The Obama Administration on Monday announced a number of new initiatives designed to accelerate the modernization of the Nation’s electric infrastructure, bolster electric-grid innovation, and advance a clean energy economy.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) (New York, N.Y.) on Monday released a framework to critically evaluate how effective California public utilities' plans to upgrade the state's outdated electricity network into a digital smart grid will be at delivering environmental and consumer benefits. The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) 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.
Echelon (San Jose, Calif.), an open-standard energy control networking company, announced on Tuesday its Edge Control Node (ECN) is Verizon 3G certified. According to Echelon, certifying the ECN product through Verizon Wireless’ (Basking Ridge, N.J.) Open Development program ensures that utilities can use Verizon’s network as the backhaul for their smart grid systems.
At its event at COMPUTEX Taipei Wednesday, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance announced support from Germany’s major car manufacturers – Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen – for its HomePlug Technology.
The global market for remote terminal units will grow at a slow rate in the next few years until 2015. The global market for remote terminal units (RTU) is nearing saturation as the deployment of RTUs has been going on since 1970s. This leaves little scope for growth in the North American and European power markets. The Asian nations are expected to play a key role in the coming years for the global RTU market as they undertake major drive to remove inefficiency in their power infrastructure and expand it to increase capacity.
Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (Australia), a developer of high efficiency and low emission electricity generation units for homes and other buildings, Tuesday announced it has signed a contract to sell 25 BlueGen gas-to-electricity units to Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia).
The units will be installed in homes in Newcastle as part of Ausgrid’s ‘Smart Grid, Smart City’ project. The $100 million project, funded by the Australian Government, is Australia’s largest smart grid project.
The 25 BlueGen units – the second largest BlueGen order received by Ceramic Fuel
EPB, Chattanooga's electric power distributor and communications provider, and Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) have teamed to ultimately provide energy management options to customers throughout the region by developing techniques to help analyze energy usage at unprecedented levels of detail.
A planned modernization of the U.S. national power grid will cost up to $476 billion over the next 20 years but will provide up to $2 trillion in customer benefits over that time, according to industry experts.
The so-called "smart grid" will save energy, reduce costs and increase reliability by delivering electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way communication that can control appliances, the charging of electric vehicles and the flow of power from renewable sources at customers' homes.
Toshiba Corp said it may need to push back by several years a target to capture 39 orders for nuclear reactors and that it would expand sales in renewables, amid tighter safety standards in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Orders for four AP1000 reactors in China are on target, but approval delays in the United States and other countries could block the firm's goal to expand nuclear sales to 1 trillion yen ($12.2 billion) in four years, Toshiba said.
A trial involving 25 household in the Hoogkerk district of the City of Groningen, Netherlands - PowerMatching City - has demonstrated that it is possible to create a 'smart grid' with a corresponding market model, using existing technologies. The system enables consumers to freely exchange electricity and keeps the comfort level up to par. This is the first time in Europe, and insofar as known worldwide, that the results of a live smart grid community are known at this technological scale.