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New Study Examines Progress Toward U.S. SunShot Initiative Goals
May 19, 2016

The solar industry is currently about 70 percent of the way towards achieving the Initiative's 2020 goals, but as solar has become more affordable -- helping the industry grow by an astonishing 23-fold since the beginning of the Obama Administration -- new challenges and opportunities have emerged.
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White Paper: Change in Electricity System Calls For New Energy Policy and Market Reinforcement
May 19, 2016

According to a new paper by Fingrid, the Nordic electricity system is quickly heading into a situation where on average there is a sufficient, or even surplus, volume of electricity, but citizens and industry will not get it when they need it. The reliability of electricity supply is in jeopardy.
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Biodico Receives CEC Grant for Zero Net Energy Farms' Project
May 19, 2016

Biodico, Inc. recently announced that the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded the sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company a $1.2 million grant for its "Zero Net Energy Farms" project, which would enable farms to generate all electrical and heating power needs from on-site renewable resources, while reducing greenhouse gas footprints.
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California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon, and New York Top The Nation In Clean Energy Leadership
May 18, 2016

The transition to a clean-energy economy over the past seven years is remarkable, with 14 states now exceeding 10% in-state generation from non-hydro renewables (up from just one state in 2010), according to the recently published U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. The top three states (Iowa, South Dakota, and Kansas) are at 31%, 25%, and 24% respectively.
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UniEnergy Technologies Announces Next Utility Deployment with Terna in Sicily, Italy
May 18, 2016

The deployment will be a 450kW/1440kWh utility-scale energy storage system for a Terna utility substation in Ciminna, Italy on the island of Sicily. The owner of the Italian High Voltage National Transmission Grid, Terna is the largest independent transmission system operator in Europe and the sixth in the world.
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Con Edison CEO: New Technology Will Transform Every Aspect of the Customer Experience
May 17, 2016

John McAvoy told shareholders at the company's recent annual meeting that "solar, battery storage, wind, and other renewables will be increasingly a part of the energy landscape." He also talked about the company's $1.4 billion smart meter project, the largest capital investment in Con Edison's 193-year history, and how it will put choice, control, and convenience into customers' hands.
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Governor Cuomo Announces Four New NY Green Bank Transactions to Generate Up to $220 Million in Clean Energy Projects
May 17, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the closing of four new NY Green Bank transactions, which are expected to generate up to $220 million in clean energy projects, including more than 6,200 residential rooftop solar installations across the state. NY Green Bank investments will also result in up to eight large, ground-mounted solar installations for commercial and industrial users, and 400 residential energy efficiency projects.
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ESS' All-Iron Flow Battery Operational at Stone Edge Farm Microgrid
May 17, 2016

The 60 kWh all-iron flow battery system is designed to provide multiple services that are intended to maximize the microgrid's use of renewables. The iron, salt, and water electrolyte was hydrated on-site as part of a two-day installation and commissioning.
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South African Solar Power Plant Sets Record for Continuous Supply
May 13, 2016

The newly inaugurated 50 MW Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant built and operated by ACWA Power has produced electricity for a continuous period of 161 hours, equivalent to almost six days.
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JCPenney After 25 Years of Energy Storage
May 13, 2016

The ice-storage system at JCPenney's 1.8 million square-feet headquarters in Plano, Texas, is one of the largest in the world, producing and storing nearly 4MW of cooling or 2.4 million pounds of ice each night.
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Dutch City Plans to Construct World's Largest Smart Grid
May 13, 2016

After concluding a field trial in 2013 involving 42 households, the Dutch city of Groningen has launched plans to build a smart grid to connect 10,000 to 100,000 households. The PowerMatching City trial found that the smart grid is technically feasible and could yield up to 3.5 billion Euros in savings.
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Consumer Awareness for Smart Energy Services and Technologies at an All-Time High
May 11, 2016

In terms of adopting next-generation products and services, more than 68 percent of the 1500 consumers surveyed expressed an interest in purchasing a smart appliance or participating in a smart-thermostat program.
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Canadian Government Announces New Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Initiative
May 11, 2016

