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NY Legislature Passes Historic Legislation to Advance Energy Storage
June 23, 2017

Senate Bill 5190 and Assembly Bill 6571 ensure prudency in New York's longer-term electric sector investments by directing the Public Service Commission to develop an Energy Storage Deployment Program, including a storage procurement target for 2030. Doing so will start a deliberative process by which the PSC can determine what is appropriate for New York with input from utilities, customers, and other stakeholders.
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EPCOR Completes Advanced Metering Deployment in Edmonton
June 22, 2017

Landis+Gyr has announced completion of an innovative multi-year grid modernization project with EPCOR that included deployment of the Gridstream AMI solution for advanced metering infrastructure and grid management in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Aclara and Enbala Form Strategic Alliance
June 22, 2017

Aclara Technologies and Enbala Power Networks have announced a new strategic alliance through which Aclara adds Enbala's Virtual Power Plant (VPP) technology to Aclara's utility solution suite.
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Iberdrola and MIT Energy Announce Collaboration to Spur Energy and Environmental Innovation
June 22, 2017

The $10.3 million, five-year collaboration aims to advance technologies and policies that contribute to the energy transition and the fight against climate change, supporting numerous efforts through the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and related MIT initiatives.
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MHIEC Receives Order to Build Largest-Capacity Waste-to-Energy Plant in the World
June 21, 2017

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd. (MHIEC) has received an order to build a municipal solid waste incineration plant in Shanghai, China. Once completed, the waste to energy plant will have the largest waste treatment capacity in the world of 6,000 tons per day (tpd).
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Department of Energy Announces $116 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants
June 21, 2017

There are 174 Phase I grants, which will allow small businesses to research technical feasibility of new innovations that advance the Department's mission. Phase I grants are 6-12 months in duration with a median award amount of $150,000. In addition, 89 Phase II grants will go to prior Phase I grantees to allow them to develop novel prototypes or processes to validate their Phase I research findings. Up to two years in duration, Phase II grants have a median award amount of $1 million.
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The Organization of MISO States and MISO Release Results of Annual Resource Adequacy Survey
June 21, 2017

The MISO region will have ample electricity-generating resources to meet expected demand while also maintaining an adequate supply of reserves for the next five years, according to the latest annual resource adequacy survey. The results show an improved resource adequacy outlook compared to last year.
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SMUD and Simple Energy Partner to Deliver Innovative Marketplace
June 19, 2017

At launch, SMUD's new marketplace will offer customers in the Sacramento region energy-related and smart-home products and services with instant online rebates in the shopping cart that can be delivered directly to customers' homes. Over time, SMUD and Simple Energy will collaborate on the development of a broad range of additional marketplace components including new products, services, tools and more.
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Solar Industry Expects Loss of U.S. Jobs Next Year if Trade Protections Granted
June 16, 2017

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the solar industry, said that an estimated 88,000 jobs, about one-third of the current American solar workforce, would be lost if Suniva gets trade protections proposed in its petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
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Energy Department Announces up to $12 Million for Projects to Advance Wave Energy
June 16, 2017

Two projects will test and validate wave energy converter (WEC) prototypes in open water. The tests will demonstrate wave energy's potential to compete with other forms of energy in the longer term. Two other projects will address important early-stage MHK technology development challenges.
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North American Electric Reliability Corporation's State of Reliability 2017 Report
June 16, 2017

NERC's 2017 reliability report finds that grid resilience to severe weather and protection system performance improved, though risks from cyber and physical security increased.
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Wind, Solar Power Could Overpower Political Winds: Deloitte Study
June 15, 2017

Demand for renewable energy by consumers and businesses - along with a long-term commitment to cleaner portfolios from utilities - seems to be fundamentally shifting energy attitudes and decisions, independent of federal stances, according to Deloitte's annual "Resources 2017 Study - Energy Management: Sustainability & Progress."
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Construction Underway on FPL's Eight New Universal Solar Power Plants
June 15, 2017

Florida Power & Light Company announced that construction is underway on its next eight solar power plants, continuing one of the largest solar expansions ever in the eastern U.S. The new plants, which will comprise a total of more than 2.5 million solar panels and nearly 600 megawatts of capacity combined, are all on track to begin powering FPL customers by early 2018.
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Union of Concerned Scientists: States Enact Clean Energy Plans as White House Pulls out of Paris Climate Agreement
June 14, 2017

