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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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Ontario IESO Seeks to Expand Market for Regulation
June 24, 2016

The IESO currently schedules up to 100 megawatts of regulation range on a day-to-day basis. Like many jurisdictions across North America, several factors are driving the need to expand the regulation market in Ontario.
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New York Power Authority Completes Project to Bring More Renewable Energy Downstate
June 23, 2016

The $120 million Marcy South Series Compensation Project, a joint venture of NYPA and NYSEG, is expected to provide up to 440 megawatts of additional transmission capacity, enough to power more than 400,000 homes. It will help relieve transmission congestion that affect the ability to deliver surplus upstate electricity from predominantly cleaner renewable sources such as wind and hydropower to the downstate region, which accounts for the majority of the state's energy use.
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California State University and Advanced Microgrid Solutions Announce Hybrid Electric Buildings
June 23, 2016

The systems will be implemented in multiple phases and constitute the largest advanced storage project at an educational institution in the nation. The first phase of the project will reduce the CSU's electric utility costs by more than $3.3 million and will store enough energy to power 2,000 homes.
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NextEra Energy Services Teams Up with AutoGrid to Offer New Demand Response Programs in PJM
June 22, 2016

NextEra Energy Services is offering ControlComm powered by AutoGrid's enterprise grade Demand Response Optimization & Management System. The platform is designed to provide business customers opportunities to lower their energy bills by adjusting their energy consumption manually or with an automated solution, during times of peak energy demand or high wholesale electricity prices.
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Report: Global Solar Boom, European Demand Slowing
June 22, 2016

According to a new report by SolarPower Europe, a total of 229 GW of solar power was installed in the world at the end of 2015, an over 45-fold market increase in only 10 years. After the 50 GW annual level of newly added solar power capacity was reached in 2015, the global solar market is well on its way to crack the 60 GW mark in 2016 -- the most likely scenario forecasts around 62 GW of newly commissioned solar power this year.
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American Municipal Power Selects Silver Spring Networks for Advanced Metering
June 21, 2016

For the initial phase, Silver Spring will deploy its standards-based IPv6 network platform and solutions to AMP for 60,000 electric and 30,000 water customers. AMP is a non-profit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 133 municipal electric utilities in nine states.
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U.S. Department of State Awards C3 IoT Enterprise-Wide IoT Platform and Applications Contract
June 21, 2016

This is the Federal Government's first enterprise-wide contract to deploy energy management and predictive analytics technology globally, which will help achieve and maintain statutory, executive order, and department energy and sustainability goals.
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OG&E Selects OSI Technology for Advanced Distribution Management System
June 20, 2016

OG&E has been one of the leading smart grid utilities in the country, successfully implementing programs in Volt/VAR optimization (VVO), advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and dynamic pricing. The new OSI ADMS is intended to provide an integrated real-time solution that enables OG&E to implement the next generation of advanced smart grid capabilities.
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General Electric Sets Guinness World Records Title For Most Efficient Power Plant
June 20, 2016

GE also announced that the company has been recognized by Guinness World Records for powering the world's most efficient combined-cycle power plant based on an achieved efficiency rate of up to 62.22% at the Bouchain plant.
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California ISO Leads Historic Push for Distributed Energy Resources
June 9, 2016

Supply resources must meet a minimum requirement of 0.5 MW to participate in ISO markets. While some DERs were previously able to enter the market in limited ways, the ISO is the first grid operator in the U.S. to spell out a process for providers to group various distributed energy resources to reach the threshold for market participation.
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ABB Inaugurates Microgrid in South Africa
June 9, 2016

ABB's microgrid installation in Johannesburg comprises the company's PowerStore battery-based grid stabilizing system to address frequency and voltage fluctuations. It also includes a Microgrid Plus distributed control system (DCS) to manage the supply of power and balance the fossil-fuel and renewable energy sources in accordance with loads, in a coordinated manner, enabling access to utility grade power.
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Infographic: The Future of Smart Grid Technologies
June 7, 2016

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) estimates that national smart grid technologies could lessen greenhouse gas emissions by 60-211 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMT CO2e) and are projected to exceed a market valuation of $400 billion by 2020.