The government will invest $16.4 million to increase access to commercially ready electric vehicle fast-charging units as well as natural gas and hydrogen fueling stations along key transportation corridors. In addition, $46.1 million will be invested to support the development and demonstration of next-generation electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
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Schneider Electric Announces Silicon Valley Innovation Program
May 11, 2016

The program is designed to scout and develop start-ups focused on applications related to the intersection of energy and the Internet of Things. The initiative opens with the announcement of three partnerships with start-ups based in the Boston and Silicon Valley areas, and is seen as a key resource for Schneider Electric's innovation efforts around the world.
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Energy Companies Launch Critical Transmission Equipment Sparing Company
May 10, 2016

Grid Assurance was founded by affiliates of American Electric Power, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Duke Energy, Edison International, Eversource Energy and Great Plains Energy to enhance grid resiliency and give electric transmission owners faster access to long-lead time critical equipment necessary to recover from catastrophic events that could impact the nation's electric grid.
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Industry-University Partnership Focuses on Improving Storm Damage Modeling
May 10, 2016

Schneider Electric and Eversource Energy will expand upon their relationship in supporting storm preparation efforts by combining the University of Connecticut's Outage Prediction Model with Schneider's WeatherSentry Online platform and other weather services.
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Exelon Calls for Innovative Policies and Sustained Investment in Next Generation Grid
May 6, 2016

The company's Chief Strategy Officer, William Von Hoene Jr., said Exelon will invest $25 billion in its six utilities over the next five years as part of a broader effort to modernize the power grid with investments in infrastructure and smart grid technology, among other things. He noted that the company's Baltimore-based BGE utility completed smart meter installations in 2015 and projects it will result in $1.5 billion in customer savings.
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Report Examines Data Integration for Intelligent Buildings
May 5, 2016

While the potential for using large data sets to improve energy and operational efficiencies is significant, the challenges of organizing and understanding the data have yet to be overcome, according to Navigant Research. The development of expert systems to analyze the data and provide automatic feedback to facilities provides an even more significant challenge.
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Global Smart City ICT Infrastructure Market to Exceed USD 712 Billion by 2020
May 5, 2016

A new report from Technavio finds that the Americas currently is the largest market for smart city ICT infrastructure and is expected to reach USD 264 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of almost 15%. In EMEA, the market is expected to exceed USD 242 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of over 17%.
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Avista Selects Itron to Enable Smart City Applications in Washington State
May 4, 2016

Avista will deploy Itron's OpenWay Riva IoT solution, which delivers interoperability and distributed intelligence over an Itron and Cisco network. The utility plans to use the solution to improve electric and gas operational efficiencies, enhance reliability, reduce energy losses, and enhance customer service and engagement.
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Ameresco Partners with GE to Deliver Microgrid System to U.S. Navy
May 4, 2016

Ameresco recently announced that its Federal Solutions Group successfully demonstrated GE's microgrid control system at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) in Kittery, Maine. The team conducted two live tests simulating a base-wide commercial grid outage during which the microgrid shed nonessential loads and powered mission-critical systems.
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Tucson Electric Power Receives Approval for New Energy Storage Facilities
May 4, 2016

Tucson Electric Power will enter into long-term agreements with E.ON Climate & Renewables and NextEra Energy Resources for the construction of two large, innovative energy storage systems, which have been approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC).
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U.S. Energy Department Announces $25 Million to Accelerate Solar Energy Integration
May 3, 2016

The ENERGISE initiative specifically seeks to develop software and hardware platforms for utility distribution system planning and operations that integrate sensing, communication, and data analytics. These hardware and software solutions are intended to help utilities manage solar and other distributed energy resources on the grid and will be data-driven, easily scaled-up from prototypes, and capable of real-time monitoring and control.
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E Source Completes Utility Industry's First Omnichannel Study
May 3, 2016

By gathering omnichannel data from 51 electric and natural gas utilities in the US and Canada, as well as insights from more than 800 residential utility customers, E Source illuminated the gaps between customer and utility perceptions of omnichannel experiences across eight customer-facing channels. The study focused on interactions via utility websites, email, phone (live agent and interactive voice response system), social media, online chat, text message, and mobile app.
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Revenue from Global Industrial Energy Management Systems Expected to Total $224 Billion from 2015 to 2024
April 29, 2016

