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Bidgely Launches Solar Disaggregation for Utilities

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:02

Bidgely has introduced solar disaggregation, which enables utilities and their residential solar customers to track solar generation and consumption in tandem with grid energy use on the HomeBeat home energy portal. The new technology provides a unified energy management experience through which utilities gain a comprehensive view of the energy demands of all solar and…

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LG Introduces HomeChat Appliance Service

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:02

LG Electronics has introduced the HomeChat messaging service for its premium smart appliances. Currently just available in South Korea, HomeChat utilizes natural language processing (NLP) and LINE, a mobile messenger app with more than 300 million users, to let homeowners communicate, control, monitor, and share content with LG’s latest smart appliances. LG’s premium smart appliance…

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FERC to Request Rehearing on Demand Response Ruling

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:01

The Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) has issued a statement supporting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision to request a rehearing of the US Court of Appeals May 23 ruling that vacated a 2011 FERC order requiring grid operators to pay customers and demand-response providers the market value of unused electricity. AEMA executive director…

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Consumers Energy Improves Power Reliability

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:01

Consumers Energy is using state of the art technologies to improve customer electric reliability, prevent animal interference, and quickly locate outages. Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy delivery says, “Our Promise to Michigan is delivering the energy you need whenever you need it. This continued investment in electric reliability upgrades using the best…

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ZigBee Completes Testing on Home Energy Management Standard

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:00

The ZigBee Alliance has completed testing 920IP for an IPv6-based full wireless mesh networking solution to control low power, low cost devices. Development efforts of the updated standard were led by Texas Instruments, OKI, NEC Engineering, Ad-Sol Nissin, and Skyley Networks. Alliance members developed 920IP, an update to ZigBee IP, in response to Japan designating…

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ESB and Vodafone Teaming on Fibre Network

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:00

ESB and Vodafone are partnering to invest €450 million in building a 100 percent fibre-to-the-building broadband network in Ireland, making it the first European country to utilize an existing national electric infrastructure to deploy fibre directly into homes and businesses. The initial deployment, which will reach 500,000 residences in fifty towns and provide speeds from…

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CEIVA, Carrier in Home Energy Partnership

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 09:59

CEIVA Energy is integrating its home energy management system (HEMS) with Carrier’s smart ComfortChoice to enable utility companies to communicate energy-efficiency and demand-response programs to residential customers. National Grid is the first utility to roll out the integrated solution to its residential customers. The collaboration enables utilities to share real-time demand information and adjust thermostat…

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Largest Smart Solar Power Plant in Middle East Completed

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:41

Petra Solar and Caspian Renewable Energy have successfully completed the installation of the largest smart solar power plant in the Middle East. The five-megawatt (MW) project, owned by the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), will deliver more than 8,000 MWh of renewable energy, preventing 6,900 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

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Largest Smart Solar Power Plant in Middle East Completed

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:41
Petra Solar and Caspian Renewable Energy have successfully completed the installation of the largest smart solar power plant in the Middle East. The five-megawatt (MW) project, owned by the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), will deliver more than 8,000 MWh of renewable energy, preventing 6,900 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Sunpower KBH Collaboration

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:40

SunPower announced a new collaboration with its longtime partner KB Home (NYSE: KBH) to install innovative energy storage solutions at certain KB Home locations in California as part of a pilot program. SunPower currently offers its high-efficiency solar power systems to purchasers of new homes in more than 150 KB Home communities; this new pilot program expands the partnership and demonstrates this new technology’s ability to store solar power generated during the day for use during power outages.

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Sunpower KBH Collaboration

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:40
SunPower announced a new collaboration with its longtime partner KB Home (NYSE: KBH) to install innovative energy storage solutions at certain KB Home locations in California as part of a pilot program. SunPower currently offers its high-efficiency solar power systems to purchasers of new homes in more than 150 KB Home communities; this new pilot program expands the partnership and demonstrates this new technology’s ability to store solar power generated during the day for use during power outages.

Aston Martin Solar

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:39
Aston Martin earned pop culture still hasn’t fitted its superb production sports cars with electric motors and battery packs. But regarding its racing career, this will change soon as the automaker will adopt some solar panels to aid with track performance.

GDF SUEZ Inaugurates New French Photovoltaic Facility

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:38
GDF SUEZ has inaugurated a photovoltaic facility with a capacity of more than 100 peak MW in Besse-sur-Issole. The project is among the most powerful solar farms in France, capable of producing more than 20 million kilowatt-hours annually, enough electricity to meet the power needs of 11,000 people, four times the population of the town.

Landis+Gyr Reassigns Two Executives

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:30
Landis+Gyr has announced plans to reassign two of the company’s regional executive responsibilities as part of a reorganization to meet the requirements of the firm’s global customer base.

DOE Announces Clean Energy Initiative

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:42
The US Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced a $3.2 million National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy that will create a countrywide support network designed to serve the clean energy small business and entrepreneur community and advance innovative clean energy technologies developed by universities and federal laboratories.

Researchers Use Snow to Improve Turbine Efficiency

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:41
A unique study by University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers used snow during a Minnesota blizzard to provide new insight into the airflow around large wind turbines. The data will be used to improve wind energy efficiency, particularly in wind farms where airflows from many large wind turbines interact with each other. The study was published in the Nature Communications scientific journal.

MENA Embraces Smart Grid, Renewables

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:41
A new study from the Northeast Group forecasts that the Middle East and North African (MENA) countries will spend billions of dollars over the next decade to modernize their electric grids and add solar generation resources. The investment over the next ten years will include a cumulative $9.8 billion for smart grid infrastructure to enable the incorporation of $27.9 billion in new solar resources. The Northeast Group estimates MENA countries can save between $1and $3.5 billion annually by redirecting domestic energy consumption towards exports.

Smart Meter Helps BC Building Cut Energy Consumption

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:40
New research from Colliers International found that smart meters deployed in British Columbia have helped the firm to cut energy consumption by up to 26 percent in one of the buildings they manage.

Silicon Valley Power Wins Power Wind Award

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:39
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has presented Silicon Valley Power (SVP) its 2014 Public Power Wind Award for their innovative use of wind resources from three Iberdrola Renewables wind farms. A panel of wind, public power, utility, government, and national laboratory experts determined the award from among seven nominated public power utilities in the United States.

More US Builders Going Green

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:38
New research indicates that more construction companies are going green. McGraw Hill Construction’s “Green Multifamily & Single Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market” report surveys builder and remodeler members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and details “the evolution of green building for single family homes from boom to bust to recovery…and includes new data on multifamily housing to provide a comprehensive review of the sector.”