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Siemens and AES Join Forces to Create Fluence, a New Global Energy Storage Technology Company
July 26, 2017

Combining the AES Advancion and Siemens Siestorage energy storage platforms with expanded services, Fluence will offer customers a wider variety of options to meet the challenges of a rapidly transforming energy landscape. Siemens and AES will have joint control of the company with each holding a 50 percent stake.
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Report: More Than $80 Billion Will Be Spent on Global Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Development by the End of 2025
July 24, 2017

According to Navigant Research, stakeholders with the ability to fund large-scale deployments—such as governments, utilities, and automakers—will continue to play an outsized role in the growth of EV charging installations during the next 3-5 years. After that period, the market is expected to reach a more truly demand-driven status, as the growing PEV population drives interest in a range of charging options.
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Ameren Illinois Launches Voltage Optimization Project in Partnership with DVI
July 21, 2017

This week, Dominion Voltage Inc., a subsidiary of Dominion Energy and a leader in Volt/VAR optimization, or "VVO" solutions, announced that it has been selected by Ameren Illinois to partner in the energy company's grid modernization and ongoing customer-focused energy efficiency efforts.
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Regulators Accept Hawaiian Electric Companies' Plan to Reach 100% Renewable Energy
July 21, 2017

The plan includes continued growth of private rooftop solar and describes the work to expand and upgrade grid infrastructure and to use the newest generations of inverters, control systems and energy storage to help reliably integrate an estimated total of 165,000 private systems by 2030, more than twice today's total of 79,000.
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Hydro One to Acquire Avista to Create Growing North American Utility Leader
July 20, 2017

The acquisition establishes one of North America's largest regulated utilities with over C$32.2 billion (US$25.4 billion) in assets and a leader in electricity transmission and distribution as well as natural gas local distribution businesses.
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Bay State Wind Receives First Offshore Wind Site Assessment Plan Approval in the United States
July 20, 2017

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued its first approval of an offshore wind Site Assessment Plan (SAP) to Bay State Wind, a utility-scale offshore wind project in Massachusetts located 15 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard in the Atlantic Ocean.
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energyOrbit Works with the Utility Public Service Company of New Mexico to Automate Management of Energy Efficiency Programs
July 19, 2017

In an effort to automate and streamline their energy efficiency programs among their 500,000 customers, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), New Mexico's largest energy provider, has tapped the Demand Side Management (DSM) platform from energyOrbit to implement a unified method for reporting its energy efficiency activities.
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City of Santa Barbara Progresses Toward 100% Clean Energy Goal
July 19, 2017

Renew Financial, a leading clean energy and home improvement finance company, announced that the City of Santa Barbara has joined the CaliforniaFIRST PACE financing program and will make the program available to City residents in the near future. This action is a crucial positive step toward Santa Barbara meeting its commendable goal of exclusively using renewable energy sources by 2030.
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Department of Energy Provides $40 Million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers
July 18, 2017

The centers each led by a DOE National Laboratory or a top university are designed to lay the scientific groundwork for a new bio-based economy that promises to yield a range of important new products and fuels derived directly from nonfood biomass. Initial funding for the four centers will total $40 million for FY 2018, with plans for a total of five years of funding.
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Advanced Microgrid Solutions Raises $34 Million in Series B, Energy Leaders See DER Optimization as Major Growth Market
July 18, 2017

AMS's Armada platform uses cloud-based analytics and advanced energy storage to provide continuous financial optimization of customer-sited energy resources for end-use customers, and aggregates behind-the-meter resources into fully optimized, dispatchable portfolios for utility service. AMS plans to use the new funding to expand its platform services to new markets.
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Envision Energy Launches 'Energy IoT and Smart City Technology Alliance'
July 17, 2017

Envision Energy, a leading global smart energy solution provider, recently announced an open-platform alliance that connects energy pioneers and technology innovators to help accelerate the clean energy transition through digitalization. The Alliance consists of Envision, Microsoft, Accenture and others, with more pioneers and innovators expected to join later.
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Duke Energy Unveils Plans for Its First Solar Power Plants in Kentucky
July 17, 2017

Duke Energy plans to begin construction later this summer and hopes to complete the majority of construction activity by the end of 2017. Once operational, the combined projects will generate about 6.8 megawatts, which, at peak production, can provide electricity for about 1,300 average-sized homes.
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Energy Department Funds SunShot Initiative Projects
July 13, 2017

The Department of Energy recently announced $46.2 million for 48 projects as part of its SunShot Initiative. These projects are intended to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies, which are aimed at lowering costs and improving reliability and efficiency.
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NEC to Provide Lisbon with Smart City Infrastructure for Integrated Management of the Entire City
July 13, 2017

NEC Corporation has announced that NEC Portugal has been awarded a contract with the Municipality of Lisbon to implement a smart city infrastructure project aimed at improving the daily operation and coordination of multiple city services, bolstering security and ultimately improving the Quality of Life (QoL) for residents. Operation of the infrastructure systems to be developed by NEC is slated to commence by the end of 2017.
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Utilities Actively Adopt Virtual Power Plants to Cater to a Growing Network of Connected Systems
July 12, 2017

Currently, utilities employ VPP solutions to integrate roof top solar plants, wind turbines, generator sets (diesel and gas) and batteries. Greater awareness of VPP will encourage utilities to include electric vehicles and charging stations and other DERs in their VPP solutions.
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Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure Calls for Innovation in Electric Grid Infrastructure
July 12, 2017

