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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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NEC Energy Solutions Introduces New Energy Storage Technology
May 28, 2015

The SLD energy storage technology is the latest addition to NEC's grid energy storage platform and will utilize lithium-ion cells based on the company's lithium manganese oxide chemistry.
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Tightening Environmental and Energy Efficiency Policies Drive the European Smart Grid Market
May 26, 2015

Eventually, numerous aggregators will emerge in the European smart grid market due to the need to incentivize demand response programs, according to new research by Frost & Sullivan. In fact, the varying degrees of complexity observed in every European nation's regulatory framework will give rise to a pool of aggregators specific to each country.
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ABB Technologies to Facilitate Rural Smart Grid in Sweden
May 22, 2015

The project is intended to serve as a model for upgrading other rural grids to minimize environmental impact by integrating a high proportion of intermittent wind power in the distribution network.
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New Energy Department Report Evaluates Potential for Wind Power in All 50 States
May 22, 2015

The study finds that technology advances such as taller wind turbine towers of 110 and 140 meters and larger rotors will open up an additional one-fifth of the land area of the United States to wind power.
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Itron Expands Smart Grid Project in Austria
May 21, 2015

In the second phase of its smart grid pilot project, Salzburg AG will upgrade its OpenWay smart grid solution with Itron Riva edge intelligence technology, enabling adaptive communications technology along with computing capabilities for meters and other grid devices at the edge of the network.
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Enphase Energy Partners With Swiss Solar Technics SA to Bring Smart Solar to Switzerland
May 21, 2015

Enphase Energy recently announced today a strategic partnership agreement with Swiss Solar Technics SA, a full-service solar installer based in Saxon, Switzerland, to deliver its Enphase solar energy systems to Swiss residential and commercial customers.
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Ontario Ministry of Energy and Tech Mahindra Invest in Intelligent EV Charging System
May 20, 2015

The project, sponsored by the Ministry of Energy and funded in part through the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative, will analyze the effects of electric vehicle charging on transformers by creating a real time transformer monitoring and analytics solution. The key benefit of the solution is the real time monitoring of the transformers and the ability to automatically manage the charging between vehicles to ensure the transformers do not overload as a result of EV charging.
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Opower Survey Shows Utility-Customer Relationship Hinges on a Few Key Moments
May 20, 2015

While reliable service and value remain important, nearly half of all North American respondents in a global survey of 7,000 utility customers said that improvements in customer service could have the biggest impact on satisfaction with their energy provider.
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AEE Critiques NERC Assessment of EPA's Clean Power Plan
May 19, 2015

The latest assessment of EPA's draft Clean Power Plan by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) suffers from faulty assumptions that lead to unfounded concerns about reliability, according to a critique published recently by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.
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ComEd and Schneider Electric Partner to Deploy Green Button Connect My Data
May 19, 2015

ComEd is among the first utilities to roll-out Green Button Connect My Data, which is designed to allow customers to authorize third-party service providers to receive direct access to their energy usage analytics via the Green Button functionality.
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Invenergy Announces Commercial Start of Illinois Energy Storage Project
May 15, 2015

The 31.5 MW Grand Ridge Energy Storage project in La Salle County, Illinois, will be joined by Invenergy's 31.5 MW Beech Ridge Energy Storage project in West Virginia, also scheduled to be brought online this year.
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PIDC Selects Landis+Gyr for The Navy Yard Smart Grid
May 14, 2015

The project will begin in May 2015 with the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure solution elements, including both smart meters and a Gridstream communications network, meter data management software and associated cloud based services.
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KPMG Annual Survey Examines Priorities of Energy Executives
May 14, 2015

KPMG's annual energy survey, which polled nearly 200 senior energy executives in the U.S., found that more than half of executives (56%) are in the process of or planning changes to their business models over the next two years. Further, when asked to cite their top organizational priorities, execs ranked the top three as: a focus on growth, reducing costs, and increasing cash flows.
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Researchers Reveal Vulnerabilities of Crypto Used in Open Smart Grid Protocol
May 12, 2015

In a paper published in late April, researchers from the University of Passau, Germany, and the University of Coimbra, Portugal, show that the authenticated encryption scheme used in the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) is significantly open to attacks that compromise both the confidentiality and authenticity of OSGP. According to estimations, OSGP-based smart meters and devices are deployed in over 4 million devices worldwide as of 2015, making OSGP one of the most widely used network protocols for smart grid applications.
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USDA Announces New Funding for Smart Grid
May 12, 2015

