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PJM Marks 20 Years Of The Competitive Electricity Market
March 28, 2017

PJM launched the country's first bid-based electricity market on April 1, 1997, amid a federal restructuring of the industry that opened transmission lines to competitors and non-incumbent entities. It quickly refined the system to align locational prices with corresponding grid conditions, a model now used around the world.
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ViZn Energy Systems and Raychem RPG Team Up to Deliver Energy Storage in India
March 28, 2017

ViZn Energy Systems (ViZn) has been awarded a 1MWh utility energy storage contract to ensure electrical grid stability in India. ViZn's systems will be installed and integrated by Raychem RPG at Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) facilities in Puducherry, India.
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Eliminating Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Possible, New Study Finds
March 24, 2017

Renewable energy now accounts for 24% of global power generation and 16% of primary energy supply. To achieve decarbonization, the report states that, by 2050, renewables should be 80% of power generation and 65% of total primary energy supply.
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International Renewable Energy Agency: Countries Join Forces to Accelerate Global Energy Transition
March 24, 2017

Ministers and high-level representatives from China, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates, agreed to work together to establish an Energy Transition Coalition over the course of this year for accelerating the transition to a sustainable energy future.
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OSI and DC Systems Form a Strategic Technology Partnership
March 24, 2017

The partnership addresses joint solutions for transmission, distribution, generation, and emerging technologies for the grid edge, smart grid, and renewables.
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Australia and New Zealand to Invest $6.1bn in Smart Grid Infrastructure
March 23, 2017

With the exception of New Zealand and the Australian state of Victoria, which have largely completed their smart meter rollouts, Australia is poised to begin large-scale smart meter rollouts in the next several years. Market growth for other smart grid segments, most recently the battery storage market, is beginning to accelerate across the region, according to a new report by Northeast Group, LLC.
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Illinois Commerce Commission Initiates NextGrid Utility of the Future Study
March 23, 2017

The Commission study fulfills a recommendation of Governor Bruce Rauner's Transition Committee and complements the December 2016 passage of the landmark Future Energy Jobs Act, a bipartisan effort enacted by the Governor and the Illinois General Assembly which, among other things, creates policy support for zero carbon emission baseload generation and the expansion of energy efficiency programs, net metering, solar and wind energy.
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New York Governor Launches $70 Million Electric Car Rebate and Outreach Initiative
March 23, 2017

$55 million of the Drive Clean Initiative is dedicated to rebates of up to $2,000 for purchase of a new plug-in hybrid electric car, all-electric car or hydrogen fuel cell car. In addition to the $55 million in rebates, $15 million will support improving consumer awareness of electric cars and their benefits, installing more charging stations across the state, developing and demonstrating new electric car-enabling technologies, and other efforts to put more electric cars on New York's roadways.
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Oracle Utilities Launches Smart Grid and IoT Device Management Solution in the Cloud
March 23, 2017

Oracle recently introduced Oracle Utilities Operational Device Cloud Service (ODCS), a new cloud offering that is designed to enable utilities to further automate the management of their grid assets and devices, at a total lower cost of ownership.
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Schneider Electric Study Highlights Cross-Industry Trend to Move Security Applications to the Cloud
March 22, 2017

According to a new study commissioned by Schneider Electric, companies across industries are increasingly leveraging the cloud for security applications, with 42 percent of respondents indicating they currently run security applications in the cloud and almost half (45 percent) stating they are likely or extremely likely to transition security operations to the cloud in the future.
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Siemens and Allgäuer Überlandwerk Form Joint Venture for Smart Grid Expansion
March 22, 2017

The joint venture's consulting services will focus on "intelligence instead of copper" solutions for smart grid expansion. The primary action areas will be the integration of large capacities from distributed generation plants and intelligent control of the distribution grid.
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Xcel Energy Announces the Nation's Largest Multi-State Investment in Wind Energy
March 22, 2017

The company has proposed 11 new wind farms in seven states, which would add a total of 3,380 megawatts of new wind generation to its system. The proposed plan significantly increases the amount of wind energy in the company's energy mix by 2021, with wind fueling nearly 35 percent of its total energy mix.
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Report from North America's Electricity System Operators Examines Impact of Emerging Technologies
March 17, 2017

A report from an affiliation of independent electric grid operators concludes that the future of the North American power grid depends on effectively adding renewables to the grid, the accuracy and availability of data from "behind-the-meter" resources and coordinating these distributed energy resources at the grid operator level to preserve reliability.
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SDG&E Spurs Energy Storage Innovation With Flow Battery Technology
March 17, 2017

