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SDG&E To Add More Energy Storage To Improve Regional Reliability
August 19, 2016

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently approved a proposal by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to build two new energy storage projects in San Diego County. In May, the CPUC directed Southern California electric utilities to fast-track additional energy storage options to enhance regional energy reliability.
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Natural Resources Canada Establishes Clean Energy Innovation Program
August 19, 2016

The Government of Canada is seeking proposals for projects under the $25-million Clean Energy Innovation Program, which is intended to bring clean energy technologies closer to commercialization. The initiative also helps Canada meet its Mission Innovation goal to double its 2014-2015 funding of $387 million for clean energy and clean technology research and development to $775 million by 2020.
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Reports Show Strong Growth of U.S. Wind Power
August 18, 2016

According to the 2015 Wind Technologies Market Report released today by the Energy Department and its Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the United States ranks second in the world for wind power capacity and remains first in the world for electricity generated from wind power. Total installed wind power capacity from turbines rated at more than 100 kilowatts in the United States grew at an impressive rate of 12% in 2015 and stands at nearly 74 gigawatts, meeting an estimated 5.6% of U.S. end-use electricity demand in an average year.
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Greensmith Energy Partners with AltaGas for Energy Storage in Southern California
August 18, 2016

AltaGas and Greensmith will deploy a 20 MW energy storage system to help with resource adequacy in California and offer multiple other grid applications. The project will be expedited and is expected to be completed in December 2016.
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U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Calls for Increased Investment to Enhance U.S. Energy Emergency Response
August 17, 2016

In order to better harden energy systems against attacks, DOE announced up to $34 million in funding, subject to appropriations, for twelve projects representing energy sector organizations in nine states through the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability's Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) program.
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GE and PG&E to Unlock Distributed Energy Resource Potential in California
August 17, 2016

GE and Pacific Gas and Electric Company are collaborating on a pilot project to demonstrate effective Distributed Energy Resource Management (DERM) in California. The project focuses on maintaining reliable operation of the distribution network with the increase in distributed energy resources (DER) such as solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage, and will leverage GE's Grid IQ Insight framework for visualization and situational intelligence.
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NREL Finds Companies Can Reduce Carbon Footprint by Giving Consumers Green Choices
August 16, 2016

Companies can reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chains and improve customer satisfaction by giving consumers information and tools to make green choices, according to new research conducted by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Landis+Gyr Announces Wi-SUN Certification for Smart Grid Network Radio Technology
August 16, 2016

Landis+Gyr recently announced that it has successfully completed Wi-SUN US Profile physical layer certification of the radio technology used in Gridstream solutions and deployed globally in over 7 million smart grid IoT devices.
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SEL Completes Successful Onsite Testing of First Substation Software-Defined Network
August 12, 2016

SDN is emerging as an effective solution for the needs of both operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) networks. Through the OpenFlow specification, SEL is using SDN to enhance the performance, configuration and management of proactive OT and dynamic IT networks, giving engineers path- and packet-level control of their communications flows.
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Aclara Acquires Smart Grid Business from Tollgrade
August 12, 2016

Aclara Technologies has acquired the smart grid business of Tollgrade Communications, a global market share leader in the smart grid sensor market. The transaction includes the LightHouse distribution monitoring platform comprising sensors and sensor management system (SMS) software with Predictive GridAnalytics, as well as a broad intellectual property portfolio.
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Sunverge Customer AGL Launches World's Largest Virtual Power Plant
August 11, 2016

The AGL virtual power plant will be capable of storing 7 megawatt hours of energy, with an output equivalent to a 5-megawatt solar peaking plant, enough power for 1,000 homes. It will also provide greater grid stability, demonstrate alternative ways to manage peaks in demand and support the higher penetration of intermittent, renewable generation on the grid, Sunverge notes.
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Energy Department Announces $30 Million Expansion of U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research
August 11, 2016

The new consortium will enable counterparts in the United States and India to leverage the technological research capabilities of both countries. The new consortium will be officially established when an award selection is made - anticipated in 2017.
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National Grid Recommends Itron for Proposed Advanced Metering Across Massachusetts
August 10, 2016

