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Smart Grid Northwest Launches
July 24, 2014

Founded four years ago as Smart Grid Oregon, Smart Grid Northwest is expanding the regional focus of the organization with the mission to promote the smart grid industry and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. Founding members include Itron, Avista, Seattle City Light, IBM, Sensus, Elster, Portland General Electric, Snohomish (Washington) Public Utility District and others. The group is holding its annual membership meeting on July 24 in Portland, OR.
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Lithium Ion Batteries for Consumer Electric Vehicles To Surpass $24 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2023
July 24, 2014

Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries have emerged as the leading battery technology for a wide variety of applications, including mobile devices, grid-scale energy storage, and electric vehicles. According to Navigant Research, the market for Li-ion batteries for automobiles is expected to expand rapidly over the next 10 years, with battery electric vehicles for consumers drawing the largest share.
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ACEEE Publishes Annual Energy Efficiency Rankings
July 22, 2014

Germany comes in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world's major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published recently by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). New to the rankings this year are four nations: India, Mexico, South Korea, and Spain. The U.S. ranked 13th out of 16 nations -- behind countries such as China, Canada, and India.
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ComEd to Partner with AMSC on Superconductor-based Resilient Electric Grid System
July 18, 2014

The current design of the grid infrastructure in many U.S. cities makes restoration of power after a catastrophic event time-consuming, costly, and unpredictable. Led by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, the Resilient Electric Grid is a self-healing solution that is designed to provide resiliency in the event that portions of the grid are lost for any reason. The ComEd installation would be the first commercial application of this advanced technology in the United States.
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Thread Group To Develop New IP-Based Wireless Networking Protocol
July 18, 2014

Unlike many existing technologies or IoT approaches, Thread is not an application protocol or a connectivity platform for many types of disparate networks. It is an IPv6 networking protocol built on open standards, designed for low-power 802.15.4 mesh networks.
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Xcel Energy To Spend $106.7 Million on Substations, Power Lines in Texas
July 17, 2014

Strong agricultural demand and general economic growth in the Texas South Plains region centered on Plainview, Texas, has triggered a series of capital improvement projects on the Xcel Energy system that are intended to boost the reliability and capacity of the regional power grid.
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Landis+Gyr and RWE sign Smart Meter Deal for Poland
July 17, 2014

Under the terms of the agreement, Landis+Gyr will deliver its Gridstream solution, including 50,000 smart meters and AIM software to RWE in Poland. The system will have an interface to RWE's existing IT infrastructure, and is designed to support its asset management needs, as well as its billing services. A four year service contract is also included in the contract terms.
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CPUC Report Highlights California's Solar Success
July 16, 2014

In January 2007, California began a $3.3 billion effort to install 3,000 MW of new solar over the next decade and transform the market for solar energy by reducing the cost of solar generating equipment. The CPUC's portion of the solar effort is known as the California Solar Initiative. It is the largest customer-side solar rebate program in the country, with a $2.2 billion budget and a goal of 1,940 MW of solar capacity by the end of 2016 for the general market and low income solar programs.
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Itron Selects Microsoft Azure as Preferred Cloud Platform
July 14, 2014

According to Itron, Microsoft Azure will allow access to highly-available, scalable and durable cloud storage, backup and recovery capabilities.
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Siemens Releases New Mobile-Web App to Maximize Customer Engagement
July 14, 2014

In a recent study by J.D. Power, utilities were shown lacking in content and information delivery via their websites. The Energy Engage Mobile application is designed to allow utility professionals to deliver web content to their consumers and enable customer engagement via a multichannel communication strategy.
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Energy Department Makes $4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Available for Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects
July 11, 2014

While any project that meets the appropriate requirements is eligible to apply, the Department has identified five key technology areas of interest: advanced grid integration and storage; drop-in biofuels; waste-to-energy; enhancement of existing facilities including micro-hydro or hydro updates to existing non-powered dams; and efficiency improvements.
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Washington State Pursues New Energy Storage Projects for Solar and Wind
July 11, 2014

Under the program, Snohomish County PUD will receive $7.3 million, Puget Sound Energy $3.8 million, and Avista Corporation $3.2 million. The projects are designed to provide energy shifting, grid flexibility, distribution system efficiency, and the optimal use of energy storage.
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Dynamic Volt/VAR Control Architectures To Reach Nearly $3 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2023
July 11, 2014

Many major utilities have one or more forms of DVCA solution in pilot scale, according to the report by Navigant Research, while others are embarking on system-wide implementation in the medium-voltage network, and a few are already tuning DVCA systems for full production.
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Maine's Two Largest Utilities to Co-develop Transmission Projects in New England
July 8, 2014

The projects would improve links between southern New England and northern Maine, where more than 2,100 megawatts of wind power development have been proposed. The agreement between the utilities comes in response to a call by the six New England governors for investments in the region's energy infrastructure to diversify the energy portfolio and gain access to new renewable energy resources.
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Department of Energy Launches Microgrid Competition
July 3, 2014

The Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge is designed to encourage organizations with operational microgrids, such as hospitals and water treatment plants, to submit their microgrid designs and operational data - such as when and how long the system was disconnected from the traditional grid. Entries will be judged according to four criteria: resiliency, clean energy system, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
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European Renewable Energy Investment Set To Surge By 2030 on Back of Nearly $1 Trillion Investment
July 3, 2014

