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Siemens Wins Order For HVDC Link Between Great Britain and France
February 24, 2017

The "ElecLink" high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) link will enhance power supply reliability in both countries and promote the integration of renewable energy sources into the power grid. Siemens will supply the two HVDC converter stations at both sides of the DC power line, which will be routed as a DC cable through the Channel Tunnel.
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ABB and Enbala Power Networks To Co-Develop Grid Software
February 24, 2017

ABB announced it has invested in Enbala Power Networks, a leading developer of software for managing power distribution networks. The investment was made through ABB's venture capital unit, ABB Technology Ventures.
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Solar Gardens Growing in Minnesota
February 24, 2017

Seven new community solar gardens, totaling 32 megawatts, are now generating power from the Minnesota sun. The solar gardens are part of a larger project that will total approximately 96 megawatts throughout the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota.
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Report: Emerging Markets Smart Grid Outlook
February 23, 2017

The new study from Northeast Group LLC shows that 40% of emerging market countries are already ready for significant investment in smart grid infrastructure. This means that they not only have well developed regulatory frameworks, but also have the underlying market conditions (through high T&D loss rates, high electricity prices, and enough high-income residents) to justify smart meter deployments.
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Advanced Energy Economy: Over 3 Million in U.S. Now Work for Clean Energy
February 23, 2017

This week, national business groups representing the range and breadth of clean energy companies in the United States cheered government statistics showing their industries support more than 3 million American jobs - equal to the employment of retail stores across the country, and twice as many jobs as involved in construction of buildings. This is based on 2016 data recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy in its second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report.
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SDTC and Nova Scotia Organizations Announce Collaboration to Support Smart Grid Technologies
February 23, 2017

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) this week announced a collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Innovacorp, a Nova Scotia crown corporation, on a pilot program to support the development and demonstration of smart grid technologies in Nova Scotia.
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EU Invests 444 Million in Key Energy Infrastructure
February 22, 2017

Today (2/17) EU Member States agreed on the Commission's proposal to invest 444 million in priority European energy infrastructure projects. The 18 selected electricity, smart grids and gas projects are seen as contributing to achieving the Energy Union's goals by connecting European energy networks, increasing security of energy supply, and contributing to the sustainable development by integrating renewable energy sources across the EU.
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Smart Electricity Meters: Europe Emerges as Key Regional Market
February 22, 2017

Regulation-fueled rollouts of smart electricity meters are driven by the potential to reduce non-technical losses for electricity utilities, improve billing accuracy, and effectively integrate renewable energy with smart meters. With these rollouts, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are emerging as key regional smart electricity meter markets ahead of North America, while Asia-Pacific will become the second-largest market in the next 10 years, according to recent research from Frost & Sullivan.
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Silver Spring Networks Announces Smart Grid Deployment with AEP Ohio
February 22, 2017

The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployment has received regulatory approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and will enable improved energy efficiency, increased grid reliability and provide better access to information about electric usage for nearly 900,000 AEP customers across Ohio. Pre-deployment activities are underway, with the rollout expected to begin in mid-2017.
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Major East Coast Utility Expands Relationship with Comverge for Residential Demand Response
February 21, 2017

Comverge, Inc. has announced a new five-year contract with a major east coast utility to provide field services, customer service and marketing to support the utility's residential demand response program.
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FPL Accelerates Major Solar Energy Development Projects
February 21, 2017

FPL has announced plans to build new universal solar power plants at eight locations by early 2018 -- comprising more than 2.5 million solar panels. Each of the plants will be 74.5 megawatts in capacity for a total of nearly 600 megawatts, which is enough to power approximately 120,000 homes.
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Innovative Communications System for "Intertrip" Pioneered on the Isle of Wight
February 21, 2017

The communications system used by one generator to connect to the Isle of Wight network, was the first of its kind to be installed on Scottish and Southern Electricity Network's (SSEN) electricity distribution network. It has operated for nine months now with excellent uptime performance, according to SSEN.
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California Energy Commission Adopts 2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update
February 20, 2017

