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Current News

Hydro-Québec and Sony Establish Joint Venture to Develop Large-Scale Energy Storage System
April 22, 2014

The new company will utilize Hydro-Québec’s operation and control technologies for electric power supplies as well as its lithium-ion battery material technology, together with Sony’s control technologies for olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate rechargeable batteries and scalable module systems.
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Mocana Calls Heartbleed a "Wake-up Call" for Makers of Smart Connected Devices
April 21, 2014

Millions of existing devices were manufactured using old versions of software, which cannot be easily upgraded or patched, if at all, when a problem like Heartbleed arises. The result, according to a recent blog post by computer security and privacy specialist Bruce Schneier, is that “hundreds of millions of devices have been sitting on the Internet, unpatched and insecure, for the last five to ten years.”
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ComEd Files Rate Request to Support Smart Grid in Illinois
April 18, 2014

ComEd has filed a request with the ICC to complete the installation of more than 4 million smart meters by 2018, ahead of the currently scheduled 2021. If approved, the accelerated program would begin this year, increasing the number of smart meters installed in 2014 from 160,000 to 500,000.
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Report Examines Prospects for Conservation Voltage Reduction
April 18, 2014

Approximately 40 million MWh could be saved annually in the United States if voltage levels were improved on the 25th percentile of least efficient circuits, according to a new report. That energy total is roughly equivalent to the energy needed to power 4 million homes for 1 year.
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S&C Introduces Self-Healing Grid Solutions for Distribution Automation Systems
April 18, 2014

S&C Electric Company recently introduced new grid controls and radios designed to simplify deployment and management of grid automation systems, including the IntelliTeam Feeder Management System, the 6801M Automatic Switch Operator, and the SpeedNet ME Mesh End-Point Radio.
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Ambient Corporation Extends Platform with Smart Meter Communications Module
April 18, 2014

Ambient reports that it has collaborated with EnVerv to offer a field-tested smart meter communications module that meets the expectations of utility customers, in line with the specificities of their markets, including frequency support for CENELEC, FCC, and ARIB powerline bands.
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Redwood City to Install Intelligent Energy Storage
April 15, 2014

The 30 KW systems from Green Charge Networks are expected to offset demand charges, making Redwood City, California the first Bay Area city to install behind-the-meter energy storage.
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Ameren Illinois Modernization Plan on Track
April 15, 2014

Using the DOE's Interruption Cost Estimate Calculator, Ameren reports that its modernization improvements have saved residential and small commercial customers an estimated $57 million a year since 2012.
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Wurldtech and ENCS Partner to Strengthen Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructures
April 14, 2014

The partnership commits the two organizations to share knowledge and expertise related to cyber security for industrial control systems (ICS) and critical infrastructures in Europe to create new certification methodologies, develop testing capabilities for the smart grid, and collaborate in workshops and training.
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Tantalus Selected for Midwest AMI Deployment
April 11, 2014

Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative (IREC) has selected the company for the design and implementation of an advanced metering infrastructure communications network for its 11,000 member electric cooperative serving ten counties in west central Illinois.
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Does the Smart Grid Create an "Energy Divide?"
April 11, 2014

A new study by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) highlights the challenge low-income consumers face in accessing their energy usage information provided by new smart grid technologies, and how this impacts utilities' ability to effectively engage and communicate smart grid data to the low-income population.
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New Transmission Project To Deliver More Power To Houston Area
April 11, 2014

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Board of Directors recently voted to endorse the approximately $590 million Houston Import Project and deemed the new construction portion of the project critical for reliability.
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Survey Reveals Top 50 US Utilities Leveraging Social Media and Mobile Apps To Improve Smart Grid Benefits
April 8, 2014

The study identified a correlation between the quality of a utility's social media activity and the level of engagement of their customers. Over a one-week period, 40 of the top 50 utilities responded to customer comments via Twitter. Over the same period, 33 of the 50 utilities provided energy savings tips for customers and 20 of the 50 posted safety tips.
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Accenture and Siemens Form Venture Focused on Smart Grid Solutions
April 8, 2014

The joint venture, called OMNETRIC Group, will bring together Siemens' smart grid products and solutions; and Accenture's management and technology consulting, systems integration and managed-services capabilities.
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Sensus Enhances Data Analytics Portfolio with Acquisition of Verdeeco
April 7, 2014

Specific applications in the Verdeeco portfolio include transformer utilization, load aggregation and alert and alarm management. Verdeeco will remain a separate brand but operate as part of Sensus.
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Silver Spring Networks Teams With Smarter Grid Solutions
April 7, 2014

The joint solution builds on Silver Spring and Smarter Grid Solutions' existing engagement at the successful Flexible Plug and Play project, delivered to client UK Power Networks, the distribution network operator for London, and the South East and the East of England.
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Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) Established
April 4, 2014

The GESA will be engaged in a number of strategic initiatives, including developing a universal framework for evaluating energy storage cost-effectiveness for various applications, and working to develop privately financeable business cases for energy storage-backed photovoltaic (PV) and PV-hybrid systems.
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National Grid Launches Technology Options For Smart Energy Solutions Program
April 2, 2014

The company also has upgraded more than 80 percent of the electric system associated with the program with new automation devices that are intended to improve electric service reliability and power outage response. All grid-facing investments are expected to be completed and in service this summer.
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North Carolina Municipalities to Implement Leidos Smart Grid as a Service Offering
April 2, 2014

The City of Kings Mountain, N.C., has awarded Leidos Engineering a 10-year contract for the second phase of the city's Smart Grid as a Service (SGS) deployment. At completion, Kings Mountain will have more than 11,000 electric, water, and gas meters supported by the SGS solution.
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RES Americas Announces Operation of First Energy Storage System
April 1, 2014

RES Americas developed and constructed the energy storage system, which the company will own and operate. Located in Sunbury, Ohio, just outside of Columbus, the system is comprised of a +/-4MW (8MW total range)/ 2.6MWh lithium battery that will provide frequency regulation to PJM.
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Hitachi and Demansys Energy to Launch Demonstration of Energy Storage System
March 31, 2014

The demonstration will collect data over a two year period, including a capacity pilot project with PJM, the USA's largest independent grid operator. The demonstration will be used by Hitachi to further evaluate its energy storage systems and to verify the system's reliability and effectiveness with a view to future commercialization.
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AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel Form Industrial Internet Consortium
March 27, 2014

The open membership group is focused on breaking down barriers of technology silos to support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds. The consortium states its objective is to enable organizations to more easily connect and optimize assets, operations and data to drive agility and unlock business value across all industrial sectors.
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Honeywell and CPS Energy Expand ADR Program
March 27, 2014

The program is expected to be the largest ADR deployment by a municipal utility, and will build on a successful pilot project that CPS Energy and Honeywell completed last year. The pilot included nine commercial and industrial facilities, and helped trim demand by approximately 1.5 megawatts (MW) - a more than 10 percent reduction in each building on average.
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Honda Smart Home Showcases Zero Carbon Living and Mobility
March 25, 2014

The super-efficient "living laboratory" surpasses California's 2020 target for zero net energy residential construction and is designed to produce more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power an EV for daily commuting.
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Report Examines Nanogrid Market Potential
March 25, 2014

While there are viable nanogrid markets in every region of the world, the Middle East & Africa represents the greatest near-term and long-term market opportunity, with revenue forecast to increase from $14.4 billion in 2014 to $25.2 billion in 2023.
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