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Duke Energy to Build Solar Facility for Marine Corps Base

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 05:38

Duke Energy (DEP) is collaborating with the United States Department of the Navy (DON) on a 13-megawatt (AC), 80 acre solar facility being built at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The facility will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Progress (DEP) and is expected to be operational in 2015. Duke…

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Itron Named North American Smart City Company of the Year

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:22

Frost & Sullivan has named Itron the the 2014 North American Company of the Year, based on n its recent analysis of the smart city market that concluded Itron has “consistently diversified its offerings to address emerging market needs and has exhibited market expansion, year-over-year growth in customer wins and repeat business.” Over the last…

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Silver Spring Introduces New Smart Grid Platform

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:34

Silver Spring Networks has unveiled the fifth generation of its Gen5 networking platform, which was designed to strengthen core smart grid operations and enable an emerging set of applications for real-time operations data, distribution automation, dynamic applications at the edge of the network, and smart city services. In addition, Silver Spring also introduced several new…

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Sensus Teams with California Utility for Smart Meter Solution

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:23

Long Beach, California’s Gas & Oil Department (LBGO) has selected Sensus FlexNet network for its smart communications network, which is designed to improve the utility’s operational efficiency, customer service, and strategic planning at the municipality. The initiative includes more than 154,000 metered services, 50,000 new Sensus gas meters, and managed software services. LBGO department director…

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San Francisco Bay Area Utility Announces Smart Meter Program

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:19

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has launched a smart meter pilot project to integrate advanced meters in Alameda’s 300 largest businesses. The pilot is designed to review business processes and technology and there will be no charge to customers having the new meters installed. A small residential pilot with 135 participating homes is also being developed…

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Itron Introduced New Smart Meter Solution

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 05:46

Itron has launched a new smart metering solution that features the OpenWay CENTRON 4G LTE meter, which provides broad territory coverage, low latency, and network longevity. The OpenWay smart grid solution enables utilities to deploy any combination of cellular and RF mesh communications, including 4G LTE, all under the same network management system. According to Itron,…

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Ontario Orders Swap Out of Smart Meters

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 15:21

Displaying an overabundance of caution, 11 local distribution companies (LDC) will begin replacing thousands of recalled smart meters. Most of the affected devices are Sensus Generation 3.2 remote disconnect smart meters that the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has ordered removed over safety concerns they could potentially arc if exposed to moisture resulting in a fire…

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New Report: Small UK Energy Providers Top Big Six in Customer Service

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:34

Consumer advocacy group Which? reports that small energy companies have out-performed the UK’s big six on customer service ratings for the fourth consecutive year. Npower was rated the worst for its complaint handling and customer service. Coming in slightly ahead in fifth place was Scottish Power followed by EDF Energy and British Gas. E.ON, and…

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Silver Spring Networks Tapped for Australian Smart Meters Program

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:28

Horizon Power has selected Silver Spring Networks’ IPv6 network platform for an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project affecting 47,000 customers. With the initiative, Horizon Power becomes the first distribution utility in Australia to pursue a non-mandated smart meters deployment featuring a pre-payment program. The Western Australian Government is investing $34 million for the AMI program…

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GE Teams with Keurig for Latest Smart Appliance Feature

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:01

Not everyone has a spacious Architectural Digest kitchen. More often than not, counter space is at a premium. Following in the tradition of the toaster over, General Electric (GE) and Keurig have teamed up to create another two-fer appliance: a coffee and tea brewer that’s built in to the refrigerator door of GE’s new Cafe…

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Opower Platform Reaches Six TWh of Energy Savings

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:03

Opower reports that its technology platform has saved six terawatt-hours (TWh) of energy through more than 95 utility deployments worldwide both business and residential. The energy savings is equivalent to taking more than two million people—roughly the combined population of Alaska and Hawaii—off the grid for a full year; removing nearly 900,000 cars from the…

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UL Report: Sensus Smart Meters Comply with Safety Standards

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 21:29

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has determined the Sensus Generation 3 iCon A 2S remote disconnect electric meter complies with the organization’s latest safety standards. The independent tests performed by UL—done at the behest of the city of Medicine Hat and SaskPower—validate the meters’ inherent safety. SaskPower issued a statement noting that the meters “were subjected to…

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Solar Energy Storage Market is the Next Growth Industry

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:35

New research forecasts that the global market for grid-connected residential photovoltaic (PV) solar installations with energy storage will exceed 900MW in 2018, growing exponentially from its current 90MW. Market research firm IHS also estimates that grid-connected PV energy storage paired with energy storage will reach 775MW of global installations during 2015. Ash Sharma, HIS senior…

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Space Solar Power, a New Energy Frontier?

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 07:27

While solar power continues to make inroads across the globe, some scientists are looking to expand solar power’s reach by turning to outer space. Proponents say the advantage to harnessing space solar power (SS) via an orbiting solar power station is daylight 365/24/7. This idea isn’t new. In the 1940s writer Isaac Asimov imagined a…

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Silver Spring Networks Acquires Data Analytics Company

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:03

Silver Spring Networks has acquired Detectent, which provides utility analytics solutions to help improve AMI and utility grid operations, protect revenue, and deliver enhanced customer engagement programs. The deal expands the software application offerings of Silver Springs’ SilverLink Sensor Network data platform. Josh Roper, vice president of advanced metering infrastructure, explains, “We started working with…

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California Governor Sets 50 Percent Renewables Goal

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 05:18

California Governor Jerry Brown has outlined an ambitious energy agenda that calls for increasing the amount of electricity the state derives from renewable sources from the current goal of 33 percent by 2020 to 50 percent by 2030. Brown says, “This is exciting, it is bold, and it is absolutely necessary if we are to…

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Scottish Renewables’ Exec Talks Smart Energy

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 18:58

Traditionally power plants were built close to cities and other areas of significant consumption. While renewable such as wind and solar offer the promise of clean, sustainable energy, these facilities are located much further away from the people and businesses they serve so the need to store and transmit energy is crucial to fulfilling the…

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Apple Smart Watches and Other Wearables Expected to Help Drive IoT

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 18:04

Some of the most anticipated products at the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show are wearables. None more so than the Apple watch, although whether or not it can match the success of the iPhone or iPad remains to be seen. However, some stakeholders believe it will make wearables the next hot commodity. T-Mobile chief executive…

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Iberdrola Solar Project for Death Valley Is Rejected

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 03:07

The United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has rejected the proposed plans of an Iberdrola subsidiary’s to create a solar project in the largely pristine Silurian Valley, located in a remote part of the Mojave Desert. In 2012, BLM created solar energy zones throughout the Western United States to identify areas where solar energy…

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LG, Kodak Make Pre-CES Announcements

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:26

LG has confirmed plans to launch its HomeChat premium smart appliance service in the United States. The technology enables users to input commands in natural language and receive answers back from smart appliances. In addition, HomeChat also allows users to monitor how much energy their home electronics are consuming. With HomeChat consumers can send an…

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