During the four-year demonstration project, SDG&E will be researching if flow battery technology can economically enhance the delivery of reliable energy to customers, integrate growing amounts of renewable energy and increase the flexibility in the way the company manages the power grid.
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ComEd Conducting Illinois' First Community Energy Storage Pilot
March 17, 2017

The pilot will focus on improving power reliability for customers experiencing multiple interruptions. One of the first utilities in the nation to install CES, ComEd will also evaluate the potential of this technology to serve as a proactive tool to drive continuous improvement in service reliability.
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New York State Facilities Making Significant Progress Toward 20 Percent Energy Reduction Goal
March 16, 2017

Benchmarks to date show significant progress against the Governor's BuildSmart NY initiative, his strategic plan launched in 2012 directing State agencies, authorities and systems to meet a 20 percent energy efficiency improvement goal by 2020. Results collected through fiscal year 2015-16 indicate that the State has improved energy efficiency at its facilities by 8.8 percent since the project's baseline year 2010-11.
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FPL Selects Black & Veatch and Blattner Energy to Build New Solar Energy Centers in Florida
March 16, 2017

When completed, the new plants combined are expected to generate enough energy to power approximately 120,000 homes and prevent an average of more than 525,000 tons of carbon emissions annually. This level of greenhouse gas reduction is equivalent to the emissions from more than 100,000 vehicles or the carbon sequestered by more than 450,000 acres of forest, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Schneider Electric to Help Enable Energy Resiliency at USMC Logisitics Base
March 15, 2017

Schneider Electric recently announced it has been awarded a subcontract from Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., to support the development of smart controls as part of an energy savings performance contract at the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, Georgia.
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Fortum and Futurice Developing New Concept for Solar Energy Companies in Developing Countries
March 15, 2017

The idea is to develop a platform that would help local solar companies offer solar energy systems to households. The Software-as-a-Service concept would offer a solution for solar companies to secure the payment from end-customers and to provide better customer support, as well as a more reliable system.
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Electric Power Distribution Automation Systems Market Worth $23.7 Billion By 2025: Grand View Research
March 14, 2017

The global electric power distribution automation systems market is expected to reach USD 23.7 billion by 2025, according to a new report conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. The rise in the adoption of smart grids & funding initiatives is projected to spur the demand for distribution automation systems. The growing investments in transmission & distribution are expected to remain a key driver.
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Siemens Opens Grid Control Center of the Future With Research and Scientific Partners
March 13, 2017

As part of the DynaGridCenter research project co-funded by the German BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), Siemens and its research and scientific partners have opened a dynamic grid control center at the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany, that is the first of its kind in the world.
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Alpiq Creates Structures For Future Growth
March 13, 2017

Swiss energy company Alpiq notes that the digital transformation of the energy world covers the entire value chain from electricity generation to consumption. The integration of new renewable energies as well as the shift from traditional end customers towards prosumers present new and complex challenges to infrastructure in the energy industry.
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New SGIP White Paper Addresses Smart Grid Security with Broadcast Communications
March 10, 2017

SGIP has announced the release of a free white paper that addresses the issue of cybersecurity for smart grid broadcast communications. Smart Grid System Security with Broadcast Communications was published by the Home/Building/Industry-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group (H/B/I2G DEWG) at SGIP.
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New Materials Could Turn Water into the Fuel of the Future
March 9, 2017

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have in just two years nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels.
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New BRIDGE Energy Group Survey Shows Utility Companies Exhibit Overconfidence Within Their Security Posture
March 9, 2017

"A major grid breach in the U.S. is imminent," said Richard Jones, VP of Grid Security at BRIDGE Energy Group. "The lack of integrated, real-time security data resulting in missing operational vulnerabilities will continue to slow any incident response time."
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GE & Caithness Announce Innovative Power Deal that Could Exceed $1B to Build Multiple HA Combined-Cycle Power Plants in US
March 9, 2017

The package is configured to include up to six high-efficiency HA gas turbines, six steam turbines, six heat recovery steam generators and other equipment - known as the power island. The agreement is expected to be effective March 31, and the plants are projected to be developed throughout 2017 and 2018.
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Bechtel Establishes Cyber Security Lab for Industrial Control Systems
March 8, 2017

