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The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) approximately $2 million, which will be used to help customers control their energy consumption. The funding is part of the DOE’s second phase of the Smart Grid Data Access initiative. SDG&E is providing $2.33 million in funding as well to bring the projects total value to $4.3 million.
Accenture is collaborating with Endesa on a multi-year outsourcing agreement to facilitate the utility’s ongoing smart meter roll-out in Spain. Accenture is providing Endesa’s distribution unit back-office as it widens its smart metering operations. Accenture is also helping Endesa integrate its smart meter infrastructure with its existing billing systems and business processes.
The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is supporting efforts by UK energy suppliers to reduce the time they can back-bill Britain’s smallest businesses. The utilities’ actions are following the regulator’s lead in protecting small business, such as standards of conduct that mandate suppliers treat businesses fairly.
Canadian Solar (CSIQ) has signed a $40 million loan agreement with Harvest North Star Capital (HNSC) to fund the development of several ground-mounted solar power projects in Japan totaling around 145.1 megawatt direct current (MWdc), with approximately 40-50 MWdc expected to start construction during Q1 and Q2 of 2014.
SP AusNet has selected Ericsson to develop and implement a 3G network-enabled communications solution to support the company’s electric smart meter program. SP AusNet is expanding its current smart meter association with an Ericsson solution that employs public 3G mobile networks and will reach an additional 108,000 meters in outer urban and rural areas.
Duke Energy Renewables has started construction on three utility-scale solar power projects totaling 30 megawatts (MW) in Eastern North Carolina: one 20-MW Dogwood Solar Power and two 5-MW project. SunEnergy1, a solar design, engineering and construction company based in Mooresville, N.C., is building the photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are projected to be complete by the end of 2013.
British Gas is conducting the UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) trial employing 28 Nissan e-NV200 vans to determine the viability having an all EV fleet, comprised of 13,000 vans. Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions and Gateshead College will also participate in the pilot, which will go from November to April 2014. The pilot is designed to see how the vans perform in winter conditions.
The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has granted Greater Gabbard off shore transmission owner (OFTO) license to own and operate the transmission link to the Greater Gabbard wind farm. The facility has 140 wind turbines generating 500 MW, enough electricity to power more than half a million homes.
One of the world’s most advanced wind energy testing facilities has opened South Carolina as part of Clemson University’s Restoration Institute. The facility is designed to test and validate new turbines, particularly for offshore wind, enabling engineers to simulate 20 years’ worth of wear and tear on drive trains in just a few months. The facility is located at a former Navy warehouse with easy access to the water, enabling domestic and international companies to test larger offshore wind turbines.
Carol M. Browner, former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and former administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, has joined Opower’s advisory board, which also includes John Rowe, former chief executive officer of Exelon; Dick Kelly, former CEO of Xcel Energy; and Tom Brady, former Chairman of Baltimore Gas and Electric.
Duke Energy Carolinas has filed a new experimental renewable energy program with the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC). The Green Source Rider is designed to give energy-intensive customers, such as manufacturers, data centers, college campuses, and retailers the option of offsetting some or all of their energy consumption with renewable energy.