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...
company Stor Generation Ltd. launched a new smart grid program in the U.K. The companies will use Honeywell technology to provide demand response capacity for grid stability, and also to help integrate variable renewable generation. Stor Generation will use Honeywell's Akuacom software as a service (saas) offering to connect with participating facilities and communicate when it's necessary to reduce energy use. Stor Generation will then aggregate and provide the resulting reserves to National Grid for its short-term operating reserve (STOR) initiative.
Georgia Power completed a statewide smart grid improvement project conducted through a multiyear Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE). The $109 million project, which includes $52.5 million in funds from the DOE and $56.5 million from the company, is part of a larger $165 million project that created 73 self-healing networks made up of 174 feeders. Georgia Power says the project deferred the need for an additional 200 MW of generation.
ConEdison Solutions signed a $56 million contract with the U.S. Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command to provide energy efficiency services and operations and maintenance support at 90 sites in 11 states. The contract is a component of the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savings Performance Contract program. Under this initiative, a limited number of qualified, private-sector energy service providers can provide energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation services to federally owned buildings and facilities. The final design and construction for the project is underway and should be completed in 2015.
Utility Partners of America (UPA) installed nearly 40,000 digital electric meters on behalf of Spokane, Wash.-based Inland Power & Light (Inland P&L). UPA is providing complete installation services including a work-order management system (WOMS), workflow development, customer information system (CIS) interface, and data and inventory management. The meters will provide Inland P&L with diagnostics that will help improve power quality, increase ways to optimize the electrical system and pinpoint outages. The project started in late January 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
Kx Systems was selected to provide its kdb+ database to Ontario, Canada's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to support the retrieval and querying of smart meter data processed by Ontario's meter data management and repository (MDMR) system. Kx Systems' relational database management software will be utilized to support MDMR data retrieval, processing, and analysis. In Ontario, the central MDMR provides a common platform for processing, storing, and managing all hourly meter data in the province. Kdb+ provides unified access to real-time and historical data eliminating the need for multiple different types of databases for transaction processing, data access, and analytics. The IESO is responsible for managing Ontario's bulk electricity power system and operating the wholesale market.
Salt River Project (SRP) signed a long-term agreement with Landis+Gyr to update and expand its advanced metering and prepay system in a phased, 10-year installation across its service territory. The utility plans to deploy Landis+Gyr's Gridstream RF network beginning this summer to support ongoing improvements to the technology used by 142,000 prepay customers. SRP will begin installing more