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Tantalus Snares Smart Grid Management Specialist Congruitive (M&A)
Tantalus, Congruitive
Date: 2022-02-07
In the Golden State, San Jose-based smart grid management software specialist Congruitive (fka DC Systems) reports it has been acquired by Tantalus Systems Inc. The deal includes $8 million of closing consideration and up to $5 million through a two-year earn-out. Congruitive will become a wholly-owned operating subsidiary of Tantalus.

Congruitive's Congruence.IQ software platform enables the interoperability of a wide range of devices on the smart grid. With the deployment of C.IQ, a utility's smart grid deployment should be able an operate as one intelligent, interoperable system, with the necessary scalability and flexibility as more EVs and distributed resources are deployed at the edge of the grid, according to Congruitive. C.IQ software is currently being delivered to investor-owned utilities, smart meter vendors and renewable power integrators.

The addition of Congruitive and C.IQ to Tantalus' TUNet smart-grid platform provides a growing suite of software capabilities for utilities to leverage data to manage their businesses. (Source: Tantalus, Congruitive, Websites Feb., 2022) Contact: Congruitive , Kenneth Munson, CEO, 650.425.7700, www.congruitive.com; Tantalus Systems Inc., Peter Londa, Pres., CEO, 919.900.8970, 613.482.7928 – Cdn office, TantalusInfo@tantalus.com, www.tantalus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Software,  Energy Management,  DC Systems,  


Siemens to Support Moroccan Power Grid Management (Int'l.)
Siemens
Date: 2021-12-03
Zug, Switzerland-headquartered Siemens, French information technology specialist Atos, and Morocco's National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) report they are collaborating on a smart energy metering platform that will allow ONEE to efficiently process the data collected by more than 100,000 smart meters that will be installed across the country, thus optimizing energy consumption and management of the national grid while meeting Morocco's growing energy needs.

The project is part of Siemens Energy Efficiency program and encompasses the implementation of Siemens' EnergyIP meter data management platform, which enables the automated use of the collected data, raises awareness about energy consumption among end users and generates a more secure revenue stream.

Atos experts will be responsible for IT infrastructure and security tasks and will ensure the consistency of all technical solutions. They will also oversee the contract management and local services and will support the change management process. (Source: Siemens Smart Infrastructure , PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Sabine Erlinghagen, CEO, Digital Grid, Eva-Maria Baumann, +49 (9131) 17-36620, eva-maria.baumann@siemens.com, www. new.siemens.com/global/en/company/topic-areas/smart-infrastructure/smart-cities.html; Atos, www. atos.net/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens news,  Smart Grid news,  Smart Meter news,  Energy Management news,  


Ameresco Upgrading Mesquite Infrastructure Metering (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2021-09-15
Framingham, Mass-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has been selected by the City of Mesquite, Texas, to install a comprehensive smart metering infrastructure improvement project for the city of 159,000 residents' residential and commercial water utility customers.

The project will include installation of solid-state water meters and an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system to allow for wireless reading of water usage data. Ameresco will replace more than 42,000 water meters and 41,000 meter boxes citywide, all of which are expected deliver significant operational savings. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Website, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: City of Mesquite City Manager Cliff Keheley, Water Dept., 972-216-6208, www.cityofmesquite.com/225/Utilities; Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

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Duke Energy Florida Installs 2Mn Smart Meters (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2021-04-30
US utility Duke Energy is reporting completion of the installation of roughly 2 million smart meters in the Sunshine State.

The smart meter installations are part of Duke's digital transformation initiative and to improve customer services, revenue collection and grid management. Smart Meters will also provide real-time energy usage data to help consumers make smarter choices regarding electric power use and improving energy efficiency. (Source: Duke Energy, PR 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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eEnergy Invests in UK Smart Metering Business (Int'l. Report)
eEnergy Group
Date: 2021-04-19
In the UK, London-headquartered energy efficiency-as-a-service provider eEnergy Group is reporting a £ 0.13 million investment in newly-formed smart metering measurement equipment and analytics business eEnergy Insights (EIL).

