British Gas has selected AlertMe to offer what it calls “Personalised Energy Efficiency Advice Service” (PEEAS) to its smart meter customers in the UK. Under the agreement, data from customers smart meters will be manage and analyse by AlertMe to help customers manage their energy. According to AlertMe they will be conducting a pilot of up to 10,000 homes starting this summer.
The Asian smart grid market of China, Japan and South Korea together are set to more than double to US$19 billion by 2016, according to a research report by GTM Research. The report Titled “The Smart Grid in Asia, 2012-2016: Markets, Technologies and Strategies”, looks at the cumulative smart gird market of all three countries and provide a five year forecast.
Lee County Electric cooperative (LCEC), a utility provider in southwest Florida has selected three of Oracle’s smart grid and metering solutions. The solutions selected are Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle utilities Meter Data Management and Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway.
According to a smart grid report titled ‘Smart Grid Landscape in Europe - Market Size, Key Issues, Regulations, Investment Analysis and Outlook to 2020’, the European smart grid market could share energy from their natural resources. The authors believe that the development of electric vehicles and its market in Europe is dependent on non-financial incentives.
IBM and its Business Partner Telvent announced that they have been selected by Hydro One, the largest distributor of electricity in Ontario (Canada), for a new smart grid project that will help transform the province's electrical system. Together, the companies will run simulations and tests to determine the smart grid technologies that have the potential to improve power efficiency and reliability.
Echelon Corporation and Holley Metering Limited, a leading smart metering vendor in China have announced an agreement under which both companies will form a new joint venture company in China, Zhejiang Echelon-Holley Technology. ("Echelon-Holley"), to focus on the development and sales of advanced smart metering products for China. Echelon-Holley is committed to act in the best interests of the two companies' respective customers and agents.
For many countries in the develop world transition from analogue to digital broadcasting is either finish or in its final stages. While employees in one government department are praising the successes of switching over to digital broadcasting others are just rolling up their sleeves to start working on the smart meter switchover. Like the broadcasting switchover the smart meter switchover will be digital except smart meter will be a more connected solution (end-to-end) involving the government, utility providers and us the consumer.
Burlington Electric Department (BED), a municipal department of the City of Burlington Vt., has selected Siemens for the sale and implementation of the eMeter EnergyIP meter data management (MDM) platform. BED and several other Vermont utilities worked together with the state of Vermont to secure Smart Grid Investment Grant funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
With an already establish line of smart grid aware home appliances GE has launch a new set of energy management solutions. Based on the Brillion range of products, the new “Whole-Home Sensor”, “Smart Plug Control” and “Brillion Programmable Thermostat” will assist homes in monitoring and managing their energy use. The different devices will work with GE’s Nucleus energy manager to give near real time energy information.