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Study Finds Net Metering Imposes Significant Costs on Non-Solar Customers
December 5, 2016

The Electric Markets Research Foundation has released a white paper that says preliminary research reveals the value of solar diminishes as more rooftop solar is added to the grid and the costs of net metering to customers without rooftop solar become so significant over time that it is not a sustainable policy.
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DNV GL Introduces Power Cybernetics
December 5, 2016

New software-driven power electronics, which are quickly becoming the norm in the electricity system, are currently not always adequately tested by the electricity industry. This leads to an increased risk of failures in the power network, according to a new position paper from global technical consultancy DNV GL. The company calls on the industry to develop new technical standards and testing methods fit for the smart, low carbon electricity system of the future.
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Six New Innovation Projects Get Funding From Ofgem for Smarter Energy Grids
December 5, 2016

The projects include testing how greener' gas can be used on a university's gas grid in Staffordshire, and examining how advanced software can help make more efficient use of locally-connected solar power.
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IEEE and FERC to Address Energy Infrastructure and Market Challenges
December 2, 2016

IEEE has announced the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to address energy infrastructure and related market challenges due to the significant changes in energy supply, demand and technology.
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Entergy Mississippi Lays the Foundation for Grid Modernization
December 2, 2016

Entergy Mississippi has announced its plan to deploy grid modernization technologies, paving the way for a smarter energy future that will offer a wide range of benefits to customers. The company's grid modernization initiatives include upgrading to advanced meters and expanding online energy management tools for customers.
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Illinois Energy Bill Passes Without Anti-Solar, Anti-Consumer Provisions
December 2, 2016

Illinois legislators voted to pass energy legislation (S.B. 2814) without anti-consumer, anti-solar proposals like mandatory demand charges and ending net metering, and will revise the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
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Survalent Announces SCADA Deployment by BARC Electric Cooperative
December 1, 2016

BARC Electric, founded in 1938, serves more than 13,000 members in the Bath, Allegheny, Rockbridge, Highland, and Augusta counties in the state of Virginia. The new SCADA system provides BARC with a standardized Windows platform designed to support a growing utility.
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Landis+Gyr Introduces New Network Model Validator
December 1, 2016

As part of the company's Advanced Grid Analytics platform, the Network Model Validator is designed to inspect the distribution network model, identify and report data gaps, and provide recommendations to help maintain a more accurate GIS and connectivity model.
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Illinois House Energy Committee Passes Streamlined Future Energy Jobs Bill
November 30, 2016

Exelon Generation and ComEd applauded the House Energy Committee's passage of a streamlined version of the Future Energy Jobs Bill that is designed to maintain Illinois' competitive electric rates, preserve and create thousands of jobs and expand clean energy at a cost substantially below 25 cents per month for the average ComEd residential customer.
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N-Dimension Helps Benton Rural Electric Association Improve Its Cybersecurity Defenses
November 30, 2016

N-Dimension Solutions recently announced that Benton Rural Electric Association (Benton REA) has adopted use of N-Sentinel Monitoring on its corporate network. N-Sentinel Monitoring is designed to provide round-the-clock vigilance in detection of suspicious activity and has helped the utility's IT staff by identifying potential cybersecurity issues.
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Schneider Electric Launches EcoStruxure Next Generation Architecture
November 30, 2016

Schneider Electric has announced the launch of its next generation EcoStruxure architecture and platform to deliver IoT-enabled solutions at scale for building, grid, industry and data center customers.
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Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch Build Electricity Storage with Used Electric Car Batteries
November 29, 2016

Vattenfall has opened a test facility with 2,600 battery modules from more than 100 electric BMW cars in Hamburg's harbour district. The facility can store 2,800 kilowatt hours and has a capacity to deliver 2 MW power. The principal use is, however, not to store energy for windless days but to keep the electric power grid stable at 50 Hz.
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Solar Array to Deliver Nearly Two Megawatts to Iron Mountain's Largest Records Management Facility
November 29, 2016

The 6,000+-panel array will produce 2.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, helping Iron Mountain to offset 60 percent of onsite energy usage.
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Government Support for Offshore Wind Creates Massive Economic Opportunity for Britain
November 28, 2016

RenewableUK says the UK government's announcement on November 9 of the next round of competitive auctions to support offshore wind will provide a major boost for British industry.
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Fingrid: Electricity Markets Transitioning to a Market-Based Path
November 28, 2016

The Finnish Government's objective of switching to carbon-free, clean and renewable energy is a worthwhile target, as long as the transition to green energy is cost-effective and does not compromise power adequacy. This is the view of Finland's transmission system operator Fingrid, commenting on the Energy and Climate Strategy published recently by the Finnish Government.
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Toshiba Promotes Move to Hydrogen Economy with Construction of Integrated Hydrogen Application Center
November 28, 2016

Scheduled to start operation in April 2017, the center will be built around a newly designed H2One hydrogen power system that will use renewable energy to produce hydrogen and supply it to fuel-cell powered forklifts operating in Fuchu Complex. Fuel cells can be quickly refueled and are available 24 hours a day, which the company notes is a clear advantage over batteries.
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North American Electric Reliability Corporation and IEEE Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Bulk Power System Analysis, Standards, Cyber Security
November 25, 2016

Challenges at the forefront of the industry such as system protection, power system modeling, inverter-based resources, technology integration and cyber security require close cooperation between NERC and IEEE on the jurisdictional authorities of both groups and the high reliability and security of the bulk power system.
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Green Light For Europe's Most Advanced Gas Engine Cogeneration Plant
November 25, 2016

What is pioneering about the power station in Kiel is the concept of combining cutting-edge gas engines with state-of-the-art storage technology, in order to enable electricity and heat to be generated with the utmost flexibility.
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FERC Proposes to Integrate Electricity Storage into Organized Markets
November 21, 2016

