Smart grid wins: what a big week for smart grid projects, partnerships and more



As you will quickly see, it has been a busy and varied week for the smart grid sector. Read about ABB’s contribution to grid stabilization, a grid security patent for Nation-E, San Antonio’s metering initiative, PSE&G’s grid hardening project, new partnerships and an acquisition.



CPS Energy has selected the first four areas of San Antonio, Texas, that will receive smart meters as part of a $290 million smart grid initiative. The areas were chosen for a variety of considerations and include sections of northwest, north central, south central and downtown. Installation will begin in August, and continue through 2018, when all 740,000 electric meters and 360,000 gas meters in the city will be replaced or upgraded. Read more >>


Public Service Electric and Gas Company has reached a $1.22 billion settlement in its Energy Strong proposal to proactively protect and strengthen its electric and gas systems against severe weather conditions. The stipulation, signed by the staff of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, is now being reviewed by the other parties and participants in the case and will be submitted to the BPU for review and approval. Read more >>


Nation-E, a leading global provider of energy security solutions, has identified a vulnerability in the electrical grid caused by EV’s and has been granted patent protection for its "Real-Time System and Method for Tracking, Locating and Recharging Electric Vehicles in Transit” by the Israeli Patent Office. The technology has already been granted similar protection in Germany, China and is patent pending in the USA. The patent recognizes Nation-E’s technology’s ability to serve as a security layer protecting the grid from instability, stress and potential cyber infringements caused by connecting electrical vehicles. Read more >>


ABB has received an order to deliver two PowerStore units as part of a microgrids solution to stabilize the power grid and increase renewable energy on Kodiak Island in Alaska. ABB’s Microgrids Business in Raleigh, NC, worked closely with Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) to develop and deliver the microgrid solution. KEA, a rural electric cooperative which generates and distributes electrical power in Kodiak, Alaska, uses hydro, wind, battery energy storage, and diesel generation sets to produce power for the island. Read more >>


Clevest Solutions, a provider of mobile workforce automation software including smart grid mobile technology, is introducing the utility industry to a new way to visualize, assess and respond to AMI data with the launch of its new Smart Grid Visualization software product. Co-developed with North Carolina’s Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC), the solution overlays near real-time smart meter data on top of Clevest’s comprehensive, map-based view of field operations to provide utilities with timely, relevant AMI information displayed within the visual context of their power distribution system. Read more >>