Enel has signed an agreement with ZTE Corporation, a top telecommunications equipment and systems company in China. The deal is intended to initiate cooperation in electric mobility, smart grids, and renewable generation. For example, the two companies have agreed to share technological solutions on vehicle charging, as well as explore integrated solutions and synergies for…
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Analysts are forecasting growth in several smart grid and related markets. The markets singled out for substantial growth include residential demand response, solar photovoltaic modules and smart cities. Click for details on these and other market predictions.
Providing electric service is not as simple as it once was, but the new technologies and processes available to utilities offer numerous benefits in terms of grid reliability and stability. Check out the first of a new series of videos from Elster that illustrates what it takes to achieve smart grid success.
China could lose its ranking as the world’s biggest solar power market and cede the top spot to Japan. Chinese officials held back approvals for some utility-scale solar projects in favor of promoting more distributed solar and the country is unlikely to meet its overall installation goals for 2014.
Pelamis Wave Power, the Scottish company that attracted so much optimism and attention with its pioneering wave energy harnessing technology, put up a good fight but has fallen victim to structural and design weaknesses in its system and lack of funding -- and has gone “into administration,” a status similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, is taking on a major smart grid upgrade that includes 17 separate projects. The elements of the “Round 2” initiative include a broad range of smart grid technologies and services, from energy storage to microgrids and data analytics.
Florida regulators all but wiped out the state’s energy efficiency goals last week, a move sought by utilities that contended the efficiency requirements were not cost effective. The Public Service Commission also voted to end solar rebates by end of year 2015.
While the high-dollar smart grid initiatives of big investor-owned utilities are more likely to claim the headlines, rural electric cooperatives are involved in smart grid projects too. A new report from Zpryme and the Rural Smart Grid Summit offers a glimpse of the level of involvement and the types of projects rural electric utilities are undertaking.
Plug-in electric vehicle adoption has been slower than initially expected, but there are indicators the pace is picking up. DOE has released a survey that says workplace charging locations have almost doubled. The Energy Department and private employers are working together to promote more accessible charging points.
This week’s smart grid wins roundup features a new commercial and industrial customer demand response company, a multi-national energy storage project, energy efficiency in Hawaii, a plant automation project in Algeria and a jump in corporate funding for solar.
The Canadian province of Ontario has announced the approval of 17 new energy projects through its Smart Grid Fund program, which will invest almost $24 million on the initiatives. The projects include energy storage, to allow stored energy to balance system needs; electric vehicle integration to assist with electric vehicle (EV) adoption; ‘behind the meter’…
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Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) has announced plans to invest $27 million out of its $1.7 billion budget on implementing the next phase of smart meter deployment, which includes purchasing 50,000 smart electric, gas, and water meters, funding a telecommunications system to collect data transmitted from smart meters, and a data management system to…
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Wireless sensors are in considerable demand for smart grid and other applications, so much so that they are expected to increase in number from 9 billion in 2014 to 100 billion by 2020. Get the details on this and more smart grid-related markets in this week’s collection of market summaries.
A new infographic from NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel provides an Interoperability 101 view of how the concept works throughout the electricity value chain, from generation through consumption. It also offers a visual representation of why interoperability has such a key role in ensuring the reliability of smart grids.
While the solar industry has been doing remarkably well, it does not always get its way. The Bureau of Land Management has rejected an Iberdrola subsidiary’s plans for a solar project in the largely untouched Silurian Valley, located in a remote part of the Mojave Desert.
A new report forecasts that global revenue from smart meters will increase over the next decade from $5.1 billion in 2014 to $6.6 billion in 2023. The data from Navigant Research examined the worldwide market opportunities for smart electric meters. With roll outs in North American slowing, the smart electric meter market is now focusing…
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Germany’s aggressive shift to renewables has caused a lot of head scratching and attracted a lot of criticism, and more is sure to come. Following the German government decision to abandon its nuclear program in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, officials are now focused on the future of its coal industry.
More consumers are becoming aware of energy efficiency and managing their energy use. While that can certainly be considered progress, the trend also attracted a new set of competitors for utilities. Guest author Jenny Roehm provides an overview, as well as recommendations for how utilities can counter that competition.