Patrick Fredericks, program manager for the Strategic Infrastructure Group (SIG) for Bechtel said "Whether we are talking about control systems or telecommunications infrastructure, there is a real need to develop innovative solutions that address the current world environment. The merging of technology in both of these areas requires a new approach that supports global deployment of integrated technology solutions on a large scale, while also addressing the threats that we see now and in the future."
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mPrest and New York Power Authority (NYPA) Announce Software to Ensure Reliability of Statewide Critical Power Infrastructure
March 8, 2017

mPrest's Asset Health Management application was developed in collaboration with NYPA and is already deployed and monitors the operational health of NYPA transformers in real time, assisting to improve reliability and maximize efficiencies at NYPA's Niagara Power Plant, which is one of the largest renewable energy sources in the nation.
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Public Service Enterprise Group Outlines Capital Investment Program
March 7, 2017

Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) said that it plans to invest approximately $15 billion over the next five years upgrading its energy infrastructure. Ralph Izzo, PSEG chairman, president and CEO, said that PSE&G has the potential to become a model utility of the future -- an energy company that meets societal demands for enhanced grid resiliency, investment in renewables and universal access to energy-efficient technology.
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Vectren Announces $500 Million Plan For Energy Grid Modernization
March 7, 2017

Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana - South announced on Feb. 22 a robust electric infrastructure improvement strategy the company intends to undertake over the next seven years to modernize its electric grid that delivers power to more than 144,000 southwestern Indiana homes and businesses.
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Grid Modernization Forum in Chicago to Examine Latest Progress on New York REV and other Key Initiatives
March 6, 2017

Progress made in Grid Modernization programs throughout the U.S. is mixed. While states are moving purposefully and deliberatively to modernize the grid, empower customers, and offer competitive opportunities for utilities and non-utilities alike, we are looking at billions of dollars of investment needed to fully operationalize the grid-of-the-future. Most people agree generally on what the future should look like -- and also recognize that the road to realization of this vision is fraught with risk.
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ChargePoint Raises $82 Million to Pave the Way for e-Mobility in Europe
March 6, 2017

More than 20 European countries already provide attractive incentives for purchasing EVs, which has helped make Europe the world's second-largest EV market. As more EVs hit more European roads, the need for a comprehensive charging network is more important than ever.
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Southern Research Project Advances Novel CO2 Utilization Strategy
March 6, 2017

Southern Research is developing a novel nano-engineered catalyst-driven process for the production of light olefins, such as ethylene and propylene, using carbon dioxide, or CO2, from coal-fired flue gas and lower alkanes derived from shale gas as feedstocks.
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Implementation of Network Codes Boosts Integration of Europe's Power Markets
March 6, 2017

Sixteen transmissions system operators (TSOs) are cooperating to create a Core capacity calculation region that will cover most of continental Europe. In this Core region they will adopt common methodologies to calculate and optimize cross-border transmission capacity. This will ease cross-border trade without endangering security of supply.
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USDA Announces Funding to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure in Nine States
March 3, 2017

USDA is making $202 million in loans to upgrade rural electric service in Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, including $14.7 million to implement smart grid technology.
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ABB Delivers First Urban Battery Storage Solution In Denmark to Support Renewables
March 3, 2017

ABB recently announced the successful commissioning of Denmark's first urban energy storage system. The Lithion-ion based battery energy storage system (BESS) will be integrated with the local electricity grid in the new harbour district of Nordhavn, Copenhagen. The system has been commissioned for Radius, DONG Energy's electrical grid division.
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VELCO and IBM Research Announce the Creation of Utopus Insights
March 3, 2017

Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) and IBM announced the creation of Utopus Insights, Inc., based in Valhalla, NY. Utopus Insights is a new company that will strive to be a leading provider of the next generation of intelligent energy solutions.
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FPL Announces Sites Selected For Eight New Solar Power Plants
March 2, 2017

"On a per-megawatt basis, these eight new plants will be the lowest-cost solar ever built in Florida and some of the lowest-cost solar ever built in America," said Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO.
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Vidsys and Current, powered by GE, Collaborate to Enhance Smart Cities
March 2, 2017

Powered by Predix , GE's platform for the Industrial Internet, Current's CityIQ intelligent nodes are placed on street light poles where they will collect and analyze real-time data that is made actionable via APIs to the Vidsys platform.
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India to Invest $44.9bn in Smart Grid Infrastructure
March 1, 2017

India's smart grid market will vary widely across states, with each state possessing a unique industry structure and regulatory framework. The largest smart grid market opportunities exist in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, West Bengal, and Kerala.
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