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Vendor Neutral

Fortnightly Magazine - October 2011

& Storage

Airbiquity, provider of connected vehicle services, and Coulomb Technologies , an online network of independently-owned electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, created a joint partnership to integrate the ChargePoint network’s driver services into Airbiquity’s green vehicle service portfolio. The partnership is expected to make ChargePoint services available to Airbiquity EV customers, including station location, real-time availability and reservations, via desktop and mobile web portals, smart phone apps and in-vehicle systems.

Leviton, a leading global manufacturer of electrical devices, unveiled its commercial electric vehicle charging stations in central New Jersey at the IEEE operations center in Piscataway. The Leviton Evr-Green level-2 commercial charging station, donated by Graybar, provides free recharging while at work for IEEE employees who own EVs. Power is delivered through a single output that provides 7.2 kW (208/240 volts at 30 amps) level-2 charging, via a standard SAE J1772 connector and 18-foot cable. Running through the ChargePoint network, Leviton’s Evr-Green stations prevent unauthorized access by requiring employees to use a ChargePass Card or call ChargePoint’s toll-free customer service number located on the charging station’s screen.

Metering

Idaho Falls Power deployed the Elster EnergyAxis smart grid solution as a key component of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. The deployment is part of the Department of Energy’s $178 million Pacific Northwest smart grid demonstration project. Elster’s EnergyAxis system will automate smart meter data collection for the municipal utility’s electric customers, enabling faster demand response, improved load control, and voltage conservation.

Sensus partnered with meter data management system (MDMS) provider Ecologic Analytics to provide a communications system for electricity customers using the Sensus FlexNet AMI system. The Sensus FlexNet and Ecologic MDMS solution is based on the IEC 61968 part 9 interface, the interoperability standard to provide a common interface model gateway for meter reading and control data to be exchanged between the Sensus head-end system and the Ecologic MDMS application.

WPPI Energy contracted Siemens Energy to implement the eMeter EnergyIP MDMS for its 51 member utility cooperatives in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. Siemens will configure, deliver and support the project implementation, which began in June. The MDMS is expected to allow WPPI Energy personnel to use meter data to perform load forecasting and analysis, provide peak load management, develop new pricing programs and enable new demand response programs. The implementation will be hosted at the WPPI Energy facilities in Sun Prairie, Wisc., and will be shared and customized to support its member cooperatives.

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative (DETEC) selected Tantalus to provide AMI functionality for 40,000 meters on its system. The new infrastructure will replace an aging, one-way automated meter reading system. The Tantalus system is expected to be fully operational within the next three years. The deployment will incorporate remote disconnection and allow for remote voltage monitoring, and introduces the capability to monitor outages, shave peaks through load management, and accommodate a wide-range of future rate possibilities.

Energy Services

Pepco Energy Services implemented the final phase of its $77 million energy savings performance contract for Prince George’s County Public Schools, which was first awarded in 2007.