More investment dollars for energy storage, but early funding still lacking

SmartGridNews - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:56
Strategic investors are good for energy storage startups, but they don’t necessarily reduce the risk of failure. Dean Frankel of Lux Research explains that while the energy storage market is growing, more funding for applied research and technology development is needed.

U.S. Senators want to pay utilities to engage with customers

SmartGridNews - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:48
A bill has been introduced to offer incentives for utilities that give customers more information on their energy use. Introduced by two Democratic senators, there is little chance it will pass in a Republican-heavy House. Still, it’s good to see at least some legislators take a positive stance on how they work with utilities.

Sec. Moniz Discusses Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loans

DOE RSS - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:37
April 2, 2014Sec. Moniz Discusses Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loans

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today highlighted key improvements to the Department’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program at the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Legislative Summit.

Ouch! Minnesota's net metering formula may distress utilities

SmartGridNews - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:25
Minnesota’s effort to develop a fair way to determine the value of solar energy with a new net metering formula may not sit all that well with utilities, particularly if they were expecting it to increase the worth of their grid services. Click for details on the state’s new formula and what the outcome could be.

National Grid Rolls Out Technology Options For Customers Under Smart Grid Initiative

Renew Grid - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:02
Utility National Grid has launched the technology phase of its Smart Energy Solutions Program and is now making available to nearly 15,000 participating customers in [...]

Leidos Picks Up Contracts For Its Smart Grid Service Offering

Renew Grid - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:02
Leidos, an engineering, national security and health solutions company, has landed two contracts in North Carolina for its smart grid-as-a-service (SGS) offering. The SGS platform, [...]

Vermont Raises Net-Metering Cap To 15%

Renew Grid - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:01
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed self-generation and net-energy metering (NEM) legislation (H.702) into law. The new law raises the 4% cap utilities had been [...]

Stakeholders Form Global Energy Storage Alliance

Renew Grid - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:01
The Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) has been established as an international nonprofit organization to bring together energy storage and clean energy industry associations to [...]

PSEG Long Island Selects 100 MW Of Solar Projects For FIT Program

Renew Grid - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:01
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) Long Island says the utility's new Clean Solar Initiative feed-in tariff (FIT) builds upon the Long Island Power Authority's (LIPA) [...]

PacifiCorp Inks PPA For 80 MW Of Solar Power

Renew Grid - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:00
Scatec Solar, an independent solar power producer, has received the final approvals necessary to proceed with the construction of an 80 MW photovoltaic solar plant [...]

Texas Utility Commission Signs Off On 345 kV Transmission Line

Renew Grid - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:00
The Public Utility Commission of Texas has unanimously approved an application by Electric Transmission Texas (ETT) and public electric utility Sharyland Utilities to build the [...]

Acorn Energy Announces Promotions At GridSense, OmniMetrix

Renew Grid - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:00
Acorn Energy has made promotions at smart grid technology company GridSense and power generation monitoring provider OmniMetrix. GridSense and OmniMetrix are among the four portfolio [...]

ENBALA Power Networks Names New President And CEO

Renew Grid - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:00
ENBALA Power Networks, operator of a real-time demand management platform, has announced that Arthur Vos will join the company as president and CEO. Vos has [...]

Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations Funding Opportunity Announcement

DOE RSS - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:42
April 2, 2014Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations Funding Opportunity Announcement

On April 2, 2014 EERE’s Wind Program announced a funding opportunity entitled “Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations.” This funding opportunity will fund R&D investments in technology approaches and solutions that are not currently represented in the Wind Program’s existing project portfolio.

GE and PowerStream Launch Ontario Microgrid Demonstration Project to Help Address Growing Demand for Electricity

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:31
...most economical method possible." PowerStream's microgrid demonstration project marks the next phase of the company's efforts to support smart grid development at the provincial level and leverage innovative "smart" technologies in Ontario's electricity sector. "Microgrid technology is an ...

Accenture to Help FirstEnergy Deploy Smart Meters for Two Million Customers in Pennsylvania

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:00
...and business requirements outlined in Act 129 passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in 2008. Under a multi-year contract, Accenture Smart Grid Services will advise FirstEnergy on managing its AMI program by providing services in areas such as program management, business ...

Don't Overlook Potential of Unlicensed Spectrum

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:25
...generation of unlicensed innovation much like the Wi-Fi network at the 49ers stadium, supporting rural broadband, connected hospitals, and smart grid networking. The FCC, the agency in charge of spectrum licensing, is holding this incentive auction under the direction of ...

"The Light" Is on in Tahlequah - RBSC Illuminates Tahlequah, OK Businesses With Gigabit Fiber Optic Technology

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 03:58
...Gigabit network. RBSC's Rapid Deployment Technology utilizes FCC wireless spectrum licenses, Gigabit networks and shared infrastructure for broadband and smart grid applications to give rural America the same competitive edge as urban areas. Providing high-speed Internet and data transfer ...

Utilities Tap Leidos for its Smart Grid as a Service Offering

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:22
...Utilities Tap Leidos for its Smart Grid as a Service Offering TMCNet: Utilities Tap Leidos for its Smart Grid as a Service Offering [April 02, 2014 ...

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Launches Indian Low-Voltage DC (LVDC) Forum to Advance LVDC for Microgrids, Commercial Buildings and Homes

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:30
...and guidelines for indoor LVDC ower distribution. As part of this initiative, the LVDC Forum has partnered with the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)-a public private partnership of the Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India for accelerated development of ...

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