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Exelon and Pepco Holdings File For Merger
August 20, 2014

The combination of the companies would bring together Exelon's three electric and gas utilities -- BGE, ComEd and PECO -- and Pepco Holdings' three electric and gas utilities -- Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco -- to create the leading mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility.
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Investment in High Voltage Transmission Systems To Exceed $250 Billion from 2014 to 2023
August 20, 2014

Mega-growth and electrification in China, India, and parts of the Middle East and Africa is similar to the rapid growth of major cities and industrial expansion in the early 1900s that drove the development of HVTSs in North America and Europe. The electrification of rural regions and the interconnection of formerly standalone utilities make longer transmission lines necessary.
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Survey: Millions of Americans Willing to Pay $10 More on Monthly Bill for Reliable Grid
August 18, 2014

According to the survey by GE Digital Energy, 82 percent of utility customers in the U.S. would like their utility to do more to encourage energy conservation and share ideas to improve energy efficiency in their homes. Meanwhile, 81 percent of utility customers expect their utility provider to use higher levels of renewable energy such as electricity produced from solar, wind and geothermal biogas in the future to meet their energy needs
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EnerNOC Signs Energy Intelligence Software and Services Contract with BKW
August 18, 2014

The BKW Group is one of Switzerland's largest energy companies with operations spanning production, transport, trading, and sales. Its first demand response customer will be Migros, the largest retail company and employer in Switzerland.
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Black & Veatch Report: Some Retiring Power Plants May Not Need to be Replaced
August 13, 2014

The report finds that many retiring nuclear and coal power plants may not need to be replaced on a megawatt-to-megawatt basis. New technologies and distributed generation (DG), coupled with soft energy demand growth, enable utilities to replace retiring plants with ones that produce less energy.
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Global Substation Automation Market Expected to Reach $139.34 Billion in 2020
August 8, 2014

According to a new report by Transparency Market Research, North America held the largest market share in 2013, although the Asia Pacific substation automation market -- valued at USD 19.55 billion in 2013 -- is expected to be the fastest growing substation automation market in the forecast period.
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Trilliant Continues Global Expansion in Southeast Asia
August 8, 2014

Trilliant recently announced further expansion of its smart grid projects with leading Southeast Asian utilities Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in Malaysia, Manila Electric Company (Meralco) in the Philippines and Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) in Thailand.
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Siemens to Provide Direct Energy with Integrated Demand Response
August 8, 2014

As a retail utility, Direct Energy will roll-out the Siemens DRMS solution to manage their existing load commitments in multiple Independent System Operators regions, including PJM, ISO-NE, ERCOT, and NYISO. The technology is designed to allow the ISOs to more efficiently manage power demand requirements, especially during times of peak usage.
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Silver Spring Networks Expands Smart Infrastructure Partnership with EDMI
August 8, 2014

Following the successful first phase of deployment with the Singapore Power Group, Silver Spring and EDMI will offer their integrated solutions in Australia and New Zealand, Europe and Southeast Asia. Through the expanded relationship, Silver Spring will also leverage EDMI devices as control nodes to help manage and monitor intelligent street lights as part of the Silver Spring Smart City Solution.
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Electricity Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure Annual Investment to Reach $198 Billion by 2024
August 7, 2014

Over the next decade, the world will need to invest between $140.2bn to $170.5bn per year on traditional transmission and distribution infrastructure in order to keep pace with growth in electricity demand. An additional $8.0bn to $27.3bn will be invested annually in smart grid infrastructure to improve the efficiency and reliability of T&D grids, according to a new dataset published recently by Northeast Group, LLC.
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New Jersey Establishes Energy Resilience Bank
August 7, 2014

The state of New Jersey recently took steps to establish the New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank (ERB), the first of its kind in the nation to focus on energy resilience. Utilizing $200 million through New Jersey's second Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) allocation, the ERB will support the development of distributed energy resources at critical facilities throughout the state.
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CLP Power Tests Itron's Adaptive Communications Technology
August 6, 2014

Adaptive Communications Technology combines RF mesh and PLC communications on the same chip set, which is powered by a microcontroller running a Linux-based operating system. This is designed to enable dynamic selection of the optimal communications path based on network operating conditions, data attributes and application requirements.
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New Energy Storage and Energy Management Project in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
August 6, 2014

The project will involve the engineering and commissioning of approximately thirty turnkey residential rooftop solar PV systems that will be combined with energy storage and an energy management system. The combined system can provide up to 10kWh of standby energy, and can also be utilized as a source of backup power in the event of a grid power failure.
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Report Examines Australia's Smart Grid, Smart City Future
August 1, 2014

