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The United States Department of Energy has launched the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), a new initiative designed to grow American manufacturing of clean energy products and boosting competitiveness through improved manufacturing energy productivity. The initiative includes private sector partnerships, new funding from the Department, and enhanced analysis of the clean energy manufacturing supply chain.
The Tween Bridge onshore wind farm in Thorne, Doncaster has officially opened. The 22 turbine, 44MW wind farm is capable of providing the electricity needs of around 27,000 homes, which is approximately one in every ten homes and can potentially prevent 54,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
Hydro Québec has informed residents of Montréal borough Lachine of the upcoming deployment of smart meters. Many utility customers have complained that the news comes with little warning and that there is no option for those who do not want the meters. The Board of Energy authorized Hydro-Québec to proceed with smart meters roll-out in zone 1 in late 2012.
GE’s prototype of the world’s most efficient high-output wind turbine, the new 2.5-120, is operational at a test site in Wieringermeer, Netherlands. The 2.5-120 harnesses the power of the industrial Internet to analyze tens of thousands of data points every second allowing for management of variable wind sources to provide predictable power. The turbine integrates energy storage and advanced forecasting algorithms while communicating with neighboring turbines, service technicians, and operators.
ComEd’s digital upgrades to a substation will help improve power reliability for approximately 28,000 utility customers on the South Side of Chicago. The Wallace smart substation uses state-of-the-art technology to reduce the number and duration of power outages. ComEd reports it also improves the utility’s ability “to monitor the electrical system and respond quickly to potential issues, rather than reacting to problems after they occur. The Wallace smart substation is equipped with sensors that can help prevent power outages by analyzing up to 1,500 pieces of information every two seconds and can alert ComEd system operators when, or even before, problems arise.”
Enel Green Power (EGP) has agreed to purchases 50 percent of Powercrop, which is reconverting former Eridania sugar refineries into biomass power plants. Through the acquisition, Enel Green Power reports it has “entered into a broad-based partnership with SECI Energia to develop energy from the biomass short supply chain by building five new high-efficiency plants with a total installed capacity of 150 MW. Once built, these plants could be capable of generating up to 1 billion kWh.”
Silver Spring Networks is extending its smart infrastructure platform with a new smart grid solution designed for the unique needs of municipal and cooperative utilities. The new solution focuses on making it easy to rapidly scope, deploy, and test results resulting in a cost effective technology that enables municipal and cooperative utilities to rollout a sophisticated advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) program for electricity, water, and natural gas customers.
The UK’s largest smart grid project has completed the first stage of its research, which is comprised of ongoing trials with 12,000 customers. The £54m Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project is testing to ensure Britain’s electricity networks are ready for the mass uptake of technologies including solar PV, heat pumps, and electric vehicles.
Asoka Corporation has been granted two United States patents for its Home Energy Management Service (HEMS) solutions. The first is for systems and methods that control energy consumption and the second covers a set of sensor units enabled for streaming media delivery with monitoring and control of power usage of connected appliances.
Mercury Energy is bringing Opower’s customer engagement platform to nearly 300,000 customers in New Zealand. Opower founder and president Alex Laskey says, “We are excited to partner with Mercury Energy in order to bring our platform to a retail energy provider that is committed to helping its customers take control of their energy consumption and learn ways to save. Mercury’s Good Energy Monitor (GEM) is built on the Opower platform, the only proven and scalable software for the utility industry that provides customers with the tools and insight they need to manage their energy consumption.”