BETO Announces Updated Multi-Year Program Plan: November 2014 Update

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:08
November 20, 2014BETO Announces Updated Multi-Year Program Plan: November 2014 Update

This MYPP sets forth the goals and structure of the Bioenergy Technologies Office. It identifies the research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities the Office will focus on over the next five years and outlines why these activities are important to meeting the energy and sustainability challenges facing the nation. The latest version includes updates to the terrestrial feedstocks and supply logistics, algal feedstock, and thermochemical conversion research and development sections.

San Diego Utility Receives Reliability Award

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:39

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is the recipient of the 2014 ReliabilityOne National Reliability Excellence Award and was also recognized for outstanding customer engagement. SDG&E president and chief operating officer Steven D. Davis says, “We’re honored to be named the most reliable utility in the nation. At SDG&E we’re focused on our core business of…

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SGIG Report Now Available: Experiences from the Consumer Behavior Studies on Engaging Customers

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:53
November 20, 2014SGIG Report Now Available: Experiences from the Consumer Behavior Studies on Engaging Customers

This report presents the lessons learned from utilities' consumer engagement efforts as part of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. These lessons offer practical steps that can reduce risks and increase efficiencies, thereby lowering project costs and increasing the chances of successful outcomes.

DOE Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:12
November 20, 2014DOE Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct

On Wednesday, December 11, 2014, from 1 - 4 p.m. ET, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties.

CG to Open Grenoble Smart Meter Facility

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:18

Avantha Group Company CG is opening a new Grenoble facility in 2015 that can produce, test, and calibrate more than two million ZIV smart meters per year. CG is participating in ERDF’s massive rollout of Linky smart meters. CG chief executive officer and managing director Laurent Demortier says, “We are pleased to be setting up this…

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Toshiba to demo renewables + hydrogen power system

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:56
Toshiba Corporation will conduct a demonstration of an independent power supply system that incorporates renewable energy and hydrogen. The system, which will run on water and sunlight, will be able to provide electricity and hot water during emergencies, and act to help manage changes in power demand at other times.

Smart water meter market to almost double in a few years

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:49
While the U.S. is leading in the adoption of smart water meters now, the real growth is in Europe where France is the fastest growing market, analysts say. Read about this and more market news in this week’s smart grid market roundup.

The multi-state approach for Clean Power Plan compliance sounds good, but is it?

SmartGridNews - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:43
While many stakeholders and observers approve of the multi-state strategy to meet the requirements of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, states could find themselves with several high hurdles to clear. While states that work together have an extra year to develop their plans, officials from many states say that is still not enough time.

Silver Spring Networks’ New Smart City Platform

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 17:09

Silver Spring Networks has unveiled the next gen of its IPv6-based smart city networking platform, which enables operators to deploy multiple applications atop a single, standards-based network. Brandon Davito, Silver Spring Networks’ vice president of smart lighting and cities, notes, “Our secure, reliable, and globally proven IPv6 smart city platform gives cities and critical infrastructure…

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Texas A&M University at Qatar Opens Smart Grid Center

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 16:00

Texas A&M University at Qatar had opened the Smart Grid Center extension that is designed to make smart grid a reality in Qatar and elsewhere. The center is intended to train engineering students and professionals in energy-related concepts and technologies in Qatar as well as integrating electricity, information, and communication infrastructures to produce power more…

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British Gas Smart Meters Challenge Shows Savings

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:11

Results from the British Gas National Smart Meter Challenge shows that during the 10 weeks of the experiment, participants used 6 percent less gas and 7 percent less electricity than comparable homes without smart meters, simply by being more aware of their energy use. Prorated to 52, that would mean the average consumer would save £66…

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CG Building Smart Meter Production Facility In France

Renew Grid - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:04
India-based CG has announced it will be opening a new facility in Grenoble, France, to produce, test and calibrate over 2 million ZIV smart meters [...]

Aclara Introduces New Consumer Engagement Platform

Renew Grid - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:42
Aclara Technologies has introduced a new consumer engagement platform. The company says the scalable platform empowers utility partners to integrate data from multiple sources and [...]

DOE Announces Webinars on Economic Impacts of Offshore Wind, Overview of Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program, and More

DOE RSS - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:34
November 19, 2014DOE Announces Webinars on Economic Impacts of Offshore Wind, Overview of Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program, 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.

Delta Unveils Platform To Help Utilities Manage Big Data

Renew Grid - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:32
Delta Energy & Communications has launched its new Intelligent Distribution Analytic Platform (DEC-iDAP), a solution that the company says allows utilities to perform analysis of [...]

Hodi Technologies Selects Greenvity's Turnkey IoT Solution for Next-Generation Smart LED Lighting Products

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:31
...IoT Solution for Next-Generation Smart LED Lighting Products MILPITAS, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Hodi Technologies , a premier LED lighting and smart-grid system company in China, has selected Greenvity Communications' Internet of Things (IoT) turnkey solutions for multiple Hodi smart lighting ...

Mocana Sponsors HITEC 100 Awards Gala at Upcoming Summit

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:31
...Mocana builds on deep expertise securing everything from medical devices to defense electronics, from point-of-sale terminals to the smart grid to home automation. The Mocana Atlas platform transforms enterprise connectivity with the tap-and-go simplicity of the Mocana ...

Global Smart Grid Tech Revenue Slated For Solid Growth

Renew Grid - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00
The past two years have seen accelerating technological advancements and shifting priorities among utility industry stakeholders, according to a report from Navigant Research. The benefits [...]

A cheaper, practical battery solution for renewables in remote locations?

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 21:15
Startup Aquion Energy has introduced a new battery energy storage solution designed for use with renewables in remote locations. It is said to have a life cycle comparable to other long-lasting battery systems, with the added appeal of being relatively inexpensive.

Beijing takes its large electric substations underground

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 21:07
Beijing has solved the problem of large power substations getting in the way of development. How? By installing them underground. It is certainly an idea worth considering as cities become more densely populated.
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