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Halving Global Carbon Emissions by 2040 Within Reach
April 26, 2017

Governments, investors and businesses must seize the opportunity to halve global carbon emissions by 2040 while ensuring economic development and energy access for all, but they must act now to accelerate clean electrification, decarbonization beyond power and energy productivity improvement, says the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) in a recent report.
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City of Hartford, Constellation and Bloom Energy Power Up Microgrid in Parkville Neighborhood
April 26, 2017

The project is Connecticut's first developed through a public-private effort and one of the first implemented through DEEP's Microgrid Grant Program. Additionally, the project is part of the state's Low-Emission Renewable Energy Credits Program, which enables participants to sell qualified Connecticut Class I Renewable Energy Credits created from renewable projects to the local utility under a long-term contract.
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Alabama Power Partners with Signature Homes to Develop Smart Neighborhood
April 24, 2017

The state-of-the-art community of 62 homes will feature emerging energy-efficient technologies, materials and appliances, and a community-scale microgrid. The microgrid will have the capability to generate more than 586,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. Data from Smart Neighborhood will be collected for two years and used to evaluate the neighborhood-scale microgrid system.
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Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses
April 24, 2017

With this recent announcement, the Department of Energy's Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot will have forged partnerships between 114 American small businesses and the national labs. A full list of SBV projects and participating DOE national labs is available at www.SBV.org.
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State Officials Celebrate California's Leadership in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Adoption
April 24, 2017

Leaders from three state agencies recently caravanned from Sacramento to the Bay Area and back to demonstrate how easy it is to drive fuel hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in California, and to celebrate the state's global leadership in efforts to get more zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road.
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U.S. Department of Energy's Secretary Perry Orders Study on Grid Reliability, Market Distortions
April 21, 2017

"Analysts have thoroughly documented the market-distorting effects of federal subsidies that boost one form of energy at the expense of others," said Rick Perry, secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. "Those subsidies create acute and chronic problems for maintaining adequate baseload generation and have impacted reliable generators of all types."
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Report Examines Explicit Demand Response in Europe
April 20, 2017

The new report by the Smart Energy Demand Coalition maps the progress of member states in enabling "explicit" demand response, reviewing the regulatory structures of 18 countries: 16 EU member states, plus Norway and Switzerland. The research indicates that interest in enabling demand response continues to increase with notable progress achieved in several member states. However, significant barriers remain in the majority of EU countries. These concern the market opening to demand response, access for service providers such as independent demand response aggregators, product definitions as well as verification, payments and penalties for demand response services.
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SDG&E Seeks More Storage To Harness Clean Energy And Enhance Reliability
April 20, 2017

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recently announced that it has signed contracts for five new local battery storage facilities for a total of 83.5 megawatts (MW). These four-hour energy storage facilities would be like having batteries from more than 5,500 all-electric, long-range vehicles at the ready. In addition, the company signed a contract to add a 4.5 MW demand response program. SDG&E has submitted all six contracts to the California Public Utilities Commission for approval.
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Energy Storage Guide for Policymakers Released
April 20, 2017

A new tool published by the independent Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers," (http://irecusa.org) provides regulators and other decision makers with specific guidance on key issues for policy consideration, including foundational policies for advanced energy storage a new generation of technologies characterized by flexible operating capabilities and diverse applications.
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Seattle City Light Selects Landis+Gyr for Advanced Grid Analytics
April 19, 2017

The analytics solution is cloud-based and will be hosted by Landis+Gyr's network operations center. Installation is already underway and scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2018.
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Experts Outline Pathway for Generating Up to Ten Terawatts of Power from Sunlight by 2030
April 19, 2017

Even the most optimistic projections have under-represented the actual deployment of PV over the last decade, and a recent paper from Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes (GA-SERI) discusses a realistic trajectory to install 5-10 terawatts of PV capacity by 2030.
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Alectra Study Identifies Residential Solar Storage Potential
April 19, 2017

Alectra Inc., with the support of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), has completed a feasibility study for mass adoption of the utility's residential solar storage pilot, POWER.HOUSE, in Southern York Region.
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East Central Energy Using N-Dimension to Strengthen Cybersecurity Defenses
April 18, 2017

