Greentech Lead America: Smart metering solutions provider Itron and electric vehicle charging station infrastructure provider ClipperCreek have unveiled revenue-grade electric vehicle charging stations.
The solution includes ClipperCreek charging stations embedded with Itron sensor technologies, such as revenue-grade metrology, cellular communications and a ZigBee communication module.
The companies will install these EV charging stations at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), provider of electricity to nine million people across seven southeastern states, in collaboration with selected distributors in its territory.
Installation of the charging stations is scheduled to begin in mid-2013.
With these charging stations, TVA can charge utility service vehicles while accurately measuring energy used. In addition, TVA can retrieve interval data collected at the charging station through a ZigBee smart meter interface.
The stations allow for flexible control of charging, receiving inputs (such as charging schedules and control signals for emergency demand response) from TVA, local distribution companies or local charging station operators.
Mark de Vere White, senior vice president of Itron Energy Group in North America, said, “Our cellular meter is the perfect complement to ClipperCreek’s charging station. Cellular communications leverage existing infrastructure, making the charging stations easy and affordable to connect regardless of their location.”
“The ability to provide revenue-grade metering, along with demand response and load control, allows utilities to provide superior service and features to their customers while reducing costs,” said Jason France, ClipperCreek CEO.
“Combining our charge stations with Itron’s metering and communications technology gives utilities a choice of communications options along with the reassurance of Itron’s industry-leading metrology,” France added.
Itron, Tantalus Partner to deploy smart meter and AMI infrastructure in South America
Itron, in association with Tantalus, a provider of smart grid communications, has been selected for an initial deployment of smart meters and AMI infrastructure for South American utility Guyana Power and Light (GP&L).
This project will be a part of the Sustainable Operations of the Energy Sector and Improve Quality of Service (GY-L1037) program funded by the Government of Guyan.