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WORLDWIDE, electric utilities lose an estimated $85 billion annually from theft. At the same time, calls for energy and water conservation are growing more...

Evaluating communications technologies for developing economies

Fast growing economies such as India and South Africa have rapidly increasing demands for power. Smart metering technology provides a two-way connection between the utility...

Smart technologies have demonstrated their potential, now demonstrate smart grid vision...

[img:SGA%20logo_0.jpg| ]Surrey Hills, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- August 19, 2013 - Smart technologies have already demonstrated the potential to benefit customers – so the next step is to bring these elements together to demonstrate the full smart grid vision, says Smart Grid Australia in a newly released policy recommendation proposal for government.

With that in mind Smart Grid Australia proposes a more holistic approach to demonstrate the significant social and economic benefits that can be achieved for customers and the nation as a whole. This will require effective integration of new and emerging technology components through standard interfaces, supported by new and compatible business models and regulatory frameworks.

Compendium of modern grid technologies

To achieve the vision of the modern grid, a wide range of technologies must be developed and implemented.

As part of the U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Smart Grid Implementation Strategy initiative, a compendium of technologies has been prepared, categorized into five Key Technology Areas (KTAs), as follows:

The Ecologic MDMS is system of choice for Colorado Springs Utilities

[img:handshake%20resize_0.png| ]September 8, 2010 - Ecologic Analytics, a leading provider of meter data management systems (MDMS) for the Smart Grid, announced today Colorado Springs Utilities has selected the Ecologic MDMS to further enhance its local distribution network of more than 535,000 electric, gas and water endpoints for approximately 310,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Call for U.K. government to engage with consumers on smart technologies

[img:howardporter_0.jpg|Howard Porter,
CEO, BEAMA
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 30, 2010 - There is a need for much better dialogue with the general public in the U.K. to promote low carbon energy generation and related infrastructure and furthermore, the government must engage with the public on the benefits of smart metering and a smarter energy network.

These are among the conclusions of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change

Advanced metering Iskraemeco – connecting to the future choice of futureproof...

There is a lot of discussion about the technical characteristics of proper AMI solutions, functionalities, benefits etc., but utilities still find it hard to decide on a major investment that has to give returns over a longer period of time. Do you as a utility ever question how to find a future-proof solution that is going to provide decent benefits and returns on investment?

An AMI solution consists of diverse connected elements such as the equipment of the measuring points and communication devices, the central collection software, and many other elements that make the whole solution serviceable over a certain period of time. Some of the elements are crucial bottlenecks at making the choice of the investment. Software can be changed or upgraded, communications can change … all these things for quite decent additional investment and convenience, within the period of system operation, provided that the initially chosen technical solution enables these activities.

Consumers increasingly empowered by smart metering and smart grid technologies

Smart metering and smart grid technologies are the key to empowering consumers to control their energy use, become more conscious of energy conservation and reduce theft.  Interest in these “smart” technologies is growing in Latin America with pilots in many of the countries in the region, with Brazil leading the way.  

IP network technology is the smart choice for the smart grid

Even if regulatory and legislative action was not pushing utilities to implement advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), the business case for rapid adoption of smart metering is overwhelming. As the critical link in the emerging smart grid, AMI’s twoway communications link enables valueadded services that will benefit customers and providers. As just one example, noted on Metering.com earlier this year, http:// www.metering.com/node/10977, industry analysts forecast that up to 40 percent of all customers in the USA are likely to have some kind of advanced metering by 2012, with about a third of these customers opting for flexible pricing options such as time-of-use tariffs.

A major challenge in fulfilling the expectations set for AMI and related smart grid infrastructure involves network protocols and connectivity. Cellular-based approaches may scale to appropriate levels, though a system that shares infrastructure with a network optimised for voice and mediarich data raises issues of complexity and cost. Fortunately, a key element of the network infrastructure for smart meter deployment fell into place in the last year, with the standardisation of low-power radio frequency (RF) networking based on Internet Protocol v6 (known as 6lowPAN). Equipment providers and integrators serving utilities can now look to the world’s best known networking protocol as the basis for AMI networks.

Emissions technologies:Here, now and the future

 The challenge of climate change is ensuring that the shift to a low carbon economy remains high on the agenda for governments and businesses. With increasing government legislation, businesses today must prioritise their climate change initiatives and focus on the energy efficiency projects that deliver quantifiable results. As part of this, the development of potentially groundbreaking low carbon technologies is becoming central to the climate change debate. It has become increasingly apparent that European businesses are challenged with targets to realise a low carbon economy, especially with no easy and consistent way of measuring their impact on the environment. A recent survey of 200 leading companies surveyed across the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden highlighted that 92 percent were particularly in need of technology to improve their energy efficiency, 74 percent needed a way to measure their impact on the environment, and 72 percent said they would welcome a technology that helped them manage and monitor noncompliance risks.

Emissions technologies:Here, now and the future

By Saad Mannan

The challenge of climate change is ensuring that the shift to a low carbon economy remains high on the agenda for governments and businesses. With increasing government legislation, businesses today must prioritise their climate change initiatives and focus on the energy efficiency projects that deliver quantifiable results. As part of this, the development of potentially groundbreaking low carbon technologies is becoming central to the climate change debate. It has become increasingly apparent that European businesses are challenged with targets to realise a low carbon economy, especially with no easy and consistent way of measuring their impact on the environment. A recent survey of 200 leading companies surveyed across the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden highlighted that 92 percent were particularly in need of technology to improve their energy efficiency, 74 percent needed a way to measure their impact on the environment, and 72 percent said they would welcome a technology that helped them manage and monitor noncompliance risks.

Increasing legislation is impacting the UK. The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), now in its second phase, is used to tackle CO2 emissions from the primary emitters, such as utilities and industrials. Post 2012, allowances are fully expected to be auctioned alongside tightened national allocations. The impact has been observed of the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), already witnessing the retirement of older inefficient coal-burning power stations. Furthermore, non-ETS sectors such as the water industry and large retail corporations will fall under the UK’s own cap and trade scheme, the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), as well as UK and EU governments moving to mandatory green standards when procuring information technology and communications (ITC). Moving forward, energy efficiency measures for household electricity suppliers have been markedly strengthened through the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT). This is paralleled by the compulsory inclusion of renewable energy generation through the Renewables Obligations (RO).

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