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Sunetric Deploying New PV System in Hawaii

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 08:06
Sunetric has deployed a 198.8 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system with automated curtailment and smart-grid controls at resort on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. All the electricity generated by the PV system is used by the local facility and not fed back to the utility grid. This reduces the impact on the local circuit and makes it easier for the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to manage the grid. The project was funded by Kairos Energy Capital.

Essel to Deploy Smart Meters in India

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 08:04
Essel Utilities has chosen a consortium led by Aquameas Instrument to deploy Cyan’s retrofit CyLec advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution in India. Essel’s initial order is for 5,000 CyLec AMI retrofit solution units, which contain Cyan’s CyLec 865MHz RF device.

ABB Bringing Smart Energy to PA Transit Authority

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 08:04
ABB has released the results of the Wayside Energy Storage Project, a six-month pilot program for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA). Along with partners Viridity Energy and Saft Battery, ABB led the design, supply and integration of a public transit energy storage system (ESS) within SEPTA‘s aging transit infrastructure.

Ohio Freezes Renewable Energy Standard

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 08:03
The Ohio legislature has passed a bill freezing the state’s renewable energy standard (RES) for two years. Gov. John Kasich has signed the bill into law.

Grass (Not Weed) as a Renewable Energy Resource

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 08:02
Cornell University Crop and Soil Sciences Professor Jerry Cherney is studying the potential for Northern New York-grown grass energy crops to be the foundation for a regional renewable energy system. The idea is to develop a grass-based heating product that is grown, processed into chunks or pellets, and sold locally.

Indian State Mandates Solar

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 08:01
The government of India’s northern state of Haryana is implementing an energy conservation policy making solar power generation mandatory for certain buildings and areas. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda says the government estimates the move will create 200 MW of power and avoid significant CO2 emissions.  

Alstom-Saft Teams with EDF on Grid Storage

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 19:26
The Alstom-Saft consortium is partnering with the EDF group to supply an initial energy storage system using a container of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batterie. Alstom’s MaxSine eStorage solution, connected to Saft’s Intensium Max 20M storage system, will be installed on EDF R&D’s experimental concept grid, designed to develop grids and smart electrical systems. The installation is located south of Paris, the first of its kind in France. 

Texas Instruments Introduces Three-Phase Metering SoC

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 19:22
Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced new three-phase metering systems-on-chip (SoC) for smart meters and portable measurement applications. The new MSP430F67641 SoCs include high-performance delta-sigma analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) for energy measurement products. 

Fortum CEO: Internal Energy Markets Boost Security

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 19:22
Fortum’s chief executive officer believes internal energy markets help to keep Europe’s energy supplies secure. Speaking recently at Eurelectric’s Annual Conference in London,Tapio Kuula observed, “European leaders have expressed their political will to develop functioning internal energy markets. Now that the agenda of the new European Parliament and the Commission will be set, it is time to put these intentions into practice. The political attention should be on the security of energy supply on the EU level, while a fully-functioning internal market would then take care of the national security of supply.”

Fiveworx Licenses New Energy Technology

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 19:21
Energy efficiency specialist Fiveworx has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) technology that will help consumers reduce their utility bills by analyzing their home energy usage.

LADWP Expands Contract with Itron

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 20:00
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has awarded a new smart metering contract to Itron. LADWP will implement Itron’s cellular solution to supply advanced time-of-use and net time-of-use residential, commercial, and industrial electric metering to the utility’s customers. The solution will enable LADWP to improve customer service, expand green energy initiatives, and facilitate meeting the increasing demands from applications for solar net metered customers.

Enel Expands China Collaboration

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 20:00
Enel has signed two agreements with the heads of the China Huaneng Group and the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to further expand their relationship by collaborating on the development of projects utilizing renewable energy sources, management research in the fields of social economy, sustainable development, policies and regulation, and the management of carbon assets and carbon strategy.

Texas Instruments Introduces New PLC Modem Platform

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 20:00
The smart grid depends on power line communication (PLC) to connect smart meters and utilities. Currently there are three major established standards: PRIME, G3-PLC and IEEE-1901.2. But the lack of a single standard always raises the lack of interoperability specter.

CG Contracted to Supply Smart Meters in Spain

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 20:00
Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) has awarded CG`s Automation Business Unit a contract to supply 750,000 smart meters and will be one of its main smart meter suppliers for the next two years. 

University of Strathclyde Professor Appointed to the ScottishPower Chair

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 20:00
University of Strathclyde Professor Keith Bell has been appointed to the ScottishPower Chair in Smart Grid Technology, a role designed to support research, development, and knowledge exchange in the smart grid domain.

Landis+Gyr to Acquire GRIDiant

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 20:00
Landis+Gyr has agreed to acquire utility analytics company GRIDiant Corporation. The deal will expand Landis+Gyr’s software analytics portfolio and enhance end to end solution capability. GRIDiant’s analytics suite will be integrated into Landis+Gyr’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution grid management, and cloud-based solutions for utility customers.

HP to Collaborate with Swansea University

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:39
HP has agreed to a three-year collaboration with Swansea University that will hopefully lead to developing sustainable next-generation cities, communities, and campuses using HP technology and leveraging smart metering, intelligent cities, situational awareness, data analytics, and security threat detection.

Centrica Chief Executive Supports CMA Inquiry

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:39
Centrica chief executive Sam Laidlaw took to the editorial pages of The Times to comment on the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets’ (Ofgem) proposed investigation of the industry by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

US Considering Wind Development Offshore New York

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:38
The United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is considering a competitive lease process for wind energy development offshore New York of New York. The potential project is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to develop domestic clean energy sources, cut carbon pollution, and to create jobs.

Landis+Gyr Looking for Acquisitions

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:37
Landis+Gyr has announced plans to acquire companies specializing in power metering and networks. Chief operating officer Richard Mora says, “We aspire to be a company with $4 billion in revenue by 2020 and we will do this through organic growth and acquisitions. If there is a compelling case, they are ready and willing to allow us to make the investments. We are betting that smart grids will develop in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in Asia-Pacific and in South America. The opportunity is huge.”