POWERGRID International Magazine Names Projects of the Year at DistribuTECH
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --PennWell Corp. — The editors of
POWERGRID International magazine and PennWell Corp. announced four winners of
the magazine's annual Projects of the Year awards Tuesday during the
DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition keynote in San Diego.
Winners were selected in four categories: Best Energy Efficiency/Demand
Response Project, Best Grid Integration of Renewables Project, Best Smart Grid
Project and Best Smart Metering Project. Further details on winning projects
will be featured in the April issue of POWERGRID International magazine.
Best Energy Efficiency/Demand Response Project
Gulf Power Co. won the Energy Efficiency/Demand Response Project of the Year
for its Energy Select Program. Based in Pensacola, Fla., the Southern Co.
subsidiary initiated the automated dynamic pricing program for residential
electricity users to increase efficiency and sustainability while meeting
growing demand. The program's 10,000 participants can automate their home
energy usage by programming intelligent devices through a Web portal. The
devices automatically respond to the utility's dynamic pricing signals based
on settings chosen by the participants. Gulf Power expects the program will
expand to 16,000 participants by 2016.
Runner-up for the 2013 Energy Efficiency/Demand Response Project of the Year
is Western Power in Perth, Australia, for its demand response air conditioning
Best Grid Integration of Renewables Project
Duke Energy Corp. won the Grid Integration of Renewables Project of the Year
for the Rankin Energy Storage System. In 2010, Duke, S&C Electric Company and
FIAMM, a producer of sodium-nickel-chloride batteries, solved a problem Duke
was experiencing on distribution circuits with distributed solar generation:
Passing clouds were causing solar energy output to fluctuate. In some cases,
more than 80 percent of a solar unit's output would drop in less than five
seconds. FIAMM delivered 12 sodium-nickel-chloride Zebra batteries to S&C
Electric Company for assembly and testing, and the system was delivered to
Duke in December 2011. Duke installed the system in the Rankin Avenue Retail
Substation in Mount Holly, N.C. Since then, the battery control system has
been adjusted continuously to develop the most effective way to use storage
for solar integration.
Runner-up for the 2013 Grid Integration of Renewables Project of the Year is
Acciona Energy for implementing power management capability with advanced
control and energy storage systems.
Best Smart Grid Project
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) won the Smart Grid Project of the
Year for SmartSacramento, which incorporates grid modernization, customer
programs and pilot projects. More than $307 million has been invested in
SmartSacramento, including a $127.5 million Department of Energy smart grid
infrastructure grant. The program includes more than 20 projects to modernize
the grid, reduce costs, increase its electrical system's efficiency, boost
energy savings, improve reliability and introduce customers to better
energy-management tools. SMUD installed more than 619,000 smart meters and has
saved more than $15 million of labor charges for billing, meter reading and
disconnects and reconnects. In addition, SMUD partnered with six local
government agencies to install and implement building emergency management
systems with automated demand response capability in more than 120 buildings.
Runner-up for the 2013 Smart Grid Project of the Year is Progress Energy
Carolinas for its Virtual Generation on Grand Scale project.
Best Smart Metering Project
NV Energy won the Smart Metering Project of the Year for NVEnergize, which
integrates customers with the utility through advanced technologies.
NVEnergize has enabled immediate customer benefits by providing customers
access to Web-based information about their usage and tools to manage their
energy. More than half of NV Energy's customers have signed up for the
MyAccount portal, which includes access to AMI presentment and alerts.
NVEnergize saves $35 million annually and eliminates nearly 17 million monthly
manual meter reads. The integrated remote disconnect and connect switch has
eliminated more than 1 million truck rolls. The utility has deployed more than
1 million electric meters and 156,000 gas modules across its service
territory, encompassing more than 98 percent of Nevada's population.
Runner-up in the 2013 Smart Metering Project of the Year category is Central
Maine Power for its AMI project.
About POWERGRID International
POWERGRID International magazine is celebrating its 18th year as the power
industry's leading source of information on electric power transmission and
distribution automation, engineering and information technology. It reaches
40,000 electric utility professionals, managers, engineers and other qualified
subscribers. The magazine and DistribuTECH are owned by PennWell Corp., a
worldwide media company based in Tulsa, Okla.
PennWell Corp. is a diversified business-to-business media and information
company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for
the following industries: oil and gas, electric power, water and wastewater,
renewable, electronics, semiconductor, contamination control, optoelectronics,
fiberoptics, enterprise storage, converting, nanotechnology, fire, emergency
services and dental. Founded in 1910, PennWell publishes more than 100 print
and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions
on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites,
research and database services. In addition to PennWell's headquarters in
Tulsa, it has major offices in Nashua, N.H.; Houston; London; Mountain View,
Calif.; Fairlawn, N.J.; Moscow; and Hong Kong.
For more information, contact:
Jennifer Van Burkleo, Associate Editor
SOURCE PennWell Corp.
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