The next decade and a half will see renewable energy raise its share of European electricity generation capacity from 40% in 2012, to 60% in 2030, while the share of fossil-fuel sources such as coal and gas falls from 48% to 27%, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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Silver Spring Networks and GridSense Partner on Advanced Transformer Monitoring Solution
July 1, 2014

The new offering within Silver Spring's Grid Management solution is designed to provide mission-critical intelligence for grid operation via data captured by the GridSense transformer monitoring solution, resulting in cost savings from optimal use of grid assets and increased operational efficiencies through automation.
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DTE Energy To Deploy Tollgrade Smart Grid Sensors and Predictive Grid Analytics Platform
July 1, 2014

DTE Energy will be deploying Tollgrade's LightHouse MV smart grid sensors and predictive grid analytics platform at key substations and feeders within its extensive distribution network over the next three years.
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Wisconsin Energy to Acquire Integrys Energy Group for $9.1 Billion
June 27, 2014

The combined entity is projected to have a regulated rate base of $16.8 billion in 2015, serve more than 4.3 million total gas and electric customers across Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota, and operate nearly 71,000 miles of electric distribution lines and more than 44,000 miles of gas transmission and distribution lines.
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SCE Seeks More Small-Scale Renewable Generation Projects
June 27, 2014

Southern California Edison recently launched another round of solicitations for small-scale renewable source projects, including solar, wind, geothermal and biomass, with the goal of procuring up to 290 megawatts from smaller-scale renewable projects through a Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM).
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Petra Solar Completes Middle East's Largest Smart Solar Project in Bahrain
June 27, 2014

The five-megawatt project will be owned by BAPCO (Bahrain Petroleum Company), a wholly owned subsidiary of NOGA (National Oil and Gas Authority) and is designed to deliver in excess of 8,000 MWh of renewable energy.
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Report Examines Virtual Power Plants and the Emerging Energy Cloud
June 24, 2014

Spending on VPP software networking products and services represent just over a $1 billion today, but are expected to reach more than $5.3 billion over the next 10 years under a base scenario developed recently by Navigant Research.
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Toshiba to Supply Battery for 2MW Energy Storage System in UK
June 24, 2014

The ESS will be connected to the 11kV grid at Western Power Distribution's Willenhall primary substation. When the project starts operation in November, it will allow testing at realistic levels and enable assessment of both the technical and economic potential of ESS in the grid.
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Middle East Countries to Spend $9.8 Billion over Next Decade to Modernize Electric Grids
June 24, 2014

According to Northeast Group, MENA countries are taking a two-prong approach to modernizing the grid: the first is to install over 26 GW of solar by 2024, and second is to deploy smart grid infrastructure for better demand management and reliability.
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DVI Selected By Glendale Water & Power for Grid Voltage Optimization Pilot
June 23, 2014

DVI's platform is designed to integrate into a utility's existing IT infrastructure and obtain voltage readings from the existing AMI system. The system then optimizes the utility's field devices by issuing commands over an existing wide area network to adjust the distribution system voltage.
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First Wind to Sell Power from Utah-Based Solar Projects to Rocky Mountain Power
June 23, 2014

As part of the purchase agreements, Rocky Mountain Power will buy the output of the planned 20-megawatt "Seven Sisters" projects under its obligation from the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA.
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Texas-Based Utility To Be Coal-Free By 2016, Doubles Largest Solar Facility in New Mexico
June 20, 2014

El Paso Electric has completed construction of Macho Springs, the largest solar facility in New Mexico. The 50 MW solar facility, along with an additional solar facility that will be the largest in El Paso (10 MW and completed by the end of the year) will expand total solar generation to 6% of EPE's dedicated generation resources.
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RGS Energy's Sunetric Deploys Solar-to-Grid Curtailment Solution on the Island of Kauai
June 20, 2014

The system is designed to assure all electricity generated by the PV system is consumed by the local facility and not fed back into the utility grid. This is intended to reduce the impact on the local circuit and make it easier for the island's electric utility provider, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), to manage the grid.
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Landis+Gyr Wins Contract from West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company
June 20, 2014

Landis+Gyr won the order after having successfully met the delivery schedule for the earlier 1.5 million meter order received and delivered in 2013. Landis+Gyr has supplied a total of 3.5 million meters to WBSEDCL in last 5 years.
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Survey: Lack of Awareness, Understanding Driving Low Participation In U.S. Residential Demand Response
June 19, 2014

Although only 14% of Americans are currently taking advantage of demand response programs, 87% would participate for the right incentives, including prepaid cash-back rewards, according to a recent survey by parago energy. 50% of respondents weren't sure if their utilities offered demand response programs, and an additional 25% said their utilities did not offer these programs -- another key indicator of low awareness.
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Smart Car Innovation To Shift To the Boundaries Between Automotive and Other IoT Segments
June 19, 2014

According to a new report by ABI Research, vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-retail (V2R) will be the dominant connected car use segments, with respectively 459 and 406 million vehicles featuring smart car IoT applications by 2030. This will be followed by V2H (vehicle-to-home) and V2P (vehicle-to-person) with 163 and 239 million vehicles respectively. Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services will be offered on 50 million vehicles in 2030.
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