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Updated: 21 weeks 3 days ago
With the acquisition of wind power developer First Wind, solar power giant SunEdison will become the world’s leading renewable energy development company. SunEdison and subsidiary Terra Forma partnered for the First Wind acquisition.
As part of a multi-faceted electric vehicle transportation pilot, Georgia Power has begun an EV charging rebate program for its business customers intended to build interest in electric transportation. Read the story for details on the rebate program and why the utility is doing it.
Smart water heaters are not new, but they have typically been used for demand response applications. Hawaiian Electric will test how effective they can be in other roles. Utility officials think they may be able to help manage an electric grid that has been heavily integrated with intermittent solar power.
News of cyberattacks on the U.S. energy grid seems almost continuous. But it’s still startling to see that the country has been hit by hackers a total of 79 times since the beginning of the year. Click to learn more about the attacks and why it is a particular concern for the energy industry.
Toshiba Corporation will conduct a demonstration of an independent power supply system that incorporates renewable energy and hydrogen. The system, which will run on water and sunlight, will be able to provide electricity and hot water during emergencies, and act to help manage changes in power demand at other times.
While the U.S. is leading in the adoption of smart water meters now, the real growth is in Europe where France is the fastest growing market, analysts say. Read about this and more market news in this week’s smart grid market roundup.
While many stakeholders and observers approve of the multi-state strategy to meet the requirements of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, states could find themselves with several high hurdles to clear. While states that work together have an extra year to develop their plans, officials from many states say that is still not enough time.
Startup Aquion Energy has introduced a new battery energy storage solution designed for use with renewables in remote locations. It is said to have a life cycle comparable to other long-lasting battery systems, with the added appeal of being relatively inexpensive.
Beijing has solved the problem of large power substations getting in the way of development. How? By installing them underground. It is certainly an idea worth considering as cities become more densely populated.
The GridWise Alliance and the Smart Grid Policy Center have announced their state-by-state smart grid progress rankings for 2014. The index evaluates states on how much they have done to upgrade their electric systems with smart grid technologies. Click for details and the top ranked states.
Denmark is the latest European country to announce plans to be 100% reliant on renewable energy, and expects to accomplish that goal by 2050. The country also is expanding on what most countries in the region have done by including transportation in its plans: no fossil fuel by 2050 either.
As you will notice, this week’s selection of smart grid wins focuses on the energy storage sector. It also includes news on customer engagement, a smart grid program for San Antonio and a project to enhance grid stability in Michigan.
California regulators are scheduled to rule this month whether utilities will be permitted to provide EV charging stations. Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric have proposed investing $500 million in EV charging infrastructure, and at least some state legislators support dropping the current ban against utility involvement in the charging market.
The Department of Homeland Security has warned of a serious cyber threat to transmission grids, oil and gas pipelines, water systems and more critical infrastructure. The Russian government, DHS says, appears to be behind the threat.
The populations of its major cities and economic centers are growing so quickly that Vietnam has been hurrying to upgrade its electric grid and boost its efficiency to meet demand. As part of that push, the country will receive a $500 million World Bank loan to build new transmission lines and incorporate smart grid technologies.
Granted, it may not sound terribly ambitious: building a relatively short stretch of solar road, or more accurately, bike path. But it is the initial phase of a test to evaluate if the concept will pan out to be a practical and efficient way to harness solar energy. Click for details.
Grid-integrated distributed electricity storage could provide substantial benefits to the Texas power system managed by ERCOT. Among other advantages, storage deployment could reduce power outages for customers and defer transmission and distribution investment, according to a report from the Brattle Group.
This week’s smart grid markets report includes news and forecasts on smart water and electric meters, power and distribution transformers, industrial Internet sensors, flywheel energy storage and commercial and residential HVAC systems. Click for details.
Smart grid wins for this week include a new energy storage project for Stem, Silver Spring Networks’ customer engagement and energy efficiency deal with Consumers Energy, metering projects for Atos and GE and more project news.
Despite the substantial amount of debate and concern in energy industry circles over Google’s purchase of Nest and what it could mean for the future of utilities, an Irish utility has taken a different tack and partnered with the company to offer the smart thermostats free to new customers when they sign up.