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

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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

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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

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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.

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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Enel to Assume STMicroelectronics’ Stake in 3Sun

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

Enel Green Power has announced the company’s intention to buy out the full interests of both Sharp Corporation and STMicroelectronics in 3Sun , the equal joint venture between Enel Green Power, Sharp, and STMicroelectronics. Each is equal to one-third of the share capital. Originally, Enel reported an off-take agreement to purchase from Sharp the entire…

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Energy Department Announces Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Awards

DOE RSS - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:23
July 24, 2014Energy Department Announces Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Awards

The Energy Department and the Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory today announced funding for projects led by Pika Energy, Northern Power Systems, Endurance Wind Power, and Urban Green Energy that will help drive down the cost of small and medium-sized wind energy systems.

Superior Energy Performance Program Touted in the News

DOE RSS - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:34
July 24, 2014Superior Energy Performance Program Touted in the News

​Benefits of the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program were highlighted in ClimateWire, July 23, 2014. The article recounts how SEP led one Nissan plant to invest in operational changes that are now saving 264,000 gigajoules annually—and how a General Dynamics plant saved $536,000 in the first year.

Street Lighting Control Company Telensa Appoints Burt Wallace to Head Up North American Operation [Global Data Point]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:38
...controls switching and dimming of street lights. It also measures energy and detects faulty street lights and helps municipalities and smart grid operators to deliver improved maintenance and significant savings on energy bills. It can also be applied to all types ...

Printed And Flexible Sensors Market Size 2014 Technologies, Share, Growth, Players, Trends and Forecasts 2024: MarketResearchReports.Biz

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:29
...home care diagnostic and others. View Full Report at http://www.marketresearchreports.biz/analysis/194612 Markets For Sensors For The Smart Grid: 2014-2021 This report includes an analysis of how various players up and down the smart grid supply chain ...

Winncom Technologies Partners with GoNet Systems to Offer Customers its xRFTM Beamforming Wi-Fi Solutions

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:02
...points are optimized for high-bandwidth services such as 3G/4G data offload, video streaming, high-speed data, VoIP and smart grid applications, and are cost-effective for delivering broadband wireless service to a very large client base. "With the proliferation ...

Rocky Mountain Institute Senior Associate to Discuss 'Reinventing Fire' at IEEE Sustainability Conference, 24-26 July in Portland, Ore.

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:26
...invited speakers on research, technologies, methodologies, tools and case studies in these major areas: * Alternative Energy * Energy Efficiency * Transportation Electrification * Smart Grid * Sustainable Electronics * Societal Implications / Quality of Life For more information and to register, see sites.ieee.org/sustech/. PDHs ...

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

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:37
...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 ...

Utilities: Borrow from this "civilized" approach to distributed generation

SmartGridNews - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:22
The heated debate and contention over distributed generation, rooftop solar for example, has resulted in stakeholders taking sides and pounding each other rather than working to solve the problem. The Critical Consumers Issues Forum has released a report that outlines principles for an alternative: collaborative ways to resolve energy challenges, a “civilized” way of doing it.

What utilities forget when they analyze storage (Hint: It has to do with benefits)

SmartGridNews - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:06
Reducing the cost of energy storage technologies is important. It’s good business. But guest author Rogers Weed points out that it is just as valuable to increase the benefits storage systems provide. As he points out, business cases are referred to as cost-benefit analyses for a reason.

Indiana Michigan Power Looks to Build Five Solar Facilities

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:03

Indiana Michigan (I&M) Power has announced plans to build and operate five solar generation facilities. If approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the project will have a combined generation capacity of about 16 megawatts, enough energy to power more than 2,500 homes for a year. The estimated cost of the project is $38 million.…

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Connected Living, From Smart Meters to Telepresence

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:03

Connected devices continue to proliferate and affect every aspect of modern life. It is estimated the average digital user has 10 personal connected devices at home, a trend Frost & Sullivan calls connected living: “a world in which consumers use many different devices to experience compelling new services that integrate video, voice, and data services…

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