The investment, which was in the form of loan notes and a nominal equity investment resulting in a 33 pct equity interest, Includes proprietary hardware and software enabling customers to analyse and monitor itemised, or 'behind-the-meter', energy usage data via a live cloud portal. The investment will allow eEnergy to offer its customers validation of energy savings delivered on their energy efficiency projects, and facilitate additional efficiencies through a metering-as-a-service proposition. (Source: eEnergy Group, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: eEnergy Group, www.eenergyplc.com

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Smart Electric Power Alliance Lauds Con Edison (Ind. Report)
Smart Electric Power Alliance, Con Edison
Date: 2021-04-16
NYC-based utility Con Edison reports the not-for-profit Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has ranked Con Edison as a "leader among U.S. energy companies for its actions to create a clean, carbon-free energy system."

SEPA, which envisions a carbon-free electric system by 2050, lauded Con Edison for connecting customers solar panels and other clean, renewable energy resources, its smart meter program and a wide range of actions and strategies. To date, Con Edison customers have completed 37,000 rooftop projects totaling 334 MW of clean, renewable power capacity. Through Consolidated Edison Inc.'s subsidiary, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, the company is the second-largest solar developer in the U.S. and the seventh-largest worldwide.

Con Edison is also investing in energy transmission and energy storage and offers energy efficiency programs that incentivize energy-saving upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and other equipment. The utility is seeking to triple its energy efficiency programs by 2025 and to offer 100 pct clean electricity by 2040. (Source: Con Edison of New York, PR, 14 Apr., 2021) Contact: SEPA, Julia Hamm, President and CEO, www.sepapower.org; Con Edison, www.coned.com; www.coned.com/energyefficiency

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Electric Power Alliance,  Con Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


GridRewards "Energy Efficiency Product of the Year" (Ind. Report)
Logical Buildings
Date: 2021-02-17
GridRewards, developed by Livingston, New Jersey-based Logical Buildings, has been recognized as "Energy Efficiency Product of the Year 2021" by the San Francisco-based Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the country's premier trade association representing the $422 billion U.S. consumer technology industry.

GridRewards is a free app that enables consumers to earn cash rewards and lower utility costs by as much as 20 pct through leveraging Con Edison's smart meter technology. GridRewards promotes sustainability by guiding users on ways to reduce the electric load on the grid and help decarbonize their communities.

GridRewards is interoperable with consumer electronics and smart home devices, is easy to use,and may be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. (Source: Logical Buildings, NYREJ, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Logical Buildings, Jeffrey Hendler, CEO, (908) 517-3730, www.logicalbuildings.com; Consumer Technology Association, www.cta.tech

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PSE&G Investing $700Mn in NJ Smart Meter Installations (Ind. Report)
PSE&G
Date: 2021-01-11
The Garden State's largest utility PSE&G reports the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has approved the utility's $700 million, 4-year plan to install a communications network and smart meters for its 2.3 million customers.

The project's first phase well see the deployment of 80,000 smart meters and a communications network for the entire territory this year. PSE&G will ramp up to about 300,000 meters in 2022 and the remaining 1.8 million meters in 2023 and 2024. (Source: PSE&G, PR, 10 Jan., 2020) Contact: PSEG, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, www.pseg.com; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.stste.nj.us

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PSE&G $1Bn Energy Efficiency Plan Wins NJ Approval (Ind. Report)
PSE&G
Date: 2020-09-25
In the Garden State, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSEG) is reporting New Jersey regulators have approved its energy-efficiency plan allowing the utility to spend nearly $1 billion over three years to get customers to reduce their energy consumption with discount priced thermostats, LED lighting, and energy-efficient appliances.

The plan, which the utility called "the largest commitment to energy efficiency ever in New Jersey", would direct about $284 million to residential customers and $686 million to commercial and industrial customers. The approved plan is a scaled-down version of the Clean Energy Future proposal that PSE&G announced in 2018, which would have spent $2.8 billion over six years on energy efficiency.

