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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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PEV Manufacturers Take Aim on Asia Pacific Region

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:25

Plug-in electric vehicles (PEV), which are readily available in the US states, most Canadian provinces and territories, and in every Western European country have not yet been widely distributed in the Asia Pacific region. The irony is that PEVs are especially suited for dense urban areas, making many Asian Pacific metropolitan areas prime markets. A…

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Sensus Affirms Smart Meter Safety in Light of SaskPower Recall

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 18:30

The Saskatchewan government’s order for SaskPower to remove 105,000 smart meters installed at homes and businesses does not apply to parts of Saskatoon that receive service from that city’s Light & Power utility. According to Saskatoon officials, their meter replacement program, which uses Elster as its supplier, has not had any problems. SaskPower engineers have…

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NRG Acquires Portable Solar Company Goal Zero

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 18:30

NRG Energy is moving into the solar sector with its acquisition of Goal Zero, which creates portable solar power systems. Goal Zero founder and chief executive officer Robert Workman says, “Our mission is to put reliable power in the hands of every human on earth. Being part of NRG, a company that is similarly aligned,…

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Maryland Health Center Adopts BGE Heat and Power Program

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:08

The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health is adopting Baltimore Gas and Electric’s (BGE) combined heat and power program to better manage energy at the medical campus in Bel Air, Maryland. Upper Chesapeake Health is the first recipient of installation incentives from BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Program, receiving $1.5 million in incentives. BGE chief executive…

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Elster, Atmel Introduce New Smart Meter Technologies

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:08

Elster has introduced a new version of its REXUniversal meter designed to enhance the product line’s interoperability and interchangeability with other smart grid vendors. According to Elster, “This version incorporates point-to-point cellular communications technology which greatly expands the number of rural and remote residential utility customers who can be served by smart meters and modern…

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Texas Low-Income Families Not Getting Full Smart Meter Benefits

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:07

According to currently available data, Texas has invested more than $2.5 billion installing smart meters across the state since 2007. But a report by the Texas Tribune claims the state has not helped low-income customers take full advantage of the new metering technology. It is estimated Texas utilities have deployed more than seven million smart…

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Qatar Makes Long-Term Deal for Solar Grade Silicon

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:44

Qatar Solar Energy (QSE) has signed a deal with Kazakhstan’s Kazatomprom, which will provide Qatar with solar grade silicon at a low fixed rate for the next ten years. The deal is designed to increase Qatar’s renewable energy production. QSE chief executive officer Salim Abbassi says the new partnership “allows QSE to secure the entire…

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E.ON’s Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm Reaches Milestone

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:44

E.ON has announced the installation of the first two wind turbines at its Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm, which has 61 of the 73 foundations installed so far. In addition, the projects operations and maintenance base has now officially opened and will be used by the team chosen to oversee the wind farm for the…

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HomeGrid Forum Selects Allion as ATH

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:44

The HomeGrid Forum has named Allion Labs as the organization’s first accredited test house (ATH) in Asia. HomeGrid reports that it evaluated proposals from several test houses vying to be accredited for certification testing of G.hn systems and silicon. The group is seeking to increase the number of accredited test houses and states that Taiwan-based…

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DOE Announces New PAGES Resource Portal

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:43

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is increasing outside access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from Department-funded research through its new Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES) web portal. The site will provide free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication. Secretary…

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