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New York Seeks Smarter Grid

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:56

New York State has awarded seven research teams $3.3 million to develop smart grid technologies that use innovative methods to “enhance grid performance, reduce the risk of power outages, and lessen environmental impacts and energy consumption, all while reducing the cost of power delivery.” New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo explains, “As we continue to…

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Enel to Assume STMicroelectronics’ Stake in 3Sun

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:56

Enel Green Power has announced the company’s intention to buy out the full interests of both Sharp Corporation and STMicroelectronics in 3Sun , the equal joint venture between Enel Green Power, Sharp, and STMicroelectronics. Each is equal to one-third of the share capital. Originally, Enel reported an off-take agreement to purchase from Sharp the entire…

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Indiana Michigan Power Looks to Build Five Solar Facilities

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:03

Indiana Michigan (I&M) Power has announced plans to build and operate five solar generation facilities. If approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the project will have a combined generation capacity of about 16 megawatts, enough energy to power more than 2,500 homes for a year. The estimated cost of the project is $38 million.…

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Connected Living, From Smart Meters to Telepresence

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:03

Connected devices continue to proliferate and affect every aspect of modern life. It is estimated the average digital user has 10 personal connected devices at home, a trend Frost & Sullivan calls connected living: “a world in which consumers use many different devices to experience compelling new services that integrate video, voice, and data services…

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ElsterEnergyICT Introduces Next-Gen Enacto Solution

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:02

ElsterEnergyICT has launched of Enacto 9.3, designed to deliver actionable energy intelligence that enables energy managers to decrease energy costs and increase savings. The new version of the solution offers features and enhanced functionality targeting the changing power needs of multi-site companies. According to ElsterEnergyITC, Enacto 9.3 enables users to “examine different assets and equipment…

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Lighthouse Solar Blasts Colorado PUC

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:19

Lighthouse Solar announced plans to cease operating as a solar installer in Colorado but will continue to conduct business in Texas and New York. The company claims that market conditions created by Xcel Energy and the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) have made operating in Colorado too difficult Lighthouse Solar president and chief executive officer…

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Petra Solar, Caspian Renewable Energy Complete Bahrain Solar Plant

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:16

Petra Solar and Caspian Renewable Energy have announced completion of a 5MW solar plant installation in Bahrain. It is expected that the facility, owned by Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), will produce more than 8,000MW of clean energy. BAPCO chief executive officer Adel Almoayyed says, “Being the first of its kind in the Middle East, the…

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IFC Invests $100 Million in MENA Renewables

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:48

IFC has committed to invest up to $100 million in ACWA Power to help the company increase the amount of power it generates from renewable sources to help meet growing energy demand throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the southern cone of Africa. Paddy Padmanathan, ACWA Power president and chief executive officer,…

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Schneider Electric, Green Energy Team on Microgrid Solutions

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:45

Schneider Electric has partnered with Green Energy Corp to provide standardized microgrid solutions for both public and private energy clients. The partnership combines Schneider Electric’s experience in distributed energy resources with Green Energy Corp’s open source Linux tools. James Potach, Schneider Electric senior vice president of energy and sustainability service, explains, “A key element of…

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Elster EnergyICT Named Top BEMS Vendor

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:46

Navigant Research has named end-to-end solutions provider Elster EnergyICT as one of the top three global vendors of building energy management systems (BEMS). EnergyICT specializes in energy management and in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). According to Elster EnergyICT, its flagship product Enacto enables multi-site organizations “to build up their energy management strategy from basic energy visibility. It…

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SaskPower Puts Smart Meter Rollout on Hold

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:06

SaskPower has put its smart meter roll out on hold while the utility investigates fires associated with the installation of new smart meters. During the past two months there have been six reported fires related to the installation of the new meters. Tyler Hopson, a SaskPower spokesman pointed out that the six fires “is a…

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Ofgem Okays Scottish Subsea Link

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:31

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has approved a new subsea link in the north of Scotland. Scottish Hydro Electricity (SHE) Transmission’s power network £1.2 billion upgrade is expected to connect 1.2GW of new renewable electricity generation when completed in 2018. The upgrade will help meet Britain’s renewable target at a lower cost…

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USDA Invests in Rural Smart Grid Projects

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:19

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that agency is investing $263.3 million, much of it on smart grid projects to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems located in eight states. The USDA has a long history, dating back to the days following the Great Depression, of working…

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S&C, Green States Energy Team on Solar Farm

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:55

S&C Electric Company is partnering with Green States Energy (GSE) on an $11 million project to design and build a 3.6 MW solar photovoltaic farm in Devens, Massachusetts. This will be the third facility built by S&C for GSE and will connect to the grid via a standardized electrical system scheme. According to S&C, the…

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China, US Sign MoU on Electric Vehicle Cooperation

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:18

US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz recently attended the sixth US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Beijing. The conference is considered a leading channel for government-to-government discussion between the two nations on issues relating to global, regional, and national security and economic issues. Moniz focused on opportunities to expand and deepen US-China collaborations on clean…

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Landis+Gyr, RWE in Smart Meter Solutions Deal

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:12

Landis+Gyr has contracted to deliver its Gridstream end-to-end solution, including 50,000 smart meters and an AIM head end system to Polish energy utility RWE. The smart meter products and software solutions will be installed in residential buildings throughout Warsaw. A four year service contract is also included in the contract terms. The first deliveries are…

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Itron Signs Deal with Utilita

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:09

Utilita has contracted with Itron for a full suite of services so power customers can use key prepayment electricity meters. The deal in unprecedented for Itron, which is expanding provide managed services for small energy suppliers. Under the agreement, Itron reports it will support the backend operations of Utilita’s key prepayment offering so consumers can…

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Younger Generation Embracing Smart Energy

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:34

New research on the Internet of Things (IoT) found that young consumers, people with children, and individuals who have owned their homes for three to four years are the top adopters of Internet-connected energy devices. Parks Associates’ “Home Energy Management Adopters” study reports that more than 10 percent of United States broadband households headed by…

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E.ON Wind Farm Gets Approval

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:31

Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, had given E.ON consent for the company’s Rampion Offshore Wind Farm development. The approval will make Rampion the first offshore wind farm located off the southern coast of England. E.ON is permitted to construct a wind farm comprised of between 100 and 175 turbines…

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Smaller, Smarter Homes Latest US Trend

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:29

In the United States’ heyday of conspicuous consumption bigger was always better. Some states (we’re talking to you, Texas) even made over-the-top extravagance part of their image—Big D, big hair, and big oil. Well, as Dylan proclaimed a half century ago, the times they are a-changing. Again. According to the U.S. Census Bureau more than…

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