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Wi-SUN Adds Two University Members

4 hours 55 min ago

The Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, and Purdue University has joined the Wi-SUN Alliance as Contributor Members. Wi-SUN’s goal is to bring standardization and interoperability to a wide variety of smart utility and smart city network application areas that will play a significant role in the Internet of things. Wi-SUN Alliance chair Phil Beecher…

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Baroness Verma: Smart Meters Essential to Energy Efficiency

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:10

Department of Energy and Climate Change under secretary of state Baroness Verma told attendees of the Elmhurst Energy Conference that energy efficiency is fundamental to a thriving economy. “By cutting down on waste, businesses can increase their productivity, boost their profitability and improve their competitiveness…In the wider low carbon and environmental goods and services sector, the…

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Mainstream Renewable Power Acquires Ghana Wind Farm

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:09

Mainstream Renewable Power is acquiring the 225 MW Ayitepa wind farm, located at Accra, Ghana. The facility is currently owned by Swiss wind farm developer NEK Umwelttechnik. The total investment of the project is reported to be $525 million. The deal is expected to finalize in 2015 with power production starting in 2016. Until the…

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Dropcountr Introduces New Smart Meter Data Management Solution

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:09

Dropcountr has introduced CLEAR, a meter-agnostic meter data management (MDM) platform that lets utilities better meet ever more stringent state and federal water conservation goals. Dropcountr designed the new product to accommodate the transition to smart monitoring and to support efficient reporting, functioning as a traditional MDM solution. CLEAR also provides access to visual monitoring…

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Itron to Distribute i2O Smart Pressure Management Products

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:09

Itron has signed a five-year agreement to distribute i2O’s smart pressure management products, which help minimize non-revenue water by reducing physical water losses in the distribution network. Itron expects the collaboration will expand its “and round out its non-revenue water (NRW) offering, enabling utilities to more effectively and efficiently manage water resources around the world.” Itron…

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Springfield Selects Silver Spring Networks Smart Grid Solution

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:09

City Utilities of Springfield has selected Silver Spring Networks for an advanced, multi-application smart grid deployment. City Utilities’ advanced smart grid program will increase customer value by leveraging Silver Spring’s unified network platform and managed services. Silver Spring’s solution is expected to deliver improved service reliability, reduced operating costs, and greater energy efficiency. Eric Dresselhuys,…

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Direct Energy Offers Free Power to Smart Meters Customers

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:53

Direct Energy is offering customers Free Power Saturday and Free Power Sunday. The initiative lets residential consumers with smart meters in the Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) territory of Chicago and northern Illinois enjoy one day of free electricity. According to Direct Energy, weekends are traditionally when “electricity rates, consumption, and demand are low. With the Free…

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Trina Solar Announces Solar Projects in Chile, China

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 09:51

Trina Solar Limited has agreed to supply 70MW high efficiency solar modules to a large-scale solar power project in Chile. Under the terms of the agreement, Trina Solar will deliver TSM-PC14 modules that have an output between 300W and 310W per panel. Delivery of the modules is scheduled to start in September 2014. Trina Solar’s module…

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Investment in DER Expected to Grow Significantly

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 09:51

Distributed energy resources (DER)—smaller power sources that can be aggregated to provide the power necessary to meet regular demand—are altering the traditional relationship between utilities and their residential customers. A report from Navigant Research states that homeowners and other residential customers are on pace to invest more than $625 billion in DER by 2023. Navigant…

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Energy Forum Brainstorms Innovations

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:52

At the recent energy forum held at the University of Chicago school of business, leading energy and technology companies discussed how to leverage the smart grid to deliver increased value to consumers and kicked off a new initiative between ComEd, technology companies, universities, and customers to spur innovation. Val Jensen, ComEd’s senior vice president of…

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Sensus Smart Water Meters Improve Leak Detection

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:51

Sensus reports that its smart water network is enabling Arizona residents in the Tucson area to conserve water conserving water and lower their bills. Since the deployment of 8,800 iPERL smart water meters in Oro Valley, located north of Tucson, early leak detection has led to a 57 percent reduction in leak adjustments. The 19,000…

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California Reaches EV Milestone

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:51

The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative reports that the state has cruised past a significant EV milestone: residents have bought more than 100,000 plug-in cars since 2010, boding well for meeting Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of having 1.5 million electric cars on the Golden State’s roads by 2025. The Collaborative’s executive director Christine Kehoe says,…

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Smart Grid Shines after California Earthquake

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:51

A recent 6.0 San Francisco area earthquake showed the value of smart grid technology. The Silver Spring standards-based IPv6 network, software, and services that Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has deployed proved able to prevent long-term power outages after the earthquake struck. According to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, “Fifteen minutes after the ground…

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USDA Invests in Rural Smart Grid Infrastructure

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:51

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power in 15 states. The funding helps bring smart grid technology to the nation’s rural electric infrastructure, with more than $23 million of the funding targeting improvements such as automated meter reading and…

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Hawaiian Electric: Consumers Prematurely Connecting Solar Power to Grid

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:51

More than any other Americans, residents of Hawaii have embraced solar, with 20 times more rooftop PV than the mainland average. However, the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) says too many consumers are prematurely connecting to the grid. The utility is asking residents to disconnect their solar units until they receive approval from the utility ensuring…

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Smart Home Devices Key to Reducing Energy Consumption

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:51

A whitepaper from SQS argues that the evolution of smart devices enabling real-time control of home energy, such as via smart appliances, lights, and thermostats, is the most significant tool to reduce consumption. Whitepaper authors Angus Panton and Trevor Loveday note, “The capacity to connect smart devices creates possibilities for an unprecedented degree of control…

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Sensus and SaskPower Agree on Refund

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 18:08

Sensus and SaskPower have agreed on a deal concerning the $47 million cost associated with the removal of smart meters following a number of fires. The utility will receive a $24 million cash refund for all of the meters SaskPower had purchased from Sensus including those that are now being removed as well as those…

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Rhode Island Wind Farm Approved

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 18:08

The US Army Corps of Engineers (ACORE) has approved Deepwater Wind’s 30MW offshore wind farm in Rhode Island. Located approximately three miles off the coast of Block Island, the wind farm will feature Alstom’s 5 6MW Haliade 150 direct-drive offshore turbines, including tower sections. ACORE, the lead permitting agency for the project, has secured approvals…

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Itron to Supply ERDF Linky Meters

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

Itron becomes the second company selected for ERDF’s (Électricité Réseau Distribution France) Linky smart grid program. Along with Landis+Gyr, Itron will supply Linky smart meters for the first phase of the program. In all, ERDF plans to replace 35 million meters to meet the European Union’s (EU) directive that calls for 80 percent of power meters to…

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Joule Selects Scatec Solar

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

Joule has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Scatec Solar ASA to support the roll-out of Joule production plants featuring photovoltaic power, which is expected to lay the foundation for truly sustainable mobility by providing more than a 90 percent. Joule pioneered the direct, solar conversion of CO2 into liquid fuels. This reverse-combustion process…

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