The approved energy-efficiency plan was part of a larger $4.1 billion package that included proposals to spend $364 million for electric-vehicle infrastructure, including support for nearly 40,000 EV chargers, $180 million for massive utility-scale battery storage, and $800 million for an "Energy Cloud" program that includes the installation of wireless smart meters in every customer's home.

The approved plan also accommodates low-income residents, multifamily developments, small businesses, local governments and nonprofits and will deliver $1 billion in net customer savings, create 3,200 direct jobs and 1,100 more indirect jobs, and help New Jersey avoid eight million metric tons of carbon emissions through 2050, according to the PSE&G release. (Source: Public Service Electric & Gas, PR, Philadelphia Enquirer, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: Public Service Electric & Gas, www.pseg.com, PSE&G Clean Energy Future, psegpoweringprogress.com/clean-energy-future, www.psegpoweringprogress.com/energy-efficiency

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Genus Power Supplies 1.5 Mn Smart Meters to EESL (Ind. Report)
Genus Power, EESL
Date: 2020-08-10
Jaipur, India-headquartered Genus Power Infrastructures Ltd , India's largest electricity metering solutions provider, reports it will supply 1.5M Smart Meters to India state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL).

EESL plays a vital role in implementing India's planned rollout of 240 million Smart Meters in the next 3 years as planned by the Ministry of Power, Government of India. (Source: Genus Power, Aug., 2020) Contact: Genus Power, +91 141 7102400 / 500 , info@genus.in, www.genuspower.com; Energy Efficiency Services Limited (India), www.eeslindia.org

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Vodafone Committed to 100 pct Green, Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
Vodafone
Date: 2020-07-20
In the UK, Berkshire-based telecommunications firm Vodafone Group Plc reports it remains committed to improving the energy efficiency of its base station sites and in its data and switching centres, which together account for 95 pct of the company's total global energy consumption. During 2020, Vodafone invested €77 million in energy efficiency and renewable projects, which led to annual energy savings of 186GWh. In 2019, the company achieving a 38.5 pct reduction in the total amount of GHG emissions per petabyte (PB) of mobile data carried.

Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives are focused on sourcing and implementing more efficient network equipment, reducing energy demand by installing lower-energy power and cooling technologies, and cutting energy use by decommissioning and replacing legacy equipment. Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives include:

  • Smart energy meters that enable businesses, municipal authorities and households to monitor, manage and reduce their energy use. Worldwide, Vodafone has over 12 million smart meter connections using its IoT technology, saving an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of CO2e.

  • Smart cities networked intelligently to improve the efficiency of energy-intensive services such as public transport, public road networks and street lighting. For example, in the city of Guadalajara, Spain, 13,500 LED lights were connected to a central management system, reducing street lighting energy consumption by 68 pct.

    (Source: Vodafone Group Plc, IoT Business News, July, 2020) Contact: Vodafone Group Plc., www.vodafone.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vodafone news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


  • Grid4C, Trilliant Partner on Smart Meter Analytics Tech. (Ind. Report)
    Grid4C, Trilliant
    Date: 2020-07-20
    Cary, North Carolina-based Smart Grid and Smart City IoT solutions specialist Trilliant Networks reports it is partnering with Austin, Texas headquartered Grid4C to deploy its AI-powered solutions to Trilliant's smart metering platform.

    Grid4C's AI grid edge solutions provide energy managers with real-time predictions and actionable insights for both their operations and customer-facing applications. When combined with Trilliant's communications and edge device integrations for metering, distribution automation, street lighting, environmental monitoring, and much more, the platform delivers valuable aggregated data for applications.

