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EU Energy Transition: New Roadmap for R&I in Smart Networks
January 20, 2017

The European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP SNET) recently released its new ten-year Research & Innovation (R&I) Roadmap, 2017-26. Full implementation of all R&I activities identified in the report will require an estimated at 2.5 billion euros to finance innovation over the next decade both for transmission and distribution systems, and to be co-financed from the public and private sector.
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N.Y. Power Authority to Help Municipalities Speed Up Installation of EV Charging Stations
January 20, 2017

As part of the governor's Charge NY program, NYPA will invite municipalities to tap into a master contract that offers better pricing for the supply, installation and maintenance of charging stations. Local governments can also obtain state-funded rebates from the Department of Environmental Conservation that will cover up to 80 percent of the installed costs.
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Home of Tomorrow Demonstrates Energy Efficiency
January 20, 2017

Recent EnerGuide testing has shown the Home of Tomorrow, one of two homes that make up the Wilden Living Lab project, to be 52 per cent more energy efficient than a standard home constructed to today's building code. The pioneering initiative is collaborative three-year learning and research project by University of British Columbia Okanagan, Wilden developer Blenk Development Corp., AuthenTech Homes, Okanagan College and FortisBC.
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Report Examines How DER Is Changing the Energy Landscape
January 19, 2017

Navigant Research forecasts that installed DER capacity, including distributed generation (DG), energy storage, microgrids, EVs, and demand response (DR), will triple between 2016 and 2025, growing from 124 GW to 373 GW worldwide.
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GE Announces More Than $1.4 Billion in Power Generation Orders With Iraq's Ministry Of Electricity
January 19, 2017

GE has signed agreements that will add over two gigawatts of power and secure the delivery of ~1.75 GW of existing power to the national grid in Iraq.
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ABB Establishes New R&D Center in Montreal
January 19, 2017

The new Montreal headquarters, set to open in 2017, will maintain 700 jobs and consolidate ABB's research and development, manufacturing, assembly and testing facilities under one roof. The new facility will also house the company's North American Centre for Excellence in e-Mobility, which will focus on developing energy-management solutions for electric buses and trains.
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Report Shows New Transmission Can Help Wind Energy Supply a Third of U.S. Electricity
January 11, 2017

The Energy Department earlier this week released a report which confirms that adding even limited electricity transmission can significantly reduce the costs of expanding wind energy to supply 35% of U.S. electricity by 2050.
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ABB Wins $640 Million Mega Deal for Long Distance Power Transmission Link in India
January 11, 2017

ABB has teamed up with India's national electricity grid operator Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) in a mega project worth over $640 million for ABB to deliver a transmission link that will have the capacity to bring reliable electricity to more than 80 million people.
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Administration Releases Second Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review
January 9, 2017

On January 6, the Obama Administration released the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which focuses on the national security, environmental protection, and economic development imperatives of the electricity system in the United States. More than 70 recommendations are proposed to enable the electricity sector to manage the risks and opportunities of the 21st Century through policy change and R&D investments.
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EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2017 Projects the United States as a Net Energy Exporter in Most Cases
January 9, 2017

The United States becomes a net energy exporter in most AEO2017 cases as petroleum liquid imports fall and natural gas exports rise. Exports are highest, and grow throughout the projection period, in the High Oil and Gas Resource and Technology case, as favorable geology and technological developments combine to produce oil and gas at lower prices.
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Panasonic and Silver Spring Networks Extend Smart City Reach Through New Alliance
January 9, 2017

Panasonic CityNOW, a business of Panasonic Corporation of North America, and Silver Spring Networks, recently announced a new go-to-market alliance that leverages Silver Spring's Starfish Internet of Things (IoT) platform and CityNOW's portfolio of solutions for cities, real estate developers, utilities, and other smart city customers.
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Expanding Transmission to Access Renewables May be Key to Reach California State Mandates
December 23, 2016

Meeting California's renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission goals may necessitate the expansion of electricity transmission infrastructure to access new renewable power sources, both within and outside the state, according to a multi-agency state report released this week.
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Record-High Levels of Transmission Investment Enhance the Energy Grid and Benefit Customers
December 23, 2016

