August Newsreel: Stimulus boosts smart metering, Indiana tunnel prevents sewage overflow and more

August 2010 Vol. 65 No. 8

Smart metering gets boost from stimulus funds
Tunnel will keep overflow sewage out
Improve workflows with civil engineering and stormwater modeling
Three injured in pipeline explosion in Oklahoma

New OSHA training emphasizes workers’ rights
Study finds ductile iron pipe, joints outperforms others in earthquakes
Researchers calculate the cost of CO2 emissions, call for carbon tax
Price Gregory awarded natural gas pipe contract
In Memoriam

Smart metering gets boost from stimulus funds
Honeywell recently announced it is implementing a smart metering network for the city of Duncan, OK, that will allow the municipality to automatically collect electricity and water usage data from residents and local businesses. The smart grid deployment is part of a broader energy-efficiency and public-safety program funded by a 15-year, $14.2 million energy savings performance contract and backed in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The program will help the city improve meter accuracy, reduce its energy and operating costs, and enhance public safety services.

Through the comprehensive program, the city is expected to decrease electricity consumption by 2.2-million kilowatt-hours per year — enough energy to power more than 200 homes annually. The program is also projected to cut annual carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 1,600 metric tons. Honeywell expects to install the smart meter network and complete the upgrades by the end of 2010.

"We're adding the infrastructure that's going to allow our city to improve efficiency and reduce spending across several departments," said city of Duncan Mayor Gene Brown. "The smart metering system in particular will help us better manage our municipal utilities, and ensure that the citizens of Duncan are billed accurately and fairly."