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Current News

New Report Examines Demand Response Worldwide
September 17, 2014

Currently, almost all of the DR activity is taking place in the United States, according to a new report from Navigant Research. This leadership position will erode over the next 10 years, as all world regions continue or start the pilot phase of DR and then build out full-scale markets or programs. The largest growth will occur in Asia Pacific.
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ComEd Awarded $1.2 Million Grant from U.S. DOE for Microgrid Controller
September 17, 2014

ComEd assembled a group of leading science and technology partners for the DOE proposal including Alstom Grid, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois Institute of Technology, Microsoft, OSIsoft, Quanta Technologies, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric and University of Denver.
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Business Case Analysis for Energy Storage Systems for Utilities in Asia-Pacific
September 17, 2014

Different electrochemical technologies such as Li-ion, Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA), and Ultra batteries will find application across the supply and generation networks of the power utilities in APAC, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. However, Li-ion will have the highest demand in APAC across different applications due to its better performance and maturity of technology.
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Siemens Starts New Energy Transition Research Project in Germany
September 12, 2014

The goal is to discover how energy systems with distributed power generation and additional components like battery storage devices, block district heating power plants, biogas plants, and diesel generators can be technically and economically optimized.
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Space-Time Insight and NEC Announce Smart Energy Partnership
September 12, 2014

According to Space-Time Insight, the partnership enables NEC to combine its energy storage systems and information and communication technology solutions with STI's visual analytics applications to provide electricity operators and local governments with a comprehensive view of the performance of storage batteries installed in different locations.
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Ontario's IESO to Move Forward with Demand Response Plans
September 11, 2014

"The operating landscape continues to change, which is why we are moving forward with a number of market-based enhancements such as an auction for demand response to support reliability in a cost-effective way," said Bruce Campbell, President and CEO of the IESO.
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Stem Strengthens Grid Response for Hawaiian Electric Company
September 11, 2014

Stem, Inc. will deploy one megawatt of behind-the-meter energy storage in a demonstration project with Hawaiian Electric Company to support grid response services. The program is supported by $1 million in grant funding from Hawaii's Energy Excelerator, which was created to commercialize game-changing energy technologies in Hawaii's unique test bed, and help companies scale globally.
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Eurasian Countries To Invest $18.3bn Over Next Decade on Electric Grid Smart Infrastructure
September 10, 2014

Since 2011, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank have committed $380 million for smart grid investments in Uzbekistan. Several other Eurasian countries have similar electricity sector characteristics and could see financing become available if deployments are successful in Uzbekistan. For example, Kyrgyzstan has the second highest electricity losses in the world (at 29%) due to electricity theft and unmetered premises.
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USDA Announces $518 Million in Funding for U.S. Rural Electric Infrastructure
September 10, 2014

More than $23 million of the funding is targeted for smart grid improvements, such as automated meter reading and load management automation. The investments announced are provided through USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS).
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ERDF Chooses Landis+Gyr for Linky Meters Deployment
September 5, 2014

The contract forms the first part of ERDF's plans to deploy Linky meters in France between 2015 and 2021. "'Once complete, this program will count as the world's largest smart metering rollout to date," says Christian Huguet, Country Manager, Landis+Gyr France.
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Study Focuses on the Role of Microgrids for Oil and Gas Producers
September 5, 2014

"Oklahoma utilities are experiencing unprecedented growth from oil and gas production," said David Swank, CEO of the NESI-SES Association and Central Rural Electric Cooperative. "This growth presents challenges on multiple fronts and is transforming the traditional system planning model. The Distributed Energy Resources / Microgrid Study explores new technologies that can provide a win-win situation for all involved including utilities, policymakers, oil and gas producers, and stakeholders."
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Duke Energy Proposes Plan to Modernize Statewide Grid
September 5, 2014

Duke Energy Indiana recently filed a seven-year, $1.9 billion plan with Indiana state utility regulators to modernize its electric grid that delivers power to more than 800,000 homes, businesses and industries in the state.
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Cyan Signs MOU for Smart Metering Solutions in India
September 5, 2014

Cyan and Innologix will work in partnership to identify and tender for smart metering opportunities where the utility customer is seeking a managed service. Innologix will integrate Cyan's advanced metering infrastructure head end software platform with its energy management solutions.
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New Report Forecasts Opportunity for Residential Demand Response
September 4, 2014

Although almost all residential DR activity is taking place in the United States at present, this will change over the next 10 years as international regions continue or start the pilot phase of DR and then build out full-scale markets or programs. According to a new report by Navigant Research, the largest growth will occur in Asia Pacific and Europe, which combined will approach North America in terms of residential DR sites and revenue by 2023.
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Innovation Across Key Industries to Drive Revenues for Lithium-Ion Batteries
September 4, 2014

