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.
The installation of about 620,000 smart meters at customers' homes and businesses set the foundation of the SmartSacramento smart grid project. The two and a half year project maintained customer satisfaction levels consistently in the mid-90th percentile.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a good example of the benefits of deploying smarter systems to all end-user tiers. TVA works with 155 municipalities and cooperative utilities, which resell its power to residential and C&I customers. These utilities are recognizing the value in implementing smarter energy offering solutions such as programmable thermostats that switch on demand-enabled appliances and save enough energy to bring rates down.
The tool, created by University of California, Riverside researchers, unifies existing measures that assess market power, or the ability of power generating companies to alter energy prices. It also incorporates smart grid concepts such as large-scale storage, renewable power generation and demand response. As a result, the tool can determine what happens to the market power potential for electricity generation firms if, for example, consumers participate in demand response or if more renewable generation capacity is added at different locations.
A new report from IEE, an Institute of The Edison Foundation, has found that electric utilities are continuing to upgrade their customers' analog electric meters with digital smart meters, with smart meters installed at nearly 40 percent of U.S. households at last count in July 2013.
A case study released by the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) examines how Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is engaging its customers around a critical peak pricing program. PG&E's "SmartRate" program began in 2008 and now boasts 100,000 customers.
As part of its 10-year, $2.6 billion grid modernization program, ComEd has begun installing more than 4 million smart meters throughout its service territory. ComEd expects to install 60,000 smart meters by the end of 2013. The full deployment will be complete in 2021.
The film, Take Back Your Power, is described as the first crowdfunded documentary investigation into the heated controversy over "smart" meters and the energy utility industry and the producer, Josh Del Sol, contends that smart meters have been at the center of an "energy conspiracy alleging massive utility overcharges, invasive monitoring of every device in the home and serious adverse health risks impacting millions of individuals worldwide."