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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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Fortum Promotes Wave Energy

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

Fortum has acquired a minority share of Wello Oy, which developed the Penguin wave energy converter solution that captures the kinetic energy of waves and converts it into electrical power with a generator. Making the facility a floating vessel reduces the need for complex anchoring. In a statement Fortum explains, “We are moving towards a…

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California Legislature Gives Community Choice Energy Programs a Boost

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

The California State legislature has rejected a bill that opponents claimed would have hindered the ability of communities and municipalities to create community choice energy programs (CCEs), which enable consumers to consolidate their buying power and lower their rates by independently purchasing clean energy. The vote on Assembly Bill 2145 a, which was supported by…

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Toyota UK Adds Second Solar Array

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

A large-scale, embedded solar array designed and installed by British Gas is now fully operational at the Toyota UK engine production centre at Deeside in North Wales. The facility is comprised of approximately 13,000 solar panels that can produce up to 3.38 GWh a year, 10 percent of all the electricity required to manufacture up…

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DOE Invests in Microgrid Development

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

The United States Department of energy (DOE) is awarding seven recipients a total of $8 million to design microgrid projects that will improve national power grid resiliency and better enable cities and towns to handle extreme weather events and other potential electricity disruptions. The awards are part of President Obama’s climate action plan. Energy Secretary Ernest…

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IEA Warns of Risks to Renewables Deployment

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:40

The International Energy Agency (IEA) warns that renewable power faces growing risks to deployment over the medium term despite its financial efficiency. According to the IEA’s third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, “power generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro grew strongly in 2013, reaching almost 22 percent of global generation…Yet…

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Duke Announces New Texas Wind Power Project

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:40

Duke Energy Renewables has announced plans to build, own, and operate the 110-megawatt (MW) Los Vientos V wind power project in Starr County, Texas. Garland Power & Light, Greenville Electric Utility System, and Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) have signed 25-year agreements to purchase the power produced by the project. Duke Energy renewables president Greg Wolf…

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New Mexico State University Receives Smart Grid Grant

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:10

The National Science Foundation’s Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) has awarded a $5 million, five-year grant to New Mexico State University (NMSU) professor Enrico Pontelli to research intelligent technologies for smart grids. NMSU executive vice president and provost Dan Howard notes, “Getting any NSF grant is an achievement. Workforce development is…

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Fossil Fuel Independence in Demark an Achievable Goal

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:10

An Aalborg University professor believes complete energy independence from fossil fuels is achievable. According to Professor Henrik Lund, a system based 100 percent on renewable energy is a viable option and could be realized in Denmark by 2050. He also notes that renewable energy systems (RES) planning can also be successfully applied to other countries…

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Colorado Embraces Community Solar Gardens

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:10

SunShare has contracted to provide Colorado’s Adams County government with power from a community solar garden. Instead of installing small projects on individual roofs, SunShare finds suitable areas to establish large solar projects called community solar gardens that incorporate thousands of panels. These gardens enable solar power delivery to homes that would otherwise be unable to…

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Cyan Signs MoU with El Sewedy for Smart Meter Deployment

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:50

Cyan, a Cambridge UK smart metering and lighting control technology enterprise, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with El Sewedy Electrometer India to develop, market, and deploy integrated smart metering solutions in India and other countries. Under terms of the MOU, El Sewedy and Cyan will tender as part of a consortium for a number…

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Microsoft Invests in Wind Farm Project

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:50

Microsoft has committed to investing in the 175 megawatt Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois. The wind farm project will be funded through Microsoft’s carbon free initiative and is the largest wind investment ever made by the company. The new Pilot Hill project will produce enough energy to power to approximately 70,000 standard homes in…

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Judge to Rule on AEP Smart Meter Deployment

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:50

Despite the concerns that Oklahoma’s American Electric Power-Public Service Co. (AEP-PSO) hasn’t proven the its smart meter plan will be cost effective, an administrative law judge is considering letting the utility’s $120 million plan for deployment to move forward. Representatives from AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons), which is an advocacy group for…

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UAE Offers $1 Million for Clean Water Solar Solution

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:49

United Arab Emirates (UAE) vice president of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Sheikh Mohammed) has pledged to award $1 million to any research institute that devises a solar-powered way to solve the region’s perennial scarcity of fresh water. During the launch of the UAE Water Aid Foundation, Sheikh Mohammed challenged some of the…

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ABB Joins MeyGem Tidal Stream Project

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

Atlantis Resources Limited has awarded ABB a contract by to provide the onshore grid connection for Phase I of the MeyGen tidal stream project, located in Scotland’s Pentland Firth, which separates the Orkney Islands and the Scottish mainland. MeyGen is the UK’s first large-scale tidal array scheme. The first 6 megawatt (MW) demonstration phase calls…

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Crown Estate Signs Agreement for Two-Bladed Turbine Demo

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

The Crown Estate has signed a lease agreement with 2-B Energy subsidiary Forthwind for the UK’s first offshore two-bladed turbine demonstration: the installation of two 6MW full-scale units. According to Crown Estate, the demonstration on the seabed at Methil in Scotland will be the first of its kind in the world. The full-scale onshore prototype…

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Leviton Introduces New Industrial Smart Meters

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

Leviton has expanded its line of VerifEye submetering solutions with the introduction of the Series 4000 Industrial ModBus smart meters, which offer a turnkey solution for measuring and verifying electrical usage across a range of industrial, commercial, institutional, and government applications. According to Leviton, the VerifEye Series 4000 meters provide “universal voltage and CE safety compliance, wall…

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