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Current News

2014 Rural Smart Grid Survey Report
November 21, 2014

According to the recent survey of 77 U.S. rural electric cooperatives by Honeywell and Zpryme, nearly all rural utilities have some sort of smart grid effort in place. Most are at the planning and investigation phase (38%), while others are deploying multiple applications (21%) or at least have a formal strategy in place (16%).
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Apex CoVantage Selected to Deploy Electric Meters in Minnesota
November 21, 2014

Apex's field crews will use ProField - an integrated ERP technology for mobile workforce management -- to perform electric meter upgrades throughout the Midwest service territory.
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LA and San Diego Leading in Clean Transportation, Microgrids, and Biorenewables
November 21, 2014

"The Los Angeles area and the San Diego region have unique local assets that are being leveraged to drive innovation, investment, and growth in the clean economy -- a pattern we are seeing repeated across the state," said businessman F. Noel Perry, founder of the nonpartisan nonprofit group Next 10.
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Smarter Grid Solutions Designing Electric Vehicle Charging Model With Support from NYSERDA
November 19, 2014

The model proposed by Smarter Grid Solutions is designed to allow more PEVs to be incorporated into a smart charging mechanism, making it easier and less costly to accommodate additional energy demand from charging electric vehicles.
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2014 Grid Modernization Index Released
November 18, 2014

The GMI applies a clearly defined set of criteria to evaluate the progress of state grid modernization efforts in three key areas: policy, customer engagement and grid operations. As in 2013, California and Texas tied for the highest overall score, with Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Nevada, the District of Columbia,Arizona, and Virginia rounding out the top ten.
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Report Examines Smart Grid Technology Trends Through 2023
November 18, 2014

The market for smart grid technology is enormous and growing. On a cumulative basis, Navigant Research expects nearly $600 billion to be invested worldwide between 2014 and 2023.
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NRG Home Solar Expands Operations in California
November 18, 2014

NRG Home Solar recently announced the opening of two new California offices in Merced and San Diego, adding to the NRG footprint in the state.
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World Bank, Vietnam Sign US$ 500 Million Loan to Improve Energy Efficiency
November 13, 2014

The loan supports a transmission efficiency project, which is expected to improve the capacity, efficiency and reliability of electricity transmission in areas that are key to the country's economic development, including the Greater Hanoi Area, the Greater Ho Chi Minh City Area, the Mekong Delta, and the Central Region.
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The Value of Distributed Electricity Storage in Texas
November 13, 2014

A recently published report by The Brattle Group for Oncor finds that "deploying electricity storage across Texas could provide substantial benefits to the state…Considering both the impact on electricity bills and improved reliability of grid-integrated storage, total customer benefits would significantly exceed costs."
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SDG&E Demand Response Overview and Outlook
November 13, 2014

Patrice Hicks, Demand Response Program Specialist at San Diego Gas & Electric, recently discussed the utility's long-term demand response strategies and challenges at the DR World Forum last month in Costa Mesa, CA. One lesson learned: Customers love Wi-Fi remote capability with thermostats and are attracted to free devices and installation.
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AutoGrid Selected by Bonneville Power Administration for Demand Response
November 12, 2014

AutoGrid notes that BPA's DROMS implementation features a unified view across all programs and participants that gets updated in real-time with information on load shed and other aspects of operations, providing BPA program managers and system operators an intuitive interface to review and manage all their DR resources.
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Flywheel Energy Storage Market Growing at 21% CAGR Globally to 2018
November 12, 2014

The emergence of distributed energy resources (DER) is noted as a significant growth factor for flywheel storage, as DER allows power generation to be distributed among various small-scale organizations or houses, according to a new report from Ininiti Research.
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Growth in AMI Segment to Push Global Growth in Electricity Metering Spending
November 12, 2014

The global electricity metering market currently represents $9 billion in annual spending, split between legacy metering, one-way communicating AMR meters, two-way communicating AMI meters, and commercial and industrial meters, according to a recent dataset published by research firm Northeast Group LLC. Driven by growth in the AMI segment, the publication projects that annual spending on electricity metering will grow to $26.8 billion by 2024.
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Schneider Electric to Supply Integrated Energy Management Solution for Faroe Islands
November 11, 2014

In November 2012 the Faroe Islands became the first place in the world where a virtual power plant was used to recreate balance in an island power system by decoupling large industrial units in less than a second from the main power system, thereby avoiding blackouts.
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Alstom Delivers Demand Response System for New York
November 11, 2014

According to Alstom, in addition to automating Con Edison's processes the technology also provides the utility with advanced performance and settlement capabilities, measuring groups of aggregator resources' performance and automatically applying the current tariff rules to calculate the payment for participating load reduction.
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Schneider Electric and Awesense Inc. to Develop Joint Offers Designed to Reduce Losses on Distribution Networks
November 7, 2014

Under the terms of the agreement, both groups will combine their expertise in order to design and propose integrated solutions enabling utilities to reduce ongoing grid losses and recover lost revenue, helping them achieve more reliable and profitable distribution grids.
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Itron Launches Currency-based Smart Payment Solution
November 7, 2014

According to Itron, the meters are the first in the industry to use the Standard Transfer Specification (STS) to display remaining credit in the form of currency instead of the typical kWh.
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Smart Grid Networking Market Worth $11.61 Billion by 2019
November 7, 2014

MarketsandMarkets forecasts the global smart grid networking market to grow from $7.12 billion in 2014 to $11.61 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.3%. In terms of regions, NA is expected to be the biggest market in terms of market size, whereas MEA and LA are expected to experience increased market traction during the forecasted period.
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Global Biopower Installed Capacity to Exceed 165 Gigawatts by 2025
November 7, 2014

A new report from GlobalData states that the world's major biopower markets, namely the US, UK, Germany, Brazil, India and China, all witnessed growth over the last decade, except for the US, which saw a falling trend in annual capacity additions during 2007 to 2014.
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Commercial and Industrial Demand Response Sites Expected to Surpass 1 Million by 2023
November 6, 2014

A new report from Navigant Research finds that the largest growth in demand response will occur in Asia Pacific, which is anticipated to approach North America in terms of DR capacity and spending by 2023. There are many distinct markets in Asia Pacific, like Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia, China, South Korea, and Japan, all of which have distinct drivers for DR growth.
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Consumers Energy Selects Silver Spring Networks for Customer Engagement and Energy Efficiency Program
November 5, 2014

The Silver Spring CustomerIQ Suite is designed to give residential and commercial and industrial (C&I) customers access to near-real time information on their energy usage and management, regardless of whether they currently have a smart meter installed.
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California Energy Storage Boom Begins With Procurement Announcement
November 5, 2014

Energy storage -- both grid scale and distributed -- made up more than 11% of the 2,221 total MW that SCE will procure as a part of its long-term resource planning for the Southern California system.
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Con Edison Deploys Landis+Gyr's Intelligent Switches for EV Charging Stations
November 5, 2014

Con Edison has installed Landis+Gyr's L510 load control switches at 50 single-family homes as part of a pilot program. The utility is testing sub-metering technologies and is studying how the customers respond to requests that they charge their vehicles at certain times of the day when demand for electricity is low.
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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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