A new report from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) finds that EEI member companies' total transmission investment in 2015 reached a record $20.1 billion.
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Global Next-generation Battery Market to Showcase a CAGR of more than 71% Through 2020
December 23, 2016

One important driver for this market is the increased government support for electric vehicles (EVs) and market-driven innovations to find a balance between energy efficiency and renewable energy. These drivers are expected to push the market valued at USD 95 million in 2015, to almost USD 1.4 billion by 2020.
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Zero Carbon Corporation and NYCEEC Develop Innovative Solar Loan Model for Co-ops and Condos
December 21, 2016

The new financing model is designed to allow co-ops and condos to install rooftop solar PV systems with no cash out of pocket, expanding opportunities for these buildings to power themselves with on-site renewable energy.
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IFC Launches Off-Grid Market Opportunity Tool for Expanding Energy Markets in Africa
December 21, 2016

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, launched an online tool to develop off-grid energy in Sub Saharan Africa. The "Off-Grid Market Opportunity Tool" draws on a database that will help companies, governments, development agencies, academics and civil society to better assess the potential market for off-grid energy solutions.
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ARPA-E Announces $70 Million in Funding for New Programs to Power Transportation and Store Carbon in Soil
December 20, 2016

REFUEL projects will use water, molecules from the air and electricity from renewable sources to produce high-energy liquid fuels for transportation and other uses. ROOTS projects will tackle the growing problem of soil "carbon debt" by developing sensing technologies to help farmers choose crop varieties that better capture carbon molecules from the atmosphere and store them in their root systems.
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NYISO Strategic Plan: Sustaining Reliable Power with Grid Advances
December 20, 2016

Serving consumers' changing power needs, addressing public policy goals and maintaining grid reliability are key components of a multi-year strategic plan released by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).
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London Hydro Customers Leverage Bidgely HomeBeat via Cloud-Based Green Button Connect My Data Platform
December 20, 2016

London Hydro noted that its residential customers, utilizing the HomeBeat web portal and mobile app to access their energy usage information, achieved over 2% energy savings within the first three months of the solution's deployment. The utility customers' energy savings results are more than twice the industry average for digital communications.
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Entergy Selects Accenture to Provide Advanced Metering Solution
December 20, 2016

Working with OMNETRIC Group, Accenture's joint venture with Siemens, Accenture Smart Grid Services will design, build, test and deploy a Siemens EnergyIP Meter Data Management System across Entergy's Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Orleans and Texas utility jurisdictions. The project, which runs until April 2019, will facilitate two-way communications between the utility and its customers, who have 2.9 million electric and 200,000 gas meters.
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EU Approves New Rules For Member States To Drastically Cut Air Pollution
December 16, 2016

When fully implemented, the Directive will reduce by almost 50% the negative health impacts of air pollution, such as respiratory diseases and premature death, by 2030.
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DOE Announces Nearly $20 Million to Accelerate Energy Efficient Transportation and Systems
December 16, 2016

The U.S. Energy Department announced $19.7 million, subject to appropriations, to support research and development of advanced vehicle technologies, including batteries, lightweight materials, and advanced combustion engines, as well as innovative technologies for energy efficient mobility.
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International Organization for Standardization Approves Standard that Integrates Control Technologies into the Grid
December 16, 2016

The standard, published earlier this year by ASHRAE and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), provides a common basis for consumers to describe, manage, and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecast. This basis facilitates information exchange between control systems and end-use devices, thereby supporting two-way flow of electricity. And facilities such as single-family houses, commercial buildings, and industrial buildings need that exchange to participate in smart grids.
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ScottMadden and Smart Electric Power Alliance Join in Reviewing California and New York Energy Markets
December 15, 2016

ScottMadden Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) released a joint report that focuses on approaches that California and New York are taking to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) into the grid. The report describes key similarities and differences in the two jurisdictions in areas such as interconnection, hosting capacity, data sharing, and regulatory changes.
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DONG Energy and Eversource Partner on Large-Scale Offshore Wind Project in the United States
December 15, 2016

DONG Energy is teaming up with Eversource Energy to develop a proposed offshore wind farm that would be located approximately 15-25 miles south of Martha's Vineyard. The area has the potential to develop at least 2,000 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power one million Massachusetts homes.
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Idaho Lab Completes Bench Testing For Electric Vehicle Wireless Charging
December 15, 2016

