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Four Ways Tokyo's Smart Meter Plan Breaks New Ground

March 21, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s 27-million-unit smart meter project isn’t just about smart meters. It’s also about creating an end-to-end, citywide energy management platform, meant to link meters, utility enterprise platforms and smart devices in homes and businesses.[read more]

China Wants Time-of-Use Pricing by 2015, One Meter per Home by 2017

January 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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China and Metering

China, the world’s biggest potential smart meter market, has just set some ambitious goals for pushing smart pricing and energy awareness to the masses. Now, the question is how these lofty goals will be put into effect by the regional governments responsible to fulfill them.[read more]

How Smart Meters Are Helping Utilities With Voltage Management

January 16, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Smart Meters and Management

Managing voltages to save energy and reduce peak-driven strains on the grid isn’t a new idea. Some of the original volt/VAR optimization and conservation voltage reduction schemes are decades old, but they face a key limitation: the need to avoid dropping voltages so low they cause problems.[read more]

Smart Meters, but Dumb Pricing? Not in Sacramento

November 20, 2013 by Catherine Wolfram
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Smart Meters and Pricing

Smart meters are supposed to give you more control over your electricity bills. As a PG&E customer, I can log onto a website and look at our household smart meter data, which shows our consumption hour-by-hour. That’s how we learned just how much electricity our lights were using.[read more]

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This Marks the Golden Age of Building Energy Data

October 23, 2013 by Adam Forni

Since the dawn of civilization, our buildings have used energy almost blindly. But now a confluence of technological and political forces has pushed building energy data into the mainstream, and a new tool has emerged as benchmarking and efficiency go into overdrive.[read more]

Real-Time, Big-Data-Enabled Demand Reductions Becoming Go-To Smart Grid App

July 23, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Of all the forward-thinking at the 10th annual Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid in Washington, DC and similar conferences in the U.S., one new application is appears curiously off the main radar screen.[read more]

Does My Smart Meter Make Me Look Fat?

March 27, 2013 by Christine Hertzog
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At a Smart Grid industry conference last week, three attendees protested against smart meters based on concerns about the health impacts of the Radio Frequency signaling technology in them.[read more]

Utility’s Big Data Challenge

December 10, 2012 by Benjamin Lack

To understand the scale of the task facing utilities, consider the impact of smart meters. Typically, standard analog meters were read once a month, for a single number representing energy consumed. A digital smart meter, by comparison, might relay a variety of indicators every 15 minutes or more frequent. Those updates pile up fast, to 35,000 per year. If not properly managed, the 3,000-fold increase in data volume could be overwhelming.[read more]

Distributed Smart Metering for Utilities and Their Customers

November 27, 2012 by Steven Collier
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In my previous blog post I discussed how smart meters will be supplanted by increasingly intelligent electronic devices that will make possible new and better grid monitoring and control. Now I want to discuss the concept of enhanced grid management via distributed smart metering. While added functionality is a plus, the journey we’...[read more]

More to Meters Than Meets the Eye

October 19, 2012 by Steven Collier

Smart Meter via Shutterstock

The unrelenting treadmill of Moore’s Law steadily makes electronic components more powerful even as it makes them smaller and more economical. This has revolutionized electronics, telecommunications and information technologies. It will do the same for smart meters that will be supplanted by advanced intelligent electronic devices (IEDs...[read more]

Smart Meter Fires: Can the Power Industry Manage the Risks?

October 9, 2012 by Jim Pierobon

As dozens of U.S. utilities ramp up their deployment of smart grid programs and with them new digital / smart meters, a few meter installations reportedly are causing small fires that could undermine the trust utilities need to continue updating the nation’s 100+year-old electric system.This is from a report by Fox News in Philadelphia (...[read more]

Energy management: if you’re not winning, you’re losing

August 22, 2012 by Tom Arnold
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Pipeline and Valve via Shutterstock

High-end restaurants rarely make money on food. However inflated prices may seem, the food tab just barely covers fish flown in from Japan, waitstaff salaries, downtown rent, broken wine glasses, and stolen forks. The cocktail menu, on the other hand, offers up an ocean of intoxicating profits. The chef may be a creative genius, but as a...[read more]

Debunking 6 myths about smart meters

August 21, 2012 by Jim Pierobon
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Courtesy of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, here are facts about smart/digital meters and six commonly circulated myths — debunked.1. Smart meters are less accurate than analog meters.Public service commissions require meter manufacturers to supply independently certified testing results to prove that their smart meters provide...[read more]

What’s Worse for the Smart Grid – Failures of Imagination or Failures of Communication?

August 21, 2012 by Christine Hertzog
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Electric Towers via Shutterstock

The history of innovations, whether these are in technology, policy, or in how people themselves upgrade attitudes or behaviors, offers resounding proof of a basic flaw in arguments that naysayers constantly winge about solar, wind, energy storage and other Smart Grid innovations.  They presume a static world where innovation...[read more]

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Automation key to supply and demand

August 15, 2012 by Steven Collier
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Digital Power Meter via Shutterstock

Will deploying advanced sensors and controls allow the power industry to wring efficiencies from the grid? First, some smart meters can sense power on/off, voltage, phase angle and temperature at end points to help enable smart grid benefits. But not all meters do this.[read more]