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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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Duck River Selects DVI for Full Deployment of Volt/VAR Optimization Platform
July 28, 2015

"We expect that this project will generate energy savings from 2 percent to 4 percent annually and help accelerate the deployment of AMI at Duck River," said Michael Watson, president and CEO-Duck River.
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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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Iberdrola USA Partners with Simple Energy to Implement E-Commerce Energy in New York
July 22, 2015

Iberdrola USA's New York utility, RG&E, will incorporate Simple Energy's Marketplace platform for customers to purchase curated distributed energy resource products with targeted and broad-based instant incentives.
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Silver Spring Networks Adopts CEVA Technology for Internet-of-Things Communications Platform
July 21, 2015

According to CEVA, the company's processor enables Silver Spring's fifth generation critical infrastructure networking platform to support both proprietary and open standards required for smart energy, smart home, and other IoT applications.
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SunEdison and Advanced Microgrid Solutions to Deploy 50 MW of Energy Storage for Southern California Edison
July 21, 2015

SCE will purchase capacity from the storage systems under a 10-year capacity contract, and expects to use the electricity stored in these fleets of hybrid-electric buildings in part to offset the power once produced by the decommissioned San Onofre nuclear power plant and other soon-to-be retired gas-fired plants.
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New York State Selects Two Startups for REV Demonstration Projects
July 17, 2015

Reviewed by the New York State Public Service Commission, the projects by Smarter Grid Solutions and Sealed are intended to show how technologies and new business models can capitalize on various value streams and how the benefits can be distributed among the utility, third parties and customers.
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Space-Time Insight Issues Outage Intelligence 2.0
July 17, 2015

According to the Consortium for Electric Infrastructure to Support a Digital Society, the U.S. economy loses $104 - $164 billion per year to unplanned power outages even after utilities have implemented an outage management system (OMS) under normal operating and external conditions.
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CG to Provide Smart Grid Infrastructure for Saudi Electricity Company
July 17, 2015

Avantha Group Company CG recently signed a contract to provide ZIV protections for 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).
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Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project Issues Performance Report
July 16, 2015

The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration (PNWSGD), a $179 million project that was co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in late 2009, was one of the largest and most comprehensive demonstrations of electricity grid modernization ever completed. The demonstration developed and deployed an innovative transactive system, unique in the world, that coordinated many of the project's distributed energy resources and demand responsive components.

Using the transactive system, the project coordinated a regional response across the 11 utilities. According to the project's recently published performance report, this region-wide connection from the transmission system down to individual premises equipment was one of the major successes of the demonstration. The project showed that this can be done and assets at the end points can respond dynamically on a wide scale.
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Parks Associates: Over 40% of Thermostats Sold in 2015 Will Be Smart Thermostats
July 16, 2015

In a recent report, the research firm finds that retail channels account for the largest percentage of units sold, underscoring need for interoperability across IoT devices.
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JD Power: Customers Rank PPL Electric Utilities Best in Eastern U.S.
July 16, 2015

The award is the fourth straight first-place finish in residential customer satisfaction among large utilities in region. PPL plans to invest nearly $1 billion this year to replace equipment, build new lines and substations, install smart grid devices, and more.
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Progress Forecast in Energy Storage Enabling Technologies
July 15, 2015

Energy storage enabling technology (ESET) is a portion of the energy storage value chain undergoing intensive scrutiny. While battery prices have fallen anywhere from 40% to 60% in the past 18 months thanks to manufacturing innovations and volumes, energy storage systems (ESSs) overall still vary wildly in terms of price, according to a new report by Navigant Research.
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Booz Allen, Siemens and Power Analytics Win 16 NY Prize Microgrid Projects
July 10, 2015

As the project lead, Booz Allen will coordinate with community stakeholders and utility representatives to complete 16 microgrid feasibility studies for the NY Prize Phase I initiative. The studies will include technical assessments of energy generation assets, power flows, costs, benefits and required infrastructure. All studies are expected to be complete by Q1 2016.
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Increasing Energy Efficiency Needs Keep Demand for Energy Management Systems Strong
July 9, 2015

"The North American energy management services market is expected to boom over the next five years," says Frost & Sullivan Energy & Environmental Research Analyst Aanchal Singh. "However, this trend will only catch on once building and home owners understand that apart from hardware and software solutions, energy management services are significant to better address all their unmet needs."
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Entegrus & Varentec to Collaborate on Grid Edge Management System in Canada
July 9, 2015

The two companies recently announced the first successful installations in Ontario of a technology that can deliver up to 5% energy savings on the electric grid.
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Obama Administration Announces Initiative to Increase Solar Access
July 8, 2015

The U.S. government recently announced a new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans, in particular low- and moderate- income communities, while expanding opportunities to join the solar workforce.
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Cumulative U.S. Microgrid Investments to Surpass $3.5 Billion from 2015 through 2020
July 8, 2015

Fuel-based generators represent nearly all generation to-date, however renewables are expected to grow by over tenfold (to 730 megawatts) to account for 26 percent of total microgrid capacity by 2020, according to GTM Research.
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NRG and Ice Energy Partner for Southern California Utility Storage Projects
July 8, 2015

Subject to final approval from the California Public Utilities Commission, approximately 1,800 Ice Bear units will be installed in Orange County by Southern California Edison beginning in early 2016.
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National Grid Proposes Four REV Demonstration Projects in New York
July 6, 2015

The proposed projects in the areas of distributed solar, community resiliency microgrids, and enhanced customer options and control are intended to guide the utility in developing new business models. A decision on the proposals is expected in the coming weeks.
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Pumped Hydro Storage Project Near Desert Center Advances
July 6, 2015

The proposal calls for converting two of the vacant pits at the Kaiser Eagle Mountain mine in California into reservoirs that transfer water back and forth through an underground turbine system, which can produce up to 1,300 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power nearly 1 million homes.
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Waterfall Security Solutions Provides Cyber Protection at Taiwan Smart Grid Demonstration Project
July 6, 2015

The Waterfall uni-directional gateway is designed to create a real-time copy of a control system on the corporate network, so that smart grid operators and applications can have access to the latest information, logs, reports and other control system data in a secure environment.
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SCE Maps Out Its Vision for the Electric Grid of the Future
July 2, 2015

SCE's Filed Distribution Resources Plan is seen as bringing sweeping changes to the way customers interact with a more resilient, reliable and low-carbon power network of tomorrow.

"We're moving toward a 'plug-and-play' system," says SCE President Pedro Pizarro. "The coming power network will make it easier for customers to plug in many types of energy technologies, whether it's an electric vehicle, solar panels or energy storage devices."
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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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