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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.

Smart grid customer engagement: Lessons from Denmark

smart grid, smart grid technology, consumer engagement, home energy management, smart grid demonstration projects
It’s often said electricity customers only care about costs and aren’t really motivated by anything else. But, surprise, a new smart grid demonstration project in Denmark is proving otherwise. Project managers are finding money isn’t the only motivator: many end-users want better home energy management technology, not just cheap power.

Monetizing smart street lights: A bright idea being tested in San Diego

Smart Grid, smart street lights, smart street light grid, San Diego Gas & Electric street lights, monetizing street lights
One of the biggest energy cost centers for cities is the street light grid. So turning that grid into a revenue generator seems like a bright idea – and that's just one objective of a first-of-its-kind smart street light pilot under way in San Diego Gas & Electric territory. Read what the project has already achieved in cost savings and efficiency.

Midwestern utilities take cautious steps towards time-of-use pricing

Smart grid, smart grid technology, dynamic pricing, time-of-use pricing, strategy, electric utilities
Dynamic pricing hasn’t made a big splash in the electricity sector. But several Midwest utilities and cooperatives are experimenting with it, or plan to in the near future. Will dynamic pricing become commonplace anytime soon? The results from these Midwestern pilots could help answer that question.

This week: a big helping of smart grid wins

Smart grid, smart grid wins, metering, demand response, partnerships, financing, smart water, energy management
This week’s smart grid wins roundup taps into an array of projects, developments and partnerships as well as technologies. Read about what’s new in metering, demand response, energy management, batteries, smart water, efficiency and other sectors.

A good week for smart grid wins, from the U.S. to Indonesia

Smart grid, smart grid wins, smart grid projects, smart grid funding, smart grid milestones, mergers and acquisitions
There’s a lot happening in smart grid this week, from Opower’s milestone in energy savings to Siemens’ renewable energy park project win in Ontario, Canada, and Ormat’s geothermal project in Indonesia. Also, you can read about 10 utilities that won recognition for best practices in customer engagement.

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