INL researchers collaborated with Toyota, Nissan, WiTricity, Jaguar Land Rover, Qualcomm and one other auto company to perform the tests in the summer and fall of 2016. INL reported the test results to SAE International (formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers) in November 2016 to support the SAE Technical Information Report J2954 , a wireless charging guideline published earlier this year.
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U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Milestones to Spur Renewable Energy and Transmission in the West
December 14, 2016

As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on December 13 announced new steps with Western states to encourage the development of renewable power, efficiently deliver that electricity to market, and meet growing consumer demands for clean energy.
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In Its Largest Quarter Ever, U.S. Solar Market Saw Nearly 2 MW of PV Installed Per Hour in Q3 2016
December 14, 2016

The United States solar market just shattered all previous quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) installation records. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) Q4 2016 U.S. Solar Market Insight report, 4,143 megawatts (MW) of solar PV were installed in the U.S. in the third quarter of the year, a rate of one MW every 32 minutes. That pace is even faster today, as the fourth quarter will surpass this past quarter's historic total.
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Bloom Energy Completes Fuel Cell Project at Morgan Stanley Global Headquarters in New York City
December 14, 2016

The 750 kW fuel cell project at 1585 Broadway is fully operational and will provide approximately 6 million kWh of clean electricity each year. Located on a rooftop setback eight floors above Times Square, the fuel cell was delivered and installed entirely through the building service elevator.
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Centrica to Build Pioneering Local Energy Market in Cornwall
December 13, 2016

Centrica plc has announced a trial to develop a local energy market in Cornwall, which will see the development of a virtual marketplace and the installation of new technology into over 150 homes and businesses. Working with partners, the 19m program will test the use of flexible demand, generation and storage, and reward local people and businesses for being more flexible with their energy.
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Energy Secretary Moniz Statement on Breakthrough Energy Coalition Fund Announcement
December 13, 2016

The Breakthrough Energy Coalition is a group of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and institutional investors who last November in Paris announced their commitment to help bring promising new zero-emissions energy technologies to market. BEC's original commitment was made in parallel to the launch of Mission Innovation, an initiative by countries to double clean energy R&D.
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Harnessing Communications Technologies and IoT Applications for the Smart City
December 13, 2016

A special panel session at the Smart Cities International Symposium, January 24-25, 2017 in Chicago will provide a deeper look at technology's role in the advancement and inter-linking of multiple city systems. Future urban infrastructure will be intelligent, connected, and aware - the challenge is how best to navigate all of the fast-moving developments, especially when cities and companies are being joined in this effort by philanthropies, community-based NGOs, international organizations, and universities.
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U.S. Department of Energy Accelerates Clean Energy Advancement at Federal Facilities
December 12, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $3 million in funding for three projects to speed the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the federal government.
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Golden Valley Electric Association of Alaska Selects OSI Technology for New SCADA and Energy Management System
December 12, 2016

Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) has been awarded a new contract by Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) of Fairbanks, Alaska for a new SCADA and Energy Management System (EMS) based on OSI's monarch platform. The new SCADA/EMS system is intended to allow GVEA to fulfill existing needs for generation and energy management, as well as provide a platform that can be adapted to future requirements for distribution management. This new system replaces a legacy Schneider/Telvent system.
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New York University and Wells Fargo Expand Support for Startups in Cleantech, Smart Cities, and Sustainability
December 12, 2016

The New York University Tandon School of Engineering has received a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support early-stage companies in New York City's hub for smart cities, smart grid, and clean energy through its ACRE incubator.
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Study: 100% Renewable Electricity System is the Cheapest Option for South America
December 9, 2016

Transitioning to a fully renewable electricity system is possible for South America by 2030. A study by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. also shows that a 100 percent renewable system (100% RE) is the cheapest electricity production option and can be achieved with very little energy storage.
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Energy Company Offers Free Charging for Electric Vehicles
December 9, 2016

The partnership between Clearview Energy and ChargePoint, the world's largest EV charging network, is available to residential electricity consumers in select markets across the US. Under the new partnership, which is the first of its kind, EV owners with a ChargePoint Home station will enjoy free vehicle charging. Charging costs are refunded to the consumer in the form of a reimbursement.
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