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The UK Government has published the “Scotland Analysis: Energy” report, which examines the potential impact of Scottish independence on Great Britain’s energy industry. The paper argues that the current single market has driven the Scottish energy industry’s success, has helped to keep Scottish energy bills down, and is the most effective way of managing energy liabilities. The paper concludes that the current integrated GB energy system could not continue as it is now if Scotland became a separate independent state.
E.ON has invited local community members to attend one or both of two planned final public information sessions for the Isles Wind Farm. Based on comments from previous public hearings, E.ON has made amendments to its original plans that featured up to 45 turbines. The final proposal now calls for a 24 turbine wind farm, located about 1.5 km to the east of Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. The facility would have a capacity up to 48 MW and could generate enough electricity for approximately 27,000 homes.
The Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has announced a project to reform the industry’s settlement arrangements, which give suppliers incentives to buy energy to meet the power their customers consume every half hour throughout the day. Up to now, that half hour amount is estimated by taking meter readings to determine the consumer’s total energy consumption then breaking up between half-hour periods. But since smart meters can record actual consumption each half hour, there is no longer a need to estimate it.
E.ON, which has extended its European partnership with GreenWave Reality for smart home solutions, also continues to test smart home technologies via the Thinking Energy trial that involves 75 family homes in Milton Keynes. The initiative is designed to develop and test ways to manage energy use in the home resulting in improved convenience and cost savings.
The Enel Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State Grid Corporation of China to collaborate on smart grid technologies and share experiences in the implementation of renewable energy generation. State Grid is the world’s largest and China’s dominant distribution and transmission utility.
A new collaboration will integrate Silver Spring Networks’ IPv6 smart grid networking platform with Smarter Grid Solutions autonomous grid management technology. This solution enables electrical grid operators to better manage renewable energy sources and grid devices by improving the overall reliability and efficiency of the grid.
Energy cyber security company Nation-E has installed what it bills a first of its kind intelligent system for optimizing power consumption in Netanya’s City Hall. The installation, a collaboration between the municipality and Nation-E, which describes the technology as “a microgrid enabling authentication, monitoring, and control of energy consumption via a computer, tablet or smart phone, and ensures ongoing savings in power consumption.”
New research found that increasing commercial and industrial sectors in Saudi Arabia are driving the country’s electric smart meters market. The Saudi Electric Company initiated the adoption of smart meters in 2010 in an attempt to minimize transmission and distribution losses. An additional benefit to (SEC), Saudi Arabia’s largest electricity producer and distributor, was that the devices enable the utility to map power demand and supply requirements.
FirstEnergy has selected Accenture to manage the roll-out of approximately two million smart meters to the power company’s customers across its four Pennsylvania-based utilities: Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power, and West Penn Power. The new AMI platform is designed to improve operational efficiencies, support new and existing customer services programs, and provide real-time data.
Honda has introduced its Smart Home US, which showcases technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation. Located on the West Village campus of the University of California, Davis the home can produce more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.
RGS Energy, which provides turnkey solar energy solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire Elemental Energy, a full-service solar energy firm operating under the Sunetric brand. The deal is valued at $16 million and according to terms, GC Energy will pay $7 million in cash and $9 million in unregistered Class A common stock. Elemental will also be eligible for an additional $3 million in potential earn-out payments. Subject to closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the by the summer of 2014.
AREVA has selected Schneider Electric to supply the power equipment for its offshore wind projects. The deal includes the wind farm in the bay of Saint Brieuc off the coast of Brittany that has of 100 5MW turbines as well as the current tenders for the French offshore wind farms at Le Tréport off the coast of Haute-Normandie and the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier in Pays de la Loire.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased a tick under 10 percent in 2011, the latest year for which data is available. According to CCC’s report, there were large reductions of more than 20 percent in the power and residential sectors and a nearly 15 percent reduction in the public sector in 2011.
In the presence of the Chinese President Xi Jin Ping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Siemens, Huaneng Power International, and Shanghai Electric Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Berlin that includes collaboration on advanced gas turbine and steam power plant technology, modernization and upgrade of steam turbine units, and wind power. The MoU is part of an effort to support of clean energy development in China.
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) has selected Fujitsu Network Communications to implement a new fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project expected to cover 2,951 square miles in rural northern New Mexico counties. The high-bandwidth broadband connectivity provided will lay the groundwork KCEC’s planned smart grid complete with an advanced metering infrastructure and real-time detection of power outages. The project has received $64 million in funding from the U.S. Rural Utilities Service.
At the IPv6 Conference in Singapore, a Silver Spring Networks executive highlighted how the technology can help drive the next generation of intelligent infrastructure across Southeast Asia. During his “IPv6: Smart Infrastructure for a Smarter Singapore,” keynote, Silver Spring executive vice president of global development Eric Dresselhuys argued that IPv6 can spur innovation, promote interoperability, speed deployment times, and reduce the cost of critical infrastructure programs.
Canadian Solar has announced the opening of its Micro-Grid Testing Centre, where micro-grid solution testing, system solution design, and smart grid assessment services will be carried out. Researchers at the center will also develop both off-grid and grid-tied micro-grid projects. Partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, the facility is located in Guelph, Ontario.