Special Holiday Edition: Smart Grid Above the Fold – 12/23/16

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An extended edition of top consumer smart grid news brought to you by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative. Happy Holidays!

Metering & Smart Energy International: California City Seeks Partner for AMI Deployment
Pittsburg Power Company issued a tender for the supply of an advanced metering infrastructure system. The utility is planning to replace its existing analog electric and gas meters with AMI meters to improve accuracy in energy billing and reduce its meter reading costs.

Transmission & Distribution World: Honeywell Lands Two AMI Deployments
The Honeywell project with Entergy, which is valued at up to $250 million, will help improve electricity service and reliability for the utility operating companies’ customers across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Panasonic Solutions for Business Blog: Increasing Efficiencies for Utilities – Connecting Smart Meters to Rugged Mobility
Smart meters are now commonplace in residential, commercial and industrial applications nationwide. Utilities have discovered a variety of benefits that make collecting status and usage information efficient while eliminating hazardous situations for technicians.

Utility Dive: Portland Accelerates Zero-Emission Vehicle Adoption to Hit Climate Goals
The Portland City Council this week voted unanimously to adopt the 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy, a plan to cut carbon emissions from the metro area’s transportation system and make private vehicle use considerably less common.

Electric Light & Power: Islands in the Grid – How Microgrids Change the Story
Microgrids are not new. Hospitals, universities, government buildings and military bases have relied on backup generators and central heat and power systems for years. But the emergence of renewable energy, especially solar PV, and a heightened need for more reliable and resilient electricity supply has in the last few years catapulted microgrids into the limelight.

Transmission & Distribution World: The Internet of Things Market is Expected to Reach $500 Million in 2020
The developing IoT market will require a rethinking of current utility business models to capture market share in this broader demand management landscape. IoT enables customers to manage their energy independently, as the technologies opens the door to ongoing relationships through devices, software and services.

SGCC Member News
Metering & Smart Energy International: ComEd’s Energy Efficiency Savings Total $2.1 Billion
ComEd has assisted its customers to save $2.1 billion in energy bills since the launch of its energy efficiency program in 2008. The utility said its energy efficiency project has helped consumers to reduce their energy usage by over 19.5 million megawatts – enough to power more than 2.1 million homes for a year.

Utility Dive: PG&E Hits California Net Metering Cap
PG&E has hit the cap on its retail net metering program and will now move new distributed generation customers into its NEM 2 rate, which includes a one-time fee of $145 for the utility to connect systems of less than 1 MW to the grid.

Metering & Smart Energy International: Duke Energy Sets Aside $1M to Boost EV Infrastructure
Duke Energy announced that it will spend $1 million to increase the number of EV charging stations in its service territories in North Carolina. In a statement, they said the capital will be used to construct close to 500 EV charging stations in 50 counties in North Carolina state.

Greentech Media: Tackling New York’s Rising Power Demand with an Affordable Housing Microgrid
Con Ed has a problem. By the summer of 2018, the utility’s Brownsville substation serving customers Brooklyn and Queens will be overburdened, to the tune of approximately 69 megawatts. But rather than invest $1.2 billion in conventional grid upgrades, Con Ed is investing $200 million in non-wires alternatives to meet its needs — including a new microgrid project going up in a low-income housing complex.

Transmission & Distribution World: Met-Ed Completing Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan
Metropolitan Edison (FirstEnergy) recently completed work on approximately $7.5 million of electric system projects as part of its 2016 Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan to reduce the number and duration of service interruptions experienced by the company’s 560,000 customers.

Greentech Media: Compromise Plan Approved for PG&E’s Record-Setting EV Charger Deployment
After years of fighting over the details of PG&E’s plan to bring up to 7,500 electric-vehicle chargers to Northern California, EV-charging providers and consumer and environmental groups are praising a new compromise plan that has just received approval from state regulators.

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