    The data analytics further enhance the visibility of operational efficiency goals, improve proactive management of devices and assets, deliver insights into new revenue streams, and enhance security, enabling business outcomes and customer success.(Source: Trilliant Networks, PR, 20 July, 2020) Contact: Trilliant Networks, 919.495.6111, www.trilliant.com; Grid4C, Dr. Noa Ruschin-Rimini, CEO, 512-960-0684, www.grid4c.som

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grid4C news,   Trilliant news,  Smart Meter news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Tampa Electric Expands Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Tampa Electric
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In the Sunshine State, Tampa Electric is reporting the launch of more than 30 new and updated energy-efficiency programs for its customers.

    For residential customers, the new Energy Star Smart Thermostat program will offer a rebate up to $50 for installing a qualifying smart thermostat in their home. Also new is the Energy Star Pool Pump program, which provides a rebate up to $350 for installing a high-efficiency pool pump. The utility is also updating its Prime Time Plus load-management program that will use its smart meters to control a customer's air handler, water heater, and/or pool pump at times of high energy use.

    For commercial customer the Facility Energy Management System program provides a rebate of up to $25,000 for installing a system that enables the customer to reduce energy consumption and demand. Also, the Smart Thermostat program will offer a rebate of up to $4,500 for installing smart thermostats to help reduce demand and the Variable Frequency Drive Control for Compressors program will give a $50 per horsepower rebate for installing qualifying equipment on a customer's new or existing refrigerant or air compressor motors.

    Additionally, the company is ramping up the Integrated Renewable Energy System which will incorporate an 800-KW PV solar array, two 250-kW batteries, and several vehicle and industrial truck battery-charging stations. This pilot program will be used to study its performance and to maximize energy-saving benefits. Tampa Electric also will expand the existing energy education program to include renewable energy education for both residential and commercial customers. (Source: Tampa Electric, July, 2020) Contact: Tampa Electric, www.tampaelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tampa Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


    IFC Invests in Globaltronics Energy Efficient Smart Meters (Int'l.)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2020-06-29
    The World Bank subsidiary International Finance Corporation (IFC) is reporting a $10 million investment in power grid solutions provider Globaltronics .

    The investment will facilitate the implementation of Globaltronics' energy efficient "smart" electric meter replacement project in Egypt, and is in line with the Egyptian government's ongoing energy reforms program. (Source: International Finance Corporation, Afrik21, 29 June, 2020) Contact: International Finance Corporation Globaltronics, www.globaltronics.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation,  Smart Meter,  Energy Efficiency,  


    GORD, EESL Cooperating on MENA Energy Efficiency (Int'l.Report)
    Gulf Organisation for Research and Development
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In Qatar, the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions leading "green" buildings, sustainability and energy efficiency services provider, is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India's state-controlled Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to collaborate on and support local and regional energy efficiency projects in the Middle East.

    The MoU includes the deployment of large-scale smart metering systems, electric vehicle charging, energy efficient lighting sustainable and energy efficient HVAC systems, renewable energy projects, and consulting on sustainability and variou carbon neutral projects. (Source: GORD, MENAFN, The Peninsula, 22 June, 2020) Contact: GORD, www.gord.qa;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services news,  EESL news,  Energy Efficiency news,  India Energy Efficiency news,  


    Ameren Investing $7.6Bn in Renewables, Smart Grid Tech (Ind. Report)
    Ameren,Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2020-03-02
    St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri reports that under its Smart Energy Plan it will its will invest $7.6 billion over five-years in wind and solar energy, energy storage and smart meters to serve its customers, primarily in Missouri. The plan includes;
  • More than 2,000 infrastructure improvement projects across the state totaling $5.3 billion in capital investments over the next five years, including approximately $1 billion in electric investments in 2019.

  • Major renewable energy projects to continue the transition to a cleaner energy future for customers, including $1 billion for wind energy in 2020. This also includes modernizing the energy grid to allow Ameren Missouri to add more solar energy and battery storage on the system to cost-effectively boost reliability, particularly in rural areas.

  • New smart grid sensors, switches and self-healing equipment to rapidly detect and isolate outages- reducing the number of outages and speeding power restoration when service interruptions occur.

  • A stronger, more secure energy delivery backbone including installing 12,000 new utility poles for storm hardening, many fortified with composite materials to better withstand severe weather.

