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Hawaiian Electric testing smart water heaters for several grid applications

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, grid optimization, smart water heaters, Hawaiian Electric, electric utilities, demonstration projects
Smart water heaters are not new, but they have typically been used for demand response applications. Hawaiian Electric will test how effective they can be in other roles. Utility officials think they may be able to help manage an electric grid that has been heavily integrated with intermittent solar power.

Toshiba to demo renewables + hydrogen power system

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Toshiba, fuel cells, photovoltaic power, energy storage
Toshiba Corporation will conduct a demonstration of an independent power supply system that incorporates renewable energy and hydrogen. The system, which will run on water and sunlight, will be able to provide electricity and hot water during emergencies, and act to help manage changes in power demand at other times.

Army, NREL partner on large-scale net zero energy pilot

smarr grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, net zero energy, NREL, U.S. Army, energy efficiency, renewable energy
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Army are working together on a pilot program to reach net zero energy use status at nine Army installations. If all of those sites can reach net zero, 8% of the Army’s current installation energy consumption will be replaced with renewables.

Can plug-in EVs enhance grid reliability? EPRI and others are betting on it

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, plug-in hybrid vehicles, grid reliability, electric utilities
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, EPRI, electric car makers and others are betting smart grid technology can integrate plug-in EVs in a way that supports grid reliability. Click to read about a demo project for a new software system developed by EPRI and others.

Detroit's largest utility teams with Itron to showcase smart city technologies

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart cities, smart cities initiatives, DTE Energy, Itron, electric vehicles, intelligent street lights
DTE Energy and Itron recently showcased smart technologies that underscored their increasingly important role in helping cities manage their energy use. As many utilities are well aware, they will be called upon to pitch in as smart city initiatives progress.

Lessons from the field: Progress in integrating distributed energy (and creating virtual power plants)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed energy resources, EPRI, smart grid demonstration projects
The EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative, a seven-year program of field demonstrations concentrating on integrating distributed energy resources, has been making real progress. Click to read some highlights from the latest EPRI update and for access to the full version.

EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Update

The EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative is a seven-year collaborative research effort focused on design, implementation, and assessment of field demonstrations to address prevalent challenges with integrating distributed energy resources in grid and market operations to create a “Virtual Power Plant.” This newsletter provides periodic updates on projects, relevant industry news, and events.

Energy storage: Is the time finally right for grid-integrated water heaters?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, grid-scale energy storage, demos and pilot projects
It’s an old idea, the concept of using a fleet of water heaters for energy storage. But with the help of new technology, demonstration projects are proving that water heaters (and space heaters) can be an effective element in grid-scale energy storage strategies.

Home energy management systems get another chance (in Massachusetts)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, home energy management, CEIVA, National Grid, smart grid research and development, Worcester, MA
While home energy management devices are nowhere near as popular as we expected them to be years ago, National Grid is going to make a go of it with CEIVA at its smart grid test bed project in Worcester, Massachusetts. Click to learn more about the project.

Skim 7 years of smart grid progress in 6 minutes

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid initiatives, EPRI, electric utilities
Readers can learn a lot about how the smart grid has evolved just by watching a short video from EPRI. The video highlights the most important results of its Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative, and it can also be mined for ideas on how utilities can explain their own initiatives in an understandable way.

Now Honda wants to put utilities out of business? Its new home makes more energy than it uses

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, home energy management systems, rooftop solar, electric vehicles, net zero energy, smart homes, Honda, electric utilities
Net zero energy buildings are one thing. But Honda is taking the concept a step further. Its smart home combines net zero energy housing, electric vehicle transportation and rooftop solar to create more energy than it uses. Click for details on the project and the technologies involved.

Smart grid wins: Sensus snags Verdeeco and more industry news

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects, mergers, partnerships, metering, transmission
This week’s smart grid wins roundup offers a variety of newsworthy projects and developments. Read about a milestone, an acquisition, awards and projects ranging from Itron’s smart grid platform for National Grid’s Worcester, Mass. pilot to GE Digital Energy’s work in Brazil and additional news from the smart grid sector.

Download this report: Learnings from the largest smart grid test bed

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, microgrids, Big Data, electric utilities
The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, the country’s largest, has released its 2013 annual report. Catch up on news of the project’s microgrid and lessons participants learned during their work in other areas, including transactive energy, wind forecasting, energy management and Big Data.

Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project: 2013 Annual Report

This report includes selected Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project highlights from participating utility and technology partners that demonstrate the investments of the past year.

National Grid enters next phase of important smart grid pilot

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid pilot projects, National Grid, Worcester MA, electric utilities
We have followed National Grid’s smart grid pilot in Worcester, MA throughout its evolution, and it continues to be one to watch. The smart meter installations have been completed, so click to get an update on the new applications and tests that are coming next.

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