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Fortnightly Magazine - May 2012

funding for the project through its Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.

Virginia Commonwealth University and Dominion partnered to use the VCU School of Engineering’s West Hall as a five-year test site for efficient energy technologies and research as a microgrid project. Dominion experts, VCU engineering faculty and facilities management personnel, and third-party products and services providers will work together to implement continuous, real-time energy adjustments to the building, lights and equipment. It’s expected to reduce energy costs by $20,000, or 4 percent, annually. VCU and Dominion will split the $500,000 cost of the project, which includes installing hardware, control systems, and solar panels, to enable both parties to gather voltage data and analyze energy volume, timing, and emissions, and to establish energy usage trends and equipment performance.


Burlington Electric Department , a municipal department of the City of Burlington, Vt., selected Siemens to implement an eMeter EnergyIP meter data management (MDM) platform. BED and several other Vermont utilities worked together with the state of Vermont to secure smart grid investment grant funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The scoping phase of the Burlington project began in mid-2011, and the second phase will include meter-to-cash functionality, advanced billing functionality, and operational improvements through reduced truck rolls and better outage management. In the future Burlington plans to implement the eMeter EnergyEngage consumer web portal and new energy efficiency programs.

Consumers Energy selected a team of vendors and service providers to implement an advanced metering system for its 1.8 million electric customers in Michigan. GE Energy will provide metering hardware; SmartSynch will provide a celluar-based smart grid platform; Grid Net will provide networking and metering software; Qualcomm will provide mobile broadband chipsets; and Verizon Wireless will provide the communications network. Meter installation is scheduled to begin in Muskegon County in August 2012 with installation phases continuing through 2019.

EVs & Storage

The California Public Utilities Commission and NRG Energy entered an agreement for NRG to build a comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) charging network in California, investing about $100 million over the next four years. The fee-based charging network will consist of at least 200 publicly available fast-charging stations—installed in the San Francisco Bay area, the San Joaquin Valley, the Los Angeles Basin, and San Diego County—with chargers that can add 50 miles of range in less than 15 minutes of charging. NRG also will provide the wiring for at least 10,000 individual charging stations located at homes, offices, multifamily communities, schools, and hospitals across the state. The agreement, pending approvals and finalization, resolves outstanding litigation arising from a long-term electricity contract entered more than a decade ago by a subsidiary of Dynegy, then a co-owner with NRG of the portfolio of power generating plants now owned by NRG in California.

EV Connect helped the City of Sacramento increase its modern EV charging facilities and moved the state capital toward compliance with the state’s clean-car mandate, requiring one of every seven new cars sold in the state in 2025 to be a zero-emission vehicle. In addition, EV Connect has been deploying residential charge stations for