Take a look at this week's smart grid wins and honors
By: SGN Staff
By Doug Peeples
SGN News Editor
It's been a good week for smart grid projects of all stripes. Not to mention recognitions from the Edison Electric Institute for utilities judged worthy of the prestigious Edison Award.
Silver Spring Networks (SSN) announced it has been selected for the initial phase of a distribution automation project with Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD), which serves more than 320,000 electricity and 20,000 water customers in northwestern Washington State. Leveraging Silver Spring’s standards-based IPv6 networking platform and distribution automation solution, the Snohomish PUD program is designed to improve the reliability, efficiency, and resiliency of its distribution grid.
SSN also will extend its smart grid partnership with Dominion Virginia Power to support installation of advanced metering infrastructure in the utility’s Virginia service territory. The deployment leverages Silver Spring’s IPv6-based networking platform for advanced smart grid services to approximately 195,000 customers.
Ambient Devices began a pilot program with Ontario, Canada-based utility Hydro One. The program will see Hydro One delivering Ambient’s Energy Joule to select customers to encourage them to take advantage of using electricity when it costs less.
MILESTONES AND HONORS
American Electric Power has received Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) 2013 Edison Award, the electric power industry’s most prestigious honor, for the company’s completion and commercial operation of the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant located in Hempstead County, Ark. "AEP is being recognized for its distinguished leadership and for engineering and operating an extremely efficient power plant that utilizes the most innovative technologies to meet 21st-century electricity needs,” EEI President Tom Kuhn said.
OGE Energy Corp. announced its electric utility, OG&E, has been honored with the The Edison Award.
Judges selected OG&E for its successful implementation of smart grid technology and innovative customer programs like SmartHoursÂ® and myOGEpower.
AES-SONEL also received The Edison Award for its extraordinary investment program in Cameroon, greatly increasing access to electricity, improving system reliability and providing jobs and social programs. AES-SONEL, an affiliate of global power company AES, entered the Sub Saharan country of Cameroon in 2001 and began investing in the country’s electricity sector in an effort to refurbish and add capacity.
For more about The Edison Award, see the Edison Electric Institute's fact sheet.