Smart grid wins this week? You better believe it!
By Liz Enbysk
SGN Managing Editor
Who's inking smart grid contracts? Who's winning VC money? Who's getting shout-outs for milestones and innovations? This week's list of smart grid winners has all that and more. Scroll down and onto page 2 to see for yourself.
Â· NEC Corporation has been selected by Enel, Italy's largest distribution system operator, to supply what NEC says will be one of the largest energy storage systems (ESS) based on lithium-ion-manganese technology in Europe. Enel will install NEC’s ESS at its Chiaravalle power substation site in the Calabria Region and plans to run a pilot to optimize the flow of renewable energy to the Italian transmission grid while reducing the imbalance between forecast power and actual production and minimizing energy loss due to grid congestion. The NEC storage system will enable ENEL to smoothly control the exchange of energy via the power grid. Read more >>
Â· Telvent's Conductor Meter Data Management (MDM) solution has been selected by Entegrus Powerlines. The Ontario electric company will be the first to implement the Conductor MDM solution, which will combine data storage, management and analysis to complement its advanced metering infrastructure. "This project is strategic to our on-going smart grid initiatives to provide more intelligent service to our customers," said Entegrus President Dan Charron. Read more >>
Â· Navasota Valley Electric Cooperative (NVEC) will install the Sensus FlexNet utility communications network in an effort to increase reliability and provide usage information for its 13,000-member service territory in central Texas. NVEC will launch a three-month pilot program with residential iCon A electric meters and two base stations and eventually replace all of its more than 18,000 meters with Sensus technology. Read more >>
Â· PowerSecure announced $20 million of new awards for distributed generation (DG) systems and utility infrastructure projects. The $11 million in DG awards include installations for industrial, military, hospital, data center, and commercial facilities. The utility infrastructure awards total $9 million, and include T&D projects to upgrade utility systems and substation projects. Read more >>
Â· 23 rural electric utilities around the country will share $134 million in USDA loan guarantees for smart grid technologies. Recipients are: South Alabama Electric Coop, Arkansas Electric Coop, Kirkwood Meadows (California) PUD, Eagle Valley (Colorado) Clean Energy, Green Energy Team (Hawaii), Southern Iowa Electric Coop, SMECO Solar (Maryland), Federated Rural Electric (Minnesota and Iowa), South Mississippi Electric Power, KAMO Electric Coop (Missouri and Oklahoma), KBR Rural Public Power District (Nebraska), Otero County Electric Coop and Central Valley Electric Coop in New Mexico, Delaware County (New York) Electric Coop, Minnkota Power Coop (North Dakota and Minnesota), Mountrail-Williams Electric Coop (North Dakota and Montana), Firelands Electric Coop and Midwest Electric Coop in Ohio, San Patrico (Texas) Electric Coop, East Texas Electric Coop, Orcas (Washington) Power and Light and Wyrulec Company (Wyoming and Nebraska). Read more >>
Â· Harris Utilities’ customer engagement solution CustomerConnect has been selected by Canada's Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. (NPEI). to provide a one-stop shop to help consumers understand their energy consumption patterns, recognize the impact of changes they make, and show them how their usage compares to others in their community. "We want customers to get involved. We want them to be educated about energy use and savings. We want them to understand what they’re using, think about how they can change consumption to decrease their bill,” says Margaret Battista, vice-president of customer service and information technology at NPEI. Read more >>
FINANCING AND M&A WINS
Â· EcoFactor has secured $8 million in venture funding from Aster Capital, Claremont Creek Ventures and RockPort Capital Partners. The company says it will use the money to expand its home energy management services. Read more >>
Â· Ombu Group, a new UK investment company focused on backing and building UK advanced technology companies, has invested a further Â£5 million into Open Energi, a provider of energy demand management solutions. Read more >>
MILESTONES & HONORS
Â· Gulf Power Company has enrolled 10,000 participants in its automated dynamic pricing program that uses the Comverge IntelliSOURCE demand response management system and Comverge's portfolio of intelligent energy management devices. According to a press release, offering both Time of Use and Critical Peak Pricing, Gulf Power's Energy Select program has resulted in customer satisfaction rates as high as 97 percent, allowed program participants to take advantage of lower energy prices 87 percent of the time and delivered reliable peak demand reduction. Gulf Power serves more than 430,000 customers throughout Northwest Florida. Read more >>
Â· Silicon Valley Power, City of Palo Alto Utilities, Florida Power & Light and Snohomish County (Washington) Public Utility District took top honors in large business customer satisfaction in the fourth E Source Gap and Priority Benchmark which is based on survey responses from more than 1,600 large business customers of 17 U.S. utilities. Read more >>
Â· GE has installed its 1,000th advanced technology 2.5-megawatt series wind turbine. GE said the milestone unit is going to CEZ Romania for use in the 600-MW Fantanele/Cogealac wind farm, Europe’s largest onshore wind project. Read more >>
Â· Siemens medium voltage business unit received the 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement. The announcement stated: "In a highly competitive market where the slightest power failure can lead to heavy monetary losses, Siemens' full range of power distribution equipment combined with complementary automation and software solutions give its customers a sense of confidence that a reliable power distribution network is available for mission critical operations." Read more >>
Â· ENBALA Power Networks was awarded the Ontario Energy Association's Excellence Award as Small Company of the Year "for its innovative technology platform that engages large-scale electricity users, grid operators and utilities to help manage the reliability and efficiency of the electricity grid." Read more >>
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