The 2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update highlights the state's recent slate of legislative efforts - such as Senate Bills 32 and 1383 and Assembly Bills 197 and 1613 - which are designed, respectively, to enhance California's nation-leading greenhouse gas reduction goals and to ensure they are implemented in a transparent and equitable way with benefits reaching disadvantaged communities.
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Advanced Energy Management Alliance: FERC Ruling Constitutes Win for Consumers in New York
February 20, 2017

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently issued an order eliminating a barrier to customer savings and better electricity system efficiency in New York. The order, announced on February 3rd, allows customers and companies to simultaneously participate in both state and federal programs that provide compensation for reducing energy usage in order to help alleviate different types of stress on the electric grid.
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Landis+Gyr's Smart Meters to Power Ambitious Project in Spain
February 20, 2017

Spanish energy company Iberdrola has signed an order for the supply of more than 700,000 smart meters from Landis+Gyr, which was also chosen to provide a total of 1.5 million devices over the past six years. The newly ordered smart meters are of the latest generation and will be installed within the scope of the final phase of the STAR mass rollout, starting in 2017.
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NextEra Energy Named No. 1 In Its Industry On Fortune's List Of 'Most Admired Companies' For The 10th Time In 11 Years
February 17, 2017

In determining the industry rankings, thousands of senior executives, outside directors and industry analysts are independently surveyed and companies are rated on nine attributes: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment value, quality of products/services and global competitiveness.
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Hartek Group Receives PSPCL Smart Grid Order For Three Upcoming Smart Cities
February 17, 2017

The Chandigarh-based Hartek Group, one of India's fastest growing concerns catering to the power sector, has secured a smart grid order from the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) for the supply, installation and commissioning of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) relays at 55 substations in the upcoming Smart Cities of Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar.
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Survey Shows Utilities' Cybersecurity Not Keeping Up With Technology
February 16, 2017

An overwhelming majority (89%) of power and utility executives say their cybersecurity function does not fully meet their organization's needs, according to the recently published EY Global Information Security Survey 2016-17
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Plug-In Electric Truck Designed To Keep the Lights on During Outages
February 16, 2017

Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated (EDI) unveiled the utility industry's first plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) Class 6 truck featuring technology that has the potential to fundamentally change how the utility manages planned and unplanned outages.
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New Microgrid System in Flinders Island, Tasmania
February 16, 2017

The microgrid has an installed capacity of 3MW that is designed to provide -- despite the critical weather conditions to which the island is exposed -- stable renewable energy to approximately 900 people. It will be hybridized with 0.5 MWp of solar and 0.5 MWh of storage system manufactured by EPS, combined with 2.0 MVA of generators.
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DNV GL Survey: Reduced Costs are the Top Driver for Energy Efficiency Investments by Utility Customers
February 15, 2017

DNV GL's second Trade Ally Pulse Survey, which measures the challenges and opportunities key utility partners face in the marketplace, found that a reduction in operating and maintenance costs was the most effective means to sell energy efficiency, according to the contractors that work with utilities in demand-side management (DSM) programs. The survey findings reveal how these industry, architecture and engineering professionals perceive the benefits of participating in utility DSM programs and their insights on the barriers to program participation for their own customers.
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Dominion Solar Investment In Virginia Approaches $1 Billion
February 15, 2017

Some 398 megawatts of solar generation have either been completed or are under development throughout much of Virginia - enough to power 100,000 homes. Most of the development and construction costs will be borne by specific contractual customers such as large business and government.
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GridBright to Leverage ARPA-E GRID DATA Repository to Support Integration of Solar
February 15, 2017

GridBright, Inc. recently announced that it is part of three of the thirteen projects selected for award negotiations by the DOE SunShot Initiative ENERGISE; a $30M program to support integration of solar energy into the nation's electric grid, while diversifying the nation's electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid.
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Xcel Energy To Test Battery Storage Technology In Stapleton
February 14, 2017

Xcel Energy is partnering with battery vendors Sunverge Energy and Northern Reliability, Inc. to test battery storage technology to maximize the use of rooftop solar energy while ensuring the safety and reliability of the electric grid. The two-year pilot project is taking place in Stapleton's North Central Park and Eastbridge neighborhoods.
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ComEd Launches New Anonymous Energy Data Product
February 14, 2017