A recent report from Frost & Sullivan finds that the market for lithium-ion batteries earned revenues of $17.58 billion in 2013 and estimates this to more than quadruple by 2020.
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Battelle Issues Recommendations for Implementing Comprehensive Bulk-Power System Security Standards
September 3, 2014

In a new white paper, Battelle provides recommendations for the implementation of FERC's Order of March 7th, 2014, to address physical security of the Bulk-Power System. The recommendations are designed to help ensure that the maximum system-wide benefits are obtained from the resulting enhanced physical security measures.
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Energy Storage Patent Awarded to Steffes Corporation
September 3, 2014

The patent relates to the Steffes "GETS" Dynamic Dispatch energy storage aggregation system, which is designed to provide utilities with close control of fleets of specially instrumented water heaters and appliances.
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Hawaiian Electric Companies Submit Plans for Energy Future of Hawaii
August 29, 2014

The companies are, by 2030, planning to almost triple the amount of distributed solar. Energy storage projects are also in the works for Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii Island.
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Sensus Introduces New Smart Meters
August 29, 2014

The company notes that both Generation 4 meters include a patented and patent-pending high temperature detection technology with an optional automatic disconnect that enables utilities to receive real-time notification of heating caused by external issues.
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Grid Resiliency Competition to Launch in New York
August 29, 2014

Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the competition will prioritize project replicability and transparency as well as designate feasibility and design requirements.
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Advanced Control Systems to Deliver OMS and DMS Systems to Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro
August 29, 2014

The OMS/DMS will be designed to integrate fully into the utility's existing PRISM SCADA system (also from ACS) to enable CND to operate more efficiently and provide better outage information and more reliable power to their 52,500 customers.
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EcoFactor Reports Updated Results of NV Energy Residential Demand Response Deployment
August 28, 2014

The report, filed with the PUC of Nevada by NV Energy, confirms that in 2013 the program reduced AC usage by 11 percent and reduced peak loads by more than 4 kW per connected home and more than 2.7 kW per connected thermostat. EcoFactor reports that consumers saved an average of $100 per year.
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Global Smart Demand Response Forecast Through 2025
August 28, 2014

According to a new report by Transparency Market Research, the global smart demand response market was valued at USD 5,041.4 million in 2013 and is expected to reach 51,478.9 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 21.6% from 2014 to 2025.
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National Grid Selects Trilliant for Volt/VAR Optimization Demonstration
August 26, 2014

The Trilliant Platform will provide wireless field area network connectivity between field devices and National Grid's network. The project is designed to help deliver Volt/VAR energy efficiency benefits to National Grid's customers in Rhode Island.
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Exelon and Pepco Holdings File For Merger
August 20, 2014

The combination of the companies would bring together Exelon's three electric and gas utilities -- BGE, ComEd and PECO -- and Pepco Holdings' three electric and gas utilities -- Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco -- to create the leading mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility.
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Investment in High Voltage Transmission Systems To Exceed $250 Billion from 2014 to 2023
August 20, 2014

Mega-growth and electrification in China, India, and parts of the Middle East and Africa is similar to the rapid growth of major cities and industrial expansion in the early 1900s that drove the development of HVTSs in North America and Europe. The electrification of rural regions and the interconnection of formerly standalone utilities make longer transmission lines necessary.
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Survey: Millions of Americans Willing to Pay $10 More on Monthly Bill for Reliable Grid
August 18, 2014

According to the survey by GE Digital Energy, 82 percent of utility customers in the U.S. would like their utility to do more to encourage energy conservation and share ideas to improve energy efficiency in their homes. Meanwhile, 81 percent of utility customers expect their utility provider to use higher levels of renewable energy such as electricity produced from solar, wind and geothermal biogas in the future to meet their energy needs
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EnerNOC Signs Energy Intelligence Software and Services Contract with BKW
August 18, 2014

The BKW Group is one of Switzerland's largest energy companies with operations spanning production, transport, trading, and sales. Its first demand response customer will be Migros, the largest retail company and employer in Switzerland.
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Black & Veatch Report: Some Retiring Power Plants May Not Need to be Replaced
August 13, 2014

The report finds that many retiring nuclear and coal power plants may not need to be replaced on a megawatt-to-megawatt basis. New technologies and distributed generation (DG), coupled with soft energy demand growth, enable utilities to replace retiring plants with ones that produce less energy.
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Global Substation Automation Market Expected to Reach $139.34 Billion in 2020
August 8, 2014

According to a new report by Transparency Market Research, North America held the largest market share in 2013, although the Asia Pacific substation automation market -- valued at USD 19.55 billion in 2013 -- is expected to be the fastest growing substation automation market in the forecast period.
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Trilliant Continues Global Expansion in Southeast Asia
August 8, 2014

Trilliant recently announced further expansion of its smart grid projects with leading Southeast Asian utilities Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in Malaysia, Manila Electric Company (Meralco) in the Philippines and Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) in Thailand.
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