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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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Zaptec and ITIC to Collaborate on Smart Charging Technology
April 21, 2016

Zaptec of Norway intends to develop and expand its R&D and manufacturing activities in North America and chose the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) in Greenville, S.C. as a strategic partner due to its ability to test smart charging solutions in closed test beds and in urban and non-urban open environments.
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Leclanché to Support Landmark Canadian Energy Storage Project
April 20, 2016

When installed, the 53 MWh Ontario project, to be distributed across six separate sites will be one of the largest battery energy storage projects in operation in the world. Leclanché has partnered with Deltro Energy Inc. which will procure, design and construct the site facilities, balance of plant scope and high voltage connections to the grid.
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WattJoule Develops Cost Breakthrough for Liquid Energy Storage
April 20, 2016

The company reports that it has developed an advanced vanadium liquid that eliminates the need for expensive air conditioning for system cooling, which other systems require for proper operation.
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ABB Wins Orders Over $300 Million to Strengthen China's Power Grid
April 19, 2016

ABB has won orders worth more than $300 million to supply advanced converter transformers for two long-distance ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission links capable of transporting up to 10,000 MW of power at the 800 kV voltage level, setting a new world record in terms of capacity.
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City of Hartford, Constellation and Bloom Energy Start Construction on Fuel Cell-Powered Microgrid
April 19, 2016

Constellation is providing engineering, procurement, construction and operation services for the microgrid system. Powered by Bloom Energy fuel cells, the electricity generated will be purchased by the city at or below current market rates through a 15-year power purchase agreement.
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California's Advanced Energy Industry Employment Up Sharply
April 18, 2016

Growing at three times the rate of employment overall and accounting for more than 3 percent of the state total, advanced energy supports more jobs in California than agriculture, three times as many as motion pictures, TV, radio, according to a new survey by the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) Institute.
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Oklahoma Dedicates Its First Community Solar Program
April 18, 2016

The solar project, a Ten K Solar REFLECT XT-26 photovoltaic system, is designed to maximize economic and operational efficiencies based on the load profile, wholesale power supply billing, strategic goals and other factors of the Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (TCEC) in Hooker, Okla.
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DNV GL to Validate ARPA-E 'Internet of Energy' Microgrid in Texas
April 6, 2016

The Internet of Energy project will be deployed at Group NIRE's utility-connected microgrid test facility in Lubbock, Texas, where it will be integrated with local utility monitoring, control and data acquisition systems to demonstrate advanced management of up to 100 disparate distributed energy resources using Geli's "Internet of Energy" software.
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Hawaiian Electric Companies Propose Plan for Modernizing Electric Grids
April 5, 2016

The $340 million Smart Grid Foundation Project is a key building block of an overall smart grid roadmap for Hawaii. The project must be reviewed and approved by the PUC, with input from the Hawaii Division of Consumer Advocacy. If approved by the PUC, installation of smart meters is expected to begin as early as 2017 on Oahu and 2018 on Hawaii Island and in Maui County.
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SDG&E Adding New Energy Storage and Energy Efficiency Projects
April 5, 2016

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recently announced that it has signed a contract with Hecate Energy Bancroft, LLC for a new 20-megawatt (MW) energy storage facility that will be capable of storing enough electricity to power 28,000 homes for up to four hours. The lithium ion battery project would be the largest of its kind in the San Diego region.
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Global Gathering Addresses PV Role in Energy Prosperity and Climate Change Mitigation
March 31, 2016

In view of drastically reduced PV costs, cumulative global installations in excess of 3 TW are anticipated by 2030. However, to provide a major contribution to global climate goals, total installations on the order of 20 TW will be needed by 2040. This will require stable PV R&D support worldwide and systemic investments targeted at reducing production costs, increasing efficiency, and improving reliability.
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Fluidic Energy Provides Intelligent Energy Storage Systems for "100 Communities" Renewable Energy Project in Africa
March 31, 2016

The project is designed to provide reliable and clean electricity for the first time to more than 400,000 people in rural areas of Madagascar. This is one of the largest off-grid rural electrification projects on the continent of Africa.
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New Report Calls for Closer Examination of Natural Gas's Role in a Carbon-Constrained Future
March 31, 2016

"Given the U.S. Energy Information Administration's projections, unless the nation adopts and enacts policies to reduce reliance on natural gas over the next 35 years, the country will fail to meet long-term targets, even if it eliminates 100 percent of all other greenhouse gas emissions," says Steve Weissman, senior policy advisor at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE)and the paper's author.
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Department of Energy Approves Largest Clean Energy Infrastructure Project in U.S.
March 29, 2016

DOE's decision marks a critically important step towards the construction of the $2.5 billion Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project, which is being 100% funded by private investment. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will enable the delivery of 4,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to customers in Arkansas, Tennessee and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast.
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National Grid Expands Opower's Customer Engagement & Efficiency Program to Entire U.S. Service Territory
March 29, 2016

The agreement marks a significant expansion of successful programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and the addition of nearly 3 million residents in New York who will have access to online energy insights, including 1.3 million who will also receive Home Energy Reports for the first time.
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Illinois American Water to Leverage ComEd's Smart Grid Network for Water Usage Data
March 25, 2016

Currently, ComEd is testing the use of smart water meters on its network in Illinois Tech's Center for Smart Grid Application, Research and Technology (CSMART), including testing of meter connectivity and meter reads. Now the concept will move from the lab setting into field testing. The collaboration between Illinois American Water and ComEd could include up to 500 smart water meters and will enable key learnings for both utilities.
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