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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) campus have developed a new measurement tool that has the potential to help prevent another energy crisis similar to what California experienced during the early 2000s and better prepare the electricity market for the transition to smart grids.
American Electric Power (AEP) Ohio has petitioned the state’s Public Utilities Commission to broaden its gridSMART program to more communities throughout its service territory. AEP reports that the second phase of the gridSMART plan includes “the installation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to approximately 900,000 customers; distribution automation circuit reconfiguration (DACR) to improve the reliability of 250 distribution circuits; and volt var optimization (VVO) to better control the voltage of 80 distribution circuits.”
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey has published a new pilot designed to offer businesses financial incentives for reducing their power consumption. The Departments of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) also proposed a tailored strike price to help Scotland achieve its “massive renewable energy potential” at a cost effective price.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary is funding projects in seven states to improve electric service for about 7,000 rural customers. The more than $136 million in USDA loan guarantees will go toward the building of more than 2,200 miles of line, fund more than $5 million in smart grid projects, and make other system improvements. The Obama Administration has invested more than $135 million in smart grid technologies nationwide during 2013.
Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) has contracted with Electrovaya for a major distributed energy storage project. The venture is intended to result in the installation of 25 distributed and independent energy storage systems— ranging in energy capacity from 12.5kWh to more than 80kWh—in a single UK town. The systems will be comprised of Electrovaya’s more recent SuperPolymer2.0 technology and will feature significant smart grid capabilities.
Alstom has inaugurated India’s first digital substation automation competence centre. The facility, located is Pallavaram, Chennai, is integral to Alstom’s development of the smart grid in India and its strategy to develop the substations of the future. Alstom provides services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal, and wind, with a focus on smart grids.
IXYS Corporation, in collaboration with Echelon Corporation, has released a reference design and demonstration board for a 200W AC LED Driver with Power Line Interface. Applications include remotely controlled and monitored municipal and private-installation lighting with remote control convenience features.
Umbria President Catiuscia Marini, Enel chief executive officer and general manager Fulvio Conti, and the mayors of thirteen Umbrian municipalities signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on e-mobility. Specifically, the agreement is designed to promote the usage electric vehicles (EV) through the creation of a user-friendly network of charging infrastructure.
Duke Energy Renewables, in conjunction with Integrys Solar, Canadian Solar, and Community Energy Solar has completed a three-megawatt (MW) AC solar power project in Berkley, Massachusetts. The Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) has signed a 25-year agreement to purchase the power generated from the project.
Fortum and Metsähallitus have agreed to sell their Kuolavaara-Keulakkopää and Joukhaisselkä wind power projects in Lapland to the Impax New Energy Investors II Fund (NEF ll). The projects are currently in the pre-construction stage. Fortum’s share of the projects is 51 percent, Metsähallitus’s has 49 percent.