"As industrial customers struggle to regain financial stability in a post-recession world, IEMS solutions are expected to gain traction across geographies and customer types," says Casey Talon, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. "These systems can help support corporate governance, increase budget certainty, and develop key performance indicators for energy to set targets for improvements in costs, use, or production."
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CaSA and mnubo Partner to Deliver Advanced Data Analytics for Energy Management Market
April 29, 2016

Through this partnership, mnubo's IoT analytics platform is intended to integrate with CaSA's connected appliances and smart applications to provide actionable intelligence for optimized energy consumption.
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First Shared Renewables Solar Project in New York State Announced
April 28, 2016

The project, which is expected to be completed by late summer, will feature a solar array of more than 1,700 panels on Cary Road in the Town of Halfmoon. EnterSolar is the project developer, and CEC is providing the community solar solution, called RooflessSolar, allowing residents to purchase panels in the array and receive credit for the power produced directly on their electric bills.
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Nordic Countries Lead in Regulations to Encourage Power Grid Modernization
April 28, 2016

European countries -- led by Nordic countries and also Italy and the Netherlands -- are at the top of a new index by Northeast Group, LLC, ranking regulatory frameworks that enable power grid modernization. Countries were scored based on ten indicators including smart meter targets, pilot projects, financing mechanisms, distributed generation incentives and other policy measures that encourage grid modernization.
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Riverside Public Utilities Selects Ingenu's Machine Network for Smart City Initiative
April 27, 2016

Ingenu's public, Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA) network will serve as the IoT connectivity backbone for Riverside's electricity distribution infrastructure. The city is currently utilizing devices such as fault circuit indicators to ensure reliable communication for critical power distribution, and has the ability to add applications as requirements change, without the need for additional network investment.
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Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting Selects Petra Systems' Smart City Solutions
April 27, 2016

The city will deploy Petra's SCS Smart Solar Power Generator, a high-efficiency solar energy network featuring a high performance PV solar panel, a SunWave Inverter, and fully integrated racking and cabling for secure pole attachment. The generated energy will be sent back to the grid and purchased by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
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IoT Hardware Market and OEM Ecosystem Poised for Growth
April 26, 2016

According to a recent report by Mind Commerce, Internet enabled hardware, chips, edge devices and such other hardware used in IoT will constitute 30% market of total global Internet of Things related revenue generated in the year 2020. North America will lead the IoT hardware market with revenue of $161 billion in 2015, and it will grow to $213 billion through 2020 with a CAGR of 5.8%.
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N-Dimension Delivers Cyber Risk Visibility at Columbia Power and Water Systems
April 26, 2016

N-Dimension recently announced that Columbia Power and Water Systems (CPWS) has adopted N-Sentinel Monitoring and N-Sentinel Vulnerability Assessment to protect their corporate, SCADA and AMI networks. The two N-Sentinel services are designed to help CPWS reduce risk from cyber threats and vulnerabilities through timely awareness and insights into cybersecurity issues along with specific steps the utility can take to address them.
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Nine Southeast Asian Countries to Invest $24.6bn in Smart Grid Infrastructure
April 22, 2016

Among the leading countries, Malaysia has plans to deploy more than 8 million smart meters by 2021, Singapore will likely begin a residential segment rollout in 2017-2018 and Thailand has plans for projects totaling more than one million smart meters, according to a new report from Northeast Group, LLC.
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Opower Expands Engagement Programs with Eversource
April 22, 2016

Opower announced that Eversource Energy will significantly expand its agreement with Opower to deliver a new suite of demand side management and customer engagement tools, including elements of Opower's next generation Energy Efficiency solution, Agile EE, to 250,000 more households across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
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California Legislature Takes Smart Look at Energy Storage Bills
April 21, 2016

Four complementary energy storage bills are poised to advance through the California legislature this week (4/18). These bills collectively are intended to ensure that energy storage solutions are poised to help California improve reliability and achieve its renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.
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