Smaller, Smarter Homes Latest US Trend

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:29

In the United States’ heyday of conspicuous consumption bigger was always better. Some states (we’re talking to you, Texas) even made over-the-top extravagance part of their image—Big D, big hair, and big oil. Well, as Dylan proclaimed a half century ago, the times they are a-changing. Again. According to the U.S. Census Bureau more than…

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Enel Green Power Signs Deals in Italy, US

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:26

Enel Green Power has announced the company will assume Sharp Corporation’s obligations related to a off-take agreement concerning the output of photovoltaic panels manufactured at the Catania factory of 3Sun Srl, the joint venture between Enel Green Power, Sharp, and STMicroelectronics. Through the off-take agreement Enel Green Power and Sharp committed to purchase the entire…

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British Gas Announces Solar Energy Project

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:24

The solar division of British Gas is teaming with Generation Community and Social Finance to build a pipeline of solar energy projects worth up to £60 million. The collaboration is designed to benefit local communities by offering solar panels for local government sites such as schools and town halls throughout the UK. According to the…

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Grid-scale storage breakthrough? Flow batteries get new life

SmartGridNews - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:55
Today’s energy storage technologies aren’t all about lithium-based batteries. Much improved and more cost efficient next-generation flow batteries are attracting a lot of interest and investment. Here are two examples of the new technologies that could very well make it to the grid-scale energy storage market.

Forget grid divorce. Native Americans are not getting married to the grid anyway

SmartGridNews - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:40
For those of us able to take the electric grid for granted, it may be surprising to learn that many isolated communities and Native American reservations can’t or don’t care to connect. Read the story to learn how the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is helping those customers rather than ignoring them.

How to keep customers cool when it’s hot outside (and an idea you may have forgotten)

SmartGridNews - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:32
In areas where summer weather turns hot and often stays that way for days, the electric grid can take a beating. What options do utilities have when their customers come home and turn on all those air conditioners? Guest author Dave Bryant has some ideas and he’s not talking about new generation or more transmission lines.

2014 Smart Grid R&D Peer Review Presentations Now Available

DOE RSS - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:12
July 16, 20142014 Smart Grid R&D Peer Review Presentations Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability held a peer review of the Smart Grid R&D Program on June 11-12, 2014 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. The meeting was held to conduct an external review of technical R&D projects funded by the Smart Grid R&D Program; the review results will be used to help guide the projects in meeting clearly defined criteria, as well as to help support program planning and portfolio management.

Trimble Enhances Software for Smart Water Infrastructure

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:00

Trimble has introduced an updated version of its smart water infrastructure mapping and work management software. Trimble Connect version 1.8 is the latest release of the cloud-based, geographic information system (GIS)-centric software, featuring a suite of applications that enable water, wastewater, and storm water utilities to efficiently manage their network maintenance and data collection activities.…

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Tantalus Appoints New COO

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:56

Tantalus has appointed Dermot O’Leary as the company’s chief operating officer. A thirty-five year utility industry veteran, O’Leary has a wide breadth of experience including strategic planning, product development, manufacturing and supply chain processes, customer deployments, business development, contracting, and international business. Tantalus president and chief executive officer Peter Londa says the company “is strategically…

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Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Announces Tribal Climate Resilience Program

DOE RSS - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:38
July 16, 2014Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Announces Tribal Climate Resilience Program

On July 16, at the fourth and final meeting of the White House State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the Administration announced the new Tribal Climate Resilience Program to help tribes prepare for climate change.

Connected Car Service Providers to Reap $17B in 2018 as GM, BMW, Tesla and Others Ramp Smart Apps

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:39
...the business models and trends that are driving the connected car machine-to-machine (M2M) market. ANALYST NOTE "Unlike the smart grid vertical, which favors 2G technology to keep usage cheap, or connected cameras, which require at least 3G and ideally ...

2014 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review Proceedings Available Online

DOE RSS - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:44
July 16, 20142014 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review Proceedings Available Online

The DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program has posted the 2014 Annual Merit Review Proceedings, which include presentations and posters on individual project status and results as well as overview presentations from the plenary session.

Landis+Gyr Inks Smart Meter Deal With RWE In Poland

Renew Grid - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:13
Landis+Gyr has announced it will deliver smart meter products and software solutions to energy utility RWE in Poland for installation in residential buildings located in [...]

BNEF: Global Clean Energy Investment Surges In Q2

Renew Grid - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:03
Global clean energy investment jumped to $63.6 billion in the second quarter of this year (Q2'14), up 33% compared to Q1'14 and 9% compared to [...]

Energy Department Announces $4.5 Million to Expand Usage of Alternative Fuels

DOE RSS - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:00
July 16, 2014Energy Department Announces $4.5 Million to Expand Usage of Alternative Fuels

The Energy Department today announced up to $4.5 million in funding to expand the use of alternative fuels through the Clean Cities program, which works with nearly 100 local coalitions and thousands of stakeholders across the country to decrease the use of petroleum in transportation.

ComEd to Partner with AMSC on Superconductor-based Resilient Electric Grid System

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:09
...improvements and technological upgrades that have been under way for the past two years as we develop and deploy the smart grid. Linking our critical urban infrastructure to this superconductor system would provide added reliability, resiliency and security to Chicago's ...

Tantalus Appoints Dermot O'Leary as Chief Operating Officer [Global Data Point]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:40
...necessary to fully leverage the developmental and operational capabilities of our team. His wealth of knowledge and experience in the smart grid industry will serve as an incredible asset to the company while also maximizing value for our shareholders." Dermot O ...

Mercom Capital Group Reports First Billion Dollar Quarter for Healthcare Information Technology Sector: VC Funding Doubled Over Q1 With $1.8 Billion in Q2 2014

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:28
...overall strategic decision-making, and provides custom market research. Mercom delivers market intelligence reports covering Healthcare IT, Solar, Wind and Smart Grid. Mercom's communications division helps companies and financial institutions build powerful relationships with media, analysts, local communities and strategic ...

BYD Company Announces First Factory in Brazil

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:02
...facilities on campus, BYD also plans to open a Research & Development center for their Photovoltaic ( http://www.byd.com/pv/), Smart -Grid ( http://www.byd.com/energy/ess.html ) and LED Lighting ( http://www.bydlighting.com/ ) businesses in the second phase ...

Siemens - Research alliance for the digital revolution

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:39
...of large amounts of data will be investigated to determine how this data can be used, among other things, for smart grids, industrial automation, smart cities and future healthcare systems. Interest will also be focused on self-managed cloud services - that ...
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