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Greenlots Selected by Avista Utilities for Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot
July 27, 2016

Over 200 EV chargers will test Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) technology in Washington State. The pilot is expected to provide Avista with a holistic view of scaling EV infrastructure sustainably with the grid, and inform intelligent longer term programs with utility-owned EV charging infrastructure.
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Landis+Gyr Supplies 10 MW of Battery Storage Capacity for Large-scale Tucson Electric Power Project
July 27, 2016

In total, TEP is adding 20 MW of energy storage capacity through two projects that will help balance load and regulate frequency on its distribution system, while also deferring capital investments in spinning reserves.
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National Grid Recommends Itron for Proposed Advanced Metering Across Massachusetts
July 26, 2016

The utility has proposed use of Itron's proven OpenWay smart grid platform to meet the AMF objectives of its Grid Modernization Plan in Massachusetts. The OpenWay platform would enable access to near real-time data, outage and restoration notification, two-way communication and control capabilities.
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FERC Directs Development of Standards for Supply Chain Cyber Controls
July 22, 2016

In the recent (7/21) rule, FERC directed NERC to develop a forward-looking, objective-based Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard that requires each affected entity to develop and implement a plan that includes security controls for supply chain management for industrial control system hardware, software, and services associated with bulk electric system operations.
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Obama Administration Announces New Clean Energy Savings Initiative
July 22, 2016

The Administration, in collaboration with state agencies, is announcing a new catalytic goal to bring 1 gigawatt of solar to low- and moderate- income families by 2020. This goal is a 10 fold increase and an expansion of the initial target President Obama set in his Climate Action Plan to install 100 MW of renewable energy on federally-assisted affordable housing by 2020.
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Navigant: New Energy Storage Deployments in Major World Markets Are Expected to Total Nearly 62 GW from 2015 to 2025
July 22, 2016

Because energy storage is quickly becoming a flexible and cost-effective tool for users to control energy costs and for grid operators to manage network instability, several countries are projected to see substantial growth in deployments in the coming decade, with five country-level markets in Asia Pacific expected to experience the largest increases globally.
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ASE Conducts Congressional Briefing on The Grid Edge
July 21, 2016

A recent Congressional briefing held by the Alliance to Save Energy noted that while there is still significant low-hanging fruit for energy efficiency improvement at the grid edge, this begs the question: what exactly is the "grid edge"?
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Germany, Italy, and Japan Top World Energy Efficiency Rankings
July 21, 2016

Germany continues to lead the world in energy efficiency, followed by Italy and Japan (tied for second place), France, and the United Kingdom (not reflecting energy-related government changes in 2016), according to the 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). New to the rankings this year are eight nations: Indonesia, Netherlands, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.
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British Columbia Institute of Technology and Siemens to Collaborate on Smart Grid Cybersecurity and Microgrid Research Opportunities
July 19, 2016

Per a memorandum of understanding, Siemens and BCIT's Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) SMART group will enable knowledge-sharing and training to address gaps in Canada's critical public utilities infrastructure.
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Hawaiian Electric Industries Will Move Forward as an Independent Company
July 19, 2016

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) reaffirmed its financial and operational strength as a stand-alone company and its 2016 earnings per share guidance range of $1.62 to $1.75 per share. HEI further outlined its plans for the future as an independent company, following the termination of its proposed merger with NextEra Energy.
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U.S. Energy Department Invests $19 Million in Energy Efficiency
July 19, 2016

The 18 innovative projects recently announced will develop sensors and energy modeling tools to make buildings smarter, reduce refrigerant leaks and improve the efficiency of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems, and produce a low-impact, gas-powered heat pump that can operate efficiently in colder climates. The projects will also support renewable energy market penetration through energy storage, pinpoint air leaks and reduce energy losses through the building envelope, and cut electricity use by transmitting sunlight to building interiors.
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New U.S. Department of Energy Funding to Help Improve the Security and Resilience of the Nation's Power Grid
July 15, 2016

