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White Paper Examines A New Generation of Virtual Power Plants
October 20, 2014

Deployments of VPPs have been in existence for more than three decades. However, according to a new white paper from Machina Research, we are starting to see a new generation of VPPs emerging in Germany, Scandinavia, and North America in response to changes in the energy market. These changes include new enabling technologies and a realization that just scaling up traditional VPP approaches will not address the requirements of customers. This new generation of VPP aims to manage an interconnected market of energy devices through the intelligent application of abstracted software tools and systems.
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Investment in Dynamic Volt/VAR Control Architectures to Total Nearly $17.7 Billion From 2014 to 2023
October 20, 2014

"Electricity loads are becoming more variable and intermittent sources are becoming a larger portion of the energy supply, increasing the need for advanced, controllable DVCA technologies," says James McCray, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. "These solutions serve as oil in the machinery, keeping transformers, generators, transmission lines, and distribution systems from overheating, reducing the risk of being retired or upgraded before the end of their intended lifespan."
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Comverge and Constellation to Combine Commercial and Industrial Demand Response Businesses
October 9, 2014

The combined business will be operated as a new standalone company independent from Comverge and Constellation and will focus on delivering a full spectrum of demand response offerings to C&I customers across the United States.
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IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Submits Final Report
October 9, 2014

IEEE's final QER report to the U.S. Department of Energy addresses a specific set of priority issues related to renewable intermittency on the electric power grid and the potential role of storage; business cases related to microgrids and distributed generation, such as rooftop photovoltaics; the technical implications of electric vehicle integration; and other issues.
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Report Examines Cloud and the Capex Conundrum in the Utility Industry
October 7, 2014

With limited clear guidance from regulators, utilities have little choice but to get more aggressive if they hope to tap the advantages of the cloud and the SaaS model that so many other industries are seeing. The boldest utilities are making moves to the cloud, according to a new report by IDC Energy Insights.
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World's First Commercial-Scale Carbon Capture and Storage Process Launches
October 7, 2014

When fully optimized, SaskPower's new process is designed to capture up to a million tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking 250,000 cars off the road. The power unit equipped with CCS technology will continue to use coal to power approximately 100,000 Saskatchewan homes and businesses.
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Westar Energy and Landis+Gyr Agree to Smart Grid Services Contract
October 7, 2014

The initial phase of the agreement involves deployment of 217,000 Gridstream-enabled advanced meters with remote service switch capability and a five-year services contract that includes daily maintenance, cloud services for software and data, and integration support.
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NIST Releases Final Version of Smart Grid Framework, Update 3.0
October 3, 2014

The document first appeared in January 2010 and was last updated in February 2012 to its 2.0 version. The 3.0 version was needed in part because of recent progress in grid modernization, including synchrophasor deployment, new interoperability standards, and cybersecurity.
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S&T AG Purchases Echelon's Grid Modernization Division
October 3, 2014

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES) will maintain its primary R&D facility in Silicon Valley, CA, with an additional application and software innovation center in Fargo, ND. NES is now one of the world's leading smart energy companies, developing OSGP-based ("Open Smart Grid Protocol") hardware and software solutions for intelligent power grids.
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Ericsson Completes Acquisition of Ambient
October 3, 2014

Ambient will be integrated into Ericsson's Global Services organization, which employs 64,000 services professionals based in 180 countries. Around 16,000 of these employees are consulting and systems integration (CSI) professionals.
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NRG Energy Acquires Pure Energies Group
October 2, 2014

According to NRG Energy, Pure Energies completes the residential solar capabilities that the company has been working to assemble and complements NRG's acquisition earlier this year of Roof Diagnostics Solar, a leader in home solar direct sales and installation, and NRG's own Residential Solar Solutions, which has focused on the financing and business operations associated with solar leasing.
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PG&E Releases Third Annual Smart Grid Report
October 2, 2014

In 2013, PG&E customers experienced the fewest minutes without electricity in company history. Since the implementation of intelligent switch technology on almost 20 percent of its electrical distribution circuits throughout Northern and Central California, PG&E has avoided more than 40 million customer outage minutes, according to the firm.
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IPKeys to Provide Energy Demand Response Aggregation Services
October 1, 2014

IPKeys recently announced its formal entry into the energy demand aggregation market with the establishment of the wholly owned subsidiary, IPKeys Power Partners, and the consummation of the acquisition of U.S.-based North America Power Partners (NAPP).
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Opportunities for the European Energy Management Market Set to Double by 2018
October 1, 2014

"Over the next 5 to 10 years, a combination of factors will drive the market," says Frost & Sullivan Energy & Environmental Research Analyst Anirudh Bhaskaran "These include the heating requirements in the Northern European countries, decreasing price of HEMS and BEMS components, and the need to comply with stringent EU directives designed to improve energy efficiency in buildings."
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Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems Launched in 2013-2014 Total More Than 360 Megawatts
October 1, 2014

The 2013-2014 period has been particularly active for Li-ion technology, with 168.6 MW announced in the past 2 years, according a recent report from Navigant Research. Currently, there are 236.3 MW of Li-ion deployed globally.
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SCE Unveils Largest Battery Energy Storage Project in North America
September 26, 2014

