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Current News

Focus on Seniors Research Released by Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
December 18, 2014

In Consumer Pulse: Focus on Seniors, a significant number of seniors (20%) indicated that they do not know who to look to as a "trusted source" regarding smart grid information -- indicating an opportunity for utilities to position themselves as such with these consumers.
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Eos Energy Storage Awarded $2.1 Million for Battery Demonstration
December 17, 2014

Eos reports that it has developed a safe, long-lasting Aurora battery system that can be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of existing energy storage solutions. For the project, the company is partnering with Pacific Gas & Electric, the Electric Power Research Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Stem, and ETM Electromatic.
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GE Partners with National Grid on Underground Microgrid Project
December 12, 2014

The system will be aligned with the specific energy needs and power resources available in and around Potsdam, with the option to include resources like 3 megawatts of combined heat & power generators, 2MW of solar photovoltaic, 2MW of energy storage and 900kW or more of hydro-electric generation.
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SGCC Releases Its Sixth Smart Grid Customer Engagement Success Story
December 12, 2014

In SGCC's Customer Engagement Success Stories report, FPL is the sixth utility case study documented to illustrate how a thoughtful multipronged approach to communicating and educating customers, employees and other stakeholder groups on the benefits of a smarter grid can help accelerate smart grid adoption.
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National Grid and Anbaric Transmission to Deliver Clean Energy to New England
December 10, 2014

The alliance initially will develop the Maine Green Line -- a hybrid land-and-sea HVDC project that will transmit 1,000MW (expandable to 2,000MW) of wind from northern Maine, firmed up by imports of hydropower from eastern Canada, via a submarine cable to Massachusetts.
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World Loses $89.3 Billion to Electricity Theft Annually, $58.7 Billion in Emerging Markets
December 9, 2014

"India alone loses $16.2bn per year, followed by Brazil with $10.5bn and Russia with $5.1bn," said Ben Gardner, President of Northeast Group. "By 2024, emerging market countries will be spending $29bn per year on smart grid infrastructure to combat this theft, boost reliability and improve the financial sustainability of utilities."
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Annual Installed Capacity of Distributed Generation Expected to Double by 2023
December 8, 2014

Navigant Research estimates that between 2014 and 2023, DG will displace the need for at least 321 GW of new large-scale power plants, valued at more than $1 trillion in power plant construction revenue.
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Utilities Face Significant Revenue Losses from Growth of Solar, Storage and Energy Efficiency, Accenture Research Shows
December 8, 2014

Accenture conducted its second annual survey of global utilities executives and found that perceptions of the impact of these energy demand-disrupting technologies have shifted considerably in the last year. Utilities executives are notably more concerned about the impact of these technologies on future revenue streams, with 61 percent saying that they expect significant or moderate revenue reductions as a result of distributed generation, such as solar PV, compared to 43 percent last year.
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Shelton Group: "The Energy Industry Is Up for Grabs"
December 5, 2014

Thirty percent of Americans would leave their utility if they could, according to Shelton Group's 10th annual Energy Pulse study. And of those, fully 64 percent would choose a non-utility alternative like SolarCity, Google or Comcast.
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Black & Veatch and Dynapower Form Strategic Alliance for Energy Storage Systems
December 5, 2014

Through the alliance the companies will work together to address both transmission- and distribution-level energy storage projects, both in North America and internationally.
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Global Solar Photovoltaic Module Installed Capacity to More than Treble by 2020, says GlobalData
December 5, 2014

Last year marked a turning point in the solar PV space, as China, India and Japan accounted for the majority of global annual installations. China's growth was especially remarkable, contributing around 12 GW of the world's 37-GW additions in 2013.
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Siemens and Duke Energy Demonstrate Lower Cost EV Smart Charging Technology
December 4, 2014

Held at the Duke Energy Envision Center in Erlanger, Ky., and utilizing a Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid, Siemens provided the first Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved residential electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) to demonstrate the ability to monitor status, report energy use, and be controlled locally from the local area network and from the cloud.
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HECO Issues Demand Response RFI
December 3, 2014

On November 14, Hawaiian Electric Company issued a Request for Information to implement a portfolio of demand response technologies that appeal to both residential and commercial customers. The company is interested in DR programs that can be administered by HECO or by Third Party Aggregators / Curtailment Service Providers (CSPs). Responses to the RFI are due by December 15, 2014.
[ view RFI ]

ComEd May Get Additional Time and Money for Smart Grid Rollout
December 3, 2014

Illinois regulators are preparing to allow ComEd to have an additional two years before formally reporting on the effectiveness of smart grid deployments and grid upgrades to date. The utility reports that investments so far have enabled it to avoid over 1 million outages and reduce outage frequency by 19%.
[ view article in Chicago Tribune ]

Itron to Deliver Edge Intelligence to Leading Brazilian Utility
December 1, 2014

The utility is considered a pioneer in developing an innovative communication technology as a part of its Smart Grid R&D Project, launched in January 2013 in the city of Barueri, which aims to implement a redundant communication board that can embed two communication technologies -- radio frequency and PLC (Power Line Carrier) -- in the same device, applying adaptive communications and edge computing power.
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Global Smart Cities Market to Reach US$1.56 Trillion by 2020
November 26, 2014

By 2025, it is expected that around 58% of the world's population or 4.6 billion people will live in urban areas. In developed regions and cities, the urban population in cities could account for up to 81% of total population. According to Frost & Sullivan, this will pose serious challenges for city planners, who will have to re-think how they provide basic city services to residents in a sustainable manner.
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FERC Approves Merger of Exelon and PHI Holdings Inc.
November 24, 2014

The combination of the companies will bring together Exelon's three electric and gas utilities -- BGE, ComEd and PECO -- and Pepco Holdings' (PHI's) three electric and gas utilities -- Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco -- to create the leading mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility.
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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%).
[ view survey results - registration required ]

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."
[ view report ]

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.
[ view presentation ]

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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