International Team comes together to Study Demand Response Impacts at New
ATLANTA and TOKYO, July 18, 2013
ATLANTAand TOKYO, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Toshiba Corporation and
Landis+Gyr team up with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology
Development Organization (NEDO), the University of Kyoto, and Los Alamos
County to study demand response pricing programs.Utilizing smart meters and
customer volunteers, the partners will study how consumers respond to variable
pricing per kilowatt hour and how this impacts their electric demand during
the summer months. The research will begin in late July and run through
The demand response pricing research is a component of the U.S.-Japan
Demonstration Smart Grid Project in Los Alamos. Constructed for a consortium
of partners representing NEDO, Los Alamos County, and Los Alamos National
Laboratory, the smart grid test bed demonstrates a high penetration of
renewable energy on an electric grid to meet a residential community's needs.
This includes understanding what influences customers to reduce electric
consumption during peak-times when electricity is more expensive and not
always available from renewable resources.
The study will measure the impact variable pricing has on customers' behaviors
and energy consumption, deploy renewable generation and energy storage to
respond to the electric demand, and assess the overall efficiency. The goal is
to understand the effects of pricing models and messages on households.
Collection of energy usage data, weather forecasts and stored energy
capabilities, coupled with analysis of customer behavior, is expected to
provide insights that will help define the future of responding to consumers'
electric demands and improving energy efficiency programs.
"As the world population increases toward a projected total of more than 9
billion by 2050, concerns about reliable, clean generation to meet growing
energy requirements will remain at the top of the energy policy agenda for
current and future generations," said Takeshi Yokota, Executive Officer,
Corporate Vice President of Toshiba. "To ensure prosperous and healthy places
to live, communities, like Los Alamos County, will need to embrace innovative
technologies and renewable energy on scales never seen before. Communities of
the future will increasingly rely on advanced smart grids for seamless
integration of renewable energy sources and variable pricing to supplement
traditional generation sources."
The demonstration smart grid project leverages renewable generation and
storage solutions including a one Megawatt (MW) solar array, a sodium sulfur
battery and lead acid batteries for a combined storage capacity of nearly two
MWs of electricity. Electric loads are balanced and output fluctuations are
absorbed through Toshiba's Micro Energy Management System (µEMS) that predicts
electric demands and weather. In the study, the Micro Energy Management
System will initiate demand response events when demand and temperature are
met for a variable pricing day.
Landis+Gyr' Gridstream solution, including approximately 850 advanced smart
meters, the associated mesh communications network as well as leading edge
software capabilities provided by both the Command Center Head-End System and
Gridstream Meter Data Management System will support the study.
Landis+Gyr and Toshiba's solutions, integrated using the International
Electrotechnical Commission – Common Information Model (IEC-CIM) version 2.0
family of standards, will predict high demand days and manage the demand
response message communication to the customer while measuring changes in
usage patterns during each variable pricing event.
"Support for open standards will enable Los Alamos County to deploy a
completely integrated solution that leverages grid automation for forecasting
and measuring consumer response to the pricing events," said Richard Mora,
Landis+Gyr's President and CEO for the Americas. "Combining renewable
generation and battery storage, with the intelligence of a smart grid
platform, will allow Los Alamos County to demonstrate a critical ingredient
necessary for establishing their future smart community program."
For more information about the DR study, visit the Los Alamos County public
utility programs web page.
Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and
marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba
Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital
products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs;
electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials;
industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation
systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators &
elevators; and home appliances.
Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than
590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales
surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management
products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver
true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the
broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering
industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With
annualized sales of more than US$1.6 billion, Landis+Gyr, an independent
growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and 40% owned by the
Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five
continents, and employs 5,200 people with the sole mission of helping the
world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.
Contact: Dan Jacobson, Landis+Gyr, 218-562-5195, email@example.com;
or Atsushi Ido, Toshiba Corporation, firstname.lastname@example.org
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