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New York State's First Solar Landfill Complete
October 31, 2014

OnForce Solar recently announced that the company has completed construction on a large-scale, 2.364 MW solar array built on 13 acres of a decommissioned, capped landfill in West Nyack for the town of Clarkstown. The solar installation is the first of its kind built on a landfill in the State of New York.
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Greenlots and Powertech Labs Focus on EV Smart-Charging for the Connected Home
October 31, 2014

With the union of EV chargers, automated demand response, and a broadband connection, electric vehicles are now viewed as the next smart home appliance, taking the "Internet of Things" to the next level.
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PG&E Opens First of Three New Control Centers
October 31, 2014

PG&E is set to invest approximately $940 million in the region between 2012 and 2016. The 24,000-square-foot, operations center is intended to enhance electric reliability and resiliency for PG&E customers throughout the Central Valley and will utilize current and future smart grid technologies.
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Delta and DTE Energy Introduce Next-Generation Smart EV Chargers
October 29, 2014

Delta Products Corporation recently unveiled its new smart electric vehicle charging technology, designed to target large scale deployment of smart charging systems at low cost. The solution demonstration was at the Detroit headquarters of DTE Energy.
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Alstom Receives Funding to Advance Philadelphia Microgrid Project
October 29, 2014

Alstom has been awarded $1.2M by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve grid resiliency through the advancement of microgrid technology. The company will research and design a community microgrid system in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), which provides water, wastewater and storm water services for greater Philadelphia, and PIDC, Philadelphia's public-private economic development corporation.
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Trilliant Launches New Way of Integrating Smart Energy Systems
October 29, 2014

SEAL is designed to link IT systems together so that cohesive smart meter and smart grid processes can be designed without the need for extensive re-writes of existing systems, even where tight regulations do not encourage the sharing of data.
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Grid Modernization Efforts Stabilize Demand for T&D Services in North America
October 28, 2014

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the T&D market earned revenues of $20.43 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $20.94 billion in 2018. Key market segments of T&D services are engineering and consultancy, construction, and operations and maintenance.
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PSE&G Learning from Superstorm Sandy
October 28, 2014

"During the two-week period following Sandy, we made more than 2 million electric service restorations -- a record for any utility in the country," said Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G. "Nearly half of our outages were caused by switching and substations that flooded due to the storm surge."
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Southeast Asian Countries to Invest $13.6bn in Smart Grid Infrastructure
October 24, 2014

"Southeast Asian countries are just beginning on the path of modernizing their electric infrastructure," says Ben Gardner, president of Northeast Group. "Strong GDP growth of nearly 6% through 2018 and corresponding growth in electricity demand will help lay the foundation for investment."
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Pepco Holdings to Deploy Landis+Gyr Grid Analytics Solution
October 24, 2014

PHI's operating companies, including Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric, will deploy six different analytics applications for visualization, planning and real-time operational analytics support. The core objective for PHI's analytics project is to provide greater analysis, prediction, optimization and decision making capabilities.
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Schneider Electric Releases Enhanced Advanced Distribution Management System
October 24, 2014

According to the company, the new ADMS 3.5 is designed to simplify deployments, reduce maintenance, optimize capital expenditures, and support greater adoption of distributed energy resources.
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DOE, EPB, ORNL Begin New Partnership
October 21, 2014

Under the new agreement with EPB and DOE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will apply its technical expertise in such areas as data analytics, control systems, cybersecurity and high-performance computer modeling to test new smart grid technologies and processes on the electric grid in Chattanooga, allowing EPB to further capitalize on its smart grid investment.
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New SGCC Study Explores Consumers' Level of Engagement With Smart Grid
October 21, 2014

Even though 64 percent of consumers consider themselves energy conscious, there's a gap between people's stated energy consciousness and their behavior, according to the report.
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Merit Researchers Participate in NSF-funded Smart Grid Project
October 21, 2014

The research project will leverage the multi-view capabilities of AMI technology and investigate an integrated smart grid analytics framework that identifies grid anomalies using correlative monitoring. The proposed system combines evidence from several sensors and aims to quickly infer anomalies.
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White Paper Examines A New Generation of Virtual Power Plants
October 20, 2014

Deployments of VPPs have been in existence for more than three decades. However, according to a new white paper from Machina Research, we are starting to see a new generation of VPPs emerging in Germany, Scandinavia, and North America in response to changes in the energy market. These changes include new enabling technologies and a realization that just scaling up traditional VPP approaches will not address the requirements of customers. This new generation of VPP aims to manage an interconnected market of energy devices through the intelligent application of abstracted software tools and systems.
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Investment in Dynamic Volt/VAR Control Architectures to Total Nearly $17.7 Billion From 2014 to 2023
October 20, 2014

