Infonetics Research: Connected Car Vertical Able to Make Use of Every Generation of Cellular Technology Available [Professional Services Close - Up]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 00:38
...well as the business models and trends that are driving the connected car machine-to-machine (M2M) market. "Unlike the smart grid vertical, which favors 2G technology to keep usage cheap, or connected cameras, which require at least 3G and ideally ...

Tantalus Nominates Dermot O'Leary as COO [Manufacturing Close - Up]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 00:28
...necessary to fully leverage the developmental and operational capabilities of our team. His wealth of knowledge and experience in the smart grid industry will serve as an incredible asset to the company while also maximizing value for our shareholders." Dermot O ...

Schneider Electric Opens Smart Cities Center of Excellence

SmartMeters.com - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:21

Schneider Electric has announced plans for a Center of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain, that will focus on smart solutions for cities. Schneider Electric’s Center of Excellence will offer smart solutions to cities that will have positive economic and social impact; help with the implementation of smart solutions and the development of new business models; and…

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Itron Selects Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing Solution

SmartMeters.com - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:21

Itron, Inc. has announced plans to use Microsoft Azure as the company’s preferred cloud platform for Itron Analytics. The storage technology and infrastructure platform will provide a secure, reliable, and cost-effective option for hosting Itron’s analytic application designed to “assess the value” of data generated by utility smart grid and smart distribution investments. With Microsoft Azure, Itron will…

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DOE, USDA Announce Biofuel Projects

SmartMeters.com - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:21

The US Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) will invest $12.6 million in research grants to fund 10 projects focusing on genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and bio-based products. The investment is part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to accelerate development of new clean energy technologies designed to…

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Tennessee Utility EPB May Petition FCC

SmartMeters.com - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:20

Chattanooga’s EPB (formerly the Electric Power Board) has announced it is considering filing a petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to neighboring communities’ requests for access to the company’s gigabit enabled Internet service. Back in 2010 EPB, an electricity distribution and telecommunications company owned by the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was the…

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Global Wind Power Production to Double by 2018

SmartMeters.com - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:20

According to a recent report from Navigant Research, within the next four years wind power will provide more than 7 percent of the world’s power needs. Despite slowed growth in the United States and Spain, the wind power market expanded significantly in 2013. Currently, wind power supplies almost 3 percent of the world’s electricity. Navigant…

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Tantalus Appoints Dermot O'Leary as COO [Professional Services Close - Up]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:45
...necessary to fully leverage the developmental and operational capabilities of our team. His wealth of knowledge and experience in the smart grid industry will serve as an incredible asset to the company while also maximizing value for our shareholders." O'Leary ...

IoT gets a boost from Cisco in Barcelona (and more smart grid developments)

SmartGridNews - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:06
This week’s collection of smart grid wins makes up for its brevity with a healthy dose of variety, from IoT and transmission to metering, a new partnership on cybersecurity and grants for community microgrids in California.

Sure the utility business model is changing, but not so fast

SmartGridNews - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:58
The changing utility business model has been the source of considerable debate and handwringing. Yes, there are plenty of challenges confronting utilities now, but is wholesale change really coming soon? Jared Anderson of Breaking Energy recently interviewed an expert on the topic, and he had some very interesting things to say.

Lessons for utilities: How Japan massively screwed up renewables

SmartGridNews - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:50
Japan made a series of bad choices in its efforts to adopt renewables, despite having plentiful solar, wind and geothermal resources. A recent blog post from the Rocky Mountain Institute draws what may be some surprising conclusions about what went wrong in Japan coupled with a comparison to Germany’s approach. Click for details.

PCTEL Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:38
...material to allow customers to cost effectively deploy and upgrade networks. The company's vertical markets include SCADA, Health Care, Smart Grid, Positive Train Control, Precision Agriculture, Indoor Wireless, Telemetry, Off-loading, and Wireless Backhaul. PCTEL's products are sold worldwide ...

Report Benchmarks U.S. Electric Utility Clean Energy Deployment

Renew Grid - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:23
Many U.S. electric utilities are deploying lower-carbon fuel sources, with state policies a key driver in that performance. So says a new report co-produced by [...]

Illinois Smart Grid Education Fund Announces New Grants

Renew Grid - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:22
The Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) has announced its second cohort of grantees and a new funding opportunity for community partners to help [...]

Ontario Grid Operator Announces Energy Storage Projects

Renew Grid - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:35
Ontario's grid operator, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), has announced new energy storage projects meant to help increase grid reliability and efficiency, as well [...]

Quinone-based batteries could reduce need for metals, but project costs are high

SmartGridNews - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:05
Battery costs must drop if the stationary energy storage market is to grow as hoped over the next few years. New technologies look like promising ways to get around the need for metals like vanadium, but two Lux Research analysts report that project costs remain a concern.

The next big smart grid race? It starts at the end of the driveway (the distribution transformer)

SmartGridNews - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:52
The smart grid initiative has so far mostly been taken up with smart meters, and AMI has been regarded as the tool to enable the beginnings of a smart grid. But what’s next? Guest author Brett Sargent points to the distribution transformer and explains why it’s the next big thing.

Industry to Obama: We're BEGGING you for a national energy policy (and here's what should be in it)

SmartGridNews - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:41
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association is afraid DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review, the closest thing the U.S. has to a national energy policy, will be a bust unless it yields more than a collection of unfocused ideas. Click to read some of the association’s nuts and bolts smart grid-related recommendations.

Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

DOE RSS - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:08
July 24, 2014Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

The Energy Department today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

New York Seeks Smarter Grid

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:56

New York State has awarded seven research teams $3.3 million to develop smart grid technologies that use innovative methods to “enhance grid performance, reduce the risk of power outages, and lessen environmental impacts and energy consumption, all while reducing the cost of power delivery.” New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo explains, “As we continue to…

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