smart grid

Liberalising energy data opens market opportunities | Engerati – Transmission and Distribution

July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Click the link and watch the interview ! In this live studio interview at Asian Utility Week, Peter Nemcek, vice president of research and development at Cybergrid, talks about the interesting results obtained from the e-Badge smart grid project which is an EU-funded FP7 project. Its objective is to propose an optimal pan-European Intelligent Balancing mechanism, which is also able to integrate Virtual Power Plant systems by means of an integrated communication infrastructure that can assist in the management of the electricity transmission and distribution grids in an optimized, controlled and secure manner. The three year project is now in its final year. Source: Liberalising energy data opens market opportunities | Engerati – Transmission and Distribution

China To Build 50MW Solar Power Plant In Kenya Amid Investment Boom

June 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

China is set to construct a solar power plant in Kenya as part of an ongoing investment plan between the two countries, media reports said Sunday. The 50-megawatt plant, which is planned to be built in the city of Garissa, will be financed by the Export-Import Bank of China, reports said, citing China’s ambassador to Kenya, Liu Xianfa. Source: China To Build 50MW Solar Power Plant In Kenya Amid Investment Boom

POWER, PEOPLE, PLANET

June 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

For Sub-Saharan Africa, 2015 is a turning point. The summits on sustainable development, financing and climate change are swinging the spotlight not only onto Africa’s needs to accelerate development and adapt to global warming, but also onto the region’s urgent energy crisis. Two in three Africans lack access to electricity. http://www.africaprogresspanel.org/publications/policy-papers/2015-africa-progress-report/

EEI 2015: Why Elon Musk thinks the future is bright for utilities | Utility Dive

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Interview with Elon Musk and SoCal CEO Ted Craver on Utility Dive, excellent read The key, Musk said, is the shift toward an electricity-based economy. As consumers transition from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric ones, Musk predicted that electricity demand would double or more, creating a huge new market for utility services. In the long run, distributed generation will likely account for about a third of electricity generation, Musk said, so there will still be plenty of need for central station power and the grid. Source: EEI 2015: Why Elon Musk thinks the future is bright for utilities | Utility Dive

How utilities can thrive through the ‘all-encompassing evolution’ of the grid | Utility Dive

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

.. But the changes in how energy is marketed and distributed has also thrown a wrench into the traditional utility business model, and has left utilities struggling to understand their revenues and where they fit into the new energy future.“So many of the assumptions that have traditionally underpinned the grid are changing so quickly that the rules of the game, from a revenue perspective, are being rewritten,” Lawrence said. Source: How utilities can thrive through the ‘all-encompassing evolution’ of the grid | Utility Dive

NRG Energy sees shining future for solar

June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nice to see that big companies are thinking along innovative lines ! For Crane, the CEO of NRG Energy (NRG), the biggest independent producer of electricity in the U.S., conventional coal, natural gas and nuclear plants provide the bulk of his company’s $3.8 billion in revenue. But Crane foresees a day not so far off when new technologies like rooftop solar and batteries will turn the electric power industry upside down, and NRG is moving in that direction.”I think electricity today is where the telecom industry was about 1990,” Crane said in an interview with USA TODAY. “The fixed line is still out there, right? But I can’t tell you the last time I made a long-distance call from my home phone.” Source: NRG Energy sees shining future for solar

Inside Hawaii activists’ push to ditch HECO and transform the utility business model | Utility Dive

June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Power to the people: Hawaiian city councils are investigating how they can replace traditional electricity distribution by smart grids. In an effort to gather information on how to replace Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO), Oahu’s Honolulu City Council is preparing to fund a study on options. To replace Maui Electric Co. (MECO), Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa issued a Request for Proposals for a similar study.To replace Hawaii Electric Light Co. (HELCO) on the big island, an aggressive group has formed the Hawaii Island Electric Cooperative (HIEC). That group is basing its efforts on the model of Kauai’s successful Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) which handles 5% of the state’s load. Source: Inside Hawaii activists’ push to ditch HECO and transform the utility business model | Utility Dive

Metering International Issue 2 2015

June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Metering international runs an article about smart meter deployment in the Caribbean region. One of the main drivers for smart meter deployment is reduction of energy theft on DSO and even TSO level! The global leader in delivering smart utility news and information to decision-makers in over 200 countries. Metering International, established in 1996, is the global leader in delivering news and information on the rapidly evolving smart utility landscape to readers in over 200 countries. www.metering.com Source: Metering International Issue 2 2015