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ABB and Volvo Partner on Electric, Hybrid Bus Systems

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:29

ABB is teaming with Volvo Buses to develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with open standards-based direct current (DC) fast charging systems. The goal is a standardized quick charging system for electric and electric hybrid buses. This approach is based on internationally accepted standards that facilitate maximum re-use of existing e-mobility technologies. Volvo’s new…

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Cyan, Ecolibrium Team on Smart Meter Solution

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:37

Continuing its push in India, Cyan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) Ecolibrium Energy to develop, market, and deploy integrated smart metering solutions in the country. Acting as a consortium, the companies will integrate Cyan’s sub GHz wireless communication platform that delivers last mile connectivity with Ecolibrium’s GridSense smart grid platform. The full solution…

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British Gas to Deploy Elster Smart Gas Meters

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:37

British Gas Business (BGB) has selected Elster’s advanced gas metering soultion. The agreement calls for Elster to provide over the next three years up to 100,000 of its next generation range of themis diaphragm gas meters, with flexible embedded GPRS communications and Zone 0 ATEX accreditation. In addition, Elster will also supply its RABO range…

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British Gas to Deploy Elster Smart Gas Meters

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:37

British Gas Business (BGB) has selected Elster’s advanced gas metering soultion. The agreement calls for Elster to provide over the next three years up to 100,000 of its next generation range of themis diaphragm gas meters, with flexible embedded GPRS communications and Zone 0 ATEX accreditation. In addition, Elster will also supply its RABO range…

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Pittsburgh Selects Sensus Smart Water Solution

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:37

The Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) has selected Sensus to provide the utility with the FlexNet communication network  meter data management software, and a customer portal—a smart water network solution combined with data analytics technologies. According to Sensus, the FlexNet system “is a long-range radio network that serves as a dedicated and secure two-way communications…

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Pittsburgh Selects Sensus Smart Water Solution

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:37

The Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) has selected Sensus to provide the utility with the FlexNet communication network  meter data management software, and a customer portal—a smart water network solution combined with data analytics technologies. According to Sensus, the FlexNet system “is a long-range radio network that serves as a dedicated and secure two-way communications…

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Enel Green Power Announces Uruguay Wind Farm

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:37

Enel Green Power (EGP) has begun construction of its first wind farm in Uruguay. The Melowind facility is located in the Cerro Largo area, about 320 kilometres (198 miles) from the country’s capital and largest city, Montevideo. The new wind farm will cost a reported $98 million. The wind farm is part of Uruguay’s National…

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Enel Green Power Announces Uruguay Wind Farm

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:37

Enel Green Power (EGP) has begun construction of its first wind farm in Uruguay. The Melowind facility is located in the Cerro Largo area, about 320 kilometres (198 miles) from the country’s capital and largest city, Montevideo. The new wind farm will cost a reported $98 million. The wind farm is part of Uruguay’s National…

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AMI Market Expected to Keep Growing

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:02

A new study from MicroMarket Monitor estimates that the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) market will grow to $28.45 billion by 2018, a compound annual growth rate of 12.40 percent from the $15.89 billion market value in 2013 for the given period. North America’s AMI market in is growing rapidly thanks to government initiatives such as…

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Schneider Electric Opens Smart Cities Center of Excellence

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:21

Schneider Electric has announced plans for a Center of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain, that will focus on smart solutions for cities. Schneider Electric’s Center of Excellence will offer smart solutions to cities that will have positive economic and social impact; help with the implementation of smart solutions and the development of new business models; and…

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Itron Selects Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing Solution

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:21

Itron, Inc. has announced plans to use Microsoft Azure as the company’s preferred cloud platform for Itron Analytics. The storage technology and infrastructure platform will provide a secure, reliable, and cost-effective option for hosting Itron’s analytic application designed to “assess the value” of data generated by utility smart grid and smart distribution investments. With Microsoft Azure, Itron will…

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DOE, USDA Announce Biofuel Projects

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:21

The US Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) will invest $12.6 million in research grants to fund 10 projects focusing on genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and bio-based products. The investment is part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to accelerate development of new clean energy technologies designed to…

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Tennessee Utility EPB May Petition FCC

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:20

Chattanooga’s EPB (formerly the Electric Power Board) has announced it is considering filing a petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to neighboring communities’ requests for access to the company’s gigabit enabled Internet service. Back in 2010 EPB, an electricity distribution and telecommunications company owned by the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was the…

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Global Wind Power Production to Double by 2018

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:20

According to a recent report from Navigant Research, within the next four years wind power will provide more than 7 percent of the world’s power needs. Despite slowed growth in the United States and Spain, the wind power market expanded significantly in 2013. Currently, wind power supplies almost 3 percent of the world’s electricity. Navigant…

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New York Seeks Smarter Grid

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:56

New York State has awarded seven research teams $3.3 million to develop smart grid technologies that use innovative methods to “enhance grid performance, reduce the risk of power outages, and lessen environmental impacts and energy consumption, all while reducing the cost of power delivery.” New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo explains, “As we continue to…

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Enel to Assume STMicroelectronics’ Stake in 3Sun

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:56

Enel Green Power has announced the company’s intention to buy out the full interests of both Sharp Corporation and STMicroelectronics in 3Sun , the equal joint venture between Enel Green Power, Sharp, and STMicroelectronics. Each is equal to one-third of the share capital. Originally, Enel reported an off-take agreement to purchase from Sharp the entire…

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Indiana Michigan Power Looks to Build Five Solar Facilities

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:03

Indiana Michigan (I&M) Power has announced plans to build and operate five solar generation facilities. If approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the project will have a combined generation capacity of about 16 megawatts, enough energy to power more than 2,500 homes for a year. The estimated cost of the project is $38 million.…

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Connected Living, From Smart Meters to Telepresence

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:03

Connected devices continue to proliferate and affect every aspect of modern life. It is estimated the average digital user has 10 personal connected devices at home, a trend Frost & Sullivan calls connected living: “a world in which consumers use many different devices to experience compelling new services that integrate video, voice, and data services…

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ElsterEnergyICT Introduces Next-Gen Enacto Solution

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:02

ElsterEnergyICT has launched of Enacto 9.3, designed to deliver actionable energy intelligence that enables energy managers to decrease energy costs and increase savings. The new version of the solution offers features and enhanced functionality targeting the changing power needs of multi-site companies. According to ElsterEnergyITC, Enacto 9.3 enables users to “examine different assets and equipment…

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Lighthouse Solar Blasts Colorado PUC

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:19

Lighthouse Solar announced plans to cease operating as a solar installer in Colorado but will continue to conduct business in Texas and New York. The company claims that market conditions created by Xcel Energy and the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) have made operating in Colorado too difficult Lighthouse Solar president and chief executive officer…

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