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.
Owen Electric Cooperative (OEC) has been recognized with the 2013 Smart Grid Visionary Award from Rural Smart Grid Summit for its innovation in deploying at least one smart grid project and plans to further develop the technology over the next three to five years.
Oklahoma Gas & Electric's (OG&E) smart grid project has been recognized as the "world's highest ranked" by international energy think-tank VaasaETT. Out of 200 global smart grid projects, the Finland-based organization found OG&E's "Positive Energy" smart grid project had the most merit based on technical criteria and achievement milestones.
Canada's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has launched a new initiative to balance Ontario's power grid. Using a smart grid platform, Ontario's institutional, commercial and industrial consumers will be able to help the IESO to balance supply and demand on a second-by-second basis. This regulation service has only been provided by generators until now.
A new report the National Home Performance Council (NHPC) looks at the evolution and future of smart technology as a means to enhance energy efficiency and home performance to break down the silos between traditional energy efficiency and smart grid policies and programs, but currently only a handful of efforts to incorporate smart technologies into home performance have been undertaken.