Western Power lights up smart grid pilot

Pilot is part of the state's $73.5m Perth Solar City Project
  • (Computerworld)
  • 15 December, 2009 10:53

Western Power will pilot a new smart infrastructure project, SmartGrid-Advanced Meter Infrastructure, aimed at delivering more reliable, sustainable and cost effective energy to homes and businesses in the south-west of Western Australia.

The energy supplier has signed IBM as its systems integration and project management partner for the intelligent network comprising smart meters and a communications backbone.

The SmartGrid-Advanced Meter Infrastructure pilot is part of the $73.5m Perth Solar City Project designed to help communities rethink the way they produce, use and save energy.

Lisa Cunningham, smart grid manager at Western Power, said smart grid technology would enable Western Power’s customers to become smarter and more efficient in their use of power.

“Having a smart meter installed will enable customers to view consumption rates and costs of appliances,” she said in a statement. “The smart meter also automatically alerts Western Power to power interruptions and enables rapid outage management.”

According to IBM, key to the success of the Solar City initiative is the design and deployment of an intelligent network consisting of a digital, open standards-based network of sensors, metering, communications, computer processors, and analytics.

The company says it is currently working on seven of the world's ten largest advanced meter management projects, and is involved in close to 50 smart grid engagements around the world, including with Energy Australia and Country Energy in Australia.

In October, the Federal Government called on the energy industry to submit bids for a separate $100 million smart grid plan. The ‘Smart Grid, Smart City' initiative, which is different from Perth's Solar city Project, will oversee the deployment of Australia’s first commercial-scale smart grid.

The same month, Victorian electricity distributor, SP AusNet, said it would partner with 12 companies and utilise WiMAX technology to rollout 680,000 smart meters in the state over the next three years.

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Anonymous

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who is going to go out and check their meter everytime they boil the kettle to see how much it consumes? the real benefit of smart meters is WP gets to offload its meter reading staff

Anonymous

2

Most of these meters allow you to wirelessly (and securely!) attach an in-home display or your PC to the meter to show your power use and give you alerts for peak pricing.

Not a lot of benefit in offloading the meter reading staff in comparison with the cost of the meter - most of the benefit should come from reducing demand to avoiding expensive (and dirty) peak power generation

Richard Jackson

3

Theory to develop Project Teams that deliver on time, under budget and exceeding stakeholder expectations:

As a retired IBM HQ employee I would like to email the whole PPT presentation to you for use within IBM. Please send me your email address.
I presented this to 196 Boeing Project Managers in October 2008 at Boeing's invitation.

“The Dawning of a New Day: Developing Team Cohesiveness and Motivation”
 Purpose:
 To extract socio-psychological principles helping us to develop strategies about how to most effectively initiate “team” vision, mission and personal purpose and thereby deliver:
 1- exceeding stakeholder expectations
 2- performing under budget and
 3- delivering on or before the planned delivery date.
KEY LEARNING POINTS:
What are the “take-away” ideas?
I. The culturally developed need for achievement can be “manufactured” within our project teams.
II. We can manage communications between both the corporate organization and the team in order to achieve consistent optimal results.
a. Help “team members” see the “Big Picture” – to see how their individual contributions are integral to the performance of the whole.
b. Consistency in communication from Corporate.
c. How can we learn to consistently do the same?
d. Team culture and corporate culture must be synergistic.
e. Encourage contribution of ideas – new ways of accomplishing a task, new policies, new procedures.
f. Idea presentation: Teach the team how to clearly document the expected benefits of an idea.
III. The corporate culture in tandem with the team should encourage and recognize employee contributions.
a. This is necessary in order create consistency and to support efforts that strive to create an environment which is conducive to the “manufacture” of High Levels of the Need for Achievement
Sources:
1- A rediscovered 1930s notebook that charts the construction of the Empire State Building.
2- The sociological environment during the economic depression of the 1930s.
3- Various studies and 1st person interviews regarding the values of the 1930s workers in America.
4- The application of sociological theories of motivation, cohesiveness in teams, etc.
5- The application of project management literature and experience.

Richard Jackson
Consultant
Business Productivity Consulting
www.Business-Productivity-Solutions.com

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