Unpredictable Fluctuations in Renewable Energy Create Challenges for Utilities
November 18, 2013
One of the challenges of relying on renewable energy, such as solar and wind, is that changes in weather conditions can lead to sudden drops in the amount of power provided. One way utilities can handle this is by “shedding,” or reducing, some of their electrical load.
Energy Savings Remains Primary Driver for Enterprise Smart Grid Investment
July 31, 2013
Groom Energy Solutions has announced the newest release in its Enterprise Smart Grid research series, “2013 Enterprise Smart Grid and a Corporate Buyer’s Guide for Energy Management Software.” The new report is based on interviews with corporate energy, facility, and sustainability managers, vendors, and an online survey.
Proposed Legislation Calls for Investment in Smart Grid Technologies
July 29, 2013
Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) has introduced the Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013. McNerney said the bill is designed to move forward the development of a more efficient electrical grid, tasking states and utilities to establish goals for reducing electrical use during peak times through the use of smart grid technologies.
Stakeholders Can Now Validate the Interoperability and Security of Individual Grid Elements
July 26, 2013
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced it has received approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for ANSI/NEMA SG IC 1-2013 Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme Operator Guidelines.
Three New Members Strengthen Application Expertise
June 28, 2013
Davis Energy Group, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and Synapse Electronique have joined the ClimateTalk Alliance, a nonprofit organization building a universal language designed to allow all home comfort systems to communicate.
Eaton announced that it worked with Portland General Electric (PGE) to develop an energy storage system and customized solutions for the new Salem Smart Power Center, a 5 megawatt (MW) energy storage facility unveiled in Salem, Ore.
A collaboration of researchers, manufacturers, and economic development officials are launching a new demonstration project for smart grid, net zero energy buildings called the GridSTAR Center at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia.
The OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) smart grid standard, has announced the addition of several new members to bring total membership to 100.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced funding for projects to improve electric service in rural areas across 13 states, including more than $6 million in smart grid funding, which will increase access to information to better manage electricity use.
Even as utilities continue to invest in smart grid technologies, they are struggling to effectively communicate both the benefits of smart grids and the possibilities they make available to the end user.