The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure recently released its latest policy analysis, "Building a Smarter Electric Grid: How Investing in Smarter Electricity Infrastructure Will Energize America," which is available for download.
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Small Caribbean Island Demonstrates Viability of Solar-Diesel Hybrid Microgrids
July 7, 2017

After one year of PV-battery diesel hybrid operations on a Caribbean island, THEnergy has confirmed the outstanding performance of an SMA microgrid. The island's utility Stuco now plans to expand plant and switch-off diesel generators in the near future.
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Amber Kinetics and Global Energy Giant Enel S.p.A. Announce Agreement to Assess Innovative Flywheel Storage Technology
July 7, 2017

Upon successful completion of a three-month demonstration to identify possible full-scale business applications of the technology, Enel will evaluate the implementation of Amber Kinetics' next generation flywheel energy storage technology, the M160 model (40kW/160kWh), in one of its thermal power plants.
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EEI-IEI Report Forecasts 7 Million Plug-in Electric Vehicles Will Be on U.S. Roads by 2025
June 29, 2017

The report finds that an estimated 2.2 million of the 5 million charging ports required to meet expanding PEV growth will be developed as away-from-home charging stations, and highlights that the PEV infrastructure development efforts already underway in several states.
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New Energy Efficiency Benefits Coming to Illinois Consumers
June 29, 2017

To date, ComEd customers have saved a record-breaking $2.5 billion through energy efficiency programs and will save even more with a new plan to be filed under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) that will nearly double savings for customers and reduce electricity use in Illinois by 21 percent by 2030.
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Building a National Consensus on Climate Action: An Electricity Sector Perspective
June 29, 2017

Canadian electricity is among the cleanest in the world, with over 80% of generation already GHG free. It also is one of the least expensive, as Canada ranks second only to Norway among developed countries.
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Landis+Gyr Signs Major AMI Service Contract with Caruna in Finland
June 28, 2017

Landis+Gyr has signed a contract on Metering as a Service with Caruna Oy, Finland's largest distribution system operator (DSO), and will be responsible for operating 650,000 smart metering points starting in Fall 2018.
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PowerSecure Announces Strategic Alliance with Advanced Microgrid Solutions
June 28, 2017

Southern Company subsidiary PowerSecure announced a strategic alliance with Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to jointly develop and deploy behind-the-meter distributed energy resources across the United States.
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Two-year Pilot to Help New Brunswick Businesses with Research and Development in Smart Grid Innovation
June 28, 2017

The Smart Grid Innovation Network (SGIN) and Ignite Fredericton are joining forces to provide funding to help small- and medium-sized businesses in the New Brunswick region conduct smart grid research, development and testing to help increase their growth potential in this fast-growing sector.
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Energy Department Announces Nearly $9 Million for Small Businesses Focused on Clean Energy Innovations
June 27, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced $8.7 million for 58 grants to small businesses in 22 states to develop clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation.
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Future Power Systems Architecture Programme Calls on UK Government to Act with Industry to Transform Power System
June 27, 2017

The Future Power Systems Architecture programme (FPSA2) is calling on the UK government to act with industry to facilitate the transformation of the power sector to meet government policy and customer expectations around the triple challenges (the ‘trilemma’) of sustainability, affordability and security of supply.
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CEFC Commits $20M to WA Lithium Project Boosting Supply Chain for Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage
June 27, 2017

A West Australian project aiming to produce lithium concentrate - a central component used in electric vehicles and battery storage - has secured a US$15 million (about AU$20 million) investment from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
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NY Legislature Passes Historic Legislation to Advance Energy Storage
June 23, 2017

Senate Bill 5190 and Assembly Bill 6571 ensure prudency in New York's longer-term electric sector investments by directing the Public Service Commission to develop an Energy Storage Deployment Program, including a storage procurement target for 2030. Doing so will start a deliberative process by which the PSC can determine what is appropriate for New York with input from utilities, customers, and other stakeholders.
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Aclara and Enbala Form Strategic Alliance
June 22, 2017

Aclara Technologies and Enbala Power Networks have announced a new strategic alliance through which Aclara adds Enbala's Virtual Power Plant (VPP) technology to Aclara's utility solution suite.
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Iberdrola and MIT Energy Announce Collaboration to Spur Energy and Environmental Innovation
June 22, 2017

The $10.3 million, five-year collaboration aims to advance technologies and policies that contribute to the energy transition and the fight against climate change, supporting numerous efforts through the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and related MIT initiatives.
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MHIEC Receives Order to Build Largest-Capacity Waste-to-Energy Plant in the World
June 21, 2017

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd. (MHIEC) has received an order to build a municipal solid waste incineration plant in Shanghai, China. Once completed, the waste to energy plant will have the largest waste treatment capacity in the world of 6,000 tons per day (tpd).
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Department of Energy Announces $116 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants
June 21, 2017

There are 174 Phase I grants, which will allow small businesses to research technical feasibility of new innovations that advance the Department's mission. Phase I grants are 6-12 months in duration with a median award amount of $150,000. In addition, 89 Phase II grants will go to prior Phase I grantees to allow them to develop novel prototypes or processes to validate their Phase I research findings. Up to two years in duration, Phase II grants have a median award amount of $1 million.
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