"While we had a hardened shell on the outside, we were soft on the inside," stated ECE IT Manager, Ty Houglum. "We had layered security protection to stop threats from getting into our network but lacked visibility into security issues on the inside, leaving us exposed."
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GE and Southern California Edison Debut World's First Battery-Gas Turbine Hybrid
April 18, 2017

The energy storage capacity of the battery has been specifically designed to provide enough time coverage to allow the gas turbine to start and reach its designated power output. As a result, the system does not need to burn fuel and consume water in stand-by mode to be able to dispatch power immediately when demand surges.
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NREL Researchers Capture Excess Photon Energy to Produce Solar Fuels
April 18, 2017

Using quantum dots (QD) and a process called Multiple Exciton Generation (MEG), the NREL researchers were able to push the peak external quantum efficiency for hydrogen generation to 114 percent. The advancement could significantly boost the production of hydrogen from sunlight by using the cell to split water at a higher efficiency and lower cost than current photoelectrochemical approaches.
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Establishes World Record for Solar Hydrogen Production
April 14, 2017

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process.
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Demand Energy Begins Work on Pioneering New York City Microgrid Project
April 12, 2017

The project achieves several significant milestones for New York City's power grid: First lithium-ion batteries approved for use in a behind-the-meter multi-family building application, and first renewable-energy-plus-storage microgrid in an affordable housing development.
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Advanced Microgrid Solutions to Operate Energy Storage Systems at Select U.S. Walmart Stores
April 12, 2017

In the first phase of the project, AMS will install 40 megawatt hours of advanced energy storage systems at 27 Walmart stores in Southern California. These energy storage systems will allow the retail giant to reduce costs by permanently reducing each store's peak electricity demand while providing dispatchable grid support to Southern California Edison (SCE).
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NRG Begins Deployment of Preferred Resource Programs in Southern California
April 12, 2017

NRG Energy recently launched new offers for commercial and industrial customers to take advantage of more than 60 MWs of Preferred Resources under contracts executed with Southern California Edison (SCE).
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The Economic Case for Wind and Solar Energy in Africa
April 11, 2017

To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options and can contribute significantly to the rising demand.
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Russia Can Nearly Quadruple Share of Renewable Energy by 2030
April 11, 2017

Russia can increase the share of renewables in its energy mix from roughly 3 per cent today to more than 11 per cent by 2030, according to new findings by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The growth in renewable energy use would represent nearly a fourfold increase in the share of renewables between 2014 and 2030.
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Cost of Renewables Fell in 2016, Lowering Global Investment in Clean Energy
April 10, 2017

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has reported that wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, small hydro and marine sources added 138.5 gigawatts to global power capacity in 2016, up from 127.5 gigawatts added the year before. According to UNEP, this difference is roughly equals to the energy created from the world's 16 largest existing power producing facilities combined.
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4th Microgrid Global Innovation Forum in Washington, D.C. to Examine Latest Advances, Lessons Learned in N. America Deployments
April 10, 2017

This 4th edition of the Forum will zero in on refining the value proposition and business case for microgrids in North America, integration with the larger grid, and case studies of grid-tied and off-grid projects and pilots to date.
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ADM Begins Operations for Second Carbon Capture and Storage Project
April 10, 2017

The project captures carbon dioxide, which is created as a byproduct at ADM's Decatur corn processing facility, and stores it safely almost a mile and a half underground in the Mt. Simon Sandstone. With the capability to store 1.1 million tons of carbon annually, the project is designed to demonstrate the commercial-scale applicability of carbon capture and storage technology in a saline reservoir.
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ComEd: Smart Grid Program Delivering on Promises
March 31, 2017

ComEd reported this week that infrastructure programs authorized under Illinois' Smart Grid Law are on schedule, and that so far the program has reduced the frequency and duration of service interruptions by 44 and 48 percent, respectively.
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Duke Energy Renewables, REC Solar, and Schneider Electric Complete First Joint Microgrid Project
April 7, 2017