The utility has proposed use of Itron's OpenWay smart grid platform to meet the AMF objectives of its Grid Modernization Plan in Massachusetts. Following a successful pilot program in Worcester, National Grid's proposal could bring Itron's smart grid technology to the rest of its 1.3 million customers in Massachusetts.
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PJM Board Approves $636 Million Investment in Transmission Projects
August 10, 2016

The $320 million market efficiency project is expected to alleviate transmission congestion across the Pennsylvania and Maryland border and save customers $622 million over 15 years. It involves upgrades at existing substations, two new substations, two new transmission lines and improvements to existing lines. The expected in-service date is 2020.
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Minnesota Power Seeks Proposals for Large-Scale Wind, Solar Energy, and Customer-Driven Resources
August 10, 2016

In the initial Request for Proposal, Minnesota Power is seeking power supply proposals for up to 300 megawatts of wind generation beyond the 625 megawatts of wind it has on its system, plus power supply proposals for up to 300 MW of utility scale solar generation that qualifies under Minnesota's Solar Energy Standard.
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ComEd Realizing Reliability & Restoration Benefits from Smart Grid
August 1, 2016

ComEd in Illinois has seen significant improvement in the time it takes to restore power after an outage, as a result of its recent smart grid investments. In 2015, the utility had power back on after an average of 112 minutes, versus 196 minutes in 2014. The number of interruptions per customer served in 2015 came to 0.88, compared to 1.01 in 2014.
[ see article in Crain's Chicago Business ]

APAC Region to Retain Leadership in Global Hybrid Power Systems
August 1, 2016

The global hybrid power systems market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 6% from 2016 to 2020, according to a recent report from Technavio. For market revenue calculation, the report considers solar PV-diesel hybrid, wind-diesel hybrid, wind-solar PV-diesel hybrid, and other hybrid systems such as hydro-wind; solar-biomass, fuel cell with solar or wind, etc.
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Greenlots Selected by Avista Utilities for Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot
July 27, 2016

Over 200 EV chargers will test Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) technology in Washington State. The pilot is expected to provide Avista with a holistic view of scaling EV infrastructure sustainably with the grid, and inform intelligent longer term programs with utility-owned EV charging infrastructure.
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Landis+Gyr Supplies 10 MW of Battery Storage Capacity for Large-scale Tucson Electric Power Project
July 27, 2016

In total, TEP is adding 20 MW of energy storage capacity through two projects that will help balance load and regulate frequency on its distribution system, while also deferring capital investments in spinning reserves.
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National Grid Recommends Itron for Proposed Advanced Metering Across Massachusetts
July 26, 2016

The utility has proposed use of Itron's proven OpenWay smart grid platform to meet the AMF objectives of its Grid Modernization Plan in Massachusetts. The OpenWay platform would enable access to near real-time data, outage and restoration notification, two-way communication and control capabilities.
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FERC Directs Development of Standards for Supply Chain Cyber Controls
July 22, 2016

In the recent (7/21) rule, FERC directed NERC to develop a forward-looking, objective-based Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard that requires each affected entity to develop and implement a plan that includes security controls for supply chain management for industrial control system hardware, software, and services associated with bulk electric system operations.
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Obama Administration Announces New Clean Energy Savings Initiative
July 22, 2016

The Administration, in collaboration with state agencies, is announcing a new catalytic goal to bring 1 gigawatt of solar to low- and moderate- income families by 2020. This goal is a 10 fold increase and an expansion of the initial target President Obama set in his Climate Action Plan to install 100 MW of renewable energy on federally-assisted affordable housing by 2020.
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Navigant: New Energy Storage Deployments in Major World Markets Are Expected to Total Nearly 62 GW from 2015 to 2025
July 22, 2016

Because energy storage is quickly becoming a flexible and cost-effective tool for users to control energy costs and for grid operators to manage network instability, several countries are projected to see substantial growth in deployments in the coming decade, with five country-level markets in Asia Pacific expected to experience the largest increases globally.
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ASE Conducts Congressional Briefing on The Grid Edge
July 21, 2016

A recent Congressional briefing held by the Alliance to Save Energy noted that while there is still significant low-hanging fruit for energy efficiency improvement at the grid edge, this begs the question: what exactly is the "grid edge"?
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Germany, Italy, and Japan Top World Energy Efficiency Rankings
July 21, 2016

