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S&C and Ameren Conduct Successful 24-hour Islanding Test on Microgrid
August 18, 2017

The test focused specifically on the 50kW microgrid at the site, which powers an Ameren research facility. The complete microgrid includes 225kW of renewable generation (PV solar and wind) and 250kW / 500kWh of battery energy storage.
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Equinix to Install Largest Deployment of Fuel Cells for the Colocation Data Center Industry
August 18, 2017

Equinix, a global interconnection and data center company, has announced the signing of a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between a subsidiary of Southern Company and Equinix in which Bloom Energy fuel cells will be installed at 12 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in the U.S. The project will provide a total capacity of more than 37 megawatts of power with a phased installation that begins in late 2017 through 2019.
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SMUD and GridX to Roll Out Industry's First Bill Scenario Analysis Tool
August 18, 2017

SMUD and GridX, Inc. will partner to roll out a new bill scenario analysis tool that will allow SMUD's customer service representatives (CSRs) to help customers learn more about how the transition to time-of-day rates (TOD) will impact their bills.
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Duke Energy Renewables Purchases One of the Largest Solar Projects in New York
August 15, 2017

Duke Energy Renewables is acquiring the 24.9-megawatt (MW) Shoreham Solar Commons project on Long Island from Invenergy. The energy generated from this project is estimated to displace 29,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually and create nearly 1 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy over its lifetime.
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Report Examines Cybersecurity Spending for Smart Grid
August 15, 2017

Navigant Research expects the market for smart grid cybersecurity spending to show robust growth over the forecast period as grid operators respond to increasing security threats with new waves of investment. Navigant Research expects overall revenue to grow from approximately $1.8 billion in 2017 to nearly $3.2 billion in 2026 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6%.
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Bipartisan Group of 69 Lawmakers Urge Feds To Oppose Punitive Tariffs That Would Gut U.S. Solar Industry
August 14, 2017

The American solar industry is growing 17 times faster than the rest of the economy, and created 1 out of every 50 new jobs in the U.S. last year. Implementing trade barriers would double solar prices, grinding growth to a halt and forcing 88,000 Americans one-third of the U.S. solar workforce today to lose their jobs just next year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
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ABB Wins $30 Million Order to Support Integration of Renewables in Germany
August 14, 2017

Germany's "Energiewende" energy transition roadmap aims for a renewable energy target of at least 80 percent by 2050. The contribution of wind and solar to the energy mix is progressing rapidly and now accounts for over 4o percent of Germany's electricity supply. However, as Germany's power supply changes from a reliance on steady, centralized sources - like nuclear and thermal power - to more volatile and decentralized renewable power supplies, such as wind and solar, the country needs to address stability and fluctuation issues that affect power supplies.
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Stem and CPower Announce Energy Management Partnership
August 11, 2017

The partnership will combine Stem's energy storage services with CPower's demand response and curtailment services to offer customers an integrated solution for managing electricity demand.
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U.S. Energy Department: Wind Energy Continues Rapid Growth in 2016
August 10, 2017

America's wind industry added more than 8,200 megawatts (MW) of capacity last year, representing 27 percent of all energy capacity additions in 2016. In 2016, wind supplied about 6 percent of U.S. electricity, and 14 states now get more than 10 percent of their electricity from wind.
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APS Brings Battery Storage to Rural Arizona
August 10, 2017

Instead of rebuilding about 20 miles of transmission and distribution poles and wires, Arizona Public Service (APS) will install two battery storage systems in rural Punkin Center, Arizona, making it one of the first electricity companies in the nation to use batteries in place of traditional infrastructure.
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SMUD, NEC and SpaceTime Insight to Deliver Smart Energy Solutions to Japanese Electric Companies
August 8, 2017

The collaboration is designed to offer electric power companies in Japan an advanced asset management solution that will help them achieve higher levels of operational reliability, safety and efficiency. The companies will also offer emerging retail energy providers in Japan bundled smart energy products and services such as storage, energy management and electric vehicle charging controls.
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Schneider Electric and Claroty Partner to Address Safety and Cybersecurity Challenges
August 8, 2017

Under the terms of the agreement, Claroty will market its real-time OT/ICS network monitoring and detection solution to Schneider Electric's customers through the company's Collaborative Automation Partner Program (CAPP).
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Public Service Electric and Gas of New Jersey Goes Live with OSI Distribution Management Platform
August 8, 2017

The Distribution Management platform is a SCADA-centric platform and includes Distribution SCADA as the principal phase, followed by subsequent phases for Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) applications and an Outage Management System (OMS).
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Landis+Gyr and Mueller Systems to Develop Water AMI Module
August 3, 2017

The project will provide utilities using Landis+Gyr's Gridstream AMI solution another choice for advanced water metering, featuring a robust communications and distributed intelligence platform for billing, leak detection and remote monitoring of water distribution assets, according to the company.
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Aclara to Acquire a Majority Interest in General Electric Philippines Meter & Instrument Company
August 3, 2017

Aclara has acquired GE's majority equity position in General Electric Philippines Meter & Instrument Co., Inc. (GEPMICI), the market leader for electric meters in the Philippines. GEPMICI is a joint venture between GE and Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the largest electric distribution company in the Philippines.
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Crescendo Power Secures $30M, Targeting Investments for On-site Generation Projects
August 2, 2017

