Now that nuclear is on the way out, Germany considers the future of coal

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:58
Germany’s aggressive shift to renewables has caused a lot of head scratching and attracted a lot of criticism, and more is sure to come. Following the German government decision to abandon its nuclear program in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, officials are now focused on the future of its coal industry.

How the evolving utility-customer relationship is changing home energy management

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:40
More consumers are becoming aware of energy efficiency and managing their energy use. While that can certainly be considered progress, the trend also attracted a new set of competitors for utilities. Guest author Jenny Roehm provides an overview, as well as recommendations for how utilities can counter that competition.

Ohio regulators OK FirstEnergy plan to cut back energy efficiency programs

SmartGridNews - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:29
With approval from state regulators, Ohio utility FirstEnergy is well on its way toward shelving most of its energy efficiency programs for at least two years. State lawmakers passed a bill to suspend efficiency programs earlier this year, saying it was needed to give them time to study the economics of the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.

St. Kitts Prepares for Smart Meters Rollout - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:48

St. Kitts Electricity Corporation (SKELEC), which is preparing to rollout smart meters and related supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, has commissioned an Intermittent Renewable Energy Infusion Stud, which was undertaken to determine the total capacity of intermittent renewable energy that the utility can safely integrate into the electricity grid without compromising system stability.…

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2015 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Challenges Students to Develop Innovative Hydrogen Fueling Station Business and Financing Models

DOE RSS - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:18
November 25, 20142015 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Challenges Students to Develop Innovative Hydrogen Fueling Station Business and Financing Models

The Hydrogen Education Foundation announced the 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest, which will challenge student teams to develop business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations. Registration for the Contest is open until January 16, 2015.

Aclara Moves Into The Smart Infrastructure Solutions Space With iiDEAS

Renew Grid - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:38
Aclara Technologies says it is moving into the smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) space with the launch of its new iiDEAS Operational Data Management System. According [...]

Two Texas Co-ops Sign Up For Oklahoma Wind Energy

Renew Grid - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:38
Apex Clean Energy has secured renewable energy purchase agreements with two Texas-based electric cooperatives for the majority of the output from an Oklahoma wind project. [...]

PowerStream Signs Multiyear Agreement Under Ontario's 'Conservation First' Initiative

Renew Grid - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:21
Community-owned energy company PowerStream has signed on to the Ontario Ministry of Energy's "Conservation First" framework for 2015-2020. PowerStream's agreement, which was signed on Nov. [...]

Georgia Power Launches EV Charger Rebate Program For Businesses

Renew Grid - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:02
Georgia Power has launched its new electric vehicle (EV) charger rebate program for business customers. The utility's two-year program, informed by feedback from Georgia businesses, [...]

Wind Power Dominates New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity In October

Renew Grid - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:57
Wind power provided over two-thirds (68.41%) of new U.S. electrical generating capacity in October, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal [...]

Interview with Deutsche Telekom Jon Carter: Smart Home Opportunities and Challenges - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:51

Although still in its infancy, the smart home market is rapidly evolving as devices and technologies embracing the Internet of things (IoT) become more ubiquitous. Stakeholders from utilities to consumer electronics manufacturers to telecoms are strategically positioning their companies to stake out their plot of choice digital real estate. Deutsche Telekom, one of the companies…

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Mount Knowledge Announces Completion of Civergy Acquisition & Name Change to Cybergy Partners

Smart - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:31
...MKHD) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of Civergy, Inc., a national leader in clean energy, smart grid technologies, and cybersecurity. Simultaneously with the closing of the transaction, Civergy, Inc. has changed its name to Cybergy Partners ...

Smart Grid Interest Continues To Spread Among U.S. Rural Utilities

Renew Grid - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 01:00
Nearly all U.S. rural electric utilities surveyed in a recent poll have some sort of smart grid effort in place, according to the 2014 Rural [...]

Residential Demand Response Revenue is Expected to Reach $2.3 Billion Annually by 2023, According to Navigant Research

Smart - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:01
...five major geographic regions, including global market forecasts for residential DR sites, capacity, and revenue through 2023. The development of smart grid technology - particularly advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart, two-way communicating thermostats - is enabling utilities in many countries to ...

Ultra Electronics, 3eTI Responds to NSA Warning before Congress of China's Ability to Shut Down US Power Grid through Cyber-Attack

Smart - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:01
...controllers that actually direct generation and distribution. • It is important to follow guidelines such as those outlined in the NIST Smart Grid Framework . Security must be funneled down to all computerized endpoints on the grid network, especially to the programmable logic ...

AOptix Wins Fierce Innovation Award in Metrocell Backhaul Category

Smart - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:31
...of publications reaches more than 1.3 million executives in more than 100 countries. Current publications include: Energy : FierceEnergy; FierceSmartGrid; Smart Grid News Healthcare : FierceEMR; FierceHealthcare; FierceHealthFinance; FierceHealthIT; FierceHealthPayer; FierceHealthPayerAnti-Fraud; FierceMedicalImaging; FierceMobileHealthcare; FiercePracticeManagement; Hospital Impact Telecom : FierceWireless; FierceCable; FierceDeveloper; FierceOnlineVideo ...

Allete And Montana-Dakota Utilities Ink Deal On North Dakota Wind Farm

Renew Grid - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:00
Allete Clean Energy (ACE) has finalized a development agreement with Montana-Dakota Utilities for a 107 MW wind farm in North Dakota. Under the deal, ACE [...]

ZigBee Announces New Internet of Things Standard - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 13:02

The ZigBee Alliance, has announced the unification of its wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0, which will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices, providing consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services. The new standard impacts tens of millions of devices already using ZigBee standards. The company reports…

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UK smart meter rollout stalled until late 2016

SmartGridNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:30
The UK is putting its smart meter deployment on hold because an essential part of the project will not be complete in time to meet the initial deadline. Installations were to begin next year and be completed by 2020. But the company responsible for delivering the communications system for the meters has said the system won’t be completed until late in 2016, a delay that will be costly.

Ice Energy wins 16 contracts from SCE and other smart grid wins

SmartGridNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:17
This week’s smart grid wins roundup touches on energy storage, smart meter deployments and solar installation projects. The collection also includes a milestone for Silver Spring Networks and an energy efficiency award for Building IQ.
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