  • More than 400 miles of new underground cable and equipment to create a more efficient and reliable underground energy delivery system that better serves customers.

  • Over 70 new or upgraded substations to increase energy service reliability and serve more customers through a streamlined network that is more cost-effective and efficient.

  • Addition of 800,000 smart electric meters through 2023 to give customers more insight and control of their energy options and costs.

    Details of Ameren's Smart Energy Plan are HERE. (Source: Ameren Missouri, Ameren Corporation, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, www.ameren.com, Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, Twitter at @AmerenMissouri, Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

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  • Virginia Tech Commits $3.1Mn to Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
    Virginia Tech
    Date: 2020-02-28
    In the Old Dominion Sate, Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg reports approval of more than $3.1 million for the 5th phase of the school's ongoing Five-Year Energy Action Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption and costs within five years.

    One of the cornerstones of the Energy Action Plan is leveraging data to optimize energy usage to achieve energy efficiency at scale on campus. Ten new buildings are added to the university's energy management platform during each phase. Proposed projects under Phase 5 (2019-20) of the Energy Action Plan include:

  • LED lighting overhaul in a range of buildings

  • Lab ventilation optimization and retro-commissioning of HVAC energy systems

  • Power plant compressed air system optimization

  • Integration of 10 additional energy-intensive

    buildings into the university's energy management platform

  • Ongoing smart metering, meter replacement and maintenance, and

  • Implementation of a rooftop solar project at the Sterrett Facilities Complex. (Source: Virginia Tech, 25 Feb., 2020) Contact: Virginia Tech, Office of Energy Management, Christopher H. Kiwus, Associate VP, Chief Facilities Officer, 540-231-4300 www.facilities.vt.edu/energy-utilities/energy-reduction-efforts.html, www.vt.edu

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  • Garden State BPU Lifts Smart Meter Moratorium (Ind Report)
    New Jersey BPU
    Date: 2020-02-21
    Sitting in Trenton, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has lifted a more-than-two-year moratorium on utilities moving to smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) -- technology that is presently used in over 92 million homes nationwide.

    In its order, the BPU directed the state's three largest electric utilities to file plans with the agency within six months to implement smart meters and AMI. In lifting the moratorium, the board found that AMI has the potential to benefit the distribution system, streamline and modernize utility operations and benefit the environment.

    The installation of roughly 2 million smart meters over six years is expected to come in at roughly $794 million and aligns with the BPU's recently adopted Energy Master Plan. (Source: NJ BPU, NJ Spotlight, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: New Jersey BPU, www.bpu.state.nj.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Meters ,  New Jersey BPU,  


    EESL Targeting 25 pct of Indian Energy Efficiency Mkt (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency Services Ltd
    Date: 2020-02-17
    The India Economic Times is reporting India's state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) firm is planning to capture 25 pct of the country's $15 billion energy efficiency market over the next five years. EESL is specifically focused on the smart metering, electric vehicles and EV and charging infrastructures, off-grid power and distributed solar sectors. (Source: EESL, India Economic Times, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Ltd., 011-4580 1260, www.eeslindia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services Ltd,  EESL,  Energy Efficiency,  India Energy Efficiency ,  


    UK Survey Investigates Energy Efficiency Retrofits (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In a recently released UK survey of over 100 built environment experts including leading architects, property developers and public and private sector building administrators, 51 pct considered "energy efficiency and decarbonisation as the most important outcomes for the retrofit of buildings." Of those surveyed, 85 pct said there is not currently enough legislation around retrofit project investment in their region, which in turn is slowing progress towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions.

