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Energy cyber security company Nation-E has installed what it bills a first of its kind intelligent system for optimizing power consumption in Netanya’s City Hall. The installation, a collaboration between the municipality and Nation-E, which describes the technology as “a microgrid enabling authentication, monitoring, and control of energy consumption via a computer, tablet or smart phone, and ensures ongoing savings in power consumption.”
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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) has selected Fujitsu Network Communications to implement a new fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project expected to cover 2,951 square miles in rural northern New Mexico counties. The high-bandwidth broadband connectivity provided will lay the groundwork KCEC’s planned smart grid complete with an advanced metering infrastructure and real-time detection of power outages. The project has received $64 million in funding from the U.S. Rural Utilities Service.
At the IPv6 Conference in Singapore, a Silver Spring Networks executive highlighted how the technology can help drive the next generation of intelligent infrastructure across Southeast Asia. During his “IPv6: Smart Infrastructure for a Smarter Singapore,” keynote, Silver Spring executive vice president of global development Eric Dresselhuys argued that IPv6 can spur innovation, promote interoperability, speed deployment times, and reduce the cost of critical infrastructure programs.
Canadian Solar has announced the opening of its Micro-Grid Testing Centre, where micro-grid solution testing, system solution design, and smart grid assessment services will be carried out. Researchers at the center will also develop both off-grid and grid-tied micro-grid projects. Partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, the facility is located in Guelph, Ontario.
The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTD) has awarded a feasibility study grant to Solafrica Photovoltaic Energy (Solafrica) to support the development of a 100 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance (US-ACEF) Initiative is funding the study.
The United States has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Columbia to develop a Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean competition. The Solar Decathlon competition was first launched by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2002 to challenge universities to design and build affordable, innovative, and energy-efficient solar-powered homes.
Solar finance company Clean Power Finance (CPF) has selected Itron’s solar monitoring solution as the preferred metering solution for residential solar installations across North America. The deal calls for CPF to use Itron’s technology to monitor and sub meter the energy production of the residential solar systems CPF manages on behalf of investors.
The Hawaiian Electric Company is set to start the deployment of smart grid technologies to its Oahu customers, including wireless communications relays, sensors to improve outage detection, automated system controls to improve outage restoration, and advanced meters. The installation is phase one of a plan to develop smart grids across Oahu and on Hawaii Island by 2018. The plan for full implementation will require Public Utilities Commission approval.
Referring to the recent EU Energy Council in Brussels, Energy Secretary Edward Davey observed that climate policy had had minimal impact on energy prices across Europe. Davey reports, “I argued that the EU could best enhance competitiveness in Europe by completing the internal energy market, investing in research, rationalizing the EU’s approach to State aid, developing indigenous supplies, and concluding an energy chapter to the EU-US free trade agreement.”
ComEd has announced an accelerated timetable for deploying smart meters and intends to file a request with the Illinois Commerce Commission to complete the installation of more than four million smart meters by 2018, which would be three years ahead of the currently scheduled 2021. If approved, the accelerated program would also increase the number of smart meters installed in 2014 from 160,000 to 500,000.