The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has reported that during the Polar Vortex, which caused outages at several power plants in early January, demand response participants performed better than expected-- and in excess of their contracted commitments.
Smart grid has raised the stakes when it comes to customer engagement by leveraging the power of information stored in smart meters to educate energy users whether through websites, mobile apps, social media or other digital strategies.
The Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program has produced benefits for utilities and their customers with more than $7.9 billion invested by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to modernize the electric grid, strengthen cybersecurity, improve interoperability, and collect an unprecedented level of data on improvements in grid operations and customer services since 2009.
Recent research from E Source on the state of the demand-side management (DSM) industry produced some interesting regional results after tracking industry spending and energy savings across 125 DSM portfolios and their programs.
The OpenADR Alliance and Wi-SUN Alliance have made a liaison agreement to more quickly accelerate the rollout of energy-efficient program offerings, working together to enable interoperability between smart utility networks and utility demand response programs based on the OpenADR specification.
Unlike products and solutions that are directly integrated by government-sponsored utility smart grid programs, smart thermostats have remained largely in the commercial sphere, where uptake relies on individual energy efficiency awareness and cost savings as purchasing incentives.
The exhibitor floor at DistribuTECH featured some of the most important breakthroughs in grid modernization. Here's a snapshot of what you missed in San Antonio at the end of January. For more...
With the retirement of coal and nuclear plants, clean replacements that can be built quickly are needed. Conversely, as large-scale intermittent renewable resources like wind and solar power fill in this gap, they require backup solutions when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining. Both of these situations call for flexible resources, and automated demand response (ADR) has great promise to meet these needs, according to Navigant Research.
With one of the highest load densities in the world, Con Edison's smart grid demonstration project encompasses a complex and diverse test bed, including critical organizations such as Wall Street, the Federal Reserve, major medical facilities, and hubs for national and global communications.
The Cadillac ELR will be able to communicate with the smart grid when it rolls off the production line utilizing the luxury coupe's extended range electric vehicle technology and OnStar-enabled solutions that can schedule, start, stop, and monitor charging, as well as allowing access to time-of-use data.