    To be successful in retrofit projects, 51 pct of respondents said more innovation in renewable power generation and energy storage is needed, with 48 pct agreeing that solar power will provide the biggest performance gain on retrofit projects over the next two years. As well, digitalised energy systems, which could feed into smart meters or energy use apps, look set to allow customers greater control over their energy use to the point where efficiencies can result in a surplus of energy, was also widely agreed upon. 50 pct of respondents believe that net-zero carbon buildings will soon be able to generate income by selling excess energy. The survey also found an ambitious national retrofit campaign is needed. (Source: WSP Consultancy, pbctoday, Feb., 2020) Contact: WSP, Nick Offer, UK Building Services Head, www.wsp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    EIB Commits €12Mn to Slovenian Energy Services Provider (Int'l.)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2020-02-14
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is reporting a €12 million loan to Slovenian energy efficiency and energy management solutions provider Resalta.

    The loan funds will be used to accelerate commercialisation of the company's services and enhance its positive environmental impact in South-Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans. Part of the EIB loan will be used for digitalisation and development of new energy management systems such as supervising functions, technical intelligence, smart meters and sub-meters controls etc. The remaining funds will be invested in new services and IT technologies crucial for the improvement of energy performance of buildings. (Source: EIB, European Commission Europa, PR, 13 Fab., 2020)Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Resalta, www.resalta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  


    SETO Awards Eaton $3Mn for Solar, Storage R&D (Ind. Report, R&D)
    DOE SETO
    Date: 2019-12-20
    Cleveland-headquartered power management specialist Eaton Corp is reporting receipt of $3 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to pursue research and development initiatives that enable more widespread adoption of solar power and energy storage.

    Eaton's research will focus on developing a real-time controller for behind-the-meter distributed energy resources and loads, such as solar generation and battery storage. The project will integrate data from smart meters to enable enhanced grid services that improve reliability in distribution systems with high solar penetration.

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Electric Power Research Institute, Pecan Street, Provo City Power and Commonwealth Edison will participate in Eaton's research. m will work with existing utility infrastructure.

    SETO supports early-stage R&D to improve the affordability, reliability, and performance of solar technologies on the grid. (Source: Eaton, PR, BusinessWire, 19 Dec., 2019) Contact: Eaton, Cara Klaer, Media, (248) 226-1755, CaraLKlaer@eaton.com, www.eaton.com; DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eaton Corp,  SETO,  U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies ,  


    21,000,000 PRIME Alliance Technology Smart Meters Installed (Int'l)
    PRIME Alliance
    Date: 2019-09-20
    In Brussels, the PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution Alliance (PRIME) reports more than 40 participants from over 20 utilities and integrators and certification entities -- CEZ Distribuce, EDP Distribuicao, E-Redes, Iberdrola and others -- attended its fifth annual Utility to Utility User Group Conference in Munich. The conference highlighted the deployment of 21,000,000 smart meters with PRIME Technology worldwide.

    Attending utilities received further clarification on how approximately 80 products have been PRIME certified by laboratory members, such as DNV-GL and Tecnalia.

    PRIME represents a public, open and non-proprietary telecommunications architecture which supports present and future AMM functionalities and enables the building of the electricity networks of the future, or smart grids.

    PRIME aims to establish a complete set of international standards which will allow for full interoperability among equipment and systems from different providers. Thus, competition in the metering market will benefit utilities and its customers.

    The components of PRIME architecture (modulation and coding techniques, protocols, data formats etc.) are not subject to any Intellectual Property Rights. Specifications are comprehensive and detailed enough so that any new entrant will be able to provide interoperable solutions to the market, according to the PRIME website. (Source: PRIME Alliance, PR, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: PRIME Alliance, info@prime-alliance.org, www.prime-alliance.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PRIME Alliance,  Smart Meter,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


    SEIA Considers Mass. DOER Solar Expansion Proposal (Ind Report)
    Mass. DOER
    Date: 2019-09-18
    In the Bay State, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) reports it has released plans to reform and expand the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program which incentivizes cost effective solar and promises to double the amount of solar in the commonwealth.

    To meet increasing customer demand for solar energy, DOER proposes adding 800 MW to the SMART incentive program, bringing the total to 2.4 gigawatts. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) supports this expansion but, in comments to regulators, is calling for even more capacity to be added to the program. To that end, DOER has proposed the dollowing regulatory clarifications and fixes:

  • DOER proposes clarifying SMART metering configurations when projects are paired with storage. The clarification will impact residential and larger scale projects. These issues have drawn the ire of utilities, regulators and solar firms for the past year. DOER guidance on metering is critical.

