Saudi Arabia’s Expanding Smart Meter Market - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 14:28
New research found that increasing commercial and industrial sectors in Saudi Arabia are driving the country’s electric smart meters market. The Saudi Electric Company initiated the adoption of smart meters in 2010 in an attempt to minimize transmission and distribution losses. An additional benefit to (SEC), Saudi Arabia’s largest electricity producer and distributor, was that the devices enable the utility to map power demand and supply requirements.

Leidos Expands Smart Grid as a Service Platform - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 14:27
Leidos, best known as an engineering, national security, and health solutions company is becoming a major energy industry player via its smart grid as a service (SGS) offering, which it described as a cloud-based, end-to-end managed service solution for utilities. 

St. Kitts Adopting Smart Meters - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 14:26
St. Kitts Electrical Company (SKELEC) has announced plans to implement a new metering project designed to help consumers to better manage their electrical consumption. Prior to implementation, the utility will pilot the on-stream smart meters in several areas on the island. 

Accenture to Provide Two Million Smart Meters in Pennsylvania - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 14:26
FirstEnergy has selected Accenture to manage the roll-out of approximately two million smart meters to the power company’s customers across its four Pennsylvania-based utilities: Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power, and West Penn Power. The new AMI platform is designed to improve operational efficiencies, support new and existing customer services programs, and provide real-time data.

Honda Introduces Zero-net Energy Test House - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 14:25
Honda has introduced its Smart Home US, which showcases technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation. Located on the West Village campus of the University of California, Davis the home can produce more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting. 

RGS Energy to Acquire Elemental Energy - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 14:23
RGS Energy, which provides turnkey solar energy solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire Elemental Energy, a full-service solar energy firm operating under the Sunetric brand. The deal is valued at $16 million and according to terms, GC Energy will pay $7 million in cash and $9 million in unregistered Class A common stock. Elemental will also be eligible for an additional $3 million in potential earn-out payments. Subject to closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the by the summer of 2014.

Schneider Electric to Supply Hardware for French Wind Farm - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 14:23
AREVA has selected Schneider Electric to supply the power equipment for its offshore wind projects. The deal includes the wind farm in the bay of Saint Brieuc off the coast of Brittany that has of 100 5MW turbines as well as the current tenders for the French offshore wind farms at Le Tréport off the coast of Haute-Normandie and the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier in Pays de la Loire.

Scotland Reduces GHG Emissions by Nearly 10 Percent - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 14:22
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased a tick under 10 percent in 2011, the latest year for which data is available. According to CCC’s report, there were large reductions of more than 20 percent in the power and residential sectors and a nearly 15 percent reduction in the public sector in 2011. 

Siemens Signs Strategic Wind Power Agreements for China, UK - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 14:15
In the presence of the Chinese President Xi Jin Ping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Siemens, Huaneng Power International, and Shanghai Electric Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Berlin that includes collaboration on advanced gas turbine and steam power plant technology, modernization and upgrade of steam turbine units, and wind power. The MoU is part of an effort to support of clean energy development in China.

Read all about it… smart grid wins in energy storage, metering and more

SmartGridNews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:59
This week’s smart grid wins roundup covers a lot of ground, from smart electric and water meters to transmission and a new energy storage pilot project for partners Hitachi and Demansys. It also covers new developments in monitoring, renewable energy and a new smart grid project.

Scientific American: Utilities are conducting a "propaganda war" against solar

SmartGridNews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:47
There’s no shortage of news about conflicts between the rooftop solar industry and electric utilities. According to a recent Scientific American article, the rooftop solar industry and utilities are at war… and predicts utilities are losing. Click for details.

Download this report: Learnings from the largest smart grid test bed

SmartGridNews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:36
The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, the country’s largest, has released its 2013 annual report. Catch up on news of the project’s microgrid and lessons participants learned during their work in other areas, including transactive energy, wind forecasting, energy management and Big Data.

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (April 4)

Smart - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:11
...PN/8672754&RS=PN/8672754 Written by Lesley Gonzales; edited by Vessie Ann Abalos. *** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Providing Smart Grid ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 3 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,675,654) developed by ...

Utility Proposes Voluntary, Community-Based Solar Partnership Pilot

Renew Grid - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:15
Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) is proposing a voluntary, community-based, solar partnership pilot program for consideration by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). If [...]

S&C Offers Real-Time Remote Monitoring For Micro-AT Source-Transfer Controls

Renew Grid - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:15
Chicago-based smart grid solutions provider S&C Electric Co. has announced a service offering that provides real-time monitoring of Micro-AT source-transfer controls through the company's Global [...]

Pew: Policy Uncertainty Stalled U.S. Clean Energy Sector In 2013

Renew Grid - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:14
The U.S. clean energy sector continues to be buffeted by policy uncertainty, with 2013 investment down 9% from 2012 to $36.7 billion, according to a [...]

AEG Debuts Wireless Management System For Large Energy Storage Installations

Renew Grid - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:14
AEG Power Solutions, a provider of power electronics systems and solutions for industrial power supplies and renewable energy, has launched a wireless battery cell control [...]

CEC, RGS To Install Community-Owned Solar Facilities In Massachusetts

Renew Grid - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:14
Community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) has selected turnkey solar energy solutions provider RGS Energy as the general contractor for the construction of community-owned [...]

Company Moves Forward On Pumped Hydro Storage Site In Canada

Renew Grid - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:14
Turning Point Generation (TPG) is developing a pumped hydro storage site in Alberta, Canada. According to the company, the project is anticipated to have a [...]

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain

DOE RSS - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:47
April 4, 2014Funding Opportunity Announcement for Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain

On April 4, 2014 the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $2.5 million funding opportunity entitled “Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain.” By researching the physical processes that take place in complex terrain, this funding opportunity will improve foundational weather models by developing short-term wind forecasts for use by industry professionals, specifically in the Western United States. Due to the complexity of Western terrain, predicting varying wind conditions often times proves troublesome.

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