Week in smart metering - Changing utility business landscape

Engie has launched a transmission grid frequency service, writes Claire Volkwyn, editor, Metering & Smart Energy International.
Published: Wed 21 Sep 2016

As I write this, we are finalising the European edition of Metering & Smart Energy International. This is always a bumper edition and is full of really great information for a variety of sources.

I was interested to note the news item today on the announcement by Engie will be providing frequency response as a service. This move is part of a bigger strategy announced by new CEO, Isabelle Kocher, earlier this year and is one element of a €22 billion investment into renewable energy, gas networks gas storage and LNG terminals and in energy services. 

The changing utility business landscape and dynamic is frequently mentioned in the editorial we are publishing in the next edition, with a number of experts weighing in, not only on this element of the utility business, but also the role of storage, renewable integration and digitisation. What is your utility doing that is changing the dynamics of this industry? Share your thoughts, projects and updates with us here.

For a sneak peak of some of the great editorial you will be reading, click here

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French multinational electric utility company Engie launched its grid frequency service for the power transmission to ensure the grid stabilisation. The programme aims to help French electricity transmission system operator ‘RTE’ to balance power demand and power available to ensure grid reliability and avoid power outages at distribution level. [Engie adds grid frequency response as a service]. In a press statement, Engie said it will help RTE maintain its baseline frequency using an energy storage system connected to the French distribution system.

US power utility Southern California Edison (SCE) selected energy storage solutions provider Powin Energy for the rollout of a smart energy storage project. The US based energy storage solutions provider will develop a 2MW storage system which SCE will use to store electricity generated from renewable energy sources. [SCE partners with Powin Energy on energy storage]. The system is expected to help SCE ensure grid stability. The energy storage plant will be installed at the Irvine Business District complex in California to help the utility meet its growing demand of power due to a rise in business activities at the complex.

The US Department of Energy (DoE) issued $37 million in funding to improve research and development of energy storage solutions. In a press statement, the DoE said the funding aims to ensure adequate supply of electricity for grid reliability. [US DoE issues funding for energy storage projects]. The capital will be used to develop innovative energy storage solutions which would support increased adoption of renewable energy sources.

The US Department of Energy (DoE) announced the successful completion of its smart energy project deployed by the California Independent System Operator. California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is an independent, non-profit Independent System Operator (ISO), serving California. [CAISO project simplifies grid-solar integration]. The CAISO oversees the operation of California's bulk electric power system, transmission lines, and electricity market generated and transmitted by its member utilities.

North American electric and gas utilities company Fortis joined utility coalition Energy Impact Partners (EIP) to increase investments in smart grid technologies. [Fortis joins utility coalition to promote investment in smart grid]. Energy Impact Partners (EIP) is a collaborative strategic investment firm that invests in companies optimizing energy consumption and improving sustainable energy generation.