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Proposed Pepco-Exelon Merger Turned Aside by D.C. Regulator, For Now
August 28, 2015

Karyl Leggio, a finance professor at Loyola University's Sellinger School of Business in Baltimore, notes in a recent Washington Post article that the proposed merger could still move forward if Pepco receives representation on the Exelon board, makes infrastructure investments, and avoids being seen as a small piece of a larger organization as a result of the deal.
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Georgia's Largest Municipal Utility Selects Tantalus for Electric and Water Smart Grid Solution
August 28, 2015

Tantalus notes that it is increasing the return on investment of Marietta Power's existing Itron, Inc. ERT (encoder receiver transmitter) AMR technology by remotely collecting and processing electric, water and gas readings in near-real time with a hybrid IP and wireless-based AMI network.
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Pedernales Electric Cooperative Selects DVI for Volt/VAR Optimization Platform
August 27, 2015

Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest electric distribution cooperative in the United States, will participate in an innovative Volt/VAR optimization pilot program in response to continued load growth in central Texas.
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces More Than a Billion Dollars in Initiatives to Advance Clean Energy
August 25, 2015

As part of the President's Clean Power Plan, DOE's Loan Programs Office (LPO) is making up to one billion dollars in loan guarantees available to support commercial-scale distributed energy projects, such as rooftop solar with storage and smart grid technology. In addition, through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), DOE is awarding $24 million in funding for 11 high-performance solar power projects that could lower the cost and improve the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems.
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PJM's Capacity Auction Draws Landmark Commitment from Electricity Resources
August 25, 2015

The first PJM Interconnection capacity auction to include the new Capacity Performance requirement attracted a strong response from capacity resources prepared to meet the new pay-for-performance standards.
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SolarReserve Receives Approval for Breakthrough Solar Plant With Energy Storage In Chile
August 25, 2015

Utilizing SolarReserve's proprietary solar thermal energy storage technology, the Copiapó Solar Project, scheduled to reach commercial operation in 2019, will deliver 260 megawatts non-intermittent baseload power 24 hours a day to consumers of the central interconnected system.
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Creating Regional Electricity Markets and Better Weather Forecasting Technologies Critical To Integration of Renewables In Asia
August 19, 2015

"The ability to analyze demand patterns for electricity and integrate them with accurate weather forecasting will help utilities avoid stranded investments into expensive T&D upgrades for renewable integration. This will make information the most valuable commodity in the power grid of the future," explains Ravi Krishnaswamy, Vice President, Energy & Environment - Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan.
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Proposed New Smart Grid Model Standard for Facilities Open for Review
August 19, 2015

ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model, is intended to provide a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts. The proposed standard is open for public review from Aug. 7 until Oct. 6, 2015.
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Constellation and Bloom Energy to Develop 40 Megawatts of Fuel Cell Projects
August 14, 2015

The portfolio of customer projects builds on Exelon's 2014 equity investment in 21 megawatts of Bloom Energy Servers and supports the growth of Constellation's distributed energy business, which has more than 300 megawatts of assets in operation or under development.
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Kentucky Municipal Power Company Uses Sunverge Energy Storage Systems for Demand Response Program
August 14, 2015

The Glasgow Electric Plant Board is installing Sunverge Energy's smart energy storage devices as part of the utility's effort to significantly reduce emissions during times of peak demand for its customers in southern Kentucky. The Sunverge system, to be installed in 165 homes, is designed to provide utility-grade storage at individual homes along with software "in the cloud" to manage that storage.
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Malaysia's Tenaga Nasional Berhad Launches Customer Engagement Program with Opower
August 14, 2015

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the largest electricity company in Malaysia, has partnered with Opower to launch a pilot customer engagement program designed to help customers manage their energy use. TNB serves an estimated 8.6 million customers in the Malaysian Peninsula and is the first utility in Southeast Asia to unveil a program of this kind.
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New Energy Department Reports Highlight Trends of Growing U.S. Wind Energy Industry
August 13, 2015

Total installed wind power capacity in the United States grew at a rate of eight percent in 2014 and now stands at nearly 66 gigawatts, which ranks second in the world and meets 4.9 percent of end-use electricity demand in an average year. The United States was the global leader in total wind energy production in 2014.
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Smart Grid Infrastructure Investment in South America: $38.1bn by 2025
August 11, 2015

"Brazil is by far the largest market in the region for smart grid investment," said Ben Gardner, President of Northeast Group. "After several false starts, the country is now beginning large-scale deployments. In just the past year, Brazilian utilities have announced deployments of over 3m smart meters and will invest $25.6bn over the next ten years."
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RES Selected For Demand Response Pilot Program In Ontario
August 11, 2015

The IESO issued a request for proposal in April of 2015 to provide the IESO with a better understanding of DR resources' ability to provide services that are currently provided by generators and other suppliers. The structure of the pilot will enable the IESO to integrate a diverse portfolio of pilot projects with varying characteristics.
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Siebel Energy Institute Established with $10 Million Grant
August 7, 2015

