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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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Cyan Signs MoU with El Sewedy for Smart Meter Deployment

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:50

Cyan, a Cambridge UK smart metering and lighting control technology enterprise, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with El Sewedy Electrometer India to develop, market, and deploy integrated smart metering solutions in India and other countries. Under terms of the MOU, El Sewedy and Cyan will tender as part of a consortium for a number…

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Microsoft Invests in Wind Farm Project

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:50

Microsoft has committed to investing in the 175 megawatt Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois. The wind farm project will be funded through Microsoft’s carbon free initiative and is the largest wind investment ever made by the company. The new Pilot Hill project will produce enough energy to power to approximately 70,000 standard homes in…

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Judge to Rule on AEP Smart Meter Deployment

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:50

Despite the concerns that Oklahoma’s American Electric Power-Public Service Co. (AEP-PSO) hasn’t proven the its smart meter plan will be cost effective, an administrative law judge is considering letting the utility’s $120 million plan for deployment to move forward. Representatives from AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons), which is an advocacy group for…

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UAE Offers $1 Million for Clean Water Solar Solution

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:49

United Arab Emirates (UAE) vice president of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Sheikh Mohammed) has pledged to award $1 million to any research institute that devises a solar-powered way to solve the region’s perennial scarcity of fresh water. During the launch of the UAE Water Aid Foundation, Sheikh Mohammed challenged some of the…

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ABB Joins MeyGem Tidal Stream Project

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

Atlantis Resources Limited has awarded ABB a contract by to provide the onshore grid connection for Phase I of the MeyGen tidal stream project, located in Scotland’s Pentland Firth, which separates the Orkney Islands and the Scottish mainland. MeyGen is the UK’s first large-scale tidal array scheme. The first 6 megawatt (MW) demonstration phase calls…

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Crown Estate Signs Agreement for Two-Bladed Turbine Demo

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

The Crown Estate has signed a lease agreement with 2-B Energy subsidiary Forthwind for the UK’s first offshore two-bladed turbine demonstration: the installation of two 6MW full-scale units. According to Crown Estate, the demonstration on the seabed at Methil in Scotland will be the first of its kind in the world. The full-scale onshore prototype…

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Leviton Introduces New Industrial Smart Meters

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

Leviton has expanded its line of VerifEye submetering solutions with the introduction of the Series 4000 Industrial ModBus smart meters, which offer a turnkey solution for measuring and verifying electrical usage across a range of industrial, commercial, institutional, and government applications. According to Leviton, the VerifEye Series 4000 meters provide “universal voltage and CE safety compliance, wall…

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EnerNOC Invests in SaaS

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

EnerNOC has invested in software-as-a-service (SaaS) company WeSpire to measure and track the positive business impact of engaging employees in sustainability through technology. Through the deal EnerNOC receives has exclusive rights in the energy intelligence software (EIS) space to market a version of WeSpire’s employee engagement application, customized for enterprise and utility customers. Cindy Ortega,…

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New Study Forecasts Gains for MDM Market

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

A new study concludes that Europe’s meter data management (MDM) market is poised to gain significant traction “in the foreseeable future.” Utilities’ need to manage the increasing volume and variety of data created by widespread smart meter installation is considered the main driver for the adoption of MDM solutions. Frost & Sullivan’s “Evolution of the…

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Echelon Acquires Lumewave

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

Echelon has acquired Lumewave, a wireless outdoor lighting control system provider, enabling it to offer products such as individual lighting controllers, gateways, and management and maintenance software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ron Sege, Echelon chairman and chief executive officer, says, “With this acquisition of Lumewave, Echelon is enriching our product portfolio and…

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Dubai Seeks to Be World’s Smartest City

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:50

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a strategy to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city. Over the next three years the utility will implement 100 initiatives and 1,000 smart services to that encompass transportation, communications, infrastructure, economic services, and urban planning to enhance the quality of life for Dubai’s residents and…

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SaskPower Used Non-Electricians to Install Smart Meters

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:26

The Canadian Press reports that Saskatchewan’s New Democratic Party (NDP) is claiming the provincial government changed the law to enable SaskPower to use unqualified workers to install smart meters. Deputy NDP leader Trent Wotherspoon says a freedom of information request secured documents that detail an exemption was granted to a July 2013 law that requires…

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Westermost Rough Wind Farm Installs First Siemens Turbine

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:25

The first of 35 6MW wind turbines has been installed at the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm in the North Sea off the Holderness northeastern England. It is the first time the Siemens turbine, which are designed to produce greater energy yields than current models, will be used on a commercial scale. When fully operational…

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Tesla Announces More UK Supercharger Sites

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:25

Tesla has announced the debut of new supercharger sites in London and Birmingham. The locations are part of a network expansion that is designed to enable UK drivers who own Tesla Model S vehicles to drive anywhere in the country and charge for free for life. In London the first new supercharging site is located…

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