Abengoa and BrightSource Energy agreed to jointly develop, build, and operate what the companies say will be the world’s two largest solar power towers. GE began operating a...
also be equipped with an IEC 61850 substation automation system to facilitate open communication between the numerous control and protection devices.
The OpenADR Alliance has been formed to accelerate industry adoption of an automated demand response (ADR) standard for smart grid technologies. Smart grid standards for ADR are aimed at reducing the cost, improving the reliability, and accelerating the speed of DR and smart grid implementations across the United States. The alliance is supported by Honeywell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced it will launch its online IEC Smart Grid Standard Mapping Solution , an interactive tool that creates a map of the smart grid and enables smart grid managers to identify IEC smart grid standards, by the end of 2010 or early 2011.
Tendril and Lockheed Martin announced they will be working to integrate Lockheed Martin’s SEEload demand response management solution with Tendril’s energy management platform. The integration enables utilities to deploy programs based on the new Open ADR standard.
Bridge Energy will serve as the smart grid integration partner for Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). OUC will start integrating meter data management (MDM), customer information system (CIS) and outage management system (OMS) applications as part of a broader smart grid initiative. Bridge will use its eFame methodology to integrate OUC’s newly acquired eMeter MDM application with OUC’s existing CIS and OMS applications across distributed locations. Bridge’s Bridge says eFame is its system for performing strategic assessment, developing smart grid strategy, evaluating vendor products and implementing application integration.
Powerhouse Dynamics recently released eMonitor, a home energy management system that alerts users to critical items with their power usage. eMonitor connects to a home’s circuit panel and enables users to view the home’s power consumption, phantom power loss and carbon footprint.
WeatherBug announced the launch of WeatherBug Smart Grid Solutions, a group of applications using real-time, hyper-local weather intelligence to improve efficiency across utility systems.
EVs & Storage
GoSmart Technologies finished installing ChargeSPOT networked electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment at a data center being built in North Carolina. The data center, which was designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, is owned by an unnamed Fortune 500 company.
The Solar Electric Power Association elected Janet Gagnon and Lisa Frantzis to its board of directors. Gagnon heads government relations and lobbying efforts for SolarWorld, and serves on the boards of directors for the Solar Energy Industries Associaton, the Solar Alliance, CalSEIA, CoSEIA, and NYSEIA. Frantzis is managing director of the renewable and distributed energy practice at Navigant Consulting .
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) named new members of the GridWise Alliance to its newly formed Smart Grid Advisory Committee. The Alliance members appointed to the board include: Jon Arnold , managing director of Microsoft’s worldwide power and utilities industry business; Lawrence E. Jones , Alstom Grid’s director, strategy and special projects worldwide; Terry Mohn , founder and chief strategy officer at General MicroGrids; and Simon Pontin , v.p. for development at Itron’s Oconee manufacturing facility.
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