Smart grid wins: 10 companies that hit it big
By: SGN Staff
By Doug Peeples
SGN News Editor
Summertime may be a slow time of year in some industries, but not smart grid. There are plenty of wins to report this week from metering and a substation pilot to an advanced smart grid network for New Zealand and milestones and awards.
Itron has completed installation of its automated gas metering solution for ATCO Gas, provider of natural gas service to more than one million customers in Alberta, marking the largest gas automation project in Canada to date. Itron’s gas metering solution included 1.1 million gas communication modules, mobile and handheld collectors and associated software. Also, as part of Pennsylvania utility Duquesne Light’s smart meter program, Itron will replace the utility’s existing 625,000 electricity meters with Itron smart meters, implement sophisticated back-office data collection software, supply critical network communications infrastructure and provide professional services.
EnerNex Smart Grid Labs and MET Laboratories announced an arrangement for collaboration on testing, analysis and training services for their energy industry clients. SGL and MET Labs work with a similar client base, offering complementary sets of services. Through this partnership, clients will benefit from the efficiencies gained in the combined resources of both companies. Capabilities include testing in distribution automation systems, cyber and physical security testing, AMI infrastructure, meter accuracy and reliability, and EVs and charging stations.
Capgemini has reached an agreement, estimated at approximately $40 million, to support a comprehensive smart meter program with Consumers Energy Company (CE) in Michigan. For part of the $750 million Smart Energy Program, Capgemini will implement smart metering technology and associated network and computing infrastructure, essential to the installation of approximately 1.8 million electric and 600,000 gas AMI endpoints throughout Consumer Energy’s service territory.
EnerNOC reports that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the Company its third patent. Entitled "Apparatus and Method for Demand Coordination Network," it focuses on the technology, tools and processes the company uses to dynamically and reliably deploy demand response resources. EnerNOC now holds five patents globally for its technology. "We're focused on serving our customers with the best possible technology and business processes," said Tim Healy, Chairman and CEO of EnerNOC. "In many cases we have been able to deliver that through proprietary IP. This patent enables us to protect our technology leadership in the demand response market."
HONORS AND MILESTONES
GE’s Digital Energy Solutions as a Service (SaaS) business received the Best Smart Grid Solution award at the Municipal Smart Grid Summit (MSGS) for its innovative Grid IQTM Connect services offering. At MSGS, more than 40 of the cutting-edge smart grid technology and consulting industry companies presented their smart grid products and solutions to 100 or more municipal utility executives for review and consideration.
British Gas has reached the milestone of one million smart meters installed. The installations are part of a program which will see all current gas and electricity meters replaced by 2020. British Gas has taken the lead on the government-mandated roll-out - and it is bringing the benefits of smart meters to its customers early. Stuart Rolland, Managing Director, British Gas Smart Metering, said "The millionth smart meter installation represents a major milestone for our customers and for Britain on the road to a smarter energy future.”
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