Sunday, August 28, 2011

Movers & Shakers of Smart Grid to attend GridWeek 2011

GridWeek, the biggest gathering of Smart Grid industry in the world is again set to attract the worlds Who's Who of the industry. The event, which is going to be organized at Washington DC on 12-15th September is covering broadest range of topics, issues, companies, people, and governments. Under the theme "The Way Forward - strategies for energy business, policy, and solutions", GridWeek is going to be attended by 60+ utilities from across the world, where more than 200+ speakers are going to present their experiences, vision, solutions, and obstacles for the future path.

"The Who’s Who: In addition to utility speakers, GridWeek is bringing together the Smart Grid elite:
  • Regulators and consumer advocates: With representation from NARUC and FERC, as well as a variety of advocacy organizations, GridWeek is bringing consumer and regulatory topics to the forefront.
  • Analysts: With eight major analyst partners, GridWeek attendees can expect fresh research and perspectives.
  • International delegates: From senior vice presidents of utilities in Europe, to the highest energy officials and utility chief executives in India, GridWeek is gathering dozens of international delegates to deliver a broad global perspective."
The StarCast of the event includes :

Aneesh Chopra: Chief Technology Officer, United States of America

Daniel Ponman: Deputy Secretary of Energy, U.S Department of Energy

Nicole Lamb-Hale: Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Services, U.S. Department of Commerce

Patt Hoffman: Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

K.Venugopal: Minister of State for Power, Government of India

P Uma shankar: Secretary of  Power, Ministry of Power, Government of India

The event covers topics like Electric Vehicles, Demand Response, Cyber Security, Energy Storage, Distributed Energy Resources, Renewable Integration, and Climate Change.

Check more about the event at GridWeek

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

One Billion Smart Meter by 2020

1) Smart Meter installation to reach 1 billion by 2020
As reported by Greenbiz, smart meters installation will rise to 963 million by 2020 thanks to China, which is aggressively pursuing Smart Meter/Smart Grid technology implementation in the country. Smart meters, which provides two-way communication between utilities and customer and helps track energy usage is going to play a significant role for emerging sectors like electric vehicles, information, energy, and buildings. 

Andres Carvallo, Executive VP of Proximity provides deep insights of his 25 yrs experience in Energy, Telecommunication, and Information Technology in the new upcoming book "The Advanced Smart Grid." It details the importance of Smart Grid, network security, interoperability, and design architecture to successfully realize the investment made in Smart Grid technologies. It is recognized the per-eminent book by industry leaders, companies like Cisco, organization like pecan streets, IDC, Global Smart Grid Federation, Utilities Telecom council,  as wells as universities like University of California, LA, University of Kansas, and University of Texas, Austin for understanding, architecting, and deploying functional Smart Grid.

3) Why PV for EV makes sense 
Recently, EV makers, GE, Mitsubishi, and Nissan made announcement about installing PVs on delearship for Customer who purchase EVs, which probably may not be financially beneficial to companies, but will definitely increase their GQ (green quotient) to environmental minded consumers. Ford went one step furthers, along with SunPower, it announced that it will provide solar roof to the consumers who buys Ford EV. Which indeed is an interesting proposition for consumers.   

4) Smart Grid to become 6.8 billion industry in Europe by 2016
Europe is set to experience considerable growth in Smart Grid development over the next five years, A recent report published by GTM predicts that the Smart Grid  market will reach over €6.8 billion by 2016. Europe is leading the Green Technology movement and is very focused in reducing carbon emission to considerable level, to meet the aggresive targets set by the countries, utilities across the region are rigorously working on implementing Smart Grid technologies. The 130 page reports provides analytical insight about technologies, economics, competition, and comparison of smart grid deployment with regions like the U.S., China, and Japan

5) Why Smart Grid Analytics are Big Deal?
According to Pike Research, Smart Grid is going to generate petabytes of data, these huge tsunami of data will need to be analyze in order extract useful information from the energy exchange and usage. Pike Research predicts this will create market worth of $11.6 billion by 2015. Beyond the obvious application like consumer and grid management, data analytics will create values that are yet to be discovered.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

NDPL receives $0.6 million grant from USTDA for smart grid project

US Trade and Development Agency today announced that NDPL is choosen for $686,447 grant for implentation of Smart Grid technology project in its distribution network of North & West Delhi. The agreement was signed between USTDA and NDPL at US - India Business Council(USIBC) organized  roundtable in New Delhi. Sunil Wadha, MD of NDPL welcomed the USTDA association in this regard. NDPL is one of the pioneer in Smart Grid technology implementation in India.

North Delhi Power Ltd, which is jointly owned by New Delhi government and Tata Power, has partnered with GE for various smart grid solutions. Smart Grid technologies are going to enhance efficiency and reliability of energy distribution, additionally consumer will have ability to manage their energy usage. NDPL expects the technology will help them reduce power outages and thus increase reliability. The company has taken many initiatives in this regard that will reduce network losses and has pioneered substation and distribution automation in India. It is working on many smart grid initiatives, including deployment of smart metering infrastructure that will automated meter reading and help manage metering services using two-way communication with consumers.