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SunPower Invests in Tendril’s Smart Energy Platform

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:23

SunPower has announced plans to license Tendril’s energy services management (ESM) platform software as part of a $20 million growth capital investment into Tendril. The ESM platform is expected to drive the development of new smart energy applications for both consumers and utilities. According to SunPower, “Combining the unique functionality of the Tendril ESM Platform…

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New York Announces New Smart Energy Initiatives

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:21

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new reforms designed to promote clean and sustainable energy, including increasing net metering caps from 3 percent to 6 percent, which will broadening access to the benefits of clean power; an energy management program for Con Edison that will offer more clean energy for customers; strengthened demand…

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Ford Merges Renewable Energy with Clever Marketing

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:07

The Ford Motor Company is collaborating with Wind Energy Corporation to deliver an innovative new hybrid: micro wind turbines that double as a marketing strategy. The goal is to provide renewable power to dealerships and attract forward-thinking customers with one creative concept. Wind Energy is expected to invest nearly $750,000 to install wind sail and…

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ABB and Hitachi Partner on Power Grid Venture

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 04:07

ABB and Hitachi have formed a joint venture for high voltage direct current (HVDC) system solutions in Japan. The new Tokyo-based company will be responsible for the design, engineering, supply, and after-sales services related to the DC system of HVDC projects. The collaboration is subject to the necessary approvals and statutory procedures. Hitachi chairman and…

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Ghana Utility Hopes Smart Meters Will Help Curb Power Theft

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:37

Kamstrup has delivered 30,000 smart meters with prepayment functionality to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). The meters are connected with NURI Telecom’s prepaid AMR system using GPRS and Zigbee Alliance communication standards. The utility believes the smart technology will help reduce energy theft and revenue losses. ECG has experienced numerous instances of customers tampering…

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New Breakthrough Could Lead to More Solar Energy Production

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 00:19

A team of researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) has developed a new type of solar concentrator. The transparent luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) can be used on building windows, cell phones, and any other device that has a flat, clear surface. The advantage of this technology is that it does not limit visibility. Luminescent solar…

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UK Consumers Want Pay-as-You-Go Smart Meters

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 22:59

A new study found that nearly half of UK power consumers would like to use a smart pay-as-you-go (PAYG) meter for their gas and electricity. The technology is most embraced by younger consumers, with 60 percent of 18-34 year olds interested in using smart meters. Sixty-eight percent would use a smart phone app. There is…

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DECC Releases Smart Meter Report

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:33

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released its third annual report on the UK’s smart meter roll out. The government has committed to replacing 53 million analog electricity and gas meters with smart meters Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Baroness Verma calls the smart meter program a vital investment “that will help to…

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Study Concludes Smart Energy to Significantly Undercut Utilities’ Revenue

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:23

The good news for consumers and the environment: smart energy and renewables such as solar and wind are steadily increasing the amount of energy they provide municipalities around the world. The bad news for utilities: smart energy and renewables such as solar and wind are steadily increasing the amount of energy they provide municipalities around…

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Icontrol Adds Nest to Its Smart Home Portfolio

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:47

Icontrol Networks has added the Nest learning thermostat to its OpenHome ecosystem. One of Icontrol’s partners, Peq is already offering the Nest thermostat on its system and other Icontrol-powered providers are expected to follow suit. Icontrol Networks chief executive officer Robert Hagerty says. “The Icontrol and Nest integration shows how two leading companies are working together to break…

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DECC’s Baroness Verma Calls Smart Meters Revolutionary

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:33

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) under secretary of state Baroness Verma gave attendees of the Smart Metering Forum a state-of-the energy system address, saying the UK’s smart meter initiative is part of an effort by the government, industry, and other stakeholders to revolutionize the current infrastructure. “A system that will keep our energy…

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Brazil Adds to Its Renewable Energy Portfolio

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:48

An A-5 Brazilian public auction has awarded Enel Green Power the right to sign 20-year power supply contracts with a Brazilian electricity distribution companies with power produced by the new 114 MW Morro do Chapéu wind project. The facility will be constructed in Bahia State, located in north-eastern Brazil, where the company already manages approximately…

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Enel Partners with ZTE on Smart Grid Solutions

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:46

Enel has signed an agreement with ZTE Corporation, a top telecommunications equipment and systems company in China. The deal is intended to initiate cooperation in electric mobility, smart grids, and renewable generation. For example, the two companies have agreed to share technological solutions on vehicle charging, as well as explore integrated solutions and synergies for…

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Hybrid Energy Systems Could Boost Renewable Use in US

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 06:52

A new report found that better energy storage could significantly increase the use of renewable energy in the United States. The study also urges the development of hybrid systems in which one form of renewable energy, such as solar, is available while the other, such as wind, is minimal. Up to now the primary drawback…

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Schneider Electric Launches Go Green in the City Smart Energy Challenge

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 06:25

Schneider Electric has initiated the fifth Go Green in the City challenge, which focuses on innovative energy solutions for smart cities. From now to February 1, 2015, bachelor, master, and MBA business and engineering students are invited to join the challenge. The challenge calls for teams of two that includes at least one woman to…

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Ontario Approves New Smart Grid Projects

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 04:23

The Canadian province of Ontario has announced the approval of 17 new energy projects through its Smart Grid Fund program, which will invest almost $24 million on the initiatives. The projects include energy storage, to allow stored energy to balance system needs; electric vehicle integration to assist with electric vehicle (EV) adoption; ‘behind the meter’…

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Memphis Utility Investing in More Smart Meters

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 03:54

Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) has announced plans to invest $27 million out of its $1.7 billion budget on implementing the next phase of smart meter deployment, which includes purchasing 50,000 smart electric, gas, and water meters, funding a telecommunications system to collect data transmitted from smart meters, and a data management system to…

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Smart Meter Revenue to Surpass $6 Billion by 2023

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:45

A new report forecasts that global revenue from smart meters will increase over the next decade from $5.1 billion in 2014 to $6.6 billion in 2023. The data from Navigant Research examined the worldwide market opportunities for smart electric meters. With roll outs in North American slowing, the smart electric meter market is now focusing…

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St. Kitts Prepares for Smart Meters Rollout

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:48

St. Kitts Electricity Corporation (SKELEC), which is preparing to rollout smart meters and related supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, has commissioned an Intermittent Renewable Energy Infusion Stud, which was undertaken to determine the total capacity of intermittent renewable energy that the utility can safely integrate into the electricity grid without compromising system stability.…

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Interview with Deutsche Telekom Jon Carter: Smart Home Opportunities and Challenges

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:51

Although still in its infancy, the smart home market is rapidly evolving as devices and technologies embracing the Internet of things (IoT) become more ubiquitous. Stakeholders from utilities to consumer electronics manufacturers to telecoms are strategically positioning their companies to stake out their plot of choice digital real estate. Deutsche Telekom, one of the companies…

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