WEC up! Energy Department Announces Wave Energy Conversion Prize Administrator

DOE RSS - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:48
September 24, 2014WEC up! Energy Department Announces Wave Energy Conversion Prize Administrator

The Water Power Program today awarded $6.5 million to a Prize Administration Team for the development and execution of the Energy Department’s Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) Prize Competition.

Nevada fire chiefs want to investigate the safety of smart meters

SmartGridNews - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:45
Two Nevada fire chiefs believe smart meters were related to a series of residential fires in their jurisdictions. While NV Energy, which installed the meters, says a state fire marshal’s investigation already found the meters were not a fire hazard, the fire chiefs are calling for the state PUC to conduct its own investigation. Click for details.

New technology: A sampling of the latest offerings for the smart grid

SmartGridNews - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:37
There seems to be a steady flow of technologies appropriate for the smart grid sector market. Read about Idaho Power’s new renewables integration tool designed to help grid operators use wind power more effectively, Oracle’s new offering to help utilities reach greater operational efficiency and more new releases in solar tech and asset reliability management.

Up or down? The impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan on electric rates

SmartGridNews - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:30
Smart Grid News recently shared comments from an analyst who said there is plenty of evidence that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan could lower electric bills. So it seems only fair to share an interesting perspective that comes to a different conclusion: that retail power prices in coal-dependent states could rise.

DOE Announces Webinars on Alternative Fuel Online Tools and Resources, Plug-In Electric Vehicle Standards and Market Development, and More

DOE RSS - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:51
September 24, 2014DOE Announces Webinars on Alternative Fuel Online Tools and Resources, Plug-In Electric Vehicle Standards and Market Development, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

Companies Propose $8B Wind Energy And Storage Project To Power Los Angeles

Renew Grid - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:34
Four companies have teamed up to propose an $8 billion initiative to bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023. [...]

ComEd Refunding Customers $46 Million Following Settlement

Renew Grid - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:34
Chicago-based ComEd recently announced it will refund customers $46.2 million as part of a settlement agreement. The agreement resolves long-pending lawsuits challenging the utility's rate [...]

Demand Response And Renewables Help SDG&E Tackle Record-Breaking Heat Wave

Renew Grid - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:51
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) says demand response and renewable energy greatly helped the utility deal with a record-breaking heat wave last week. Due [...]

Mississippi Electric Co-op Chooses PRISM SCADA From ACS

Renew Grid - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:58
Advanced Control Systems (ACS) says it has reached an agreement with 4-County Electric Power Association to install a PRISM SCADA system to better serve the [...]

GRID20/20 Nets Ontario Smart Grid Grant For Demo Project

Renew Grid - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:52
GRID20/20 Inc. has formally received a grant agreement totaling nearly $1.7 million from the Ontario Ministry of Energy's Smart Grid Fund for a demonstration project. [...]

PowerStream And Korean Utility Partner On Microgrid, Smart Grid Tech

Renew Grid - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:40
Ontario-based PowerStream has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), South Korea's only electric utility. PowerStream says the MOU specifically [...]

NREL To Test Inverters For $1 Million 'Little Box Challenge'

Renew Grid - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:29
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will test power inverters submitted to the Little Box Challenge, an open competition to build [...]

Elliptic Technologies to Speak at the Chip-to-Cloud Security Forum

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:03
...levels of security for some of the world's most popular products in markets such as mobile, networking, home entertainment, smart grid and automotive. Elliptic's hardware security cores enable designers to efficiently balance power, performance and cover a wide variety ...

EDMI, gridComm Collaborate to Create the Most Robust Narrowband Power Line Communication Smart Meter Available

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:58
...14 -- gridComm, a provider of power line communications (PLC) solutions that enable the transformation of the power grid into a smart grid, today announced that it will collaborate with EDMI to create the most robust narrowband PLC smart meters available to ...

C40 and Siemens honor cities for leadership in tackling climate change; Ten city projects receive City Climate Leadership Awards

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:03
...on sustainable and intelligent infrastructure technologies. Its offering includes products, systems and solutions for intelligent traffic management, rail-bound transportation, smart grids, power distribution, energy efficient buildings, and safety and security. The Sector comprises the divisions Building Technologies, Low and Medium ...

The utility that wants to build microgrids for customers (should you do the same?)

SmartGridNews - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 18:41
Some utilities think of microgrids as a threat, although they very well could be a new business opportunity and one of the ways electric service providers help ensure themselves of a sustainable future. Read the story to learn about the approach Central Hudson Gas & Electric is proposing and why.

Cap and trade -- coming soon to a state near you

SmartGridNews - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 18:34
Cap and trade may at first glance seem to have nothing to do with the smart grid, but it would have a profound impact on renewables integration, energy efficiency and more if enacted. While no action is expected from Congress, states could take up cap and trade to help them deal with the new EPA rules on power plant emissions reductions.

Utilities: Time is on your side (not Father Time, the magazine Time)

SmartGridNews - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 18:28
Utilities have found some supportive (if unexpected) allies in organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund. Now, a former critic argues that utilities won’t, and shouldn’t, go away. They just need a better business model. Click for details.

Energy Department Announces Winners of Housing Innovation Awards

DOE RSS - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:30
September 23, 2014Energy Department Announces Winners of Housing Innovation Awards

The Energy Department presented Housing Innovation Awards to 28 industry leaders today during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance’s Excellence in Building Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The industry leaders are commercializing and deploying cutting-edge technologies and helping to significantly reduce the energy costs of the nation’s homes.

gridComm Launches Intelligent, Cloud-Based Street Lighting Solution

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:58
...Enter gridComm, a provider of power line communications (PLC) solutions that enable the transformation of the power grid into a smart grid. Today, gridComm announced the launch of its Intelligent Street Lighting Solution. Field-proven for robustness and reliability, gridComm's ...
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