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Duke Energy to Upgrade its Notrees Energy Storage System
June 30, 2015

Duke Energy, Samsung SDI and Younicos will team up to update Duke Energy's 36-megawatt energy storage and power management system at the company's Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas. The system, one of the nation's largest, has been operating since 2012 with lead acid batteries. Over the course of 2016, these batteries will be gradually replaced with lithium-ion technology.
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McKinsey Report Finds that Full IoT Impact and Potential May Actually be Undervalued
June 30, 2015

A new analysis by the McKinsey Global Institute of more than 150 IoT use cases concludes that the Internet of Things has a total potential economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. This is equivalent to approximately 11% of the world economy.

"Our central finding is that the hype may actually understate the full potential," say the report authors, "but capturing it will require an understanding of where real value can be created and a successful effort to address a set of systems issues, including interoperability."
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Nation's Largest Net Zero Commercial Building Retrofit Starts Construction
June 25, 2015

Overall, building's energy usage has been reduced by 250,000 kWh/yr, and it has the capacity to produce approximately one megawatt of energy annually. It will reduce lighting usage by 46%, heating and cooling by 60%. It will achieve a reduction of 28.9 tons in CO2 emissions annually.
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State Grid Holds Talks With United Nations Global Compact
June 25, 2015

Chairman of State Grid, Liu Zhenya, outlined the progress that State Grid has made in the development of ultra-high voltage (UHV) technology and projects, smart grid and international business, as well as his vision for building a global energy interconnection.
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SunEdison and Green Charge Networks To Deliver Solar Plus Energy Storage Offering
June 24, 2015

SunEdison and Green Charge Networks recently announced that they have teamed up to deliver a solar plus storage system to the municipal utility Silicon Valley Power. The project is part of an ongoing partnership between SunEdison and Green Charge Networks to deliver additional electricity savings to commercial and municipal customers throughout Calif.
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Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Shell Energy North America to Install Battery Storage
June 24, 2015

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) recently announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Shell Energy North America to install up to 20 Megawatts of battery storage at Shell Energy commercial, industrial and utility customer sites throughout California.
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NREL Selects Smarter Grid Solutions for Its INTEGRATE Project
June 23, 2015

The Integrated Network Testbed for Energy Grid Research and Technology Experimentation (INTEGRATE) will address specific grid integration challenges that allow clean energy technologies to be deployed at scale.
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DOE Announces New Projects to Accelerate Residential CHP Generation
June 23, 2015

The program will provide $25 million to support 12 project teams to design, build and test improved natural gas-powered generators for residential use. These generators can supply the majority of a household's electricity while producing thermal energy for space and water heating.
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Landis+Gyr Wins BESS Order for First Battery Energy Storage System for Frequency Adjustment in Nordic Countries
June 23, 2015

Toshiba Group member Landis+Gyr recently won a major order to supply a megawatt-class battery energy storage system (BESS) to Helen Ltd., a major energy utility operating in the capital of Finland. The BESS, the first in any Nordic country, will start operation in Helsinki in spring 2016.
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Glendale Water & Power Awards Full Volt/Var Optimization Contract to DVI
June 19, 2015

The deployment follows the successful completion of a pilot project that generated energy savings of 2.95 percent. During the next five years, as GWP ramps up deployment to 68,000 meters, the utility reports that it expects to realize savings of $3.8 million.
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Energy Shift: Microgrid Networks and the Future of the Power Sector
June 19, 2015
by Arnaud Henin, Founding Partner, Gommyr Power Networks

Most of the required technology is available and the costs are decreasing year after year for microgrids. But what are the main barriers to even speedier adoption? The author notes mainly two: creating adequate regulatory frameworks and attracting sufficient capital.
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Evolution of Internet of Things Lays Foundation for Next-Generation Smart Buildings
June 19, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers smart building participants a game-changing opportunity to provide integrated solutions that maximize operational and energy efficiency, enhance innovation, develop remote services and create valuable insights for end users, according to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan.
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Bonneville Power Implements Demand Response Demonstrations with AutoGrid
June 18, 2015

BPA reports that since February, it has used the Demand Response Optimization and Management System (DROMS) to execute more than 20 events in the range of 18 to 28 megawatts, and, in total, has shed more than 500 megawatt-hours.
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UniEnergy Technologies Announces Commissioning of Largest Capacity Flow Battery in North America and Europe
June 18, 2015

The 1 MW Uni.System energy storage system with a maximum energy capacity of 4MWh in Pullman, Wash., will be used by Avista Utilities for load shifting, frequency regulation, and conservation voltage regulation.
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CPower Acquires Demand Response Partners
June 18, 2015

The acquisition is part of CPower's strategy to expand its footprint in the New York ISO market and grow its nationwide demand response portfolio organically and through acquisition.
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U.S. Energy Department and Edison Electric Institute Sign Agreement to Advance EV Technologies
June 12, 2015

Building on the Obama Administration's goal and the Department's EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to develop plug-in electric vehicles by 2022 as affordable as a 2012 gasoline-powered vehicle, the partnership is seen as advancing the benefits of electricity as a transportation fuel and expanding the electric vehicle market by bringing utilities directly into the fold.
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Geli and ProspectSV Win $3 Million Grant for "Internet of Energy" Project
June 12, 2015