In 2009, the Australian Government began four years of commercial-scale trials of promising smart grid technologies, allocating $100 million to the studies. The recently released final report from this program found the potential for a net economic benefit of up to $28 billion over the next 20 years from the deployment of smart grid technologies in Australia.
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PGE Exchanging Subset of Smart Meters
August 1, 2014

Portland General Electric has begun exchanging 70,000 of its residential meters because recent company tests show they do not meet PGE's operational and safety standards. PGE plans to resolve the issue by the end of October.
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New York Allocates $3.3 Million to Improve Grid Resiliency and Efficiency
August 1, 2014

Funded projects include the use of radar in real-time response for restoration of electric utility systems, the design of a resilient underground microgrid, and the use of computer vision to analyze pictures of electric distribution problems.
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Hawaiian Electric Companies Propose New Demand Response Programs
August 1, 2014

Subject to approval by the PUC, existing programs will be revised and new ones developed in 2015 for customers on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, and later for Molokai and Lanai. The new demand response portfolio is intended to complement the use of large-scale energy storage.
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Honda Joins Effort to Create Platform for Plug-in Electric Vehicles
July 30, 2014

Honda has joined a group of eight major automakers and 15 utilities organized by the Electric Power Research Institute to demonstrate a standards-based, open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles. The open platform is intended to simplify and streamline V2G communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in vehicles.
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Frost & Sullivan Identifies Top Global Mega Trends to 2025
July 30, 2014

Among other developments, the energy industry is seen as converging with several related industries to develop efficient and environment friendly solutions . Key trends will be the smart grid, the future 'Energy Internet', the contribution of shale gas in the U.S. gas supply to surpass 40 percent in the 2030s.
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Causam Energy to Acquire Power Analytics Corporation
July 29, 2014

Power Analytics' software products are designed to solve complex power and energy problems, and in combination with Causam will accelerate the development of advanced communications and analytics solutions for the electric grid. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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EMerge Alliance Expands DC Power Initiative to South Asia
July 29, 2014

According to Alliance President Brian Patterson, the expansion of the group's DC power initiative into South Asia will help bring reliable power to countries with known power stability issues to prevent the high occurrence of interrupted supply from affecting commercial, industrial and residential users of electricity.
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SDG&E to Test Unmanned Aircraft System
July 25, 2014

Measuring 16 inches in diameter and weighing less than a pound, these small devices use a camera to inspect utility equipment and relay live images back to the controller. The UAS can access infrastructure that is difficult to reach for utility crews and alert them if repairs are needed.
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ABB Wins HVDC Upgrade Order in Canada
July 25, 2014

ABB recently won an order worth about $35 million from Hydro-Québec to upgrade the 350 megawatt Madawaska high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link that connects the grids of New Brunswick and Hydro Québec in southeast Canada.
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Waterfall Security, Schneider Electric to Partner on Control System Networks
July 25, 2014

Including Waterfall in the Schneider Electric Collaborative Automation Partner Program (CAPP) is seen as providing a platform to offer the company's state-of-the-art cybersecurity protections to Schneider Electric customers.
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Smart Grid Northwest Launches
July 24, 2014

Founded four years ago as Smart Grid Oregon, Smart Grid Northwest is expanding the regional focus of the organization with the mission to promote the smart grid industry and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. Founding members include Itron, Avista, Seattle City Light, IBM, Sensus, Elster, Portland General Electric, Snohomish (Washington) Public Utility District and others. The group held its annual membership meeting on July 24 in Portland, OR.
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Lithium Ion Batteries for Consumer Electric Vehicles To Surpass $24 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2023
July 24, 2014

Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries have emerged as the leading battery technology for a wide variety of applications, including mobile devices, grid-scale energy storage, and electric vehicles. According to Navigant Research, the market for Li-ion batteries for automobiles is expected to expand rapidly over the next 10 years, with battery electric vehicles for consumers drawing the largest share.
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ACEEE Publishes Annual Energy Efficiency Rankings
July 22, 2014

Germany comes in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world's major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published recently by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). New to the rankings this year are four nations: India, Mexico, South Korea, and Spain. The U.S. ranked 13th out of 16 nations -- behind countries such as China, Canada, and India.
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ComEd to Partner with AMSC on Superconductor-based Resilient Electric Grid System
July 18, 2014

The current design of the grid infrastructure in many U.S. cities makes restoration of power after a catastrophic event time-consuming, costly, and unpredictable. Led by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, the Resilient Electric Grid is a self-healing solution that is designed to provide resiliency in the event that portions of the grid are lost for any reason. The ComEd installation would be the first commercial application of this advanced technology in the United States.
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Thread Group To Develop New IP-Based Wireless Networking Protocol
July 18, 2014

Unlike many existing technologies or IoT approaches, Thread is not an application protocol or a connectivity platform for many types of disparate networks. It is an IPv6 networking protocol built on open standards, designed for low-power 802.15.4 mesh networks.
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