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA is providing more than $100 million in loans to build or improve 1,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines for rural electric cooperative utilities in four states. The four loans include $9 million for smart grid improvements.
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Japan's $21 Million Microgrid Investment Boosting Renewable Sector, says GlobalData
May 11, 2015

Renewable energy accounted for only 10% of Japan's total installed capacity in 2014, but this is expected to grow to 19% by 2025, according to a recent report from the analyst firm.
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Australia and New Zealand To Invest $6.8 Billion In Smart Grid Infrastructure Between 2015 and 2025
May 11, 2015

"The state of Victoria represents only about a quarter of the total Australian metering market," says Ben Gardner, President of Northeast Group. "This means that about three-quarters of Australia's metering market is till open for AMI investment. This is a significant opportunity for vendors."
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Johnson Controls and Lawrence Technological University to Research Battery Technologies
May 11, 2015

The new Johnson Controls Vehicle Engineering Systems Lab will include a dynamometer, which is used to test vehicles in different controlled driving environments and accelerates understanding of how best to manage battery energy and power transfer in the vehicle.
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Landis+Gyr Helps Create "Highly Efficient" Polish Energy Networks
May 7, 2015

Landis+Gyr has won a major contract for delivery of smart grid technology to energy providers in Poland. The move comes amidst the country's ongoing efforts to develop a smart grid environment and ahead of the introduction of a new energy law.
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Trends in Combined Heat and Power for Commercial Buildings
May 7, 2015

Benefitting from technical improvements, greater system standardization, and cost reductions for smaller-scale units, the market for comCHP is expected to reach more than $14 billion by 2024, according to a recent report by Navigant Research. An anticipated expansion of the building stock in Asia Pacific, particularly in countries with rapidly urbanizing populations such as China, will lead to continued comCHP expansion.
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India's Government Approves National Smart Grid Mission
May 7, 2015

"Government has approved National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM) -- an institutional mechanism for planning, monitoring and implementation of policies and programs related to Smart Grid activities," India's Power Minister Piyush Goyal reported recently. The NSGM involves the deployment of automation, communication and IT systems for smart grid networks, he added.
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Trenergi Unveils Ground-Breaking Fuel Cell Prototype
May 5, 2015

According to Trenergi, the new technology operates at up to 90% efficiency and achieves major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while running on readily available fuels, such as propane, natural gas, and even jet fuel, instead of the pure hydrogen required by older fuel cell technologies.
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Latin America's Largest Electric Company Selects Itron to Support Grid Modernization
May 5, 2015

Eletrobras' six subsidiary distribution companies will implement Itron's OpenWay Riva solution -featuring adaptive communications technology and distributed computing power to support new smart grid applications on Cisco's IPv6 network.
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Utility Solar Continues to Drive Market Growth Across the United States
May 4, 2015

Pacific Gas & Electric claimed the top spot in the Solar Electric Power Association's (SEPA's) Top 10 rankings of U.S. utilities that put the most megawatts of solar on the grid in 2014. Meanwhile, the Pickwick Electric Cooperative of Selmer, Tenn., was named No. 1 in the rankings for adding the most solar watts per customer.
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Edison International Teams Up with Tesla for Battery Storage Projects
May 4, 2015

The two demand response demonstration projects are intended to test communication capabilities and explore rebates to customers who allow SCE to manage their battery charging in order to increase the use of renewable energy while ensuring continued grid reliability.
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Customers are Still Primary Source for Outage Notifications
May 1, 2015

According to BRIDGE Energy Group's 2015 Utility Industry ORM Survey, 58% of utility respondents indicated that customers are still their primary source of outage info on blue-sky days, 54% during storms. Only 16% indicated smart meters as primary source on blue-sky days, 12% during storms. However, BRIDGE notes that with over 50 million deployed smart meters, system integration and intelligent filtering can fix this while simultaneously improving operational performance.
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Smart Grid IT Revenue Expected to Double by 2024
May 1, 2015

The global market for smart grid IT software and services is projected to exceed $9.3 billion in 2015 and surpass $10.3 billion in 2016. Navigant Research expects the market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.3% through 2024 to more than $17.1 billion.
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Statnett Selects Accenture to Centralize Norway's Electricity Market Data
April 29, 2015

Accenture has been selected by Statnett, Norway's transmission system operator, to develop, maintain and operate a central data hub designed to simplify the country's electricity market by improving cost and process efficiency, as well as transparency of customer data.
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