Hitachi and Demansys Energy LLC Agree to Launch Demonstration of "CrystEna" Energy Storage System: First pilot installation of CrystEna planned outside of Philadelphia

Smart - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:30 the requirements of various customers."Jeff Lines, Demansys CEO said, "At its core, Demansys is committed to enhancing the smart grid and creating value for its stakeholders. We are proud to partner with Hitachi on the CrystEna project and incorporate ...

A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on New Leadership at Two National Laboratories

DOE RSS - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 17:15
March 27, 2014A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on New Leadership at Two National Laboratories

This week, two of the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories welcomed new directors -– Peter Littlewood to Argonne National Laboratory and Bill Goldstein to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

First result from Connecticut's big microgrid push

SmartGridNews - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:31
Microgrids have caused a lot of buzz in energy industry circles, but they haven’t really had much of a track record to assess. Connecticut’s microgrid expansion initiative may change that. And the state’s governor is all for it. He wants at least one microgrid for reliable backup power in every town in the state.

The 3 kinds of cybersecurity every utility needs (and a reference architecture you need to know about)

SmartGridNews - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:22
Utilities are routinely criticized for not doing enough to address cybersecurity. With that in mind, guest author Brian Smith of EnerNex does an excellent job of laying out the challenges utilities face when forced to deal with constantly evolving threats. He also shares details of a pilot program intended to improve the agility of their cyber defense strategies.

Why California's demand response programs are failing (and how to fix them)

SmartGridNews - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:15
California’s demand response programs haven’t been a success story. And utilities had underperformed in their efforts to meet peak demand reduction goals, according to a state energy commission report, possibly opening the door to third-party aggregators. While there are changes that could be made to boost utility performance, it’s unfortunate they aren’t likely to come soon.

DOE Announces Webinars on the Best of the Clean Cities Tools and Resources, Engaging Building Occupants to Reduce Energy Use, and More

DOE RSS - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:12
March 27, 2014DOE Announces Webinars on the Best of the Clean Cities Tools and Resources, Engaging Building Occupants to Reduce Energy Use, 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. View this week's webinars.

DOE Awards Small Business Contract for Support to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

DOE RSS - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:00
March 27, 2014DOE Awards Small Business Contract for Support to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Cincinnati - The Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a task order to Southwestern Public Service Company, of Amarillo, TX to supply on a daily basis the required quantity of electric energy required for the customer’s operation at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) facilities pursuant to the terms of the areawide contract.

On-Ramp Wireless Appoints Former Verizon Executives Ivan Seidenberg and Richard Lynch to Board Roles

Smart - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:31 metro scale and other challenging environments. The On-Ramp Wireless Network enables low-power monitoring and control applications within Smart Grid, oil and gas operations, water efficiency, industrial sensing, and location tracking. For more information, visit or ... 2018 (M2M) Machine to Machine Market Bible - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals and Forecasts

Smart - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:52
...six regions. Also provided are network connectivity and application service revenue forecasts for the following 6 vertical market segments: Utilities & Smart Grid, Automotive & Transportation, Logistics, Public Safety, Security & Surveillance, Retail & Vending and Healthcare. Historical figures are also provided for 2011 and ...

The U.S. Department of Energy Summarizes Their ISGT Conference Sessions and Participation

IEEE Smart Grid News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:39

After celebrating a successful Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 19-22, 2014, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) received a summary report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regarding their participation in the event.

IEEE PES invited the DOE to organize six ISGT panel sessions featuring presentations and results from 17 smart grid projects from the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) and Smart Grid Demonstration Programs (SGDP), both supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. In addition, the DOE helped organize a panel that explored future smart grid initiatives—“New Frontiers of Smart Grid”—which set the stage for the ISGT conference and encouraged participants to discuss new opportunities and emerging challenges.

Many of the DOE’s observations on the ISGT panels and sessions focused on several U.S.-based utilities and their successes with installing smart grid technologies. While many of their programs are in the early stages and still require development, the DOE recognized the effectiveness of both the SGIG and the SGDP in advancing smart grid initiatives in the United States.

To read the DOE’s report on the six presentations and their key findings from the ISGT conference, click here.

For more information and to view additional presentations from the 2014 ISGT North America Conference in D.C., please visit The Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Conference website.

PCTEL Launches SeeGull® CW Transmitter for In-Building Network Testing

Smart - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:31
...material to allow customers to cost effectively deploy and upgrade networks. The company's vertical markets include SCADA, Health Care, Smart Grid, Positive Train Control, Precision Agriculture, Indoor Wireless, Telemetry, Off-loading, and Wireless Backhaul. PCTEL's products are sold worldwide ...

Honeywell And CPS Energy Expand Efforts To Help Make The Electrical Grid Smarter, More Reliable [Global Data Point]

Smart - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:04
...and delivering repeatable results is critical to having the lasting impact utilities need," said Jeremy Eaton, vice president of Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions. "We assist customers like CPS Energy in striking this balance to help create a more stable, sustainable grid ...

Siemens to equip Deutsche Telekom's largest data center

Smart - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:17
...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 ...

New Webinar Series to Address Climate Change Impacts in Indian Country

DOE RSS - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:32
March 26, 2014New Webinar Series to Address Climate Change Impacts in Indian Country

On Thursday, April 3, the White House and eight federal agencies will launch a four-part webinar series focused on evaluating, assessing, and mitigating the impacts of climate change on U.S. tribal communities.

April 2 Webinar to Introduce Five-Step Tribal Energy Project Development Process

DOE RSS - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:12
March 26, 2014April 2 Webinar to Introduce Five-Step Tribal Energy Project Development Process

Attend this webinar to learn about the five key steps to successful tribal energy project development.

It will soon be easier to mix and match wireless and powerline communications

SmartGridNews - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:41
Hybrid networks with both powerline and wireless communications are inevitable, and two major standards organizations are working toward a solution to make that coexistence easier to manage. Read the story to find out what the HomePlug and Wi-SUN alliances are doing to make it happen.

Utilities: Forget about Big Data! (Start with small data, then work your way up)

SmartGridNews - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:25
If your utility is trying to figure out how to approach enterprise data analytics, you won’t want to miss our webinar on how to get started. So mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 2nd and register to reserve your spot to hear from experts in the field. The webinar is free to Smart Grid News readers while space remains.

Coming to your territory soon? More jurisdictions require energy storage

SmartGridNews - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:18
It all started when California required utilities to store much of the electricity they produce. Now jurisdictions in other parts of the world are pushing storage too. Click to read how and where the trend continues. Is it time for utilities to start talking with regulators about future energy storage plans?

Renewable Energy Starts The Year Off Strong

Renew Grid - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:22
For the first two months of this year, renewable energy sources accounted for 91.9% of the 568 MW of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity, [...]
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