The Geli Energy Operating System will network and automate two integrated solar PV and energy storage units, as well as interface with building management controls, to deliver increased value from renewable generation while simultaneously providing energy resiliency for the college and grid services via demand response.
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Malaysia Smart Grid Market in Growth Mode
June 11, 2015

Increasing concerns over security and reliability of the grid, rising share of renewable electricity and introduction of electric vehicles have raised concerns over smooth and continuous electricity supply across the country. Moreover, during 2004-14, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the largest electricity utility in Malaysia with a customer base of 8.5 million, is estimated to have incurred $1.5 billion in transmission and distribution losses.
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Landis+Gyr Brings G3 PLC Smart Metering to Austria
June 11, 2015

In April 2012, the Austrian Ministry for Economy, Family and Youth passed a decree that stated 95 percent of the country's meters must be "smart" by the year 2019. The act was passed as a response to the framework set out in the EU's Third Energy Package, which states that at least 80 percent of European households should be enjoying the benefits of smart metering by the year 2020.
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Asia-Pacific Likely to Emerge as Microgrid Market Leader
June 9, 2015

As of 2Q 2015, Navigant Research has identified a total of 12,031 MW of total microgrid capacity throughout the world, up from 4,393 MW in 2Q 2014—a near tripling of the known scope of the microgrid market.
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U.S. Residential and Utility PV Market Segments Show Solid Growth
June 9, 2015

According to the Q1 2015 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report published recently by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), nearly 25% of cumulative residential solar installations in the U.S. have now come on-line without state incentives.
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UL and UC San Diego Form Partnership to Support Innovations in Sustainable Energy Technology
June 8, 2015

The effort described in the MOU includes jointly conducting research on sustainable energy, and sharing testing techniques, results and analyses. UC San Diego and UL will use their work to develop and define requirements and protocols for sustainable energy production and use. Their work also will address improving proper procedures for initial and mass deployment of these technologies.
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Smart Grid Growth Projected in Emerging Markets
June 3, 2015

According to a new report from Northeast Group LLC, the smart grid sector in emerging market countries -- across Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia -- is beginning to show significant growth. Dozens of local vendors have begun to serve smart grid projects, both on their own and as partners of larger international firms. Overall, smart grid investment across 125 countries will reach $380.1 billion between 2015 and 2025.
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200 MW Longhorn Wind Project in Texas Becomes Operational
June 3, 2015

Longhorn represents EDF Renewable Energy's fifth project to be placed in service in Texas in the past three years bringing the company's installed capacity in the state to 872 megawatts.
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California ISO Employs Siemens Software for Energy Imbalance Market
June 2, 2015

The real-time EIM was launched by the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) in November 2014 and allows utilities across a broad footprint to more efficiently exchange and share energy resources, including renewables like wind and solar, based on generation and demand needs.
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Microgrid Powers Borrego Springs To Avoid Major Outage
June 2, 2015

In addition to onsite generation and energy storage systems, SDG&E used NRG Energy's nearby 26-megawatt Borrego Solar facility to supply electricity to all 2,800 customers in the area for ten hours.
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A123 Systems to Double Global Manufacturing Capacity
June 2, 2015

While the company is currently in the midst of a $100 Million capital expansion across its manufacturing network, A123 has recognized that the existing investment plan must be substantially expanded to satisfy much stronger market demand for its products.
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World Energy Leaders Announce Ambitious Efforts to Advance Clean Energy
May 29, 2015

The global efforts announced at the recent Clean Energy Ministerial in Mexico will address three critical technology and policy challenges: efficient lighting, low-carbon power systems, and the availability of information about policies for low-carbon development.
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Energy Briefing Looks at Three Key Trends
May 29, 2015

A recent insight paper from Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management discusses next-gen biofuels, solar, and energy storage as key change drivers for the industry. In the area of biofuels, it notes that the U.S. could produce 75 billion gallons per year by 2030 -- meeting 50% of U.S. fuel demand -- according to Sandia National Labs.
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Joule Assets and Partners to Expand Energy Efficiency Investment Opportunities in Europe
May 29, 2015

The 17 million Euro E-SEDRA Project Grant awarded to the firm expands Joule's ERA platform and is seen as signaling Europe's commitment to modernizing its electricity grid.
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MIRA and Itaipu Binacional to Develop New Lithium Battery
May 29, 2015

MIRA Ltd., an engineering, research and test consultancy with capabilities in electrical and hybrid systems, recently announced a collaborative agreement with Fundação Parque Tecnológico Itaipu (FPTI) to develop a new center of excellence for energy storage in Brazil.
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Honeywell and TPDDL Deploy Automated Demand Response Project
May 28, 2015

TPDDL is using Honeywell technology and services to link more than 160 buildings in its distribution network in India, allowing for the reduction of approximately 11.5 megawatts of peak demand. Currently, many cities across the country face severe brownouts and blackouts - the demand for electricity in Delhi, for example, has almost doubled over the past decade.
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