ZigBee Announces New Internet of Things Standard

SmartMeters.com - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 13:02

The ZigBee Alliance, has announced the unification of its wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0, which will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices, providing consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services. The new standard impacts tens of millions of devices already using ZigBee standards. The company reports…

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UK smart meter rollout stalled until late 2016

SmartGridNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:30
The UK is putting its smart meter deployment on hold because an essential part of the project will not be complete in time to meet the initial deadline. Installations were to begin next year and be completed by 2020. But the company responsible for delivering the communications system for the meters has said the system won’t be completed until late in 2016, a delay that will be costly.

Ice Energy wins 16 contracts from SCE and other smart grid wins

SmartGridNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:17
This week’s smart grid wins roundup touches on energy storage, smart meter deployments and solar installation projects. The collection also includes a milestone for Silver Spring Networks and an energy efficiency award for Building IQ.

SunEdison to become world’s biggest renewables company with First Wind buy

SmartGridNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:04
With the acquisition of wind power developer First Wind, solar power giant SunEdison will become the world’s leading renewable energy development company. SunEdison and subsidiary Terra Forma partnered for the First Wind acquisition.

National Lab Teams Up With SolarCity To Maximize Solar Power On Electrical Grids

Renew Grid - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:44
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of [...]

FERC Signs Off On $7 Billion Merger Of Exelon And Pepco

Renew Grid - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:23
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the proposed merger of Exelon Corp. and Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI), moving the $6.8 billion deal one [...]

Alberta Group Seeks Energy Storage Companies To Help Integrate Renewables

Renew Grid - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:56
Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) has announced that it is making C$2 million in funding available to help develop next-generation energy storage [...]

C3 Energy Discusses Data Analytics for Commercial Energy Efficiency

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:31
...C3 Energy is a SaaS ( News - Alert ) and PaaS enterprise application software company that harnesses the power of big data, smart grid analytics, social networking, machine learning, and cloud computing to improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of power generation and ...

Department of Energy Cites Stanford University for Worker Safety and Health Violations

DOE RSS - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:25
November 21, 2014Department of Energy Cites Stanford University for Worker Safety and Health Violations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Stanford University (Stanford) for four violations of the Department's worker safety and health regulations.

International Participation & Investment Will Propel the Smart Grid Market in India Through 2018, Says TechNavio

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:01
...International Participation & Investment Will Propel the Smart Grid Market in India Through 2018, Says TechNavio TMCNet: International Participation & Investment Will Propel the Smart Grid Market in India ...

SCE On The Lookout For Up To 50 MW Of Renewable Energy

Renew Grid - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:00
Southern California Edison (SCE) has issued a request for offers (RFO) to acquire up to 50 MW of electricity from new renewable distributed generating facilities. [...]

Georgia Power rolls out EV charging rebate for business customers

SmartGridNews - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:21
As part of a multi-faceted electric vehicle transportation pilot, Georgia Power has begun an EV charging rebate program for its business customers intended to build interest in electric transportation. Read the story for details on the rebate program and why the utility is doing it.

Hawaiian Electric testing smart water heaters for several grid applications

SmartGridNews - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:09
Smart water heaters are not new, but they have typically been used for demand response applications. Hawaiian Electric will test how effective they can be in other roles. Utility officials think they may be able to help manage an electric grid that has been heavily integrated with intermittent solar power.

U.S. power grid hit by hackers 79 times so far this year

SmartGridNews - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:03
News of cyberattacks on the U.S. energy grid seems almost continuous. But it’s still startling to see that the country has been hit by hackers a total of 79 times since the beginning of the year. Click to learn more about the attacks and why it is a particular concern for the energy industry.

DOE Issues Request for Proposal for Services at Los Alamos National Laboratory

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 17:00
November 20, 2014DOE Issues Request for Proposal for Services at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Cincinnati – The Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a proposal for services to complete a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Restoration Plan based on injuries to natural resources from the release of hazardous substances from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Biopower Report Presents Methodology for Assessing the Value of Co-Firing Biomass in Pulverized Coal Plants

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:22
November 20, 2014Biopower Report Presents Methodology for Assessing the Value of Co-Firing Biomass in Pulverized Coal Plants

A joint Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) report presents the results of an evaluation funded by the Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the effects of substituting up to 20% renewable biomass for coal in electricity production. This research was the first to investigate the impacts of co-firing biomass with coal at concentrations greater than 10%. Findings have expanded the methodology that communities and energy providers can use to evaluate the potential economic and environmental benefits of using biomass in their coal plants.

Lab Discovery: Water Leads to Chemical that “Gunks Up” Biofuels Production

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:16
November 20, 2014Lab Discovery: Water Leads to Chemical that “Gunks Up” Biofuels Production Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have determined that water—a prevalent component of biofuel conversion processes—turns the pyrolysis oil component, phenol, into a highly reactive molecular structure that polymerizes, or “gunks up” the conversion process, thereby slowing down  key chemical reactions.   

BETO Announces Updated Multi-Year Program Plan: November 2014 Update

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:08
November 20, 2014BETO Announces Updated Multi-Year Program Plan: November 2014 Update

This MYPP sets forth the goals and structure of the Bioenergy Technologies Office. It identifies the research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities the Office will focus on over the next five years and outlines why these activities are important to meeting the energy and sustainability challenges facing the nation. The latest version includes updates to the terrestrial feedstocks and supply logistics, algal feedstock, and thermochemical conversion research and development sections.

San Diego Utility Receives Reliability Award

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:39

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is the recipient of the 2014 ReliabilityOne National Reliability Excellence Award and was also recognized for outstanding customer engagement. SDG&E president and chief operating officer Steven D. Davis says, “We’re honored to be named the most reliable utility in the nation. At SDG&E we’re focused on our core business of…

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SGIG Report Now Available: Experiences from the Consumer Behavior Studies on Engaging Customers

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:53
November 20, 2014SGIG Report Now Available: Experiences from the Consumer Behavior Studies on Engaging Customers

This report presents the lessons learned from utilities' consumer engagement efforts as part of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. These lessons offer practical steps that can reduce risks and increase efficiencies, thereby lowering project costs and increasing the chances of successful outcomes.

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