The spectre of smart meter fires continues to raise its head, with Nevada Energy reportedly working with the regulator to determine the cause of a number of house fires in the state. While the utility is fairly certain these were not smart meter-related, the on-going press around this issue will continue to raise alarm bells (pun intended) around any unexplained fires – and sadly, will not be good PR for smart meters generally.
That said, smart meter rollouts continue, with Hawaii Electric Company having recently started a trail of 5 200 meters across some of its territory. This is part of a larger smart grid plan, which the utility will implement over the next four years.
The news that the United States Department of Energy has released suggested terms of reference for managing data privacy highlights yet another item on the extensive list of ‘to do’s’ that utilities have to consider and integrate into their planning in the transition to a smarter grid.
More from Metering.com this week
IPKeys, the US demand response resource provider has formally announced its entry into the energy demand aggregation market upon the establishment of its wholly owned subsidiary.
Networking platform and solutions provider, Silver Spring Networks has introduced its new smart water solution, which will enable utilities to offer a combined network water and electricity service.
The US Department of Energy has released a set of privacy recommendations for smart grid stakeholders. These are voluntary standards to guide privacy practices and are currently open for public comment.
GRTgaz, European natural gas transmission system operator has chosen Itron to help it improve its consumption forecasting management process. Itron will provide GRTgaz with its hourly forecasting solution enabling the system operator to more accurately forecast their customer’s gas needs based in historical consumption data and weather forecasts.
ABB has developed an ‘advanced load-grid automation solution’ which has been integrated into the European Union’s Grid4EU project. The project tests the potential of smart grids in areas such as renewable energy integration, electric vehicle development, grid automation, energy storage, energy efficiency and load reduction.
Energy provider npower are offering Nest thermostats to all customers who are signed up to the ‘intelligent control – October 2016’ gas and electricity tariff. This dual-fuel plan guarantees a fixed tariff for both electricity and gas until October 2016.
Hawaiian Electric Company has finalised the installation of 5 200 smart meters for customers in Moanalua Valley, portions of Pearl City, Kaimuki, Diamond Head, Kahala and Waikiki.
The Energy Market Authority of Singapore has introduced a new demand response programme enabling customers to voluntarily reduce their demand for electricity, and benefit from decreased energy prices.
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