Enel Partners with ZTE on Smart Grid Solutions

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:46

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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Substantial growth predicted for DR, smart cities and more smart grid markets

SmartGridNews - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 21:08
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.

How to ensure a successful smart grid: a short video on workflow automation

SmartGridNews - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 21:02
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 solar world leader status

SmartGridNews - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:14
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.

Scotland recommits to wave energy after demise of pioneering Pelamis Wave Power

SmartGridNews - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 20:52
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 embarks on Round 2 of ambitious smart grid upgrade

SmartGridNews - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 20:45
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.

‘Tis the season… to cut energy efficiency programs?

SmartGridNews - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 20:39
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.

Hybrid Energy Systems Could Boost Renewable Use in US

SmartMeters.com - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 06:52

A new report found that better energy storage could significantly increase the use of renewable energy in the United States. The study also urges the development of hybrid systems in which one form of renewable energy, such as solar, is available while the other, such as wind, is minimal. Up to now the primary drawback…

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Schneider Electric Launches Go Green in the City Smart Energy Challenge

SmartMeters.com - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 06:25

Schneider Electric has initiated the fifth Go Green in the City challenge, which focuses on innovative energy solutions for smart cities. From now to February 1, 2015, bachelor, master, and MBA business and engineering students are invited to join the challenge. The challenge calls for teams of two that includes at least one woman to…

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Most rural electric cooperatives are working on smart grid initiatives

SmartGridNews - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 17:58
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.

DOE says workplace EV charging access has doubled in two years

SmartGridNews - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 17:48
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.

Smart grid wins: a new DR company, new projects and more

SmartGridNews - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 17:37
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.

Ontario Approves New Smart Grid Projects

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 04:23

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 Utility Investing in More Smart Meters

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 03:54

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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Smart grid markets: phenomenal growth expected for wireless sensor market

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:51
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.

Interoperability defined: new infographic explains how it all works

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:41
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.

BLM says no to controversial Silurian Valley solar project

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:31
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.

Smart Meter Revenue to Surpass $6 Billion by 2023

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:45

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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Now that nuclear is on the way out, Germany considers the future of coal

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:58
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.

How the evolving utility-customer relationship is changing home energy management

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:40
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.
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