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Itron Launches the Next Generation Platform for Smart Energy, Water and Cities
February 4, 2016

The platform delivers three core distributed intelligence capabilities: self-defined and refreshed locational awareness of edge devices, support for multiple communication and application protocols, and processing power at the edge of the low-voltage network.
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Leading Wind Developer to Help Deliver Clean Energy for New England
February 4, 2016

Invenergy, the largest independent owner and operator of renewables, will deliver its renewable energy to the ISO New England bulk transmission system through the Vermont Green Line. Hydro-Québec, North America's largest generator of hydropower, will supplement these deliveries to ensure that a firm block of renewable energy is delivered around the clock.
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eMotorWerks Announces Program that Pays Drivers for Charging their Electric Vehicles
February 4, 2016

Connected to major California utilities' grid management systems, the company's JuiceNet-enabled EV charging stations are controlled to charge at times when the electric grid is least constrained, better integrating renewables into the grid and earning rewards for its customers.
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SGIP Announces the Release of the 2015 Grid Modernization Test Bed Survey
February 4, 2016

The survey finds that smart grid technology providers are willing to collaborate to help accelerate and reduce the cost of smart grid modernization -- 91 percent of respondents are open to collaboration with a wide variety of industry players, including vendors.
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Powerhive Completes $20M Financing Round for Off-Grid Energy Access Solutions in Emerging Markets
February 2, 2016

The funding will support Powerhive's expansion into new markets in Africa and the Asia-Pacific, as well as continued growth in Kenya where the company has operated rural microgrids since 2012.
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Electric Cities of Georgia Names Tantalus as Preferred AMI Solutions Provider
February 2, 2016

Tantalus and ECG will collaborate to offer member utilities a variety of options to deploy AMI and smart grid solutions, including the ability to efficiently migrate existing automatic meter reading (AMR) technology to a two-way AMI platform by remotely collecting readings from legacy electric, water and gas encoder receiver transmitter (ERT) devices.
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Younicos: Europe's First Commercial Battery Will Also Provide Black Start Capability
January 28, 2016

As part of the "Kickstarter" demonstration project, the 5-megawatt battery plant operated by northeast Germany's power utility WEMAG will receive physical as well as control software upgrades. In conjunction with renewable energy assets and a gas and steam power plant, it will then be able to quickly restore the grid in case of disruption, thereby preventing damage that could cost tens of millions of Euros, according to Younicos.
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Fraunhofer CSE-Led Team Wins DOE Award to Integrate Solar PV, Energy Storage, and Facility Load Management at Utility Distribution Scale
January 28, 2016

The three-year award will be used to design, develop, deploy a fully functional and integrated photovoltaic (PV), energy storage, and a facility load management system at the utility distribution scale and demonstrate in Massachusetts for at least one year. Fraunhofer CSE, with National Grid and its industry and state government partners, will match the award and put $3.5M towards the project.
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U.S. Department of Energy Awards ComEd $4 Million for Renewable Technology
January 27, 2016

The funding is to design and deploy solar and battery storage technology within ComEd's planned microgrid demonstration project in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. The project -- as well as the solar and battery storage it integrates -- will be located next to the Illinois Institute of Technology's microgrid and part of the first "microgrid cluster" in the world.
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Amber Kinetics Announces Flywheel Energy Storage Contract With PG&E
January 27, 2016

Energy Nuevo, Amber Kinetics' 20 MW project located in the city of Fresno, was selected by PG&E in California's first energy storage solicitation. It is believed to be one of the largest ever for a transmission level flywheel system. Energy Nuevo will provide energy storage under a 20-year ESA, beginning in 2020.
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FERC Order 745
January 26, 2016

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-2 decision upheld FERC Order 745, ruling that the Federal Power Act (FPA) provides FERC with the authority to regulate wholesale market operators' compensation of demand response bids. The Court held that although regulation of wholesale rates can affect retail rates, FERC has not directly regulated retail sales. The ruling overturns a May 2014 finding by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which had vacated Order 745.
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Leclanché Selected for One of Largest Grid Ancillary Services Projects in North America
January 26, 2016

Hecate Canada Storage II, LLP, an emerging Canadian Project Development and Electrical Systems Integrator, has selected Leclanché as the exclusive partner to provide 13MW / 53MWh Energy Storage Systems near Toronto, Canada.
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BRIDGE Energy Group Industry Survey Shows Grid Modernization Gaining Traction Across North America
January 26, 2016

Utilities still rate reliability as a primary objective, although its relative importance has declined for the second consecutive year, with only 66% of respondents rating reliability as priority 1 or 2. 41% of utilities are focused on improving operations through work and asset management, and 34% consider customer empowerment a priority.
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3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index Finds California, Illinois, Texas, Maryland, and Delaware Leading the Charge
January 22, 2016

Key takeaways from the report include 1) the fact that continuing to fund grid modernization investments is a challenge for many states; 2) that some key factors associated with high GMI scores are advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) penetration, electric market deregulation, and the presence of demand response programs; and 3) that the source of leadership for grid modernization efforts (executive branch, legislators, regulators, etc.) varies widely from state to state.
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Study: DERs Present New Complexity and Challenges to Utility Operations and Business Model
January 22, 2016

West Monroe Partners recently announced the findings from its latest study of customers, utility executives and utility regulators on the present and future state of distributed energy resources (DERs). The study found the interest and growth of DERs is increasing among residential customers particularly, but some utility executives and regulators have yet to settle on collaborative ways to prepare for the potential shift.
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Report: Bring Your Own Thermostat Demand Response Programs Represent a Target Market of $1.4 Billion
January 13, 2016