A dozen states, Puerto Rico, at least 80 mayors and more than 100 businesses will submit a plan to the United Nations showing how they will collectively reduce their global warming pollution in reaction to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, the 2015 landmark international accord aimed at combating global warming.
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Smart Thermostats Get Thumbs Up from BPA
June 14, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of Northwest homes will be eligible to get brainier while saving money and electricity now that BPA has added two models of smart thermostats to its list of approved energy efficiency products.
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New Report Identifies the Growing Challenges and Solutions for Integrating DERs
June 13, 2017

"While most studies focus on cost-benefits of DERs, our clients are starting to see significant operational technology and business process challenges and opportunities," according to Terry Nielsen, Executive Vice President of GridBright. "The full impact of DER on our industry has yet to be understood to mitigate negative effects and optimize their benefits."
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Regalgrid Europe Launches Its Smart Energy Sharing Solution
June 13, 2017

Regalgrid's technology uses a peer-to-peer software platform whereby multiple users can share their energy that has been generated and/or accumulated from renewable sources in real-time, exchanging their surplus or demand energy with other users.
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U.S. Solar Market Adds 2 Gigawatts of PV in Q1 2017
June 9, 2017

Utility-scale solar prices fall below $1/watt for first time, and capacity is expected to triple over next five years, according to a recent report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
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Minnesota Power Proposes Next Step in EnergyForward Plan
June 8, 2017

If approved by regulators, the resource package coupled with the company's existing renewable resources will result in renewable resources providing 44 percent of the company's energy supply by 2025, further reducing carbon emissions while keeping rates affordable.
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Smart Grid and Energy Storage on Shetland Demonstrates the Power Of Renewable Energy
June 8, 2017

The five year long, £18m Shetland-based Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project has demonstrated that an islanded electricity distribution system can operate securely with a high penetration of local renewable generation.
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Enel and Rosseti Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Innovative Smart Grid Solutions
June 7, 2017

The MoU, which has a duration of two years, aims to build partnership relations between Enel and Rosseti by promoting the exchange of information and by sharing best practices as well as technological solutions in the areas of as smart metering and grid digitization.
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Siemens and TCS join Forces for Industrial IoT on MindSphere
June 7, 2017

Tata Consultancy Services a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Siemens unveiled a new collaboration around Internet of Things (IoT) innovation. Focused on customers in the manufacturing, energy, building technology, healthcare and railway industries the partnership will enable customers to benefit from new data insights and services based on MindSphere, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens.
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United Nations Environment Program Statement On US Decision To Leave Paris Agreement
June 6, 2017

"The science on climate change is perfectly clear: we need more action, not less. This is a global challenge. Every nation has a responsibility to act and to act now."
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Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Up to $9 Million through the Interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative
June 6, 2017

The projects funded through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) -- a joint National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and DOE program -- will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products, and diversify energy portfolio of the U.S.
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New York Governor Announces Major Climate and Jobs Initiative
June 5, 2017

On June 1, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order to commit New York to uphold the standards set forth in the Paris Accord and announced a U.S. Climate Alliance, along with California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Washington State Governor Jay R. Inslee, to convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change.
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SEPA and Black & Veatch Release New Case Study on Distributed Energy Resources Planning
June 5, 2017

Consumers could outspend utilities in the adoption of solar, storage, electric vehicles and other distributed energy resources (DERs), making it essential for utilities to track and integrate these DERs into their planning processes to benefit their customers and the grid. That is one of the key findings of a new case study detailing the efforts of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to create such an integrated DER planning process.
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Statement by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on President Trump's Announcement Regarding the Paris Accord
June 2, 2017

"The United States will continue to be a leader in energy technology, development, and delivery," Perry says. "We will serve as an example to the rest of the world on how to achieve economic, energy, and environmental goals simultaneously."
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Report Examines Future of Demand Response Management Systems (DRMS) Market
June 1, 2017

The global demand response management system (DRMS) market size is expected to reach USD 35.9 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc.
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EPS Commissions 100% Emission-Free Microgrid Powered by Solar PV and Hydrogen-Based Storage in Chile
June 1, 2017

EPS notes that the microgrid is capable of supplying clean energy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no need for diesel generator support (unlike most plants of this type). The system is designed to provide stable power on demand with the same reliability level of the national electrical grid.
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CleanSpark Completes Installation of Comprehensive Residential Microgrid
May 31, 2017

The cost of the system, when compared to the cost of utility installation and on-going operation by the local utility provider, is expected to achieve a payback to the customer in approximately one year and provide significant savings in utility costs over the life of the system. In addition to the estimated hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings, the system also eliminates the operational risk of any grid disruption from the local utility provider, according to CleanSpark.
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USDA Awards Loans to Build and Expand Rural Electric Infrastructure
May 31, 2017

Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning announced that USDA is providing more than a quarter billion dollars in loans for rural electric infrastructure improvements.
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