The Energy Department will provide up to $15 million, subject to congressional appropriations, to support efforts by the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to further enhance the culture of security within their utility members' organizations.
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Millenials to Drive Future Value for Energy Utilities, But They Are Much More Demanding
July 15, 2016

A recent international study by Accenture finds that while there's obvious demand for new products and services in the energy space from Millenials, they want information and they want everything to be instantaneous and accessible on their terms.
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Commercial Energy Storage Economics Will Be Attractive in 19 US State Markets by 2021
July 15, 2016

According to new analysis by GTM Research, commercial energy storage economics are attractive today in seven U.S. states. And that number is expected to grow to 19 states by 2021.
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California ISO Completes Studies On Impacts Of Regional Energy Market
July 13, 2016

The findings show that by expanding the energy grid, California would reach its 50-percent renewable energy goal while saving consumers up to $1.5 billion by 2030, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and adding jobs in California.
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PG&E Launches Distributed Energy Resource Testing Projects
July 13, 2016

PG&E is teaming up with GE to demonstrate a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS), with Enphase Energy to install and test smart inverters, and with SolarCityto install and test smart inverters and battery storage systems for private solar customers. The demonstrations will evaluate to what extent the DERMS technology enhances the stability and power quality of the grid and optimizes solar generation and power-flow management, as more customers adopt solar.
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Duke Energy Aims To Increase Public Electric Vehicle Charging in N.C. by 30%
July 13, 2016

Duke Energy's "EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project" will provide $1 million to help cities and towns develop public charging stations for residents. Another part of the project is an additional $500,000 devoted to cities and towns for the construction of electric bus charging stations.
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Adara Power and Smart Utility Systems Partner to Offer Distributed Energy Storage Aggregation
July 12, 2016

The partnership includes software integration of Adara's residential and small commercial energy storage systems with SUS's Smart Customer Mobile platform. The integration provides for visibility of solar generation and energy storage data in the same user interface that a building or homeowner utilizes for smart thermostats, utility billing, EV charging and IoT devices.
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Enchanted Rock / Texas Microgrid Powers H-E-B
July 12, 2016

Texas-based H-E-B, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers with more than 370 stores in Texas and Mexico, announced recently an exclusive agreement with Texas Microgrid LLC to provide Enchanted Rock's ("ERock") On Demand Electric Reliability service for a projected 45 stores in the greater Houston region.
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"Retro" Legislation Introduced to Protect Electric Grid from Cyber-Attacks
July 8, 2016

The legislation recently proposed in the U.S. Congress would examine ways to replace automated systems with manual procedures controlled by human operators to remove vulnerabilities that could allow cyber-criminals to access the grid through holes in digital software systems.
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sonnen Reduces U.S. Residential Energy Storage System Cost by 40%
July 8, 2016

The 4kWh eco compact system retails for $5,950 without installation for an integrated system including the inverter, the battery modules with a 10,000 cycle lifetime, the smart energy manager and the measurement technology.
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Growth Projected for Smart Home Products and Services Despite Low Consumer Awareness
July 8, 2016

According to a new report from Parks Associations 24% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart lighting solution in 2016, such as smart light bulbs or smart in-wall outlets/switches, and 11% plan to buy a smart thermostat. Currently, 9% of U.S. broadband households own a smart thermostat, and 9% own smart lighting.
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Li-Ion Batteries to Dominate the Global Battery Energy Storage Market for Smart Grid Through 2020
July 8, 2016

According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global battery energy storage market for smart grid is expected to grow at a tremendous CAGR of close to 73% during the forecast period.
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Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric to Design and Build Microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
July 6, 2016

The new microgrid will integrate with the utility control system at Naval Base San Diego which will have redundant controls for additional energy security. The project is scheduled to be completed by July 2018 and supports a DoD initiative to deploy 3 gigawatts of renewable energy throughout military installments by 2025.
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Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Opus One Solutions Partner to Provide Distribution Services
July 6, 2016

