Don't miss this week's mega-list of smart grid wins
By Liz Enbysk
SGN Managing Editor
If variety is the spice of life, this week's list of smart grid wins is zesty as they come. We go from rural Sweden to the Congo, from Thailand to Tennessee. We’ve got payment apps integrating with smart meters and software helping optimize Army microgrid command centers. And be sure to click to page two to find out which utility ranked highest in the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers ranking.
Â· Swedish demo focuses on rural grids - The point of the smart grid demonstration in Gotland, Sweden is to show how smart grid technologies can improve the electrical quality of large rural grids by utilizing large quantities of distributed power generation and advanced load management strategies. Telvent has been selected to participate. Its smart meter technology will be used to increase the involvement of the end-customer in the management of their electricity use. The Smart Grid Gotland project is scheduled to run until 2015. It is a collaboration between a number of entities, including Telvent, Vattenfall, Gotland Energy, ABB, the Swedish National Grid and the Royal Institute of Technology. Read more >>
Â· PayGo apps go to Latin America - Utility customers in 16 Latin American countries will have new ways to manage when, where, and how they pay for energy via a new partnership between ELO Sistemas Electronicas, the leading electronic metering provider in Brazil, and PayGo. The two companies are integrating ELO smart meters with PayGo applications and technology. "Latin American utilities are about to begin the wholesale adoption of smart meter technologies with the installation of a large number of smart meters in Brazil," said Marcos Rizzo, ELO vice president of business development. "ELO will be the first supplier in the region to incorporate PayGo’s ‘real-time’ technology in the meter which validates our vision to be an energy industry platform for the next generation smart grid." Read more >>
Â· Army smart grid lab gets smarter - The U.S. Army's new energy and environment systems lab in Huntsville, Alabama will use Power Analytics' Paladin DesignBase software to "to design and optimize smart microgrid/command centers for energy surety and reliability and, most importantly, save warfighters’ lives by reducing the fuel consumption of diesel generators used to provide energy on the battlefield." Read more >>
MILESTONES, HONORS & HATS OFF
So many of these came our way this week that we've got to be brief, but the links will get you details:
Â· Cooper Power Systems was, for the second straight year, awarded the "Best Smart Grid Product or Solution” at the 2012 Rural Smart Grid Summit. More >>
Â· Zirkle Fruit was cited by the Benton PUD and Bonneville Power Administration for nearly 3.5 million kilowatt-hours per year in energy savings at its Prosser, Washington facility. More >>
Â· Karen Conover, DNV KEMA's VP and director of Strategic Wind Initiatives, received the American Wind Energy Association's Birtt Theismann Person of the Year Award. More >>
Â· Tantalus and Pulse Energy have won the 2012 Deloitte Technology Green 15 Award and Clevest Solutions was named 9th fastest growing tech company in Canada in the Deloitte Fast 50 awards. More >>
Â· G.I. Jobs has named Southern Company the highest-ranked utility in its 2013 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers listing. It marks the sixth consecutive year Southern Company has ranked as the nation's best utility for veterans, guardsmen and reservists. More >>
Did you miss last week's wins? See them here >>
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