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Smart Grid Shines after California Earthquake

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:51

A recent 6.0 San Francisco area earthquake showed the value of smart grid technology. The Silver Spring standards-based IPv6 network, software, and services that Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has deployed proved able to prevent long-term power outages after the earthquake struck. According to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, “Fifteen minutes after the ground…

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USDA Invests in Rural Smart Grid Infrastructure

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:51

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power in 15 states. The funding helps bring smart grid technology to the nation’s rural electric infrastructure, with more than $23 million of the funding targeting improvements such as automated meter reading and…

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Hawaiian Electric: Consumers Prematurely Connecting Solar Power to Grid

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:51

More than any other Americans, residents of Hawaii have embraced solar, with 20 times more rooftop PV than the mainland average. However, the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) says too many consumers are prematurely connecting to the grid. The utility is asking residents to disconnect their solar units until they receive approval from the utility ensuring…

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Smart Home Devices Key to Reducing Energy Consumption

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:51

A whitepaper from SQS argues that the evolution of smart devices enabling real-time control of home energy, such as via smart appliances, lights, and thermostats, is the most significant tool to reduce consumption. Whitepaper authors Angus Panton and Trevor Loveday note, “The capacity to connect smart devices creates possibilities for an unprecedented degree of control…

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Sensus and SaskPower Agree on Refund

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 18:08

Sensus and SaskPower have agreed on a deal concerning the $47 million cost associated with the removal of smart meters following a number of fires. The utility will receive a $24 million cash refund for all of the meters SaskPower had purchased from Sensus including those that are now being removed as well as those…

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Rhode Island Wind Farm Approved

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 18:08

The US Army Corps of Engineers (ACORE) has approved Deepwater Wind’s 30MW offshore wind farm in Rhode Island. Located approximately three miles off the coast of Block Island, the wind farm will feature Alstom’s 5 6MW Haliade 150 direct-drive offshore turbines, including tower sections. ACORE, the lead permitting agency for the project, has secured approvals…

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Itron to Supply ERDF Linky Meters

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

Itron becomes the second company selected for ERDF’s (Électricité Réseau Distribution France) Linky smart grid program. Along with Landis+Gyr, Itron will supply Linky smart meters for the first phase of the program. In all, ERDF plans to replace 35 million meters to meet the European Union’s (EU) directive that calls for 80 percent of power meters to…

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Joule Selects Scatec Solar

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

Joule has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Scatec Solar ASA to support the roll-out of Joule production plants featuring photovoltaic power, which is expected to lay the foundation for truly sustainable mobility by providing more than a 90 percent. Joule pioneered the direct, solar conversion of CO2 into liquid fuels. This reverse-combustion process…

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Fortum Promotes Wave Energy

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

Fortum has acquired a minority share of Wello Oy, which developed the Penguin wave energy converter solution that captures the kinetic energy of waves and converts it into electrical power with a generator. Making the facility a floating vessel reduces the need for complex anchoring. In a statement Fortum explains, “We are moving towards a…

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California Legislature Gives Community Choice Energy Programs a Boost

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

The California State legislature has rejected a bill that opponents claimed would have hindered the ability of communities and municipalities to create community choice energy programs (CCEs), which enable consumers to consolidate their buying power and lower their rates by independently purchasing clean energy. The vote on Assembly Bill 2145 a, which was supported by…

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Toyota UK Adds Second Solar Array

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

A large-scale, embedded solar array designed and installed by British Gas is now fully operational at the Toyota UK engine production centre at Deeside in North Wales. The facility is comprised of approximately 13,000 solar panels that can produce up to 3.38 GWh a year, 10 percent of all the electricity required to manufacture up…

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DOE Invests in Microgrid Development

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

The United States Department of energy (DOE) is awarding seven recipients a total of $8 million to design microgrid projects that will improve national power grid resiliency and better enable cities and towns to handle extreme weather events and other potential electricity disruptions. The awards are part of President Obama’s climate action plan. Energy Secretary Ernest…

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IEA Warns of Risks to Renewables Deployment

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:40

The International Energy Agency (IEA) warns that renewable power faces growing risks to deployment over the medium term despite its financial efficiency. According to the IEA’s third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, “power generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro grew strongly in 2013, reaching almost 22 percent of global generation…Yet…

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Duke Announces New Texas Wind Power Project

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:40

Duke Energy Renewables has announced plans to build, own, and operate the 110-megawatt (MW) Los Vientos V wind power project in Starr County, Texas. Garland Power & Light, Greenville Electric Utility System, and Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) have signed 25-year agreements to purchase the power produced by the project. Duke Energy renewables president Greg Wolf…

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New Mexico State University Receives Smart Grid Grant

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:10

The National Science Foundation’s Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) has awarded a $5 million, five-year grant to New Mexico State University (NMSU) professor Enrico Pontelli to research intelligent technologies for smart grids. NMSU executive vice president and provost Dan Howard notes, “Getting any NSF grant is an achievement. Workforce development is…

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Fossil Fuel Independence in Demark an Achievable Goal

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:10

An Aalborg University professor believes complete energy independence from fossil fuels is achievable. According to Professor Henrik Lund, a system based 100 percent on renewable energy is a viable option and could be realized in Denmark by 2050. He also notes that renewable energy systems (RES) planning can also be successfully applied to other countries…

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Colorado Embraces Community Solar Gardens

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:10

SunShare has contracted to provide Colorado’s Adams County government with power from a community solar garden. Instead of installing small projects on individual roofs, SunShare finds suitable areas to establish large solar projects called community solar gardens that incorporate thousands of panels. These gardens enable solar power delivery to homes that would otherwise be unable to…

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