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Implementation of Smart Grids Could Generate 3.5 Billion for the Netherlands
April 17, 2015

The findings come from the recently completed phase 2 of the Groningen PowerMatching City project, which involved 40 households using solar panels, micro CHP plants, heat pumps, and smart software to share electricity between neighbors and optimize energy efficiency.
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New York Governor Announces $160 Million Investment in Clean Energy
April 17, 2015

The funding is intended to support significant private investment in renewable energy sources such as wind farms, fuel cells, biomass facilities, renewable biogas and the upgrading of small- to medium-sized hydropower projects that provide power to the electric grid.
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E.ON to Utilize AutoGrid's EDP 3.0
April 17, 2015

AutoGrid Systems recently launched the third version of its Energy Data Platform (EDP), which is designed to provide utilities with a real-time portrait of their power systems and connected assets.
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Enphase Energy Helps Hawaiian Electric Clear the Solar Interconnection Backlog on Oahu
April 15, 2015

The two companies used PV production data to create statistically rich "heat maps" that supported the initial technical reviews by Hawaiian Electric's engineers. Utilizing this analysis helped Hawaiian Electric meet its commitment to release approximately 4,000 PV systems, or over 20MW, of solar interconnections.
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Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Selects ACS for Outage Management System
April 15, 2015

The system was developed from the same platform ACS uses for SCADA/DMS, enabling real-time automation and analysis with high performance not typically associated with legacy OMS solutions, according to the company.
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Silver Spring Networks Selected for Smart City Deployment in Paris
April 14, 2015

The company reports that its citywide canopy network will connect cabinet-based controllers for street and traffic lights across the "City of Lights"
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Eltel and Hafslund Sign Largest Norwegian Smart Metering Rollout Contract
April 14, 2015

Eltel and Hafslund Nett have agreed on a rollout of 630,000 smart meters in Hafslund distribution network in Norway. The project is by far the largest smart metering project in Norway and will take more than three years to implement. Eltel's
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CEE and Turkey Smart Grid Market to Reach $25.2 Billion Over Next 10 Years
April 14, 2015

According to a new report by Northeast Group, LLC, the region is closely following Western Europe and will reach 83% smart meter penetration by 2025.
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Indiana to Take Leadership Role in Energy Storage
April 7, 2015

Duke Energy is funding $1 million in research at the Battery Innovation Center in Southern Indiana to study how battery storage can maximize renewable power sources. The initiative is part of a 2012 regulatory settlement between the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and Duke Energy.
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S&C, Schneider Electric and Oncor Complete Innovative Microgrid
April 7, 2015

The system near Lancaster, Texas, consists of four interconnected microgrids and utilizes nine different distributed generation sources, including two solar photovoltaic arrays, a microturbine, two energy storage units and four generators. To turn these generation assets into a microgrid, S&C and Schneider Electric developed a distribution automation scheme that leverages multiple intelligent grid solutions from both companies, enabling the four microgrids to effectively operate independently or as one larger microgrid.
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Inovateus Solar and GE Install Off-Grid Solar System in Anguilla
April 6, 2015

The 1.0-megawatt solar generation plant uses a battery backup system to store energy and provide uninterruptible service to the resort's reverse osmosis (RO) plant throughout the day, creating potable water for residents and irrigation water.
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Survey Finds Prepay Energy Primed for Growth in Utility Sector
April 6, 2015

The new survey by DEFG found that prepay in all its manifestations, e.g., reloadable cards, gift cards, etc., is part of an intensifying megatrend in consumer finance with over two-thirds of Americans of all income classes currently using some form of prepay.
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Advanced Distribution Management Systems Expected to Exceed $3.3 Billion by 2024
April 1, 2015

"Although utilities still face a steep learning curve with ADMS technology, its direct and indirect benefits are becoming widely apparent," says Lauren Callaway, research analyst with Navigant Research. "Industrywide, utilities are taking an increasingly strategic approach to their smart grid IT/OT deployments, and ADMSs represent a key element of this trend."
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Smart Cities on the Rise in India
April 1, 2015

According to a recent report by TechSci Research, the Indian government's smart cities project would involve the overall investment of approximately USD 2 trillion for the development of trunk and internal infrastructure in 100 cities planned under the project. Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Kerala are few of the states where maximum number of smart cities would be developed in coming years.
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Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Passes ComEd's Energy Plan
March 27, 2015

SB 1879 expands support for renewable energy in Illinois and allows ComEd to invest $300 million in the construction of six microgrids.
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Samsung SDI and ABB Form Strategic Microgrid Commercial Alliance
March 26, 2015

The two companies will establish a global commercial alliance to develop and market modular and scalable microgrid solutions, utilizing lithium-ion batteries for energy storage.
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California Energy Commission Awards Bosch-led Team $2.8 Million for Commercial-Scale Energy Grid
March 26, 2015