The 32 megawatt-hours battery energy storage system features lithium-ion batteries housed inside a 6,300 square-foot facility at SCE's Monolith substation in Tehachapi, Calif. The project is located in the Tehachapi Wind Resource Area that is projected to generate up to 4,500 MW of wind energy by 2016.
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NREL to Test Inverters from Google and IEEE
September 26, 2014

The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will test power inverters submitted to the Little Box Challenge presented by Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society. The winner of the $1 million prize will have designed and built a kilowatt-scale inverter with the highest power density - at least 50 Watts per cubic inch.
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GRID20/20 Earns Smart Grid Grant From Ontario's Ministry Of Energy
September 26, 2014

GRID20/20, Inc. recently announced its receipt of a grant agreement totaling nearly $1.7 million dollars via the Ontario Ministry of Energy's Smart Grid Fund, for a demonstration project to feature intra-grid sensor value in Canada
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ComEd Settlement To Provide $46 Million In Customer Refunds
September 25, 2014

One of two lawsuits involved in the settlement arose from a 2008 ComEd rate increase, which included surcharges on customer bills to pay for smart grid infrastructure improvements. The Illinois Attorney General challenged the utility's request, alleging that the surcharge violated the Illinois Public Utilities Act. The argument was upheld in two appellate court decisions in 2010 and 2012.
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Electric Use In San Diego Reaches New All-Time Peak Record
September 25, 2014

Due to the extreme weather conditions, SDG&E reached new all-time back-to-back peak demand records of 4,781 MW on Sept. 15 and 4,890 MW on Sept. 16.
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ERDF selects CG to supply Linky Meters
September 25, 2014

Avantha Group Company CG has been selected by ERDF -Electricité Réseau Distribution France, the public electricity distribution company managing 95% of the electricity distribution network in continental France, as one of the six suppliers to manufacture the first three million of its new generation Linky smart meters.
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4-County Electric Power Association Chooses PRISM SCADA from ACS
September 23, 2014

Advanced Control Systems (ACS) has reached an agreement with 4-County Electric Power Association to install its PRISM SCADA system to serve the cooperative's 46,000 members in eastern Mississippi.
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EVN HCMC Of Vietnam And Trilliant Sign Smart Grid Contract
September 23, 2014

In addition to improving the country's transmission infrastructure, the project will support smart grid technologies for monitoring, control and protecting critical assets to improve reliability and reduce outages.
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New Report Examines Demand Response Worldwide
September 17, 2014

Currently, almost all of the DR activity is taking place in the United States, according to a new report from Navigant Research. This leadership position will erode over the next 10 years, as all world regions continue or start the pilot phase of DR and then build out full-scale markets or programs. The largest growth will occur in Asia Pacific.
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ComEd Awarded $1.2 Million Grant from U.S. DOE for Microgrid Controller
September 17, 2014

ComEd assembled a group of leading science and technology partners for the DOE proposal including Alstom Grid, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois Institute of Technology, Microsoft, OSIsoft, Quanta Technologies, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric and University of Denver.
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Business Case Analysis for Energy Storage Systems for Utilities in Asia-Pacific
September 17, 2014

Different electrochemical technologies such as Li-ion, Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA), and Ultra batteries will find application across the supply and generation networks of the power utilities in APAC, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. However, Li-ion will have the highest demand in APAC across different applications due to its better performance and maturity of technology.
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Siemens Starts New Energy Transition Research Project in Germany
September 12, 2014

The goal is to discover how energy systems with distributed power generation and additional components like battery storage devices, block district heating power plants, biogas plants, and diesel generators can be technically and economically optimized.
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Space-Time Insight and NEC Announce Smart Energy Partnership
September 12, 2014

According to Space-Time Insight, the partnership enables NEC to combine its energy storage systems and information and communication technology solutions with STI's visual analytics applications to provide electricity operators and local governments with a comprehensive view of the performance of storage batteries installed in different locations.
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Ontario's IESO to Move Forward with Demand Response Plans
September 11, 2014

"The operating landscape continues to change, which is why we are moving forward with a number of market-based enhancements such as an auction for demand response to support reliability in a cost-effective way," said Bruce Campbell, President and CEO of the IESO.
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Stem Strengthens Grid Response for Hawaiian Electric Company
September 11, 2014

Stem, Inc. will deploy one megawatt of behind-the-meter energy storage in a demonstration project with Hawaiian Electric Company to support grid response services. The program is supported by $1 million in grant funding from Hawaii's Energy Excelerator, which was created to commercialize game-changing energy technologies in Hawaii's unique test bed, and help companies scale globally.
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Eurasian Countries To Invest $18.3bn Over Next Decade on Electric Grid Smart Infrastructure
September 10, 2014

Since 2011, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank have committed $380 million for smart grid investments in Uzbekistan. Several other Eurasian countries have similar electricity sector characteristics and could see financing become available if deployments are successful in Uzbekistan. For example, Kyrgyzstan has the second highest electricity losses in the world (at 29%) due to electricity theft and unmetered premises.
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