5 billion in 2020.