"Electricity loads are becoming more variable and intermittent sources are becoming a larger portion of the energy supply, increasing the need for advanced, controllable DVCA technologies," says James McCray, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. "These solutions serve as oil in the machinery, keeping transformers, generators, transmission lines, and distribution systems from overheating, reducing the risk of being retired or upgraded before the end of their intended lifespan."
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Comverge and Constellation to Combine Commercial and Industrial Demand Response Businesses
October 9, 2014

The combined business will be operated as a new standalone company independent from Comverge and Constellation and will focus on delivering a full spectrum of demand response offerings to C&I customers across the United States.
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IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Submits Final Report
October 9, 2014

IEEE's final QER report to the U.S. Department of Energy addresses a specific set of priority issues related to renewable intermittency on the electric power grid and the potential role of storage; business cases related to microgrids and distributed generation, such as rooftop photovoltaics; the technical implications of electric vehicle integration; and other issues.
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Report Examines Cloud and the Capex Conundrum in the Utility Industry
October 7, 2014

With limited clear guidance from regulators, utilities have little choice but to get more aggressive if they hope to tap the advantages of the cloud and the SaaS model that so many other industries are seeing. The boldest utilities are making moves to the cloud, according to a new report by IDC Energy Insights.
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World's First Commercial-Scale Carbon Capture and Storage Process Launches
October 7, 2014

When fully optimized, SaskPower's new process is designed to capture up to a million tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking 250,000 cars off the road. The power unit equipped with CCS technology will continue to use coal to power approximately 100,000 Saskatchewan homes and businesses.
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Westar Energy and Landis+Gyr Agree to Smart Grid Services Contract
October 7, 2014

The initial phase of the agreement involves deployment of 217,000 Gridstream-enabled advanced meters with remote service switch capability and a five-year services contract that includes daily maintenance, cloud services for software and data, and integration support.
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NIST Releases Final Version of Smart Grid Framework, Update 3.0
October 3, 2014

The document first appeared in January 2010 and was last updated in February 2012 to its 2.0 version. The 3.0 version was needed in part because of recent progress in grid modernization, including synchrophasor deployment, new interoperability standards, and cybersecurity.
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S&T AG Purchases Echelon's Grid Modernization Division
October 3, 2014

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES) will maintain its primary R&D facility in Silicon Valley, CA, with an additional application and software innovation center in Fargo, ND. NES is now one of the world's leading smart energy companies, developing OSGP-based ("Open Smart Grid Protocol") hardware and software solutions for intelligent power grids.
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Ericsson Completes Acquisition of Ambient
October 3, 2014

Ambient will be integrated into Ericsson's Global Services organization, which employs 64,000 services professionals based in 180 countries. Around 16,000 of these employees are consulting and systems integration (CSI) professionals.
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NRG Energy Acquires Pure Energies Group
October 2, 2014

According to NRG Energy, Pure Energies completes the residential solar capabilities that the company has been working to assemble and complements NRG's acquisition earlier this year of Roof Diagnostics Solar, a leader in home solar direct sales and installation, and NRG's own Residential Solar Solutions, which has focused on the financing and business operations associated with solar leasing.
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PG&E Releases Third Annual Smart Grid Report
October 2, 2014

In 2013, PG&E customers experienced the fewest minutes without electricity in company history. Since the implementation of intelligent switch technology on almost 20 percent of its electrical distribution circuits throughout Northern and Central California, PG&E has avoided more than 40 million customer outage minutes, according to the firm.
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IPKeys to Provide Energy Demand Response Aggregation Services
October 1, 2014

IPKeys recently announced its formal entry into the energy demand aggregation market with the establishment of the wholly owned subsidiary, IPKeys Power Partners, and the consummation of the acquisition of U.S.-based North America Power Partners (NAPP).
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Opportunities for the European Energy Management Market Set to Double by 2018
October 1, 2014

"Over the next 5 to 10 years, a combination of factors will drive the market," says Frost & Sullivan Energy & Environmental Research Analyst Anirudh Bhaskaran "These include the heating requirements in the Northern European countries, decreasing price of HEMS and BEMS components, and the need to comply with stringent EU directives designed to improve energy efficiency in buildings."
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Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems Launched in 2013-2014 Total More Than 360 Megawatts
October 1, 2014

The 2013-2014 period has been particularly active for Li-ion technology, with 168.6 MW announced in the past 2 years, according a recent report from Navigant Research. Currently, there are 236.3 MW of Li-ion deployed globally.
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SCE Unveils Largest Battery Energy Storage Project in North America
September 26, 2014

The 32 megawatt-hours battery energy storage system features lithium-ion batteries housed inside a 6,300 square-foot facility at SCE's Monolith substation in Tehachapi, Calif. The project is located in the Tehachapi Wind Resource Area that is projected to generate up to 4,500 MW of wind energy by 2016.
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NREL to Test Inverters from Google and IEEE
September 26, 2014

The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will test power inverters submitted to the Little Box Challenge presented by Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society. The winner of the $1 million prize will have designed and built a kilowatt-scale inverter with the highest power density - at least 50 Watts per cubic inch.
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