Germany continues to lead the world in energy efficiency, followed by Italy and Japan (tied for second place), France, and the United Kingdom (not reflecting energy-related government changes in 2016), according to the 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). New to the rankings this year are eight nations: Indonesia, Netherlands, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.
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British Columbia Institute of Technology and Siemens to Collaborate on Smart Grid Cybersecurity and Microgrid Research Opportunities
July 19, 2016

Per a memorandum of understanding, Siemens and BCIT's Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) SMART group will enable knowledge-sharing and training to address gaps in Canada's critical public utilities infrastructure.
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Hawaiian Electric Industries Will Move Forward as an Independent Company
July 19, 2016

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) reaffirmed its financial and operational strength as a stand-alone company and its 2016 earnings per share guidance range of $1.62 to $1.75 per share. HEI further outlined its plans for the future as an independent company, following the termination of its proposed merger with NextEra Energy.
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U.S. Energy Department Invests $19 Million in Energy Efficiency
July 19, 2016

The 18 innovative projects recently announced will develop sensors and energy modeling tools to make buildings smarter, reduce refrigerant leaks and improve the efficiency of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems, and produce a low-impact, gas-powered heat pump that can operate efficiently in colder climates. The projects will also support renewable energy market penetration through energy storage, pinpoint air leaks and reduce energy losses through the building envelope, and cut electricity use by transmitting sunlight to building interiors.
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New U.S. Department of Energy Funding to Help Improve the Security and Resilience of the Nation's Power Grid
July 15, 2016

The Energy Department will provide up to $15 million, subject to congressional appropriations, to support efforts by the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to further enhance the culture of security within their utility members' organizations.
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Millenials to Drive Future Value for Energy Utilities, But They Are Much More Demanding
July 15, 2016

A recent international study by Accenture finds that while there's obvious demand for new products and services in the energy space from Millenials, they want information and they want everything to be instantaneous and accessible on their terms.
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Commercial Energy Storage Economics Will Be Attractive in 19 US State Markets by 2021
July 15, 2016

According to new analysis by GTM Research, commercial energy storage economics are attractive today in seven U.S. states. And that number is expected to grow to 19 states by 2021.
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California ISO Completes Studies On Impacts Of Regional Energy Market
July 13, 2016

The findings show that by expanding the energy grid, California would reach its 50-percent renewable energy goal while saving consumers up to $1.5 billion by 2030, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and adding jobs in California.
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PG&E Launches Distributed Energy Resource Testing Projects
July 13, 2016

PG&E is teaming up with GE to demonstrate a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS), with Enphase Energy to install and test smart inverters, and with SolarCityto install and test smart inverters and battery storage systems for private solar customers. The demonstrations will evaluate to what extent the DERMS technology enhances the stability and power quality of the grid and optimizes solar generation and power-flow management, as more customers adopt solar.
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Duke Energy Aims To Increase Public Electric Vehicle Charging in N.C. by 30%
July 13, 2016

Duke Energy's "EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project" will provide $1 million to help cities and towns develop public charging stations for residents. Another part of the project is an additional $500,000 devoted to cities and towns for the construction of electric bus charging stations.
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Adara Power and Smart Utility Systems Partner to Offer Distributed Energy Storage Aggregation
July 12, 2016

The partnership includes software integration of Adara's residential and small commercial energy storage systems with SUS's Smart Customer Mobile platform. The integration provides for visibility of solar generation and energy storage data in the same user interface that a building or homeowner utilizes for smart thermostats, utility billing, EV charging and IoT devices.
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Enchanted Rock / Texas Microgrid Powers H-E-B
July 12, 2016

Texas-based H-E-B, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers with more than 370 stores in Texas and Mexico, announced recently an exclusive agreement with Texas Microgrid LLC to provide Enchanted Rock's ("ERock") On Demand Electric Reliability service for a projected 45 stores in the greater Houston region.
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"Retro" Legislation Introduced to Protect Electric Grid from Cyber-Attacks
July 8, 2016

The legislation recently proposed in the U.S. Congress would examine ways to replace automated systems with manual procedures controlled by human operators to remove vulnerabilities that could allow cyber-criminals to access the grid through holes in digital software systems.
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