Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts are evolving as utilities seek to spread risks, contain costs, and execute their business strategies. As a result, turnkey contractors are...
a smart grid system for Victoria Electric Cooperative in Victoria, Texas, with completion expected by the end of 2014. The system uses Trilliant’s SecureMesh technology to improve operational efficiency, provide interval data for critical peak pricing (CPP) and time-of-use (TOU) rates, and enhance outage detection.
Four companies joined the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS). The new members are Siemens, Constellation, Landis+Gyr, and GE. ADS is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., focusing on the development and exchange of information among policymakers, utilities, technology companies, and other stakeholders.
Metadigm Services completed a multi-year, metering enhancement project for Georgia Power . Metadigm supported the utility in upgrading 2.4 million customers, including meter installation services, meter base repairs, incoming meter quality testing, warehousing, and inventory management throughout the state of Georgia.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) began installing approximately 6,800 new digital electric meters at residences and businesses throughout Okmulgee, Okla., as part of its GridSmart technology demonstration project. Installation began in mid-October. PSO installed about 1,000 meters around the University of Tulsa campus in March 2012, and 14,000 meters in the city of Owasso last year.
Southern California Edison (SCE) partnered with Corix Utilities to install smart electric meters in the San Joaquin Valley as part of the Edison SmartConnect program. Most of the meters are scheduled to be installed through December 2012. SCE has installed more than 4.6 million smart meters at residences and small businesses since the SmartConnect program began in 2009, and expects installations to total nearly 5 million by the end of the year.
Itron supplied E.ON, one of the largest utility companies in Hungary, with more than 7,600 smart meters for business and residential customers across the country. The deployment began in late September and expands on E.ON’s existing gas and electric meter pilot project. Its general packet radio service (GPRS) meters allow for automated monitoring and increased communication about energy usage. The meters will be installed at a random selection of E.ON’s 2.5 million customers. Over the coming months and years, the Hungarian Energy Office will use the data derived from the smart meters to evaluate consumer energy use and efficiency.
EVs & Storage
Smart City San Diego and the San Diego Zoo in September 2012 began installing a solar PV canopy that charges electric vehicles (EV) in the zoo parking lot. Smart City San Diego is a collaboration that combines the resources of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), City of San Diego, GE, UC San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego to develop green and domestic energy resources. In addition to charging EVs, the canopy will store solar power for future use and provide energy to the surrounding community.
The DOE awarded funding from the Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) to a Det Norske Veritas (DNV) project for exploring the limits of battery operations. In cooperation with partners NexTech Materials and Beckett Energy Systems, the DNV-led project will use battery life prediction modeling and sensor monitoring to identify the potential limits of battery