Itron to Supply ERDF Linky Meters

SmartMeters.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

Itron becomes the second company selected for ERDF’s (Électricité Réseau Distribution France) Linky smart grid program. Along with Landis+Gyr, Itron will supply Linky smart meters for the first phase of the program. In all, ERDF plans to replace 35 million meters to meet the European Union’s (EU) directive that calls for 80 percent of power meters to…

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Joule Selects Scatec Solar

SmartMeters.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

Joule has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Scatec Solar ASA to support the roll-out of Joule production plants featuring photovoltaic power, which is expected to lay the foundation for truly sustainable mobility by providing more than a 90 percent. Joule pioneered the direct, solar conversion of CO2 into liquid fuels. This reverse-combustion process…

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Fortum Promotes Wave Energy

SmartMeters.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

Fortum has acquired a minority share of Wello Oy, which developed the Penguin wave energy converter solution that captures the kinetic energy of waves and converts it into electrical power with a generator. Making the facility a floating vessel reduces the need for complex anchoring. In a statement Fortum explains, “We are moving towards a…

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California Legislature Gives Community Choice Energy Programs a Boost

SmartMeters.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

The California State legislature has rejected a bill that opponents claimed would have hindered the ability of communities and municipalities to create community choice energy programs (CCEs), which enable consumers to consolidate their buying power and lower their rates by independently purchasing clean energy. The vote on Assembly Bill 2145 a, which was supported by…

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Toyota UK Adds Second Solar Array

SmartMeters.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

A large-scale, embedded solar array designed and installed by British Gas is now fully operational at the Toyota UK engine production centre at Deeside in North Wales. The facility is comprised of approximately 13,000 solar panels that can produce up to 3.38 GWh a year, 10 percent of all the electricity required to manufacture up…

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DOE Invests in Microgrid Development

SmartMeters.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:40

The United States Department of energy (DOE) is awarding seven recipients a total of $8 million to design microgrid projects that will improve national power grid resiliency and better enable cities and towns to handle extreme weather events and other potential electricity disruptions. The awards are part of President Obama’s climate action plan. Energy Secretary Ernest…

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Eurasia Expected To Spend Billions On Smart Grid Work Over The Next Decade

Renew Grid - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:34
Eurasian countries will invest $18.3 billion in electric grid modernization over the next decade, according to a new study published by Northeast Group. The report [...]

IESO: Renewables, Demand Response Will Help Keep Ontario Grid Reliable

Renew Grid - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:24
In its 18-Month Outlook, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) forecasts adequate supply levels, including new renewable resources, and reliable transmission service in order for [...]

WSU hosts major power industry event [Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Moscow, Idaho :: ]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:14
...were given a tour of portions of the Energy Systems Innovation Center. "The Department of Energy chose Pullman to demonstrate smart grid technology," said Sayonsom Chanda, a power system engineer. This includes expanding on existing electric infrastructure and testing new smart ...

Energy Department Announces $8 Million to Improve Resiliency of the Grid

DOE RSS - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:00
September 8, 2014Energy Department Announces $8 Million to Improve Resiliency of the Grid

In support of President Obama's Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s commitment to improve national power grid resiliency, today the Energy Department announced more than $8 million for microgrid projects to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and other potential electricity disruptions. This investment – which includes seven awardees in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Washington – supports the development of advanced technologies, allowing communities across the country to become more resilient and adaptive.

Hitachi, Ltd. - Agreement on Joint Research on Electric Power field with Energy Company LESTO and Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 04:14
...variety of collaborative activities aimed at achieving an optimal energy mix in Lithuania, including integrated heat and power generation systems, smart grid and smart network technology, and other innovative energy technologies. This new agreement is the first tangible result of this ...

Research and Markets Offers Report: 'Global Smart Grid Cyber Security Market 2014-2018' [Professional Services Close - Up]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 03:21
...Research and Markets Offers Report: 'Global Smart Grid Cyber Security Market 2014-2018' [Professional Services Close - Up] TMCNet: Research and Markets Offers Report: 'Global Smart Grid Cyber ...

Telit Taps 6 Gold Sponsors for Its Upcoming Developer's Conference [Professional Services Close - Up]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 03:20
...solutions. Taoglas provides a range of external, embedded and base station antenna solutions for M2M applications such as Telematics / Automotive, Smart-Grid, Metering / Telemetry, Home Automation, Remote Monitoring and Medical applications. The company also offers a suite of related services that ...

Research and Markets Offers Report: Global Smart Grid Cyber Security Market 2014-2018 [Manufacturing Close - Up]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 03:20
...Research and Markets Offers Report: Global Smart Grid Cyber Security Market 2014-2018 [Manufacturing Close - Up] TMCNet: Research and Markets Offers Report: Global Smart Grid Cyber Security ...

ABB And BYD Team Up On Energy Storage Solutions

Renew Grid - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 00:00
ABB and China-based BYD Co. Ltd. have announced a strategic partnership to jointly develop new solutions for energy storage. The scope of the collaboration will [...]

EcoPinion Consumer Survey: The Conflicted Consumer Landscape in the Utility Sector

SmartGridNews - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 17:25
DEFG commissioned a national survey of utility customers to glean more insights on what utility customers may value from their utility. The top line findings from EcoPinion No. 19 show a conflicted consumer landscape in terms of customer expectations. The survey report addresses those conflicts and provides information intended to help utilities improve overall customer satisfaction.

Net Energy Metering: Subsidy Issues and Regulatory Solutions

SmartGridNews - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 15:39
As distributed generation (DG) resources grow and comprise a larger share of the energy resources on the nation’s power grid, and as the costs of DG decline, it is critical that these resources are priced appropriately and that subsidies that support them, and the recipients of the subsidies, are transparent to all parties – customers, regulators, legislators, solar providers, and DG advocates. This issue brief illustrates the subsidy created by current state net energy metering (NEM) practices and reveals the need to modify these practices.

ReportsnReports.com: Global Smart Grid Communications Market to Grow at 10.8% CAGR by 2018

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 23:58
...ReportsnReports.com: Global Smart Grid Communications Market to Grow at 10.8% CAGR by 2018 TMCNet: ReportsnReports.com: Global Smart Grid Communications Market to ...

New program helps veterans prepare for energy industry careers

SmartGridNews - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 19:28
The energy industry has worked hard to come up with innovative ways to find qualified talent to step in as its aging workforce retires. The University of Maryland, with help from the Energy Department and other federal agencies, now offers an online course to help veterans get started on careers in engineering design.

Sensus smart meter fire woes continue to mount

SmartGridNews - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 19:21
News accounts of utilities removing Sensus smart meters because of fire concerns have continued, despite the apparent lack of evidence the company’s meters were responsible for any of the fires reported. The company’s new generation of smart meters, which includes high temperature detection technology and other safety features, may help it clear this latest hurdle.
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