Communities in California install SmartMeters, first step: Orange County

Southern California Edison (SCE) will install smart electric meters throughout communities in Orange County as part of the Edison SmartConnect program.

SCE customers in those communities will receive new meters starting this week through June. Communities in the upcoming installation phase include: Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Midway City, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach and Westminster.

Ken Devore, director of Edison SmartConnect program at SCE, said: “Over the past several years, we have focused on developing an industry-leading smart meter program, including extensive testing of our smart meters and associated systems to ensure their quality and performance.

“Smart meters will empower our customers to become better managers of their electricity usage through new tools, programs and services that will help them save energy, money, and the environment.”

Within the next year, SCE will introduce new pricing plans, programs and services that will empower customers to make informed decisions about their energy use. In the second half of 2010 and beyond, once the advanced features are fully activated, the meters will be enabled to communicate with the next generation of smart thermostats, appliances and other devices, the company said.

The first smart meter in the Edison SmartConnect program was installed last September in Downey, California, with installations continuing through 2012 to total nearly five million SCE residential and small-business customers in the utility’s service territory. To date, SCE has installed approximately 600,000 meters.

SCE has contracted with Corix Utilities to perform most of the installations. Edison SmartConnect is a $1.6bn program authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission.

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New meeting in the California Hydrogen Business Council

California is where hydrogen gets down to business. And the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) is the vital link between hydrogen-technology developers, businesses, energy leaders, government, and infrastructure providers. A non-profit organization, members share a common vision of clean energy and transportation fueled by hydrogen.

If you are interested about the hydrogen business technology, this is the place to be. Some of the goals of the council is promote the conduct and growth of hydrogen business, support access to hydrogen business information, identify opportunities for hydrogen technology and coordinate with and support the National Hydrogen Association.

The next month the council promote this meeting.

Hydrogen: The Next Step for Infrastructure and Fuels

when:Thursday, March 4, 2010

where: SCAQMD in Diamond Bar, California

Starts promptly at 9:00 A.M. and concludes at 4:30 P.M.

9:00 A.M. – 9:20 A.M.

Introductory Comments, Paul B. Scott, D.Sc, President, California Hydrogen Business Council
9:20 A.M. – 9:50 A.M.

South Coast Air Quality Management District Hydrogen Infrastructure Projects, Dipankar Sarkar, Technology Demonstration Manager, Technology Advancement Office, South Coast Air Quality Management District
9:50 A.M. – 10:20 A.M.

Progress and Next Steps for the CaFCP Action Plan, Bill Elrick, Technical Program Manager, California Fuel Cell Partnership
10:20 A.M. – 10:50 A.M.

Self-Introductions, Coffee and Conversation
10:50 A.M. – 11:20 A.M.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Mobile Lighting: A Market Transformation Partnership, Lennie Klebanoff, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
11:20 A.M. – 11:50 A.M.

Hydrogen Highway Review and Update, Gerhard H. Achtelik, Jr. , Manager, Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure, California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resource Board
11:50 A.M. – 12:20 P.M.

End-user Requirements for the Tri-generation Fuel Cell Power Model, Darlene Steward, Senior Analyst, Hydrogen Infrastructure Analysis Group, National Renewal Energy Laboratory
12:20 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Lunch (1 hr 10 min)

1:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

The BNSF Hydrogen Fuel Cell Switch Locomotive, Mark Stehly, Assistant Vice-President, Environment and Research and Development, BNSF
2:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Bringing Hydrogen to the Fuel Retailer: Focus Group and Workshop Results, Chris White, Communications Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership
2:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Afternoon Break
3:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

New Directions for the Clean Fuels Outlet Regulation, Leslie Goodbody, Air Pollution Specialist, Sustainable Transportation Technology Branch, California Air Resource Board
3:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Review of BC Transit and London Fuel Cell Bus Programs, Paul B. Scott, Sc.D, Chief Scientist, ISE Corp.
4:00 P.M. – 4:20 P.M.

Closing Remarksv

CHBC General Meeting Reservations and Info

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration Program

Toyota Motor Sales announced today that more than 100 Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles will be placed in a nationwide demonstration program over the next three years in universities, private companies and government agencies in California and New York.

A little piece of history

In December 2002, Toyota began limited testing of fuel cell vehicles in the U.S. and Japan.  A total of 20 first generation fuel cell hybrid vehicles (FCHV) are in service in California with universities, corporations and government agencies.  Toyota enlisted the University of California, Irvine, University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Davis to test different aspects of consumer acceptance and market dynamics of fuel cell vehicles.  FCHV also are placed with the California Fuel Cell Partnership, a public-private partnership organization to promote the adoption of hydrogen vehicles in California.
Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell technology has advanced at an impressive pace since the FCHV introduction in 2002.  Toyota engineers have consistently improved vehicle range, durability and efficiency through improvements in the fuel cell stack and the high-pressure hydrogen storage system, while achieving significant cost reductions in materials and manufacturing.  When the FCHV-adv was introduced in 2008, it boasted an estimated range increase of more than 150% over the first generation FCHV.
In late 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy, Savannah River National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, approached Toyota to participate in a collaborative evaluation of the real-world driving range of the FCHV-adv.  When the range evaluation was completed in 2009, the FCHV-adv averaged the equivalent of 68 mpg and achieved an estimated range of 431 miles on a single fill of hydrogen compressed gas.  To compare, that’s more than double the range of the Highlander Hybrid with zero emissions.
In late 2007, the technology improvements implemented in the FCHV-adv were road tested in extreme conditions on a 2,300 mile trek from Fairbanks, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia along the Alaska-Canadian (ALCAN) highway.   The seven day trip confirmed substantial progress in reliability and durability, cold-weather operation and extended range capability of the hybrid fuel cell system.
I  think that we need  this kind of programs !!! They are so  necessary , is the next step to educate and prepare customers for the arrival of  sustainable mobility
Do you live in California or New York???
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