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Smart Grid Briefing: Honeywell, Constellation, Lockheed Martin, Retroficiency

Smart grid and demand response announcements have come thick and fast from this year’s DistribuTECH conference, which just wrapped up in San Antonio. Some of the biggest items from the conference and around the web:

Honeywell and utility SSE launched a full-scale smart grid project that will connect up to 30 commercial and industrial buildings in the Thames Valley area west of London. The pilot is part of the £30 Sterling New Thames Valley Vision project recently awarded to Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution by U.K. energy regulator Ofgem.

Honeywell will install automated demand response technology in the selected facilities. The utility will then work with these customers to trim peak electricity use, and reduce strain on the local networks and substations, which are nearing capacity. Honeywell expects the full-scale project will allow the utility to shave about 10 MW of energy use when necessary.

Ofgem eventually plans to roll out a smart grid covering 14,000 homes and businesses in the north of England, BusinessGreen reports

Constellation Energy announced an agreement with PureSense Environmental. The relationship will provide the real-time irrigation management company the opportunity to offer their growers Constellation Energy’s load response programs to help them curb their energy usage.

Space-Time Insight introduced the Situational Intelligence Suite for Utilities, a set of purpose-built applications that the company says transform massive volumes of real-time, historical and predictive smart metering data into intuitive displays for rapid decision-making. The first of the suite, Smart Meter Intelligence, extends the capabilities of “big data” solutions by helping organizations visually correlate real-time meter data with enterprise, grid, communications, environmental, and other information streams.

Proximetry announced it is partnering with Cisco for its push for a unified smart grid, and said it is joining with CSC Corp. to launch network management to help utility operators manage smart grids, GreenTech Media reports.

Dominion and Lockheed Martin announced the availability of the EDGE Grid Side Efficiency solution for utilities.  EDGE is a modular conservation voltage management system that enables utilities to deploy incremental grid-side energy management, requiring no behavioral changes or purchases by end customers, the companies say. It is the first of several smart grid applications to be delivered through a joint marketing and development alliance between the two companies.

Retroficiency, a maker of building-side energy data analysis products, is testing utility-facing tools in pilots with Schneider Electric and Iberdrola USA, which serves 2.5 million utility customers in Maine and New York. But the software maker wouldn’t elaborate on what the partnership entails, according to GreenTech Media.

Finally, Powergrid International magazine has announced four winners of its Projects of the Year Awards. Duke Energy won the Energy Efficiency/Demand Response award for its Smart Energy Now program; California Independent System Operator won the Grid Integration of Renewables award for its visual approach to managing renewable energy; AEP Ohio won the Smart Grid prize for its gridSmart demonstration project; and Toronto Hydro won the smart metering award for its advanced metering project.

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2 thoughts on “Smart Grid Briefing: Honeywell, Constellation, Lockheed Martin, Retroficiency

  1. HOW WILL Honeywell, Constellation, Lockheed Martin AND OTHERS CONTINUE TO WORK IN THIS AREA NOW THAT A CALIFORNIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT IDENTIFIED SMART METERS AS DANGEROUS TO PERSONAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH?

    CALIFORNIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT SMART METER HEALTH REPORT JANUARY 2012 (summary).

    1. Smart Meters emit radiation almost continuously, day and night, seven days a week.

    2. Family safety is uncertain with a smart meter attached to a home.

    3. It is impossible to know how close a consumer is to their RF Radiation limit, making safety an uncertainty with installation of a mandatory Smart Meter.

    4. Smart Meters can exceed the whole body radiation exposure of cell phones by 60-150 times.

    5. Radiation exposure from Smart Meters at non-thermal levels shows accumulating evidence of human cell damage, DNA chain breaks, breaches in the blood-brain barrier, sperm damage, toxin exposure, cancer, miscarriage, birth defects, semen degradation, autoimmune diseases, etc.

    6. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is a real and sometimes debilitating neurological problem for the affected persons (Mild et al., 2004).

    7. FCC guidelines do not protect the public and cannot be used for any claims of Smart Meter safety.

    8. Smart Meters exceed the RF Microwave Radiation standards of many other countries by 12 to 60 million times.

    9. SUMMARY: Given the evidence of existing and potential harm from Smart Meters, governmental agencies for protecting public health and safety should be much more vigilant towards Smart Meter electromagnetic radiation exposures because governmental agencies are the only defense against such involuntary exposure.

  2. AAEM Calls for Moratorium on Smart Meters

    On January 19, 2012, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) issued a statement regarding their opposition to wireless smart meters. They are requesting an immediate moratorium. The link for their statement is provided below. It begins as follows:

    The Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine opposes the installation of wireless “smart meters” in homes and schools based on a scientific assessment of the current medical literature (references available on request). Chronic exposure to wireless radiofrequency radiation is a preventable environmental hazard that is sufficiently well documented to warrant immediate preventative public health action.

    http://aaemonline.org/images/CaliforniaPublicUtilitiesCommission.pdf

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