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Opower Platform Reaches Six TWh of Energy Savings

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:03

Opower reports that its technology platform has saved six terawatt-hours (TWh) of energy through more than 95 utility deployments worldwide both business and residential. The energy savings is equivalent to taking more than two million people—roughly the combined population of Alaska and Hawaii—off the grid for a full year; removing nearly 900,000 cars from the…

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UL Report: Sensus Smart Meters Comply with Safety Standards

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 21:29

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has determined the Sensus Generation 3 iCon A 2S remote disconnect electric meter complies with the organization’s latest safety standards. The independent tests performed by UL—done at the behest of the city of Medicine Hat and SaskPower—validate the meters’ inherent safety. SaskPower issued a statement noting that the meters “were subjected to…

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Solar Energy Storage Market is the Next Growth Industry

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:35

New research forecasts that the global market for grid-connected residential photovoltaic (PV) solar installations with energy storage will exceed 900MW in 2018, growing exponentially from its current 90MW. Market research firm IHS also estimates that grid-connected PV energy storage paired with energy storage will reach 775MW of global installations during 2015. Ash Sharma, HIS senior…

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Space Solar Power, a New Energy Frontier?

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 07:27

While solar power continues to make inroads across the globe, some scientists are looking to expand solar power’s reach by turning to outer space. Proponents say the advantage to harnessing space solar power (SS) via an orbiting solar power station is daylight 365/24/7. This idea isn’t new. In the 1940s writer Isaac Asimov imagined a…

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Silver Spring Networks Acquires Data Analytics Company

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:03

Silver Spring Networks has acquired Detectent, which provides utility analytics solutions to help improve AMI and utility grid operations, protect revenue, and deliver enhanced customer engagement programs. The deal expands the software application offerings of Silver Springs’ SilverLink Sensor Network data platform. Josh Roper, vice president of advanced metering infrastructure, explains, “We started working with…

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California Governor Sets 50 Percent Renewables Goal

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 05:18

California Governor Jerry Brown has outlined an ambitious energy agenda that calls for increasing the amount of electricity the state derives from renewable sources from the current goal of 33 percent by 2020 to 50 percent by 2030. Brown says, “This is exciting, it is bold, and it is absolutely necessary if we are to…

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Scottish Renewables’ Exec Talks Smart Energy

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 18:58

Traditionally power plants were built close to cities and other areas of significant consumption. While renewable such as wind and solar offer the promise of clean, sustainable energy, these facilities are located much further away from the people and businesses they serve so the need to store and transmit energy is crucial to fulfilling the…

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Apple Smart Watches and Other Wearables Expected to Help Drive IoT

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 18:04

Some of the most anticipated products at the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show are wearables. None more so than the Apple watch, although whether or not it can match the success of the iPhone or iPad remains to be seen. However, some stakeholders believe it will make wearables the next hot commodity. T-Mobile chief executive…

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