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on November 17 proposed to more effectively integrate electric storage resources into organized wholesale markets to enhance competition and help ensure that these markets produce just and reasonable rates.
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U.S. Energy Department Highlights Top Three Hydrogen and Fuel Cell States with More Focus on Domestic Manufacturing
November 21, 2016

According to the newly released State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2016 report, the top three hydrogen and fuel cell states are California, Connecticut, and New York. California is home to the greatest number of stationary fuel cells, while Connecticut and Delaware are home to the largest installations (roughly 15 MW and 30 MW, respectively equivalent to power approximately 15,000 houses and 30,000 houses, respectively).
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White Paper: Energy Superhighway Will Be Crucial to Successful Delivery and Management of Energy Services
November 21, 2016

"In the Energy Cloud, the function of a utility will not be limited solely to the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power; it will be about empowering end users through ubiquitous, robust connectivity to community resources and the provision of related services," says Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. "The Energy Superhighway will be the backbone upon which the utility of the future will develop and thrive within a highly networked grid."
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Enedis Selects Itron for 4.6 Million Smart Meters for Second Phase of Linky Program
November 18, 2016

Itron has announced that it has been selected as a key supplier of 4.6 million G3 Linky smart meters for the second phase of the program, which will begin in early 2017 and will run through 2018.
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SRI International to Lead Program to Develop Technology for Restoring Power to a Grid Facing a Cyberattack
November 18, 2016

The Threat Intelligence for Grid Recovery (TIGR) project aims to provide new tools that enable power engineers to restore and protect electrical service within seven days of an attack that overwhelms the recovery capabilities of utilities and subsystems.
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Inauguration of One of the World's Largest BESS Projects in Germany
November 18, 2016

The 90 MW battery energy storage system in Weiher, Germany, is based on Nidec ASI's energy conversion solutions and uses batteries supplied by LG Chem to store electrical energy, which STEAG then uses to provide auxiliary services to the TSO.
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Mission Innovation Ministers Gather at COP22
November 17, 2016

"Mission Innovation participants are signaling their understanding that our global energy economy is going to be a low-carbon energy economy," said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. "Commitment to Mission Innovation means that these countries want to create jobs for their people, and also build more low-cost, broadly deployable clean energy options."
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Accenture and SAP Accelerate Delivery of Multi-Channel Customer Engagement Platform
November 17, 2016

Accenture has announced plans with SAP SE to accelerate the development of solutions, based on a digital customer engagement platform, for utility companies to engage with customers through virtually any channel, improving customer operations efficiency.
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OMNETRIC Group Releases Research on Prospects for Community Energy Within The New Energy Economy
November 17, 2016

OMNETRIC Group has found that across Europe and the US, communities have a growing appetite and competence for managing their own energy distribution, in a trend coined "Community Energy", as detailed in a new research whitepaper released today. The company is urging utilities to respond to the interest from community energy leaders and apply reciprocal effort if the community energy economy is to prosper.
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PGE Files Integrated Resource Plan with Public Utility Commission
November 16, 2016

The IRP calls for increases in energy efficiency and customer-side demand response, renewable energy resources, and flexible dispatchable resources - those that can be ramped up and down quickly to complement renewable power and ensure reliability.
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More Than 50% of Britain's Electricity Now Low-Carbon
November 16, 2016

Last quarter, for the first time ever, more than half (50.2%) of Britain's electricity was produced from low-carbon energy sources, according to a new quarterly research report released on 11/14, authored by researchers from Imperial College London in collaboration with Drax.
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Siemens Software To Manage Smart Meter Data For Spanish Power Utility
November 16, 2016

Siemens' EnergyIP Smart Grid application platform soon will start to manage the power consumption data of smart meters installed in the network of the Spanish power utility Viesgo, replacing its previous data acquisition system.
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Silver Spring Networks Signs Development Agreement with Kamstrup
November 16, 2016

Silver Spring Networks recently announced the signing of a new development agreement with Kamstrup A/S, a global supplier of intelligent metering solutions for energy and water consumption owned by Danish energy company OK. Silver Spring and Kamstrup will integrate Silver Spring's standards-based IPv6 Gen5 platform and Kamstrup's OMNIPOWER electric meter series to help increase speed to market for smart energy solutions in EMEA, LATAM and Asia Pacific.
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Obama Administration Announces New Financing For Renewable Energy Projects And Actions To Spur Innovation And Promote Energy Access Globally
November 15, 2016

From 2010-2015 alone, the U.S. has invested in more than $11 billion in international clean energy finance - including grant-based assistance, development finance, and export credit - to support countries as they work to meet their growing energy needs, while improving development outcomes and reducing carbon emissions.
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Ernst & Young Report Examines Utilities Plan To Invest in Digital Grid
November 15, 2016

Digital grid is becoming a primary focus area for the global power and utilities sector, with 92% of companies surveyed planning to invest in the next 12 months, according to a new EY report, Digital grid: powering the future of utilities. In the next 5 to 7 years, investment in digital grid is expected to be in the region of US$500b.
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Ofgem and Government Pave the Way to a Smarter, More Flexible Energy System
November 15, 2016

Ofgem and the UK Government are asking for views on developing a smarter, more flexible and user-friendly energy system which could lower the energy bills of Great Britain's homes and businesses. The 'Smart, Flexible Energy System - a call for evidence' runs until 12 January 2017.
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EnerNOC's Demand Response Portfolio in Korea Surpasses One Gigawatt
November 14, 2016

EnerNOC announced today that its demand response portfolio in Korea surpassed one gigawatt -- roughly equivalent to the amount of power generated by a nuclear power plant.
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