The Bosch DC microgrid project will connect rooftop solar PV arrays to energy-efficient DC lighting, DC ventilation and DC energy storage systems on a 380-volt DC bus to form a DC building grid. The approach is designed to allow commercial buildings to become zero-net-energy users in a cost-effective manner.
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SGCC's Survey Reveals Awareness and Attitudes Toward Smart Grid-Enabled Programs and Technologies
March 26, 2015

The majority of consumer respondents (86%) recognize the benefits of smart grid-enabled technology, citing improved reliability, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and money saved by enabling better energy management as the top three benefits. The survey also notes that most consumers (82%) are satisfied with their electric utility.
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Outage Management System Market Growth Through 2023
March 24, 2015

Navigant Research expects the global OMS market to grow from $929.4 million in 2014 to $1.3 billion in 2023. This market is segmented into four categories: software purchases and upgrades, software maintenance fees, services, and analytics overlays for outage management informational, preventative/operational, and engineering tasks.
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Siemens Expands UI LABS Partnership with CityWorks
March 24, 2015

In collaboration with the city of Chicago, local academic institutions, and civic partners, CityWorks will address infrastructure challenges in four key areas: energy management, physical infrastructure, water and sanitation systems, and transportation and logistics systems.
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PG&E President Says Utility is Investing Today for the 'Grid of Things' of Tomorrow
March 23, 2015

One initiative undertaken by the utility is designed to give customers the choice to cover either 50 percent or 100 percent of their electricity use with power from small and midsize solar projects within the company's service area.
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Report Examines Global Market for Advanced Batteries Through 2020
March 23, 2015

The worldwide market for advanced batteries is growing at a rapid pace with the market already crossing $27 billion in 2014, according to Taiyou Research. The global market for advanced batteries is expected to be worth over $55 billion by 2020, with electric vehicles accounting for the biggest share of the market.
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Smart Grid Sensors Market Expected to Hit $350 Million in 2021
March 18, 2015

The smart grid sensor market is roughly doubling in size every two years, as electric utilities worldwide are expected to begin large-scale installations of the new technology, according to research firm IHS Inc.
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SolarCity Launches Microgrid Service Worldwide
March 18, 2015

The GridLogic service combines distributed energy resources including solar, batteries and controllable load to enable "a cleaner, more resilient and more affordable way of providing power", according to the company.
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EEBus Initiative and the Open Interconnect Consortium Join Forces on IoT Standardization
March 18, 2015

EEBus is dedicated to defining an end-to-end solution for the smart grid and smart home that will increase the efficiency, environmental protection, convenience and security of the energy supply and related Smart Home management. OIC's connectivity framework is designed to simplify the way application developers and device manufacturers manage common tasks of discovery and connectivity over different transports, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and ZWave.
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N-Dimension Used by NMPP Energy to Protect Against Cybersecurity Threats
March 17, 2015

N-Dimension reports that during the trial period, the appliance identified and generated alerts on a high number of security events that bypassed NMPP's existing layers of network security. For example, the N-Sentinel detected 3.8 million Priority 1 high risk and Priority 2 medium risk alerts that included viruses, remote access trojans, malware, exploit attempts and reconnaissance.
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Shandong Electric Power Deploys Coriant Packet Transport Solution
March 17, 2015

By improving utilization of network resources and enhancing service management from end-to-end, Shandong Electric Power has achieved savings of over 25% in operational expenses and up to 30% in capital expenses, according to Coriant.
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Utility Distribution Microgrids Gain Market Momentum
March 13, 2015

Though still a relatively small slice of the overall microgrid pie -- especially when it comes to grid-tied systems -- utility deployments and investigations into this emerging market have picked up in key markets such as North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, according to new analysis by Navigant Research.
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Ice Energy Helps Riverside Public Utilities Set the Stage for Utility 2.0
March 13, 2015

Ice Energy recently announced it has been awarded a five-year contract from Riverside Public Utilities in California to provide 5 megawatts of behind-the-meter thermal energy storage using the company's proprietary system. The program will kick off this spring.
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U.S. Installs 6.2 GW of Solar PV in 2014, Up 30% Over 2013
March 13, 2015

Solar accounted for 32 percent of the nation's new generating capacity in 2014, beating out both wind energy and coal for the second year in a row. Only natural gas constituted a greater share of new generating capacity, according to a new report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
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CG to Provide Smart Grid Solutions in Saudi Arabia
March 13, 2015

Avantha Group Company CG has been awarded a contract worth 3.4 million Euros by Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), the largest power utility company in the Middle East serving approximately five million customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), to supply ZIV three phase smart meters.
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IREC Recommendations on Deploying Distributed Energy Storage
March 13, 2015

A new report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) outlines why regulators should be interested in helping establish foundational policies to enable deployment of distributed storage. The report discusses the specific uses and benefits of distributed storage, looking at the nature of current state policy efforts to address distributed energy storage and providing six key policy considerations.
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