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A consortium funded by Sustainable Development Technology Canada has installed one of the first community energy storage units in North America.
Arizona Public Service is testing a new 1.5 megawatt-hour energy storage system that can generate the equivalent power output of 1,200 hybrid cars or 300,000 cell phone batteries.
Whether it involves individuals pulling a fast one on their local utility or sophisticated pot growing operations, catching culprits behind an estimated $202.2 billion in energy loss each year is a challenge. Now a Vancouver, B.C. startup is offering its technology that identifies power diversion and equipment failures as a service - with a payment option that may surprise you.
Better Place, the EV charging and battery swapping company, has decided to call it quits in the U.S. and Australia and will put all of its marbles in Israel and Denmark. The financially troubled company said it will honor existing commitments for partners and customers.
San Diego Gas & Electric President and COO Mike Niggli delivered a keynote speech to the nearly 10,000 delegates who attended DistribuTECH 2013 in San Diego in late January.
Amid reports that President Obama has the authority to order pre-emptive strikes to prevent future cyberattacks like one that reportedly caused a U.S. power plant to be crippled for weeks, the Department of Energy has confirmed it was the victim of a cyberattack last month.
One of the many things high on the smart grid wish list is grid-connected homes and businesses capable of responding to changing grid conditions, but that wish begs the question: How do we provide that level of grid connectivity in a time of constant innovation and competing standards? A new standard from the Consumer Electronics Association may well answer that question.
A recently released smart meter safety study found that the smart meters Central Maine Power installed for its customers emit radio frequency emissions far below the Federal Communications Commission safety standard. Despite the finding, smart meter opponents are not satisfied - which at this point should surprise no one.
There's more news on the solutions front, like Tendril's updated home energy management suite that can support customers who are NOT connected to a smart meter or AMR/AMI network. And how about the new future-prepped substation program from POWER Engineers? Click for details on these plus the latest smart grid releases from On-Ramp, Cooper Power Systems and CEIVA Energy.
Power systems have traditionally been controlled through centralized management. But the time is coming when that will no longer be adequate to manage the generation and distribution of electric power in an increasingly complex and decentralized grid. The solution? A market-based approach called transactive energy.
Utilities, car makers and others are joining DOE in an effort to cut the cost of owning an EV and to develop an infrastructure of plentiful charging stations drivers can use while they're at work. The goal of the Electric Vehicle Everywhere Challenge is to provide 10 times more workplace charging stations within the next five years.
Speculation is rife that advanced grid equipment may have blacked out the Super Bowl Sunday evening in an attempt to isolate a nearby problem and prevent it from spreading.
China's big utility is testing passive optical networking technology with a nod to capabilities that extend beyond grid reliability. It's one of five intriguing smart grid projects that recently caught our attention.
Honeywell and Opower have released a new technology they say will help utilities draw more homeowners to voluntary programs designed to cut energy use. Right now they're testing it in a trial with PG&E in California.
This white paper articulates long-range objectives for grid modernization in New York State that support initiatives outlined by NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The paper calls for a coordinated approach to harden the state’s infrastructure and modernize the power system.
Symmetricom introduced a new timing solution to meet the stringent microsecond accuracy requirements of smart grid substations. Specifically designed for substation operations, such as wide area measurement systems, traveling wave fault locators and sampled values, the video explains what the Symmetricom SyncServer SGC-1500 Smart Grid Clock offers power utility companies.
We added some of the smart grid wins announced at DistribuTECH to an already jam-packed list of new contract awards and an impressive set of recently announced industry honors. So what have we got? A wins sheet to beat all others with AMSC, GE, Itron, Schneider Electric, SAIC and plenty of others to tell you about.
A lithium-ion battery fire during an Arizona utility's deployment puts a spotlight on the technology's safety record. Steve Minnihan of Lux Research explores the market repercussions and what it could mean for the industry in the near future.
Precision time solutions company Symmetricom has developed a smart grid clock capable of handling the microsecond timing needed for smart grid substation operations. A company VP walked us through what the device does and why he believes it's an important addition to the technologies needed to make intelligent electric grids work.
After four years as head of DOE, Energy Secretary Steven Chu is leaving the post to return to a much more private life of teaching and research. The announcement ended months of speculation that Chu would be one of the Obama administration's Cabinet officials to leave at the end of the president's first term.