Microsoft Invests in Wind Farm Project

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:50

Microsoft has committed to investing in the 175 megawatt Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois. The wind farm project will be funded through Microsoft’s carbon free initiative and is the largest wind investment ever made by the company. The new Pilot Hill project will produce enough energy to power to approximately 70,000 standard homes in…

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Judge to Rule on AEP Smart Meter Deployment

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:50

Despite the concerns that Oklahoma’s American Electric Power-Public Service Co. (AEP-PSO) hasn’t proven the its smart meter plan will be cost effective, an administrative law judge is considering letting the utility’s $120 million plan for deployment to move forward. Representatives from AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons), which is an advocacy group for…

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UAE Offers $1 Million for Clean Water Solar Solution

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:49

United Arab Emirates (UAE) vice president of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Sheikh Mohammed) has pledged to award $1 million to any research institute that devises a solar-powered way to solve the region’s perennial scarcity of fresh water. During the launch of the UAE Water Aid Foundation, Sheikh Mohammed challenged some of the…

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ABB Joins MeyGem Tidal Stream Project

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

Atlantis Resources Limited has awarded ABB a contract by to provide the onshore grid connection for Phase I of the MeyGen tidal stream project, located in Scotland’s Pentland Firth, which separates the Orkney Islands and the Scottish mainland. MeyGen is the UK’s first large-scale tidal array scheme. The first 6 megawatt (MW) demonstration phase calls…

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Crown Estate Signs Agreement for Two-Bladed Turbine Demo

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

The Crown Estate has signed a lease agreement with 2-B Energy subsidiary Forthwind for the UK’s first offshore two-bladed turbine demonstration: the installation of two 6MW full-scale units. According to Crown Estate, the demonstration on the seabed at Methil in Scotland will be the first of its kind in the world. The full-scale onshore prototype…

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Leviton Introduces New Industrial Smart Meters

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

Leviton has expanded its line of VerifEye submetering solutions with the introduction of the Series 4000 Industrial ModBus smart meters, which offer a turnkey solution for measuring and verifying electrical usage across a range of industrial, commercial, institutional, and government applications. According to Leviton, the VerifEye Series 4000 meters provide “universal voltage and CE safety compliance, wall…

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EnerNOC Invests in SaaS

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

EnerNOC has invested in software-as-a-service (SaaS) company WeSpire to measure and track the positive business impact of engaging employees in sustainability through technology. Through the deal EnerNOC receives has exclusive rights in the energy intelligence software (EIS) space to market a version of WeSpire’s employee engagement application, customized for enterprise and utility customers. Cindy Ortega,…

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New Study Forecasts Gains for MDM Market

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

A new study concludes that Europe’s meter data management (MDM) market is poised to gain significant traction “in the foreseeable future.” Utilities’ need to manage the increasing volume and variety of data created by widespread smart meter installation is considered the main driver for the adoption of MDM solutions. Frost & Sullivan’s “Evolution of the…

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Echelon Acquires Lumewave

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:48

Echelon has acquired Lumewave, a wireless outdoor lighting control system provider, enabling it to offer products such as individual lighting controllers, gateways, and management and maintenance software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ron Sege, Echelon chairman and chief executive officer, says, “With this acquisition of Lumewave, Echelon is enriching our product portfolio and…

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Smart grid wins: a global look at projects and developments

SmartGridNews - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:50
This week’s smart grid wins feature includes what could almost be considered a bit of everything. Read about a variety of smart grid companies and projects ranging from solar and smart water to transmission and energy efficiency. And don’t miss the awards for AutoGrid Systems and Silver Spring Networks.

Generation 4 smart meters: the latest evolution in Sensus technology

SmartGridNews - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:38
Sensus has unveiled a new contribution to smart grid technology: its new Generation 4 smart meters. As company president Randy Bays put it, the goal was to develop a meter capable of improving operational efficiency for customers, utilities and cities alike. Click to learn more about the new offering.

Boulder / Xcel slapfest gets uglier -- Xcel asks FERC for help

SmartGridNews - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:31
Boulder, Colorado’s attempts to divorce Xcel Energy and set up its own municipal electric utility just took another turn in what is already a convoluted story. Xcel asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this week to rule that the city can’t condemn the transmission line that surrounds it without the agency’s permission.

Research and Markets: Global Smart Grid Cyber Security Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors Dominating are BAE Systems, IBM, IOActive, Lockheed Martin & Symantec

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:37
...Research and Markets: Global Smart Grid Cyber Security Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors Dominating are BAE Systems, IBM, IOActive, Lockheed Martin & Symantec TMCNet: Research and ...

Duke Energy Indiana Ready To Implement Smart Grid Technology

Renew Grid - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:06
Duke Energy Indiana has filed a plan with Indiana state utility regulators to modernize its electric grid, which provides power to more than 800,000 homes [...]

ABB Commissions Massive HVDC Transmission Link For Abengoa

Renew Grid - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:58
ABB has commissioned high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) converter stations as a part of Abengoa's Rio Madeira HVDC link in Brazil. The 1,500-mile, 3.15 GW power connection [...]

New Reports Highlight Major Potential in Offshore Wind Energy

DOE RSS - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:53
August 29, 2014New Reports Highlight Major Potential in Offshore Wind Energy

The Energy Department today announced a new report showing steady progress for the U.S. offshore wind energy industry over the past year. The report highlights 14 projects in advanced stages of development, together representing nearly 4,900 megawatts (MW) of potential offshore wind energy capacity for the United States.

Telit Welcomes Six Gold Sponsors for the Fourth Annual Developer's Conference

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:37
...Alert ) provides a comprehensive 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: Home Networks Report 2014 - Applications, Technologies and Markets

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:37
...the development of home networks. Such networks can serve: • Local in-home distribution of entertainment information (HD video and similar) • Smart Grid-related information distribution. Key Topics Covered: 1.0 Introduction • General • Varieies - LAN/PAN Technologies • Goals • Research Methodology • Target ( News ...

MultiSpeak to Begin Testing Cybersecurity Compliance for Utility Software Applications

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 21:46
...applications, either internally at the utility or with outside organizations, is secure. MultiSpeak developed the cybersecurity standards in 2013; the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel approved the standards in May of 2014. To build and implement the MultiSpeak(TM) cybersecurity test infrastructure ...

The rapidly expanding market for distributed renewable energy

SmartGridNews - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:50
As the cost of distributed wind and solar power generation drop, costs for fossil fuel and nuclear continue to increase. While the intermittent nature of those renewables presents challenges for many utilities integrating them, the growth rate of those power sources in many countries may surprise you… particularly in developing nations.
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