Smart Grid Above the Fold: 2/24/17


Top consumer smart grid news hand-selected and brought to you by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.

Utility Dive: DOE Picks 13 Solar Integration Projects for $30M in SunShot Funding
The U.S. DOE has earmarked up to $30 million supporting new projects that will help integrate more solar energy onto the grid. Projects will receive funding through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s SunShot Initiative, which aims to accelerate solar adoption and integration. The largest project is PPL Electric Utilities’ distributed system platform in Allentown, Penn.

Electric Light & Power: Virginia Tech Explores Big Data Analytics to Plan for Smart Communities of the Future
We already have smartphones, smart clothing and smart appliances, but emerging smart cities are still a concept of our imagined future. A Virginia Tech team wants those smart cities to feature zero energy, zero outage and zero congestion. Their tools: big data and interdisciplinary technology.

Utility Dive: 2017 Forecast – Bright, Sun-Shiny Days for Utility Solar
Here comes the sun. In 2016, U.S. solar generation almost doubled, from 7,493 megawatts in 2015 to a new annual record of 14,626 MW. For the first time in 2016, solar ranked as the No. 1 source of new generation capacity additions on an annual basis. The forecast calls for more of the same. The U.S. could install another 13 GW in 2017, doubling of U.S. solar capacity in just two years.

Metering & Smart Energy International: 85 Million Smart Meters to Be Installed Annually by 2025
Energy market intelligence firm Frost and Sullivan predicts that the global smart meter installation rate will reach 85 million annually by 2025. Increased implementation of regulatory initiatives especially in Europe will drive the growth of the smart meters market stimulated by efforts to reduce utilities’ non-technical losses, improve billing accuracy and expand renewable energy portfolios.

SGCC Member News
Electric Light & Power: The Rising Value of Residential Demand Response
By 2025, Navigant estimates that residential demand response will reach 23 GW in North America. What accounts for this surge in interest? DR comes down to pure economics-the payoff is almost immediate for both utilities and residents. Austin Energy first implemented residential DR in 2001. During its lifetime, the program has grown significantly and since 2013 has included a bring-your-own-thermostat option.

Metering & Smart Energy International: SGCC Releases Smart Grid Communications Toolkit for Utilities
SGCC has announced the release of its communications toolkit to use when conveying smart grid benefits to consumers. The communications toolkit, Effective Communication with Consumers on the Smart Grid Value Proposition, was compiled following an online survey 502 US adults who regularly make decisions on household electricity usage and payments.

Utility Dive: Xcel Taps Sunrun, Northern Reliability to Test Solar+Storage in Denver
Xcel has long been a big purchaser of wind power, and has a growing amount of solar power. The company is now looking for ways to better integrate those renewable resources into its grid. In the partnership with Sunverge and Northern Reliability, Xcel will pair battery storage with rooftop solar on houses in Stapleton’s North Central Park and Eastbridge neighborhoods in the Denver area.

Electric Light & Power: Silver Spring Networks Announces Smart Grid Deployment with AEP Ohio
Silver Spring Networks was chosen for a networking deployment for the second phase of AEP Ohio’s smart grid program. The Advanced Metering Infrastructure deployment has received regulatory approval from the PUCO and will enable improved energy efficiency, increased grid reliability and provide better access to information about electric usage for nearly 900,000 AEP customers across Ohio.

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