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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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USDA Announces $518 Million in Funding for U.S. Rural Electric Infrastructure
September 10, 2014

More than $23 million of the funding is targeted for smart grid improvements, such as automated meter reading and load management automation. The investments announced are provided through USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS).
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ERDF Chooses Landis+Gyr for Linky Meters Deployment
September 5, 2014

The contract forms the first part of ERDF's plans to deploy Linky meters in France between 2015 and 2021. "'Once complete, this program will count as the world's largest smart metering rollout to date," says Christian Huguet, Country Manager, Landis+Gyr France.
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Study Focuses on the Role of Microgrids for Oil and Gas Producers
September 5, 2014

"Oklahoma utilities are experiencing unprecedented growth from oil and gas production," said David Swank, CEO of the NESI-SES Association and Central Rural Electric Cooperative. "This growth presents challenges on multiple fronts and is transforming the traditional system planning model. The Distributed Energy Resources / Microgrid Study explores new technologies that can provide a win-win situation for all involved including utilities, policymakers, oil and gas producers, and stakeholders."
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Duke Energy Proposes Plan to Modernize Statewide Grid
September 5, 2014

Duke Energy Indiana recently filed a seven-year, $1.9 billion plan with Indiana state utility regulators to modernize its electric grid that delivers power to more than 800,000 homes, businesses and industries in the state.
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Cyan Signs MOU for Smart Metering Solutions in India
September 5, 2014

Cyan and Innologix will work in partnership to identify and tender for smart metering opportunities where the utility customer is seeking a managed service. Innologix will integrate Cyan's advanced metering infrastructure head end software platform with its energy management solutions.
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New Report Forecasts Opportunity for Residential Demand Response
September 4, 2014

Although almost all residential DR activity is taking place in the United States at present, this will change over the next 10 years as international regions continue or start the pilot phase of DR and then build out full-scale markets or programs. According to a new report by Navigant Research, the largest growth will occur in Asia Pacific and Europe, which combined will approach North America in terms of residential DR sites and revenue by 2023.
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Innovation Across Key Industries to Drive Revenues for Lithium-Ion Batteries
September 4, 2014

A recent report from Frost & Sullivan finds that the market for lithium-ion batteries earned revenues of $17.58 billion in 2013 and estimates this to more than quadruple by 2020.
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Battelle Issues Recommendations for Implementing Comprehensive Bulk-Power System Security Standards
September 3, 2014

In a new white paper, Battelle provides recommendations for the implementation of FERC's Order of March 7th, 2014, to address physical security of the Bulk-Power System. The recommendations are designed to help ensure that the maximum system-wide benefits are obtained from the resulting enhanced physical security measures.
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Energy Storage Patent Awarded to Steffes Corporation
September 3, 2014

The patent relates to the Steffes "GETS" Dynamic Dispatch energy storage aggregation system, which is designed to provide utilities with close control of fleets of specially instrumented water heaters and appliances.
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Hawaiian Electric Companies Submit Plans for Energy Future of Hawaii
August 29, 2014

The companies are, by 2030, planning to almost triple the amount of distributed solar. Energy storage projects are also in the works for Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii Island.
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Sensus Introduces New Smart Meters
August 29, 2014

The company notes that both Generation 4 meters include a patented and patent-pending high temperature detection technology with an optional automatic disconnect that enables utilities to receive real-time notification of heating caused by external issues.
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Grid Resiliency Competition to Launch in New York
August 29, 2014

Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the competition will prioritize project replicability and transparency as well as designate feasibility and design requirements.
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Advanced Control Systems to Deliver OMS and DMS Systems to Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro
August 29, 2014

The OMS/DMS will be designed to integrate fully into the utility's existing PRISM SCADA system (also from ACS) to enable CND to operate more efficiently and provide better outage information and more reliable power to their 52,500 customers.
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EcoFactor Reports Updated Results of NV Energy Residential Demand Response Deployment
August 28, 2014

The report, filed with the PUC of Nevada by NV Energy, confirms that in 2013 the program reduced AC usage by 11 percent and reduced peak loads by more than 4 kW per connected home and more than 2.7 kW per connected thermostat. EcoFactor reports that consumers saved an average of $100 per year.
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Global Smart Demand Response Forecast Through 2025
August 28, 2014

According to a new report by Transparency Market Research, the global smart demand response market was valued at USD 5,041.4 million in 2013 and is expected to reach 51,478.9 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 21.6% from 2014 to 2025.
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