  • DOER proposes an increase to the stepped-up incentive for municipal projects. A higher incentive would make it easier for cities, towns and school districts to go solar. In addition, DOER proposes more time for municipal projects to meet certain milestones for qualification, recognizing that public projects almost always have to go through a bidding process. SEIA agrees with the intent of this proposal.

  • Fixing compensation for solar projects serving on-site energy needs. Based on the current regulatory framework, some projects without a net metering allocation get reduced values. DOER proposes expanding the use of certain credits and changing the way energy compensation is calculated.

    According to SEIA, the most troubling aspects of DOER's plans involve the treatment of community solar projects, including a proposed five-fold increase in penalties for larger scale solar projects on certain lands. DOER calls for the new penalties to apply to a broader swath of community solar projects and for changes to apply to projects already in development. These proposals would have a negative impact on the community solar market. Increased penalties will halt solar development, with penalties ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to many millions, according to SEIA. (Source: Mass. DOER, Solar Energy Industries Assoc., 16 Sept., 2019)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, doer.energy@mass.gov, www.mass.gov/doer; SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, info@seia.org, www.seia.org

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  • Ameren Missouri Plans $1Bn Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2019-07-08
    In St. Louis, Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, reports it has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to decrease electric rates as part of the company's $5.3 billion Smart Energy Plan.

    The Smart Energy Plan, which includes $1 billion investment in wind energy as well as a "Smart Savers" rate for off-peak energy use, is the largest energy efficiency plan in the company's history and provides customers with more ways to manage and reduce their energy usage, the company said. The company also plans to roll out the first of its new generation of smart meters starting in 2020. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 5 July, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri Smart Energy Plan, Tara Oglesby, VP, www.ameren.com/Missouri/company/smart-energy-plan, www.ameren.com/missouri

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Wind,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ameren Missouri Touts Smart Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
    Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2019-07-08
    In St. Louis, Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, reports it has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to decrease electric rates as part of the company's $5.3 billion Smart Energy Plan.

    The Smart Energy Plan, which includes $1 billion investment in wind energy as well as a "Smart Savers" rate for off-peak energy use, is the largest energy efficiency plan in the company's history and provides customers with more ways to manage and reduce their energy usage, the company said. The company also plans to roll out the first of its new generation of smart meters starting in 2020. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 5 July, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri Smart Energy Plan, Tara Oglesby, VP, www.ameren.com/Missouri/company/smart-energy-plan

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    Schneider Electric eyeing Greece’s EUR 1.5 billion smart meter project
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-06-04
    Schneider Electric has contacted the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO) to express interest in the replacement of around 7.5 million conventional electricity meters with smart meters, The project to replace conventional electricity meters with smart meters, implemented by HEDNO, whose Greek acronym is DEDDIE, is worth €1.5 billion, the portal wrote. Schneider Electric, which is already cooperating with HEDNO on other projects, is now waiting for the Greek power grid operator to announce the details regarding tendering for the smart meter project, in which it will be participating, according to the report. According to the report, the scenarios on the table include the implementation of the project via private funds, through a public-private partnership (PPP), and by a strategic investor. The most likely scenario, presented in late April to the board of Public Power Corporation (PPC), envisages the creation of a subsidiary to which the existing analog meters will be passed on, and then the entry into that entity of a strategic investor with a 49% stake so as to ensure the financing of the project, the portal wrote.

    Replacing the analog meters with digital ones will allow for the management of energy both by the grid operator and by consumers, while efficiently dealing with the problem of electricity theft for good, according to the report.

    Schneider Electric recently installed an energy management system in the network of Italian power company Enel, which has led to savings of some 30%, the report adds. (Source: Schneider Electric, Balkan Green Energy News, 4 June, 2019)

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