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has given the green light to a proposal by ComEd that allows companies and researchers access to anonymous energy usage data in order to enable the development of new products and services that will add value to Illinois energy consumers.
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Utilidata and National Grid Announce Reforming the Energy Vision Project
February 14, 2017

National Grid will install Utilidata's Volt/VAR Optimization (VVO) technology - AdaptiVolt - on the electric system in Clifton Park, enabling the utility to capture energy savings from the electric grid without requiring any action from customers.
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European Commission Endorses Three French Initiatives To Produce More Than 2600 Megawatts In Renewable Energy
February 13, 2017

The European Commission recently endorsed three French schemes to support solar and hydropower energy generators in France under EU state aid rules. The schemes will allow France to develop around 2600 megawatts of additional solar capacity and 60 megawatts of additional hydropower capacity.
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Clean Energy Innovation Fund Invests In Greensync To Help Create The Smart Electricity Grid Of The Future
February 13, 2017

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has committed $5 million to an innovative Melbourne-based company aiming to bring smart technology solutions to the energy grid of the future, as part of an $11.5 million Series B capital raising by GreenSync.
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Tacoma Public Utilities Adopts OSI Technology for an Advanced Energy Management System
February 13, 2017

Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) has been selected by Tacoma Public Utilities (mytpu.org) to supply a state-of-the-art Energy Management System (EMS) based on OSI's monarch (Multi-platform Open Network ARCHitecture) platform. This will replace Tacoma's legacy ABB system.
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Grid-Edge Generation and Devices Top Research Focus at National Test Beds
February 10, 2017

The survey by SGIP collects data from researchers at national labs, academia, utilities and industry vendors. Results of this year's study indicate that more than half -- 56 percent -- of survey respondents are investigating distributed generation, while nearly half -- 49 percent -- study interoperability. Cybersecurity is a focus area for 41 percent of the researchers.
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Edison Electric Institute to Wall Street: Delivering America's Energy Future
February 9, 2017

The Edison Electric Institute recently briefed Wall Street analysts, bankers, and investors on the state of the U.S. electric power industry. EEI officials discussed a range of issues, including the importance of working with the Trump Administration and new Congress, as well as many new governors, legislators, and regulators in the states to develop a shared policy agenda.
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Governor Cuomo Announces Approval of Largest Offshore Wind Project in the Nation
February 9, 2017

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Power Authority voted to approve the nation's largest offshore wind farm, and the first offshore wind farm in New York. The approval of the South Fork Wind Farm, a 90 megawatt development 30 miles southeast of Montauk, is the first step toward developing an area that can host up to 1,000 megawatts of offshore wind power.
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Raytheon, Utilidata To Deliver Defense-Grade Cybersecurity For Utilities
February 9, 2017

The effort will combine Utilidata's experience in the use of real-time data from the electrical grid to detect and respond to cyber attacks and Raytheon's expertise in proactive cyber threat hunting, automation and managed security services to provide cybersecurity, analytics and other innovative technologies.
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New DTE Energy Program Makes It Easier To Use Clean Energy
February 8, 2017

Energy for the program will be sourced from the Pinnebog Wind Project, located in Huron County, and three solar arrays located in Detroit and Lapeer. By subscribing to MIGreenPower, customers can elect to increase the amount of renewable energy they use in 5 percent increments, up to 100 percent, according to DTE.
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Greensmith Energy Software Selected by Oncor to Enhance Existing Microgrid
February 8, 2017

Greensmith Energy recently announced that Oncor Electric Delivery has selected Greensmith as the software provider for its microgrid facility in Dallas, Texas. Oncor's advanced microgrid consists of: a carport PV array, ground mount PV array, microturbine, diesel generators, gas reciprocating generator and battery storage unit.
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Measure Partners With AES To Deploy Drones At Record Scale for the Energy Industry
February 8, 2017

Measure recently announced a global partnership with The AES Corporation to scale and leverage its industry-leading drone service to inspect AES' energy infrastructure in 17 countries. The use of the drone technology is expected to help AES improve safety and avoid more than 30,000 hours of hazardous work per year with safer and more efficient aerial inspection services.
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