SunPower Invests in Tendril’s Smart Energy Platform

SmartMeters.com - 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

SmartMeters.com - 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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Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework Recognized at National Conference

DOE RSS - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:14
December 17, 2014Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework Recognized at National Conference

The paper and poster presentation "Bioenergy KDF: Enabling Spatiotemporal Data Synthesis and Research Collaboration" was awarded second place for best paper at the ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, held November 4–7 in Dallas, Texas.

Latest Certification Gives Volvo Top Three Plants at Platinum Level of Superior Energy Performance®

DOE RSS - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:10
December 17, 2014Latest Certification Gives Volvo Top Three Plants at Platinum Level of Superior Energy Performance®

AMO is pleased to announce that the Volvo Group Trucks facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, has become the third facility within the Volvo Group to be certified to the Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program and to ISO 50001. The facility improved its energy performance by 20.9% over three years to achieve SEP certification at the Platinum level.

Ford Merges Renewable Energy with Clever Marketing

SmartMeters.com - 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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More than Fifteen Municipal and Cooperative Utilities to Benefit From Tantalus AMI Overlay for ERTs

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:56
...announcing the commercial availability of its jointly developed Itron ERT (Encoder Receiver Transmitter)-reading platform, Tantalus , a leading provider of smart grid communications and applications, has engaged with more than fifteen public power utilities who are currently utilizing electric, water, and ...

DOE Announces Webinars on Best Practices in Energy Data Collection, Tools for Water Use Reduction, and More

DOE RSS - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:46
December 17, 2014DOE Announces Webinars on Best Practices in Energy Data Collection, Tools for Water Use Reduction, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

DOE Publishes GATEWAY Report on High-Luminous-Flux LED Lighting in a High-Temperature Environment

DOE RSS - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:19
December 17, 2014DOE Publishes GATEWAY Report on High-Luminous-Flux LED Lighting in a High-Temperature Environment

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a GATEWAY report on a trial demonstration in which the incumbent quartz metal halide (QMH) area lighting was replaced with LED at three pole locations along a 7.2-mile stretch of the Yuma (Arizona) Sector Border Patrol Area. This high-luminous-flux and high-temperature application is not unique, and similar applications can benefit from the findings of this installation – including correctional facilities, military bases, and, more generally, street and area lighting.

Among the findings from the Yuma demonstration:

CIO Review Names NIKSUN in the Top 50 IoT Companies

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:56
...to establish operational efficiency in the IoT domain." "In the upcoming years, IoT verticals such as industrial automation, automotive advances, smart grid, manufacturing, distribution and logistics will be our areas of focus," says Dr. Parag Pruthi, NIKSUN Founder, Chairman & CEO. "These ...

Christopher A. Smith Confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy

DOE RSS - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 23:15
December 16, 2014Christopher A. Smith Confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy

Christopher A. Smith was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, as the Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy.

New Energy Performance Database Being Used to Speed Energy Savings

DOE RSS - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:56
December 16, 2014New Energy Performance Database Being Used to Speed Energy Savings

The Technology Performance Exchange™ allows technology manufacturers, evaluators, utilities, consumers, modelers, and researchers to share energy performance data for building-related products.

Department of Energy Announces 22 New Projects to Enable Emissions Reductions and Improve Energy Efficiency

DOE RSS - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:10
December 16, 2014Department of Energy Announces 22 New Projects to Enable Emissions Reductions and Improve Energy Efficiency

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $60 million in funding for 22 innovative new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings. The projects are funded through ARPA-E’s two newest programs: Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) and Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities (DELTA).

Taoglas Launches 2x2 MIMO 4G LTE Antennas for the Transportation and M2M Market

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:56
...provides a comprehensive range of external, embedded and base-station antenna solutions for M2M applications such as Telematics/Automotive, Smart-Grid, Metering/Telemetry, Home Automation, Remote Monitoring and Telemedical applications. The company's device RF optimization OTA test chambers and labs ...

ABB and Hitachi Partner on Power Grid Venture

SmartMeters.com - 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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North American Energy Ministers Meeting

DOE RSS - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 13:30
December 15, 2014North American Energy Ministers Meeting

Washington– The North American Energy Ministers met today, in response to the call of the North American Leaders, to advance an energy agenda that expands the continent’s leadership in energy, strengthens North American energy security, supports shared economic prosperity and environmental performance. This meeting builds upon a long, productive and successful history of trilateral North American collaboration on energy issues.

C3 Energy Expert Leads Seminar on Big Data Analytics for Energy Systems

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:56
...Alert ) Energy C3 Energy is a SaaS 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 ...

Accenture Recognised as Market Leader in Ovum Decision Matrix on Utilities IT-OT Integration

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:56
...proven experience in helping utilities through the digital transformation of their business," said Valentin de Miguel, global managing director, Accenture Smart Grid Services . "We continue to invest in our skills and assets in digital, analytics and grid operations, to help our ...

“Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” Report Now Available

DOE RSS - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:12
December 12, 2014“Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” Report Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) and the GridWise Alliance (GWA) partnered to facilitate a series of four regional workshops and a National Summit entitled “Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” to create an industry-driven vision of the electric grid in 2030 and to begin forging a path to realizing that vision. The resulting “Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” report captures the vision of the future electric grid and the associated potential changes in the utility business and regulatory models, as articulated by regional workshop and National Summit participants.

Energy Secretary Moniz Announces Formation of Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group

DOE RSS - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:00
December 12, 2014Energy Secretary Moniz Announces Formation of Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group

WASHINGTON—Building on President Obama’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Tribal Nations, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced the formalization of the Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG), providing a forum for Tribal Leaders to engage with the Department on a wide scope of nuclear energy issues.

Fitch: U.S. Utilities 'Well Positioned' To Deal With Upcoming Obstacles

Renew Grid - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 14:01
U.S. public power utilities and electric cooperatives are well positioned to cope with near-term challenges, such as impending environmental regulation, persistent rate pressures and increased [...]
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