"Utilities offering one thermostat model to customers is not sustainable due to ongoing technology advancements and the fact that today's consumers want more choice in the devices they use to participate in DR programs with the features that they desire," says Brett Feldman, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. "BYOT projects are in the pilot phase right now, but are expected to be ready for larger deployment in the near future after initial program evaluations show positive results."
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Vodafone wins €100m contract with ScottishPower Energy Networks
January 13, 2016

Under the contract, Vodafone will operate and enhance remote monitoring data systems across more than 110,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables. The company will also provide specialist support to SP Energy Networks to help implement new smart grid technologies and integrate generation from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
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Ericsson Announces "Smart Metering as a Service"
January 12, 2016

Ericsson recently announced the launch of what's billed as an automated, end-to-end Smart Metering as a Service (SMaaS) platform. SMaaS removes the main obstacles -- high upfront cost, complexity and assuring security prominent among them -- that have been preventing utilities and city governments from carrying out Smart City plans.
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Projections for Grid-Scale Electricity Storage Technologies
January 8, 2016

The market for grid-scale battery storage technologies is projected to reach nearly $4.0 billion in 2025 from $716 million in 2015, according to a new report from BCC Research. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 18.7% for the period 2015-2025.

Lithium-ion battery storage technology is projected grow from $257 million in 2015 to nearly $1.9 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of for the same period, according to the report. Also, flow batteries storage technology will grow from $115 million in 2015 to $773 million in 2025, at a CAGR of 21.0%.
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ABB to Supply Breakthrough Technology for Smart Substations in China
January 8, 2016

ABB recently announced that the company will install a 363 kilovolts disconnecting circuit breaker (DCB) with Fiber Optic Current Sensor (FOCS) integrating three substation functions -- circuit-breaking, disconnecting and current measurement -- in one single component, thereby reducing the space needed for a substation bay by up to 70 percent. It will be the world's first DCB with FOCS application at such a high voltage level.
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EDF Renewable Energy Announces Commercial Operation of Slate Creek Wind Project
January 8, 2016

The 150 megawatt facility will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 55,000 average Missouri and Kansas homes, according to US Energy Information Administration. As a result, this will prevent approximately 460,000 metric tons of new greenhouse gas emissions per year, the equivalent of the annual emissions from approximately 96,000 passenger vehicles.
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Report Examines Sizable Benefits and Impacts of Renewable Portfolio Standards in 2013
January 7, 2016

A new study by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates that $2.2 billion in benefits came from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and $5.2 billion from reductions in other air pollution, in mid-range estimates, for state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies operating in 2013.
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The Future of Energy and Utilities
January 7, 2016

In this 4-minute YouTube video, Steve Callahan, Vice President of Global Strategy and Solutions, Energy and Utilities Industry at IBM, provides a look at the main change drivers affecting the utility industry and how advanced analytics will play a key role in meeting the challenge.
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Panasonic to Provide Smart City Technologies for Denver
January 6, 2016

Panasonic's CityNOW approach, which is based on the company's experience in smart city planning and integration around the world, will be the linchpin of the company's initiatives in the Denver metro area.
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CleanSpark, Renova Power Networks to Partner on Advanced Microgrid Deployment
January 6, 2016

Renova has established a focused subsidiary, Renova Energy Management, to work arm-in-arm with CleanSpark on a wide array of renewable energy microgrid projects. The market is projected to grow 300% over the next five years, from $225 million in 2016 to $1 billion in 2020.
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SCADA Systems Expand Globally with Increasing Energy Requirements
January 5, 2016

Although SCADA system vendors are making an effort to keep pace with changing trends, advancements in communication technologies will significantly disrupt SCADA architecture, according to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan. As devices now directly communicate with next-generation enterprise software in real-time and all business processes are integrated, there will be a drop in the share of hardware revenue. However, demand for application software will gather momentum.
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Grid-Scale Energy Storage Balance of Systems Costs to Decline 41% by 2020
January 5, 2016

Today, grid-scale energy storage balance of system (BOS) costs average $670 per kilowatt. These costs include hardware like inverters and containers, soft costs like customer acquisition and interconnection, and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) expenses. A new report from GTM Research forecasts average grid-scale energy storage BOS costs to dip below $400 per kilowatt by 2020.
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Major Security Breach of an Industrial SCADA System Predicted in 2016
December 22, 2015

According to Glenn Longley, regional manager for energy markets at FreeWave, there will be a major security breach of an industrial SCADA system in 2016 which will drive industrial organizations to shift to more of a focus on IoT and newer, more secure communication systems. "Each company is different in how it handles the influx of IoT and the resulting IT/ OT convergence," Longley notes. "With the merging of Information Technology and Operations Technology, the firewall that separates the two becomes more complicated and less well-defined. Security will ultimately be the limiting factor on how much IIoT is deployed."
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Eltel Wins New Smart Meter Contracts in Norway with Soria Consortium
December 22, 2015

The contracted services include installation and testing of 282,000 smart meters and communication infrastructure, warehousing and logistics, end customer communications and project management as a prime contractor. The customer projects will be started in the beginning from 2016 and are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
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East Asia To Invest $54.5bn in Smart Grid Infrastructure Over Next Decade
December 18, 2015

"East Asia is the last of the world's developed regions -- behind North America, Western Europe and Oceania -- to begin large-scale smart grid deployments," according to Ben Gardner, president of Northeast Group. "Rollouts are now underway and the region will be one of the largest smart grid markets in the world over the next 5-10 years."
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ComEd and Technology Start-Up MeterGenius Join Forces
December 18, 2015

As part of a partnership between Chicago-based utility ComEd and MeterGenius, nearly 6,500 randomly selected ComEd customers with smart meters will participate in a six-month pilot intended to help them efficiently manage and reduce energy use and save money.
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