AMS will develop and manage distributed energy resources for commercial, industrial, and large aggregated customers. Opus One will oversee electrical grid energy management solutions, including grid and microgrid monitoring, control, and optimization.
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NYISO Preparing for Increased Solar Generation
July 5, 2016

A recent study by NYISO finds the New York electric system can reliably manage the increased variability in five-minute loads associated with the solar PV and wind penetration levels studied -- up to 4,500 MW wind and 9,000 MW solar PV -- through higher regulation service requirements.
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Ecova and Tendril Selected to Manage Energy Efficiency Portfolio
July 5, 2016

Ecova, a wholly owned subsidiary of ENGIE, recently announced it has been selected by a large electric utility located in the mid-Atlantic to manage its comprehensive residential energy efficiency portfolio. Through this five-year agreement, Ecova, along with its strategic collaborator Tendril, will help more than one million residential customers take greater control of their energy usage.
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New Federal and Private Sector Actions on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets
July 1, 2016

The Obama Administration is announcing new executive actions and 33 state and private sector commitments that will accelerate the grid integration of renewable energy and storage. Together, these announcements are expected to result in at least 1.3 gigawatts of additional storage procurement or deployment in the next five years.
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ASHRAE and NEMA Publish Smart Grid Standard
July 1, 2016

The new Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM) provides a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage, and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts, and offers a common framework to guide the development of control technologies for various facilities (homes, buildings, campuses, etc.) so that they can meet the control needs of a smart grid environment.
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PowerStream's Utility-Scale Microgrid Becomes Operational
June 30, 2016

PowerStream, in partnership with the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), officially launched a utility-scale microgrid, which has the capacity to provide several hours of backup power supply for approximately 400 customers residing or owning a business in Penetanguishene. The system consists of a 750 kilowatt kW power conversion system, 500 kilowatt-hours kWh of stationary batteries, a number of automatic switches, voltage regulation devices and other grid automation equipment.
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Californians Are Saving 10 Billion Kilowatt-Hours Through HERO Program
June 30, 2016

HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and install solar power panels and pay for them over time through their property tax bill. The renovations and installations completed to date are projected to save 10 billion kWh of grid electricity over the useful lifetime of the products and systems.
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NYSERDA to Deploy BuildingIQ's Predictive Energy Optimization Platform Across 25 Buildings
June 29, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced its partnership with BuildingIQ and Energy Solutions to implement a scaled deployment of BuildingIQ's Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO) platform as part of the Emerging Technology Accelerated Commercialization Commercial-Institutional (ETAC-CI) program.
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Itron Smart Payment Solution Selected to Improve Nationwide Electrification in Indonesia
June 29, 2016

Itron recently announced that PT Mecoindo, a joint venture between Itron and a local partner, signed a contract with PT PLN (Persero), a state-owned utility company in Jakarta, Indonesia, to deploy 635,000 Itron smart payment meters.
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Average Costs for Solar and Wind Electricity Could Fall 59% by 2025
June 28, 2016

The recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)estimates that by 2025, average electricity costs could decrease 59 per cent for solar photovoltaics (PV), 35 per cent for offshore wind, and 26 per cent for onshore wind compared to 2015. Electricity prices for concentrated solar power could also decrease as much as 43 per cent, depending on the technology used. By 2025, the global average cost of electricity from solar PV and onshore wind will be roughly 5 to 6 US cents per kilowatt hour.
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Report Examines Market for Residential Energy Storage
June 28, 2016

While residential battery storage has been a growing market in certain areas for a number of years, it has mostly been ignored by utilities as a niche product for clean energy connoisseurs. However, momentum in this industry is growing rapidly as utilities begin to recognize the value that these systems can provide.
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CPUC Acts to Provide Cost Certainty to Entities Connecting to Electric Grid
June 24, 2016

The decision allows developers to elect a 25 percent "cost envelope" that will hold the utilities accountable for their projected grid integration costs based on this enhanced data collection and analysis process. Actual interconnection costs that fall within 25 percent above or below the projected grid interconnection expense will be deemed reasonable.
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