Postings tagged with: policy

Chris King| Jan 08, 2015

Japan solar

Renewables: How the smart grid can help utilities handle solar power

Renewable energy is crucial for meeting worldwide environmental and sustainability goals -- but are power grids up to this challenge? The Japan Times reports that a recent Japanese government study found that seven of that nation's major electric power companies (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Hokuriku, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa) lack sufficient transmission network capacity to accommodate all of the solar power that suppliers plan to generate, under Japan's new feed-in tariff system. Combined, th ...

Chris King| Jan 06, 2015

EV charging

Electric vehicle charging: California utilities can own infrastructure, says CPUC

The shift toward electric vehicles is rolling forward in California among consumers -- and regulators are weighing in. Just before Christmas, the California PUC overturned previous policy and issued a new decision allowing the state's utilities to participate in providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The CPUC envisions California utilities (including Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric) taking on a critical role in the transportation ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Dec 16, 2014

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Utility disruption, adaptation: Smart grid year in review

2014 will be known as the year the utility industry gained momentum to adapt its business model -- spurred in large part by disruption from distributed generation, data-intensive technologies and customer empowerment. Distributed generation (DG) is growing fast, altering the landscape of energy supply. It has finally reached a level sufficient to impact the traditional utility business model. Currently, the worldwide installed DG capacity is 87,300 MW -- which is expected to more than double in ...

Chris King| Jun 04, 2014

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EPA proposes carbon emission regs, smart grid can help

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released proposed regulations to limit carbon emissions related to power plants -- something that would ultimately reshape U.S. electricity markets. Here are some key elements of this proposal, which is based on EPA's authority granted under the Clean Air Act: 2030 goal. Cut power-sector carbon emissions by 30% below 2005 levels.State requirements. Individual states are required to reduce emissions based on their fuel mix -- although multi-state ...

Harald Mayer| Jun 02, 2014

Asset Management

ISO’s new asset management standard: What does it mean for power delivery assets?

Earlier this year, the International Organization for Standardization published a new Asset Management Standard, ISO55000. This new standard will influence strategies, policies, organization and processes for managing power delivery assets. Here’s what utilities, power delivery system vendors, support partners and other key power industry players should know about this standard. The new standard is based on, and supersedes, the U.K. Standard PAS55. In recent years, many utilities and other com ...

Chris King| Nov 14, 2013

New guidelines should increase demand response in Europe

Last year the European Commission (part of the three-part EU government) published the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive -- which set legally binding measures to step up Member States' efforts to use energy more efficiently at all stages, from production to distribution to consumption. Last week, the EC explained more about how to implement the EED, by issuing additional guidance on energy efficiency to Europe's Member States on energy efficiency. To date, demand response has been limited in Euro ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Oct 14, 2013


Ready for 2020? Meter data management helps utilities prepare

2020 is the target for meeting the EU's ambitious renewable energy goals -- and it's closer than you might think. Technology choices that European utilities make in the coming year, especially concerning meter data management, will help determine how well utilities can help achieve these goals. At European Utility Week this year, Aaron De Yonker (Vice President of Products at eMeter, a Siemens business) will discuss some versatile MDM options that can help utilities adapt their operations and bu ...

Chris King| Sep 24, 2012

Green Jobs: Insight from Governor Bill Richardson

This week I had the pleasure of having morning coffee with Bill Richardson, the former Secretary of Energy and former Governor of New Mexico. From his perspective of more than 30 years of public service -- and his bid for the Presidency in 2008 -- he offered two key insights about clean tech, clean energy and the smart grid. Jobs. Gov. Richardson believes jobs are the most important economic issue today. Also, clean tech is one of the economy's fastest growing sectors -- and it provides good ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 27, 2012


Northern Ireland's positive business case for smart meters

Originally posted on 8/13/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | August 13 2012 Congratulations to Northern Ireland, which has joined the club of over 30 states and countries with positive business cases for smart meters. Recently the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment released the region’s smart meter cost-benefit analysis Implementing smart meters for the nearly 1 million electricity customers there is expected to yield net savings ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 27, 2012

U.K. moves to make energy markets smarter

Originally posted on 8/2/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | August 2 2012 It’s not just meters and power grids that are getting smarter. U.K. energy regulator Ofgem is advancing plans to make energy markets in that nation “smarter” — that is: more efficient and yielding better consumer outcomes. Smarter energy markets also would provide consumers with ready access to an abundance of easily digestible information about their energy use, plus time-varying pri ...