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HCC Embedded has developed an advanced file system, specifically designed to meet the needs of smart-energy and smart-meter applications. According to HCC, the company’s approach “maximizes the life of flash, significantly reduces power consumption, and provides a deterministic ‘emergency write’ function, which reduces cost by allowing the on-board capacitor to be as small as possible. Collectively the file-system features can result in savings of many ‘cents’ for each meter, a highly significant cost reduction in high volume manufacture.”
Centrica has addressed the need for energy diversity and independence as the industry continues to diversify to more sustainable options. The utility notes, “To ensure energy security for the future, the UK must pursue a diverse energy portfolio to reduce reliance on one type of energy. Our 270MW Lincs offshore wind development project has achieved first power and is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2013, and we have received planning consent for our proposed 580MW Race bank wind farm development. We are also undertaking pre-development work in the largest of the Round 3 Offshore Wind program zones.”
Enel Green Power has announced completion of its first wind farm in Brazil, located in Morro do Chapéu. Called Primavera, the new wind farm is comprised of thirteen 2.3 MW wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 30 MW. The facility is capable of generating more than 145 million kWh per year.
Chauffeur operator Thriev has launched the UK’s first electric vehicle taxi service with a fleet of 20 zero-emission, fully-electric cars manufactured by Chinese company BYD (Build Your Dreams) and powered by a London-wide charging network rolled out by British Gas. The BYD e6 has a range of up to 186 miles.
Opower has introduced the next generation of its thermostat platform featuring support for Honeywell’s Comfort Control API, which extends the platform to additional Honeywell WiFi thermostats. Additionally, another new feature, Set for Savings, incorporates recommendations based on actual energy and billing data to improve the consumption efficiency for thermostats connected to the Opower platform.
Leidos has extended its contract to provide smart-metering services to United Power for another ten years. Under terms of the new deal, Leidos will deploy an additional 20,000 meters to support the Colorado utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. The rollout is expected to be completed by September 2014.
Panoramic Power is collaborating with Connexx Energy to deliver an integrated energy and operational efficiency solution for real estate investment trust (REIT) buildings by combining Panoramic Power’s circuit level energy management solution with the CONNEXXION energy data platform. This system manages energy data across the building enterprise within a cyber-secured environment.
United Power has awarded Leidos the next phase of a 10-year contract to implement an additional 20,000 meters as part of the utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. United Power is a rural electric cooperative that provides service to nearly 70,000 residences and businesses throughout Colorado’s northern Front Range.
E.ON has submitted a planning application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit for the Quantans Hill wind farm development. The facility, located near Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway, be installed with up to 19 turbines that could generate up to 57 megawatts of electricity, which is enough power to service approximately 36,800 homes. This figure is based on an estimated load factor of 31.5 percent using wind speeds at the Quantans Hill Wind Farm site. According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) the average domestic UK household uses 4.266MWh of electricity every year.
Enel Green Power (EGP)’s has initiated the second phase of testing for its R115 marine wave energy converter. Developed by 40South Energy, the device has a nominal capacity of 150 kW and enables integration into the marine environment and ease of maintenance. The fully assembled machine will be launched from the Port of Livorno towards Punta Righini in the Tuscan Archipelago.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $4.3 million in awards to researchers develop new smart grid technologies, which will providing innovative methods to add clean energy to the grid, enhance grid performance, reduce environmental impacts and energy consumption, and lower costs of getting power to customers.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized Los Angeles as a leader in the Department’s Better Buildings Challenge, which has led to reducing the city’s energy costs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the Challenge, Los Angeles has pledged to reduce the energy consumed in 30 million square feet of city-owned and private buildings by 20 percent by 2020.
Itron has released a global survey of the state of the utility industry. The inaugural “Itron Resourcefulness Index,” concludes that the energy industry at a critical fork in the road, with 94 percent of utility executives believing the industry needs to be transformed and 80 percent of consumers dissatisfied with the amount of information the utility provides them.
Honeywell, in collaboration with Stor Generation, has launched an innovative smart grid program in the U.K that will temporarily reduce energy use in commercial and industrial facilities, combining the excess power to help stabilize the electrical grid, reduce carbon emissions, and promote renewable energy commitments.
The Corporate Knights’ 2014 Global 100 (Global 100) Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index has named Centrica the second in the UK and the 26th overall. Now in its 10th year, the Global 100 is considered by many in the industry to be a reliable in corporate sustainability analysis. Centrica has appeared in the Global 100 since its inception and has improved its position from 32nd in 2013 to 26th at the start of 2014. Additionally, in December 2013, Centrica topped the list of Corporate Knights Top Ten Most Sustainable Utilities in the World
Saskatchewan’s provincial electric and natural gas utilities will deploy a Sensus communication network and almost one million electric meters and gas modules as part of an ambitious advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. Sensus will install its FlexNet communication network throughout the province’s 600,000 square kilometer service territory.