The Institute's 24 research grants nearing $1 million, led by engineering and computer science experts from the Institute's member universities, are intended to accelerate the development of algorithms and machine learning to improve the performance of modern energy systems.
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Energy Efficiency Ranks As Key Priority among Higher Education Facility Leaders According to New Study
August 7, 2015

The biggest factor driving schools' energy efficiency efforts is cost savings, according to the survey conducted with higher education facility leaders, with environmental benefits and industry standards rounding out the top three reasons for becoming more energy efficient.
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Good Energy and Joule Assets to Manage New York State's New Community Choice Aggregation Initiative
August 6, 2015

As the CCA model is adopted by cities across New York, the partnership model is seen as providing a replicable blueprint for implementation.
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Silver Spring Networks and CPFL Energia Expand Brazilian Smart Grid Program with Distribution Automation
August 6, 2015

The expansion of CPFL's smart grid program leverages the existing investment in Silver Spring's mesh networking platform and is built upon the successful Phase 1 Advanced Metering Infrastructure deployed for 'Grupo A' customers, the large-scale commercial and industrial customers across CPFL Group's eight distribution companies.
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EPA Issues Clean Power Plan, with Final Rule for Carbon Emission Reductions
August 4, 2015

The CPP is designed to cut U.S. carbon pollution from the power sector by 870 million tons, or 32 percent below 2005 levels, in 2030. Emissions of sulfur dioxide from power plants by 2030 will be 90 percent lower, and emissions of nitrogen oxides will be 72 percent lower, compared to 2005 levels.
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PG&E Proposes Smart Energy Reform in Support of Growth of Rooftop Solar
August 4, 2015

Under the plan, solar customers would still realize savings of more than 50 percent on their monthly bill, according to PG&E. The net impact of the changes proposed by the utility would be about $20 monthly for a typical prospective solar customer planning to install a 3.7 kilowatt solar system.
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Wi-SUN Alliance to Collaborate with India Smart Grid Forum
August 4, 2015

The Wi-SUN Alliance has announced a strategic relationship with the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), a public private partnership initiative of Ministry of Power, Govt. of India, created to accelerate the development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector.
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Growth Forecast for South Korea Smart Grid Market
July 30, 2015

The smart grid equipment market in South Korea is projected to grow at a CAGR of 20.56% over the period 2014-2019, according to a recent report from TechNavio.

An increasing population, coupled with high living standards and rapid industrialization, has had a negative impact on the natural environment of South Korea. Consequently, the government has instructed power plants to reduce emissions of GHG, and the country is investing in clean and renewable power generation.
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Four-in-Ten Small Consumers and Eight-in-Ten Large Consumers Participate in Competitive Electricity Markets
July 29, 2015

The ABACCUS report recognizes Texas as the leader in competitive retail electric markets for the eighth consecutive year. In addition, the Canadian province of Alberta, and the U.S. states of Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania were all recognized as leading competitive retail electricity markets.
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Verizon Delivers Smart Energy As-A-Service
July 29, 2015

The company has announced that its Grid Wide service is available in the U.S. and is offers electric utilities an integrated solution for smart metering, demand response, meter data management and distribution monitoring and control.
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IEEE Smart Village Unveils New Web Presence
July 28, 2015

IEEE Smart Village, a global humanitarian program helping remote, energy-deprived communities build toward sustainability with renewable energy and technology, recently launched its new website (www.ieee-smart-village.org) in Denver at the annual IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) General Meeting. It also unveiled the new IEEE Global Classroom at the Posner Center for International development.
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Ameren Illinois Reports on Grid Modernization Results
July 28, 2015

Ameren Illinois recently reported that its customers are experiencing fewer and shorter power outages as a result of electric grid upgrades the company has implemented under the state's Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA). These reliability improvements are saving its customers an estimated $48 million each year, according to Ameren.
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Annual Revenue from Global Solar PV Installations to Surpass $151 Billion in 2024
July 24, 2015

According to Navigant Research, prices for solar PV are projected to reach a global average in the range of $1.70/W installed throughout the world by 2024. If this price is realized, solar PV will largely be at grid parity (without subsidies) in all but the least expensive retail electricity markets.
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USDA Announces $349 Million in Funding for Rural Electric Infrastructure Projects including $17 Million in Smart Grid Technology
July 23, 2015

The funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development's Electric Program, which makes insured loans and loan guarantees to non-profit and cooperative associations, public bodies and other utilities.
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Sagemcom Delivers Solution for Luxembourg's Smart Metering Roll-Out
July 23, 2015

Sagemcom will supply 305,000 electricity meters and data concentrators. The central system is shared between Sagemcom and Atos Worldgrid, which will provide end to end integration.
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Green Charge Networks to Partner with ChargePoint on Intelligent Energy Storage and EV Charging
July 22, 2015

Green Charge Networks notes that combining energy storage with EV charging eliminates the high cost of demand charges caused by spikes in power usage, often a barrier to installing EV charging stations.
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