Japan’s $21-million microgrid investment is boosting renewables’ sector

Japan’s increased focus on smart grid deployment, as part of its plans to boost energy efficiency and power generation from renewable sources, will drive the country to become one of Asia-Pacific’s top markets in smart grid development, says research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report states that Japan was among the first countries

S&C adds tools to optimize smart grid efficiency

In conjunction with DistribuTECH 2013, S&C Electric Company has introduced new smart grid tools. The company says they will improve the efficiency and performance of utility power systems. The additions to S&C’s smart grid portfolio include new radios, controls and software that make it easier to deploy and manage the latest grid-based technologies for intelligent power

Grid plan to smartly connect 11 utilities across 5 states

Software that lets a utility in Washington cut power consumption by up to 50% will soon get a big test. This demonstration is part of a project that will attempt to knit together aging and fragmented grid infrastructure across five states and 11 utilities. The project will involve 95 smaller efforts to integrate wind power,

H2 generator stabilizes utility grid

A developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel-cell products says it has completed a trial with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) demonstrating the viability of its electrolyzer for utility-scale grid stabilization. During the trial period, the load from a Hydrogenics’ HyStat electrolyzer provided frequency regulation in Ontario by responding to power regulation signals

More ideas for the smart grid

  Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has announced new initiatives to support development of the smart grid. He also warned that the country is not doing enough to get the grid ready for renewable energy. He acknowledged that privacy concerns are making some utility customers wary of recent smart meters, which are a key component

$50 million Smart Grid initiative for research and demo projects

Executives from the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance attended the 2011’s Energy, Utility & Environment Conference in Phoenix to invite environmental technology companies from around the world to participate in the Province of Ontario’s clean technology revolution. The Canadian province offers North America’s most advanced green energy policies, targeted incentives and a generous Feed-in Tariff (FIT)

Fed identifies five sets of standards for Smart Grid

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has advised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it has identified five “foundational” sets of standards for Smart Grid interoperability and cyber security that are ready for consideration by federal and state energy regulators. The standards, produced by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), focus

NIST forms Smart Grid Advisory committee

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named 15 leaders from a cross-section of U.S. industry, academia, and trade and professional organizations to serve on its recently formed Smart Grid Advisory Committee. A first meeting convened in late September. “We will benefit greatly from the knowledge and insights of this diverse group of

NIST finishes smart grid security guidelines

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has finalized its initial set of smart grid cyber security guidelines. Issued as NIST’s Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security (NISTIR7628), the document includes high-level security requirements, a framework for assessing risks, an evaluation of privacy issues in personal residences, and other information for organizations to use to

Purchase of SCADA tech puts smart grid in reach

CG Automation, a subsidiary of MSE Power Systems Inc., has acquired ADMS Wind SCADA and wind-turbine-monitoring systems from Second Wind Systems Inc. Combining SCADA with its expertise in utility automation, MSE Power Systems and CG Automation can offer more reliable, interconnections for smart-grid designs. CG Automation provides automation products and systems to electric utilities and