Most rural electric cooperatives are working on smart grid initiatives

SmartGridNews - 5 hours 33 min ago
While the high-dollar smart grid initiatives of big investor-owned utilities are more likely to claim the headlines, rural electric cooperatives are involved in smart grid projects too. A new report from Zpryme and the Rural Smart Grid Summit offers a glimpse of the level of involvement and the types of projects rural electric utilities are undertaking.

DOE says workplace EV charging access has doubled in two years

SmartGridNews - 5 hours 43 min ago
Plug-in electric vehicle adoption has been slower than initially expected, but there are indicators the pace is picking up. DOE has released a survey that says workplace charging locations have almost doubled. The Energy Department and private employers are working together to promote more accessible charging points.

Smart grid wins: a new DR company, new projects and more

SmartGridNews - 5 hours 54 min ago
This week’s smart grid wins roundup features a new commercial and industrial customer demand response company, a multi-national energy storage project, energy efficiency in Hawaii, a plant automation project in Algeria and a jump in corporate funding for solar.

Ontario Approves New Smart Grid Projects

SmartMeters.com - 19 hours 8 min ago

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

SmartMeters.com - 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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TechNavio Says Investments in the Smart Grid Will Amplify the Global Smart Energy Meter Market by 2019

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 13:26
...TechNavio Says Investments in the Smart Grid Will Amplify the Global Smart Energy Meter Market by 2019 TMCNet: TechNavio Says Investments in the Smart Grid Will ...

Smart grid markets: phenomenal growth expected for wireless sensor market

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:51
Wireless sensors are in considerable demand for smart grid and other applications, so much so that they are expected to increase in number from 9 billion in 2014 to 100 billion by 2020. Get the details on this and more smart grid-related markets in this week’s collection of market summaries.

Interoperability defined: new infographic explains how it all works

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:41
A new infographic from NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel provides an Interoperability 101 view of how the concept works throughout the electricity value chain, from generation through consumption. It also offers a visual representation of why interoperability has such a key role in ensuring the reliability of smart grids.

BLM says no to controversial Silurian Valley solar project

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:31
While the solar industry has been doing remarkably well, it does not always get its way. The Bureau of Land Management has rejected an Iberdrola subsidiary’s plans for a solar project in the largely untouched Silurian Valley, located in a remote part of the Mojave Desert.

Smart Meter Revenue to Surpass $6 Billion by 2023

SmartMeters.com - 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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ISO Study Finds Minnesota Can Accommodate Up To 40% Renewables Penetration

Renew Grid - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:46
A study conducted by Minnesota public utilities in cooperation with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator says Minnesota's power system can accommodate renewable generation representing up [...]

Illinois Regulators Approve 3.5 GW Wind Energy Transmission Line

Renew Grid - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:36
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has unanimously approved an order granting a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate the Illinois portion [...]

Now that nuclear is on the way out, Germany considers the future of coal

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:58
Germany’s aggressive shift to renewables has caused a lot of head scratching and attracted a lot of criticism, and more is sure to come. Following the German government decision to abandon its nuclear program in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, officials are now focused on the future of its coal industry.

How the evolving utility-customer relationship is changing home energy management

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:40
More consumers are becoming aware of energy efficiency and managing their energy use. While that can certainly be considered progress, the trend also attracted a new set of competitors for utilities. Guest author Jenny Roehm provides an overview, as well as recommendations for how utilities can counter that competition.

Ohio regulators OK FirstEnergy plan to cut back energy efficiency programs

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:29
With approval from state regulators, Ohio utility FirstEnergy is well on its way toward shelving most of its energy efficiency programs for at least two years. State lawmakers passed a bill to suspend efficiency programs earlier this year, saying it was needed to give them time to study the economics of the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.

St. Kitts Prepares for Smart Meters Rollout

SmartMeters.com - 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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2015 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Challenges Students to Develop Innovative Hydrogen Fueling Station Business and Financing Models

DOE RSS - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:18
November 25, 20142015 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Challenges Students to Develop Innovative Hydrogen Fueling Station Business and Financing Models

The Hydrogen Education Foundation announced the 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest, which will challenge student teams to develop business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations. Registration for the Contest is open until January 16, 2015.

Smart Grid Interest Continues To Spread Among U.S. Rural Utilities

Renew Grid - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:35
Nearly all U.S. rural electric utilities surveyed in a recent poll have some sort of smart grid effort in place, according to the 2014 Rural [...]

Aclara Moves Into The Smart Infrastructure Solutions Space With iiDEAS

Renew Grid - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:38
Aclara Technologies says it is moving into the smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) space with the launch of its new iiDEAS Operational Data Management System. According [...]

Two Texas Co-ops Sign Up For Oklahoma Wind Energy

Renew Grid - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:38
Apex Clean Energy has secured renewable energy purchase agreements with two Texas-based electric cooperatives for the majority of the output from an Oklahoma wind project. [...]
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