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Panoramic Power Partners with Connexx

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:23
Panoramic Power is collaborating with Connexx Energy to deliver an integrated energy and operational efficiency solution for real estate investment trust (REIT) buildings by combining Panoramic Power’s circuit level energy management solution with the CONNEXXION energy data platform. This system manages energy data across the building enterprise within a cyber-secured environment.

ADS Announces New Members

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:22
DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, and Nexant have joined the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) as the association prepares for the upcoming National Town Meeting on Demand Response (DR) and Smart Grid. 

United Power Taps Leidos Smart Grid Solution

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:22
United Power has awarded Leidos the next phase of a 10-year contract to implement an additional 20,000 meters as part of the utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. United Power is a rural electric cooperative that provides service to nearly 70,000 residences and businesses throughout Colorado’s northern Front Range.

New Study Questions EMF, Health Link

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:21
A European Commission scientific committee has published a report stating there is no convincing evidence of neurodegenerative diseases, childhood leukemia, dementia, or show evidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes, related to electromagnetic fields (EMF) from transmission lines.

E.ON Submits Application for Wind Farm

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:20
E.ON has submitted a planning application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit for the Quantans Hill wind farm development. The facility, located near Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway, be installed with up to 19 turbines that could generate up to 57 megawatts of electricity, which is enough power to service approximately 36,800 homes. This figure is based on an estimated load factor of 31.5 percent using wind speeds at the Quantans Hill Wind Farm site. According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) the average domestic UK household uses 4.266MWh of electricity every year.

Enel Kicks Off Second Wave Energy Phase

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:20
Enel Green Power (EGP)’s has initiated the second phase of testing for its R115 marine wave energy converter. Developed by 40South Energy, the device has a nominal capacity of 150 kW and enables integration into the marine environment and ease of maintenance. The fully assembled machine will be launched from the Port of Livorno towards Punta Righini in the Tuscan Archipelago. 

New York Announced Smart Grid Research Funding

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:19
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $4.3 million in awards to researchers develop new smart grid technologies, which will providing innovative methods to add clean energy to the grid, enhance grid performance, reduce environmental impacts and energy consumption, and lower costs of getting power to customers.

Los Angeles Singled out for Reducing Building Power Consumption

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 20:17
The Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized Los Angeles as a leader in the Department’s Better Buildings Challenge, which has led to reducing the city’s energy costs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the Challenge, Los Angeles has pledged to reduce the energy consumed in 30 million square feet of city-owned and private buildings by 20 percent by 2020. 

Itron Publishes Index on Energy Industry

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 20:17
Itron has released a global survey of the state of the utility industry. The inaugural “Itron Resourcefulness Index,” concludes that the energy industry at a critical fork in the road, with 94 percent of utility executives believing the industry needs to be transformed and 80 percent of consumers dissatisfied with the amount of information the utility provides them. 

BGE Selects C3’sSmart Grid Analytics Software

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 20:16
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) has selected C3 Energy smart grid analytics software to ensure cost-effective, efficient, and reliable energy delivery as it implements the smart grid.

Honeywell, Stor Launch ADR Initiative

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 20:15
Honeywell, in collaboration with Stor Generation, has launched an innovative smart grid program in the U.K that will temporarily reduce energy use in commercial and industrial facilities, combining the excess power to help stabilize the electrical grid, reduce carbon emissions, and promote renewable energy commitments.

Centrica’s Sustainability Recognized

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 20:15
The Corporate Knights’ 2014 Global 100 (Global 100) Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index has named Centrica the second in the UK and the 26th overall. Now in its 10th year, the Global 100 is considered by many in the industry to be a reliable in corporate sustainability analysis. Centrica has appeared in the Global 100 since its inception and has improved its position from 32nd in 2013 to 26th at the start of 2014. Additionally, in December 2013, Centrica topped the list of Corporate Knights Top Ten Most Sustainable Utilities in the World 

Sensus in Saskatchewan AMI Project

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 20:14
Saskatchewan’s provincial electric and natural gas utilities will deploy a Sensus communication network and almost one million electric meters and gas modules as part of an ambitious advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. Sensus will install its FlexNet communication network throughout the province’s 600,000 square kilometer service territory. 

Middle East, North Africa Hotbed of Solar Investment

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:43
A new report predicts that the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region could see more than $50 billion worth of solar power investment by 2020 as regional governments recognize the opportunity afforded by their country’s sun-belt status. 

Kx Systems Provides Ontario Smart Meter Processing

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:41
Kx Systems is providing its kdb+ database to Ontario-based Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to assist in retrieving and analyzing smart meter data processed by Ontario’s meter data management and repository (MDM/R) system.

Landis+Gyr Provides Software for Oregon Utility

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:40
Oregon-based Central Lincoln People’s Utility District has signed a five-year contract for Gridstream MDMS to host the utility’s advanced metering data. Landis+Gyr announced it will host Central Lincoln’s software and data storage as part of its Cloud Services offering.

Pinetop Water Deploys Sensus Smart Solution

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:39
In rural areas of the United States, especially during the winter months, it can be challenging for utilities to inspect meters, wells, and tanks. Arizona’s Pinetop Water utilizes a Sensus smart water network and automation technology to remotely monitor wells and tanks and to read water meters.

GE Provides Saas in Oklahoma

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:38
The city of Skiatook, Oklahoma, has announced plans to implement GE’s advanced Grid IQTM solutions as a service (SaaS) grid-modernization technology. The SaaS solution gives cities and utilities the benefits of a modern grid without incurring the overhead expenses associated with developing their own smart grid networks.

Security Still Seen as Major Concern

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:28
In a new survey, 61 percent of energy executives polled say they consider security to be a significant problem for the smart grid, and nearly two-thirds believe that the grid is not prepared for security threats. However, only eight percent of utilities plan to invest more than $5 million in cyber security technologies over the next five years.

Echelon Introduces New SoC

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:28
Echelon Corporation has introduced its FT 6050 system on chip (SoC) that provides reliable, cost-effective, and flexible wired IP connectivity for devices in the industrial internet of things (IIoT). The new chip is based on Echelon’s ISO-standard Free Topology (FT) architecture.