The microgrid is expected to generate more than 520,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year. It includes a 354-kilowatt (AC) solar array with 1,379 solar modules that power the system. The microgrid also incorporates a natural gas generator as an anchor resource, allowing the solar panels to operate during grid outages to maintain critical operations.
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Mega Investments to Power System Transition in Baltic Sea Region
March 31, 2017

Fingrid is preparing three major transmission connections that will help make the switch to a green electricity system well-controlled and safe. The projects will involve investing hundreds of millions of euros.
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PG&E Technology Demonstrations Help Pave the Way for a Smarter Energy Infrastructure
April 6, 2017

Two of the first market-participating large-scale energy storage facilities in California's energy markets are one of the 14 advanced technology demonstration projects highlighed by PG&E in a recent report.
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TEP Plans More Renewables, New Technologies to Meet Future Energy Needs
April 6, 2017

TEP's long-term strategy to build a more responsive, sustainable resource portfolio is described in its 2017 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). The plan describes TEP's current resource portfolio, projects future energy needs, and outlines strategies the company will use to meet customers' energy requirements over the next 15 years.
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NRTC Partners with Silver Spring Networks to Deliver Advanced Metering
Apri 6, 2017

Silver Spring Networks recently announced that it has been selected as a solutions provider by NRTC, which represents more than 1,500 rural electric and telephone utilities and affiliates in 48 states, collectively serving approximately 20 million homes and 50 million residents.
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Energy Storage Industry Leaders Urge Congress to Include Grid Modernization, Resiliency in Infrastructure Deliberations
April 5, 2017

The Energy Storage Association (ESA) recently joined with 52 private companies and business associations to tell leaders of Congress that any dialogue on enhancing and rebuilding America's infrastructure must include consideration of advanced energy storage systems.
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Four New Solar Plants to Deliver Clean Energy for Florida
April 5, 2017

Black & Veatch has been selected to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services on four solar energy projects for Florida Power & Light (FPL). The combined output of the projects will provide enough electricity to serve about 90,000 homes with clean power.
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PJM Study: System Reliable Even With Much More Gas, Renewables; Resilience Key To Operational Reliability
March 31, 2017

The PJM Interconnection system can remain reliable with the addition of more natural gas and renewable resources, an analysis released recently concludes. However, the report notes that an increased reliance on any one generation type brings resilience risks not accounted for under traditional reliability standards.
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SoCalGas and University of California Irvine Demonstrate Power-to-Gas Technology Can Dramatically Increase the Use of Renewable Energy
March 31, 2017

Power-to-gas technology takes excess renewable electricity which would otherwise go to waste and converts it to hydrogen, which can then be blended with natural gas and utilized in everything from home appliances to power plants.
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DEWA Signs Agreement With Silver Spring Networks
March 31, 2017

The multi-application radio frequency (RF) mesh canopy is designed to allow DEWA to provide smart grid applications such as smart electricity, water meter and distribution automation to the whole of Dubai, including Hatta.
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DNV GL's KEMA High-Power Laboratory Performs First-Ever Ultra-High-Voltage Component Tests
March 30, 2017

DNV GL is helping the power industry move into the era of the "super grid" with the announcement that testing of ultra-high-voltage (UHV) grid components has started at its recently expanded KEMA High-Power Laboratory (HPL) in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Following a EUR 70 million, multi-year investment, the KEMA HPL is the first facility in the world for testing UHV electrical grid components including power transformers up to 800 kV and switchgear up to 1200 kV.
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Siemens and SAP to Offer Meter Data Management
March 30, 2017

Siemens and SAP have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens' meter data management solution, EnergyIP. The cooperative effort is intended to address multiple digital end-to-end business scenarios for energy and utility clients worldwide.
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NRECA Applauds Trump Clean Power Plan Executive Order
March 29, 2017

"If implemented, the CPP would hit many of our electric cooperatives extremely hard by forcing them to prematurely shutter existing power plants," said National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson in a statement. "Those co-ops would in essence be charged twice for their electricity -- once to continue paying down the loans on the closed power plants and again for the cost of purchasing replacement power."
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