USDA Invests in Rural Smart Grid Projects

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:19

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that agency is investing $263.3 million, much of it on smart grid projects to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems located in eight states. The USDA has a long history, dating back to the days following the Great Depression, of working…

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Consumers Energy Taps Duke For 105 MW Wind Project

Renew Grid - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 00:00
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Energy Department Announces Up to $31 Million for Initial Phases of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

DOE RSS - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:25
July 17, 2014Energy Department Announces Up to $31 Million for Initial Phases of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). EGS are engineered reservoirs, created beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are safely created and their size and connectivity increased. These enhanced pathways allow fluid to circulate throughout the hot rock and carry heat to the surface to generate electricity. In the long term, EGS may enable domestic access to a geographically diverse baseload, and carbon-free energy resource on the order of 100 gigawatts, or enough to power about 100 million homes.

Forget Russia and China. The real threat to the power grid is from... the Sun???

SmartGridNews - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:48
Most of the threats to electric grids are well-known, from random shooting incidents to very well-orchestrated cyber attacks. Click the link to read about what could be a much more catastrophic threat from the sun… geomagnetic solar storms. “It may be a 100-year” event. So was Hurricane Sandy.

Smart meter progress: What Britain is doing better than the U.S.

SmartGridNews - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:41
UK electricity providers are doing something many U.S. utilities wish they had done: educate their customers about the benefits of smart meters before the rollout starts… not afterward. Read the story for a quick look at how the UK is handling customer engagement, and why.

Will GE cash in on its Alstom acquisition? Or repeat its old mistakes?

SmartGridNews - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:31
GE’s acquisition of Alstom Grid was a surprise for many observers. But now the questions are bubbling up. The big question? Can GE break loose from its previous tendencies and work with its new acquisition to successfully integrate their product lines? There are significant opportunities for GE if it can.

Connected car market to hit $17bn [ITWeb]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:54
...which is expected to rise to about $8 billion in 2015, and reach $16.9 billion come 2018. "Unlike the smart grid vertical, which favours 2G technology to keep usage cheap, or connected cameras, which require at least 3G and ideally ...

An Update on Smart Energy in Texas

SmartGridNews - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:20
This report details the promise and potential of smart energy in Texas. Texas has rolled out seven million smart meters, but has only begun to use the intelligence latent in the system to enable smarter energy usage, including time of use pricing and demand response.

S&C, Green States Energy Team on Solar Farm

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:55

S&C Electric Company is partnering with Green States Energy (GSE) on an $11 million project to design and build a 3.6 MW solar photovoltaic farm in Devens, Massachusetts. This will be the third facility built by S&C for GSE and will connect to the grid via a standardized electrical system scheme. According to S&C, the…

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Departments of Energy and Agriculture Announce Bioenergy Projects in 10 States

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July 17, 2014Departments of Energy and Agriculture Announce Bioenergy Projects in 10 States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the selection of 10 projects that will receive funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and bio-based products. The investment is part of the Obama Administration’s broader effort to diversify the nation’s energy portfolio and accelerate development of new clean energy technologies designed to decrease dependence on foreign oil, providing a more secure future for America’s energy needs and enhancing rural economies.

Vehicle Technologies Office’s Research Recognized by R&D 100 Awards

DOE RSS - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:12
July 17, 2014Vehicle Technologies Office’s Research Recognized by R&D 100 Awards

The 2014 R&D 100 Awards recognized four projects supported by the Vehicle Technologies Office for their technical significance, innovation, and usefulness.

Energy Department Awards $3.5 Million to Develop Cost-Competitive Algal Biofuels

DOE RSS - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:52
July 17, 2014Energy Department Awards $3.5 Million to Develop Cost-Competitive Algal Biofuels

The Energy Department announced today $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels. This research project supports the Department’s goal of producing 2,500 gallons of algal biofuel feedstock per acre per year by 2018, an important milestone toward reducing the cost of algal biofuels to cost-competitive levels of 5,000 gallons per acre per year by 2022.

Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million to Expand Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands

DOE RSS - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:22
July 17, 2014Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million to Expand Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands

The Energy Department today announced up to $7 million to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects in tribal communities, reducing reliance on fossil fuel, and promoting economic development.

ControlBEAM, Fortune Techgroup, FreeWings Technologies, Grid2Home, Legrand Group, MachineShop, and Vedams Join the AllSeen Alliance

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:59
...well as design for next generation wireless communications; Grid2Home, a provider of software solutions for the IoT market: Connected Home, Smart Grid, Smart Cities, and Industrial IoT; Legrand Group, the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures; MachineShop, provides enterprises ...

China, US Sign MoU on Electric Vehicle Cooperation

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:18

US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz recently attended the sixth US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Beijing. The conference is considered a leading channel for government-to-government discussion between the two nations on issues relating to global, regional, and national security and economic issues. Moniz focused on opportunities to expand and deepen US-China collaborations on clean…

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Landis+Gyr, RWE in Smart Meter Solutions Deal

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:12

Landis+Gyr has contracted to deliver its Gridstream end-to-end solution, including 50,000 smart meters and an AIM head end system to Polish energy utility RWE. The smart meter products and software solutions will be installed in residential buildings throughout Warsaw. A four year service contract is also included in the contract terms. The first deliveries are…

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Siemens AG - Research alliance for the digital revolution

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:20
...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 ...

ImageWare Systems' Jim Miller, HP's George Romas, AMAG's Matt Barnette, March Networks and StrikeForce Featured in SecuritySolutionsWatch.com Interviews

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:00
...while meeting prominent figures both from M2M industry and verticals. The conference will explore in particular M2M innovations in Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Retail and Consumer Electronics. Held in conjunction with the three other smart devices-related conferences and 50-booth ...

Itron Signs Deal with Utilita

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:09

Utilita has contracted with Itron for a full suite of services so power customers can use key prepayment electricity meters. The deal in unprecedented for Itron, which is expanding provide managed services for small energy suppliers. Under the agreement, Itron reports it will support the backend operations of Utilita’s key prepayment offering so consumers can…

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Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP Announces An Expanded Class Period in the Shareholder Lawsuit Against PowerSecure International, Inc.

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:09
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