A team of experienced microgrid and distributed energy resource leaders recently (8/1) announced the readiness of Crescendo Power to allocate sponsor and tax equity, focused on funding 1-10MW onsite power generation projects in the commercial, industrial, Higher Education and Hospital segments.
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Energy Department Announces Eleven Projects to Boost Private-Sector Support of Energy Innovation
August 2, 2017

The projects, part of DOE's Innovative Pathways program, are designed to address the systemic barriers currently preventing the private sector from more fully supporting energy innovation and bringing new energy technologies to market. The projects will develop and test new ways to integrate emerging technologies into the energy industry and new models to unlock private capital in support of American energy innovation.
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Study: Central America & Caribbean Region to Invest $3.3bn in Smart Grid Infrastructure
August 1, 2017

"Central America will experience gradual growth in overall smart grid investment, led by the deployment of smart meters across the region," according to Ben Gardner, president of Northeast Group. "Investment will be driven by the combination of high electricity prices and high levels of non-technical losses -- two issues in the region that have not improved over the past decade. Support from international agencies such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), USTDA and others is now helping kick-start projects to address these problems throughout the region."
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Trilliant Networks and Stark Finalize Deal for SMETS1 Solution Throughout the United Kingdom
August 1, 2017

Trilliant Network's Smart Metering System Operator (SMSO) managed service is targeted to energy retailers. The service consists of an operations center and software managed by Trilliant, designed to simplify and streamline deployment and management of SMETS1 smart meters for energy retailers in the UK.
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New Report Examines Global Demand Response Market
July 31, 2017

New analysis from Technavio forecasts that the global demand response market will grow from $3,215 million in 2016 to $6,710 million by 2021, an increase of $3,495 million, or nearly 50%. One of the key growth areas noted is EMEA, where the DR market is expanding at a CAGR of 24.49%.
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Startup Companies Selected for the Ameren Accelerator
July 31, 2017

Ameren Corporation recently announced the seven companies that have been selected to participate in the Ameren Accelerator, an innovative public-private partnership with the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators, that assesses, mentors and invests in energy technology startup companies. Selected companies include /blossom, Hyperion Sensors, Omega Grid, Rebate Bus, SensrTrx, Switched Source and WIFIPLUG.
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Siemens and AES Join Forces to Create Fluence, a New Global Energy Storage Technology Company
July 26, 2017

Combining the AES Advancion and Siemens Siestorage energy storage platforms with expanded services, Fluence will offer customers a wider variety of options to meet the challenges of a rapidly transforming energy landscape. Siemens and AES will have joint control of the company with each holding a 50 percent stake.
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Report: More Than $80 Billion Will Be Spent on Global Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Development by the End of 2025
July 24, 2017

According to Navigant Research, stakeholders with the ability to fund large-scale deployments—such as governments, utilities, and automakers—will continue to play an outsized role in the growth of EV charging installations during the next 3-5 years. After that period, the market is expected to reach a more truly demand-driven status, as the growing PEV population drives interest in a range of charging options.
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Ameren Illinois Launches Voltage Optimization Project in Partnership with DVI
July 21, 2017

This week, Dominion Voltage Inc., a subsidiary of Dominion Energy and a leader in Volt/VAR optimization, or "VVO" solutions, announced that it has been selected by Ameren Illinois to partner in the energy company's grid modernization and ongoing customer-focused energy efficiency efforts.
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Regulators Accept Hawaiian Electric Companies' Plan to Reach 100% Renewable Energy
July 21, 2017

The plan includes continued growth of private rooftop solar and describes the work to expand and upgrade grid infrastructure and to use the newest generations of inverters, control systems and energy storage to help reliably integrate an estimated total of 165,000 private systems by 2030, more than twice today's total of 79,000.
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Hydro One to Acquire Avista to Create Growing North American Utility Leader
July 20, 2017

The acquisition establishes one of North America's largest regulated utilities with over C$32.2 billion (US$25.4 billion) in assets and a leader in electricity transmission and distribution as well as natural gas local distribution businesses.
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Bay State Wind Receives First Offshore Wind Site Assessment Plan Approval in the United States
July 20, 2017

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued its first approval of an offshore wind Site Assessment Plan (SAP) to Bay State Wind, a utility-scale offshore wind project in Massachusetts located 15 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard in the Atlantic Ocean.
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energyOrbit Works with the Utility Public Service Company of New Mexico to Automate Management of Energy Efficiency Programs
July 19, 2017

In an effort to automate and streamline their energy efficiency programs among their 500,000 customers, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), New Mexico's largest energy provider, has tapped the Demand Side Management (DSM) platform from energyOrbit to implement a unified method for reporting its energy efficiency activities.
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City of Santa Barbara Progresses Toward 100% Clean Energy Goal
July 19, 2017

Renew Financial, a leading clean energy and home improvement finance company, announced that the City of Santa Barbara has joined the CaliforniaFIRST PACE financing program and will make the program available to City residents in the near future. This action is a crucial positive step toward Santa Barbara meeting its commendable goal of exclusively using renewable energy sources by 2030.
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Department of Energy Provides $40 Million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers
July 18, 2017

The centers each led by a DOE National Laboratory or a top university are designed to lay the scientific groundwork for a new bio-based economy that promises to yield a range of important new products and fuels derived directly from nonfood biomass. Initial funding for the four centers will total $40 million for FY 2018, with plans for a total of five years of funding.
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