Although some 200 million new electricity meters have been installed across China since the turn of the decade, only about a quarter of these are equipped with the bi-directional technology that facilitates “true” smart meter capabilities, like demand response.
Indeed, rollouts by China’s State Grid Corporation of China (Beijing) and Southern Grid Utilities (Guangzhou) have seen the introduction of both unconnected meters and ones that support only single-direction communications.
Non-profit R&D organization Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) says it has developed a vehicle-to-grid aggregation system that is designed to suspend vehicle charging when the electric grid frequency falls outside the normal range.
The system has been qualified by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) (Taylor, TX, USA) and is aimed at managing charging activities for fleets of electric delivery trucks.
Utility Partners of America (UPA) says it has been chosen by Inland Power & Light (Inland P&L) to support the installation of nearly 40,000 digital electric meters.
Work is scheduled to begin this month and be completed by the end of 2015, and will see UPA (Greenville, SC, USA) provide complete installation services to the Spokane, Washington-based electric co-operative.
Load curtailment from demand response programs is set to nearly triple over the next seven years, growing from 57.8 gigawatts (GW) to 140.5 GW in 2020, according to a new study from Navigant Research.
Demand response programs shift load to off-peak hours as a way of managing the every-increasing demand for electricity, and have become an important part of utilities’ business strategies over the past ten years.
The Indonesia Power Electrical Society(MKI) and ConnecForce Events are proud to announce the officially launched the Smart Grid Southeast Asia Forum 2014 Forum, which is the SEA biggest utilities show and conference in 2014, scheduled from April. 21 to 23 in Bali.
Danish smart-meter specialist Kamstrup says it has won a contract with a consortium of eight Danish utilities requiring it to provide more than 150,000 smart meters over a three-year period.
MV Group, the consortium, is introducing smart meters as part of a project to create a smart grid that will lead to efficiency improvements and various other benefits.
Solar energy company Borg Energy has announced plans to invest $45 million in rural electrification projects in India within the next six months.
The rollout is to include smart-grid technology that will “empower domestic consumers and agriculturists”, according to the company.
In a statement, Borg Energy (Chennai, India) said it planned to power 18,000 homes in northern India in the next 150 days with Borg Astra Plus Home Series – a range of solar power plants designed specifically to meet the energy needs of domestic households.
Avantha Group subsidiary Crompton Greaves (CG) has invested INR80 million ($1.3 million) in a new smart-grid facility in Bangalore whose main purpose will be to manufacture a range of smart-grid devices for use by Indian utilities.
The facility, which employs more than 100 people, will also offer engineering services – such as systems integration, installation and commissioning – to companies across the world.
Smart-grid software developer DC Systems has released a new version of its smart-grid platform aimed at increasing substation reliability and resilience while lowering the cost of deploying and managing so-called supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.
DC Systems (Redwood City, CA, USA) says configuration and management of SCADA systems has so far been a time-consuming and costly process, putting pressure on budgets as the number of automated substations grows.
Germany’s Siemens and Spain’s Iberdrola have formed a strategic alliance to develop smart-grid services for companies in the Middle East.
The organizations say they have already signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on integrating energy from renewable sources – such as the sun and wind – into smart grids.