A mixed bag of smart grid wins: projects, milestones, collaborations
By Doug Peeples
SGN News Editor
Austin Energy successfully conducted back-to-back demand response events with the Demand Response Optimization and Management System (DROMS), a cloud-based platform from AutoGrid Systems that reduces critical peak power safely, securely and unobtrusively through Big Data analytics. Austin Energy’s program offers customers choice when it comes to hardware. Under the Austin initiative, consumers can select their own thermostat. The program also covers EV charging stations from ChargePoint.
Colquitt Electric Membership Corporation, a not-for-profit consumer-owned electric distribution system based in Moultrie, Georgia, has licensed Apex’s ProField® technology to manage its upcoming deployment of the Landis+Gyr Gridstream® RF advanced metering system. The project, consisting of 65,000 meter exchanges within a seven-county service territory, will be the largest to date for CEMC. ProField was designed with several feature-rich modules to give full visibility into and complete control over every aspect of field operations.
Buksh Energy works with its local retail outlet in Pakistan to provide electricity to villages using solar power. There are several villages there without electricity, with no opportunity to connect to the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) grid. The organization, which started work in August 2012, has provided solar lanterns to almost 72 villages and other settlements.
From our reports store: “Smart Grid Business 2012 to 2017,” published by Memoori, analyzes the smart grid market’s size, technologies, finance and needed investments, demand forecasts and more.
MILESTONES & HONORS
Itron has received DTE Energy’s Supplier Award for Safety. DTE Energy’s Supplier Awards acknowledge suppliers that keep DTE Energy performing at high levels with outstanding engagement, quality, safety, technology continuous improvement and cost savings efforts. Itron has helped DTE Energy safely automate more than one million homes, to date, with smart electric meters and gas modules.
Sensus has announced a recent milestone: 16 million electric, water and gas smart endpoints that deliver benefits to utilities and their customers. Utilities can get data on a fixed schedule, on demand, or in response to a pre-set alarm. They can also control some endpoints by turning them on or off. For Sensus customers, radio-enabled endpoints communicate across its dedicated, resilient network. Sensus supports electric, water and gas metering, distribution automation, load control and streetlight endpoints.
The Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will explore the possibility of collaborative research on smart grids, demand response, standards and other joint energy-related R&D, under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed recently by the leaders of the organizations.
Echelon Corporation, a leading control networking platform provider, announced it is expanding its presence in Latin America through a new partnership with Aditel Sistemas, a service provider and reseller of control networking products. Aditel has successfully worked with Echelon’s LonWorks® products in Europe and has recently opened offices in Mexico and Colombia to take advantage of the fast-growing building automation and street lighting markets in Latin America, which are expected to grow 20 percent year over year, which is two to three times faster than Western European or North America market growth rates (per IMS Research). “Our distribution agreement with Echelon will allow us to take full advantage of our already strong presence in the building automation industry in several countries in Latin America,” said Victor Canete, CEO of Aditel Sistemas.
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