6 smart grid "firsts" - from Wabash Valley to Norway


By Liz Enbysk

SGN Managing Editor


The Wabash Valley Power Association is the first utility to go live with the Siemens Demand Response Management System (DRMS). Across the ocean, Ringeriks-Kraft says it will be the first distribution company in Norway to implement a smart metering system. Scroll down for details on those developments, and a few other "first" claims we came across recently.


WVPA first to implement Siemens' DRMS solution

The Siemens' DRMS gives the Wabash Valley Power Association - which is a generation and transmission cooperative serving Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio --  the ability to shed load across multiple distribution systems utilizing several different DR programs. Siemens says the system allows WVPA to verify load shed, calculate baselines, and automate customer billing and settlement without cumbersome processes that previously required multiple spreadsheets for calculation. The DRMS integrates with eMeter's EnergyIP meter data management system platform that Siemens implemented for the cooperative last year, allowing for all data to be passed to and from both systems. Read more >>

Luxury real estate developer claims energy storage first in Manhattan

Two luxury real estate projects in New York City will use battery storage technology from Demand Energy Networks, a first for New York, according to the company. Demand Energy says its storage solution uses proprietary network management and power conversion technologies, along with advanced battery technology. It works by storing efficient base load power that's available during off-peak periods, and then utilizing it during peak periods, instead of drawing from inefficient and more expensive peak power. Glenwood, a real estate development company, is incorporating the technology in two of its luxury rental buildings: Barclay Tower, a 58-story property in Tribeca, and The Caldwell, on the Upper East Side. Read more >>


Echelon deploys first-of-their-kind microgrids in India and South Africa

To compensate for disruptions in utility-supplied power, Echelon recently deployed microgrids in India and South Africa that integrated distributed generation. The deployments are built on Echelon's open standard, multi-application energy control networking platform powered by its Control Operating System. The microgrids incorporate application software and services from local partners. The first-of-their-kind in the two countries, Echelon says the microgrid deployments involve dynamically managing demand and energy supply mix for a residential community and a retail mall to deliver reliable service cost-effectively. Read more >>


Chinese wind power company plans first U.S. R&D office

A leading wind turbine manufacturer in China, opened its first U.S. research and development center this month at N.C. State University's research park and technology campus in Raleigh, N.C. "We are very excited to set up a new R&D center on Centennial Campus in Raleigh to focus on cutting-edge technology research for our new wind turbines,” said Chuanwei Zhang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ming Yang Wind Power Group Ltd. "The R&D center is Ming Yang’s first step into the United States." The company’s initial partnership with the university will revolve around research in wind turbine aerodynamics, aero-acoustics and composite structures. Read more >>


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