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Duke Energy Renewables has started construction on three utility-scale solar power projects totaling 30 megawatts (MW) in Eastern North Carolina: one 20-MW Dogwood Solar Power and two 5-MW project. SunEnergy1, a solar design, engineering and construction company based in Mooresville, N.C., is building the photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are projected to be complete by the end of 2013.
British Gas is conducting the UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) trial employing 28 Nissan e-NV200 vans to determine the viability having an all EV fleet, comprised of 13,000 vans. Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions and Gateshead College will also participate in the pilot, which will go from November to April 2014. The pilot is designed to see how the vans perform in winter conditions.
The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has granted Greater Gabbard off shore transmission owner (OFTO) license to own and operate the transmission link to the Greater Gabbard wind farm. The facility has 140 wind turbines generating 500 MW, enough electricity to power more than half a million homes.
One of the world’s most advanced wind energy testing facilities has opened South Carolina as part of Clemson University’s Restoration Institute. The facility is designed to test and validate new turbines, particularly for offshore wind, enabling engineers to simulate 20 years’ worth of wear and tear on drive trains in just a few months. The facility is located at a former Navy warehouse with easy access to the water, enabling domestic and international companies to test larger offshore wind turbines.
Carol M. Browner, former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and former administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, has joined Opower’s advisory board, which also includes John Rowe, former chief executive officer of Exelon; Dick Kelly, former CEO of Xcel Energy; and Tom Brady, former Chairman of Baltimore Gas and Electric.
Duke Energy Carolinas has filed a new experimental renewable energy program with the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC). The Green Source Rider is designed to give energy-intensive customers, such as manufacturers, data centers, college campuses, and retailers the option of offsetting some or all of their energy consumption with renewable energy.
The Navy Yard in Philadelphia has opened a new facility designed to explore smart energy solutions. The GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center, one of several energy initiatives launched by Penn State at the Yard, features examples of energy technologies that can be implemented for building homes, commercial buildings, and campuses that are more power efficient.
S&C Electric Europe has provided reactive compensation equipment to the Bettyhill wind energy generation project in Scotland. The facility, developed and operated by Bettyhill Wind Energy, is a joint venture between North British Windpower and an affiliate of Invenergy Wind. The project is located on Scotland’s north coast and consists of two onshore turbines providing 5 MW of renewable electricity.
Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) has named Christian Breyer Professor of Solar Economy to oversee research on renewable energy, the first such position in Finland. Fortum is sponsoring his professorship for five years. Prior to LUT, Breyer was the managing director and scientific director at the Reiner Lemoine Institute in Germany. He says his unprecedented professorship is an important opportunity to research and teach sustainability.
Holly Springs, Mississippi, has contracted GE to provide its software as a service (SaaS) to modernize its utility grid. GE’s SaaS will provide Holly Springs with advanced outage detection capabilities on its monitored meters, immediately notifying utility managers when an outage or power loss has been detected. In addition, its asset monitoring capabilities enable the city to register and monitor all meters connected to its utility network, logging and classifying any issues that may occur. This information is then analyzed and reported, providing insight into the operational state of the city’s utility assets and an in-depth view of the city’s energy usage.
Google, with partner KKR, is investing in six solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities currently under development in California and Arizona that will be managed by Recurrent Energy. The solar facilities have a combined production capacity of approximately 106 megawatts (MW) and the energy produced is earmarked for local utilities and municipal off-takers under long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has begun installing smart meters to replace all water and electricity meters in Dubai. The deployment is part of a smart city initiative spearheaded by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai to turn Dubai into a smart city.
Six American states are collaborating to promote electric vehicle (EV) ownership. The New York Times reports that California and New York are leading the effort to “adopt a range of measures, including encouraging more charging stations and changing building codes, to make it easier to own an electric car. The goal…was to achieve sales of at least 3.3 million vehicles that did not have any emissions by 2025.”
Saskatchewan’s electric utility, SaskPower in conjunction with SaskEnergy, the province’s gas utility, have launched their AMI initiatives using Clevest’s Smart Meter Exchange solution. Both utilities engaged deployment vendor Grid One Solutions, which is using Clevest’s Smart Grid Mobile technology to improve control over the AMI program.
A new study concludes that the smart grid market in Mexico—including advanced metering infrastructure, distribution automation, home energy management, wide area measurement and information technology projects—will cumulatively increase to $12.1 billion with annual spending reaching $2.1 billion 2023.
The president of the ORT Hermelin Academic College of Engineering and Technology in Netanya, Israel, recently announced plans to turn the campus into a functional smart microgrid. Prof. Gady Golan offered his big-picture vision to attendees at the Electricity 2013: Jerusalem International Convention for Innovation and Business Development in Electricity and Energy.