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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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Texas's Advanced Energy Market Estimated at $16B in Revenue
March 13, 2015

According to a new report by the Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, building efficiency is the largest segment of the advanced energy sector in Texas, with $5.4 billion in revenue in 2014. The second largest at $3.6 billion is made up of advanced electricity generation technologies such as wind, solar, and natural gas.
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U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Issues Solicitation to Address the Energy-Water Nexus
March 10, 2015

The solicitation calls for the formation of a U.S-based consortium to work with Chinese counterparts to bolster collaborative efforts to help ensure energy, water, and environmental security and combat climate change. The consortium will be funded with $12.5 million DOE support and $12.5 million recipient cost share for a total of $25 million over the 5 year period of performance.
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FirstEnergy Announces "Energizing the Future" Initiative to Ensure Transmission System Reliability
March 10, 2015

In addition to work in Ohio, transmission projects will be completed in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland as part of FirstEnergy's efforts to enhance its transmission system reliability. The company estimates spending between $700 million - $900 million over the next five years on these projects.
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Congress Examines 21st Century Electricity Opportunities and Challenges
March 6, 2015

The U.S. Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), recently held a hearing on "The 21st Century Electricity Challenge: Ensuring a Secure, Reliable and Modern Electricity System." The hearing focused on efforts to modernize the nation's electric grid to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
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Challenges and Opportunities for Smart Grid Implementation in Latin America
March 6, 2015
By Patrick Nixon in BNamericas

In a recent interview, Jo Arne Lindstad, Vice President and Head of Customer Unit, Latin America and Caribbean region at Ericsson, noted that the utility sector holds the most promise for implementing smart grid technologies in the region - adding, however, that "utilities transformation has been relatively slow in Latin America because there is no regulation yet in place. It's not like Europe or the US where there are clear deadlines for when the networks have to be smart."
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Schneider Electric Opens Smart Grid Lab at Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy
March 5, 2015

PowerStream will be the first utility to make use of the lab by creating a physical replica of three feeders from its Greenwood transformer station in Vaughan. The company will test their system under different renewable energy scenarios and explore solutions to challenges such as reverse flows on feeders.
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Intel Security Announces Technology to Secure both Legacy and New Critical Infrastructure
March 5, 2015

According to Intel Security, the technology works by separating the security management functions of the platform from the operational applications, allowing the operational layer to be secured, monitored and managed.
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Syracuse University Research Project Focuses on Smart Grid Security
March 5, 2015

A team of students and faculty from Syracuse University are teaming with Unisys and National Grid to test a Unisys technology known as Stealth, which is designed to make networks and their attached controls invisible to unauthorized users, protecting data-in-motion across any network.
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SolarCity Joins the New York State Smart Grid Consortium
March 3, 2015

SolarCity is currently building the largest solar panel manufacturing facility in the United States in Buffalo, New York.
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Silver Spring Networks and Metrix Selected for Advanced Metering Program in New Zealand
March 2, 2015

Silver Spring Networks has announced that the company has been selected by Metrix, a division of Mighty River Power, to partner with Metrix in delivering advanced metering infrastructure services for Trustpower, an electricity generator and energy and telecommunications retailer serving over 225,000 customers across New Zealand.
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Central America & Caribbean to Invest in Smart Grid Infrastructure
February 27, 2015

According to a new report by the Northeast Group LLC of 11 Central America & Caribbean countries, the region will invest $3.3bn in smart grid infrastructure between 2015 and 2025. This investment will target T&D losses of 20% across the region as well as high electricity prices averaging 19.8 cents per kWh.
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Webinar Examines Active Demand Management and Next-Generation Demand Response
February 26, 2015

In the next stage of demand response, the ability to actively manage demand transcends all of the utility customer classes and becomes an integral part of its integrated resource planning. In this webinar, Sachin Gupta of OMNETRIC Group explains.
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Mannheim, Germany Sets Example for Smart Energy Usage
February 26, 2015
by By Jenny McGrath in Digital Trends

The "Model City of Mannheim" program links 1,500 customers into a smart network that monitors and coordinates usage through the use of "energy bulters," with prioritization given to renewable energies.
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Tantalus Expands Power Line Carrier AMR Overlay Package
February 25, 2015

The hybrid 220MHz-900MHz wireless network solution is designed to provide reliable coverage over widespread and challenging terrain in a matter of days while effectively extending the useful life of PLC.
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