This recent infographic from the University of California Riverside explains what a smart grid is, the current state of the market, why we need the technology, anticipated benefits, and promising smart grid R&D areas going forward.
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Europe's First Grid Connected Wave Energy Array
June 2, 2016

This is the first array of wave power generators to be connected to an electricity grid in Gibraltar and in Europe. The Eco Wave Power floaters move up and down with the movement of the waves, and create pressure which is driving a hydro motor and a generator. The technology also provides smart automation system that controls the power station's storm-protection mechanism and the stable transmission of clean electricity to the grid.
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Top Three Emerging Trends Impacting the Global Energy Management Systems Market for the Healthcare Sector
June 2, 2016

According to a new report from Technavio, the top three emerging trends driving the global energy management systems market for the healthcare sector are the increasing need for cost reduction, the rising need for energy conservation, and increasing certification.
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IRENA Report: Renewable Energy Employs 8.1 Million People Worldwide
May 31, 2016

The total number of renewable energy jobs worldwide rose in 2015 while jobs in the broader energy sector fell, finds the report. In the United States for example, renewable energy jobs increased 6 per cent while employment in oil and gas decreased 18 per cent. Likewise in China, renewable energy employed 3.5 million people, while oil and gas employed 2.6 million.
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Making the Case for Alternative Customer Metrics
By Jamie Wimberly, CEO, DEFG LLC
May 31, 2016

We can easily imagine that the window of opportunity for utilities to effectively restructure their customer strategy will be fairly short-lived, perhaps 5 to 10 years based on industry trends alone and perhaps less if the utility's customer experience is not aligned with external trends in regard to channels, customer devices and interfaces, and preferences for billing and payment options.
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Johnson Controls Announces Research Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
May 27, 2016

The technology collaborations between Johnson Controls and UW-Madison are focused on optimizing battery system performance and interactions with a vehicle's powertrain and electrical architecture, and on developing future stationary energy applications.
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California Public Utilities Commission Approves More Storage Procurement for Southern California Edison
May 27, 2016

"The CPUC will leave no stone unturned in seeking solutions to the reliability crisis caused by the Aliso Canyon incident," says CPUC Commissioner Mike Florio. "It will take a widespread effort and wise planning to get us through this without suffering unplanned service outages in the L.A. Basin."
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Utility Executives See Cloud Software as Critical to Improving Customer Engagement
May 26, 2016

The study by Navigant Research found that customer satisfaction is the most critical customer service business goal for utility executives, ranking above other priorities like cost reduction and increasing revenue. However, fewer than 15 percent of utility executives were confident in their customer engagement capabilities.
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ComEd Customers Get Green Light to Share Energy Data
May 25, 2016

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), which governs all Illinois utilities, recently approved a filing by ComEd for the Green Button Connect which enables utility customers to automate the secure transfer of their energy usage data to authorized third parties. This type of access to information also gives ComEd customers the ability to use a variety of software and smartphone applications to control and manage their personal energy consumption.
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Regalgrid Europe Launches to Deploy Global Smart Grid Networks
May 25, 2016

Each user integrated into a Regalgrid (Renewable Energy Generated and Accumulated in Local Grid) network will gain the ability to generate, store and consume electricity locally, and to share resources with others in the network. This localized generation and consumption model minimizes reliance on regional distribution systems.
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NYISO Markets Open to Behind-the-Meter Generation Resources
May 24, 2016

The NYISO estimates the new rules could introduce more than 100 megawatts of capacity into the wholesale market. Qualified resources must have a nameplate rating of at least 2 MW, a valid interconnection agreement allowing for the export of at least 1 MW, and sufficient metering infrastructure.
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USDA Invests More Than $200 Million in Electric Infrastructure Improvements in Five States
May 24, 2016

USDA is providing $202 million in loans for six projects in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina. The funding is administered through the Electric Program of USDA's Rural Utilities Service, the successor to the Rural Electrification Act (REA).
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Report: State of China's Smart Electric Meter Industry
May 24, 2016

According to a new report by ResearchInChina, more than 90 million smart electric meters were installed in China in 2015, creating a market size of RMB18.2 billion, up 5.56% from the previous year.
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New Study Examines Progress Toward U.S. SunShot Initiative Goals
May 19, 2016

The solar industry is currently about 70 percent of the way towards achieving the Initiative's 2020 goals, but as solar has become more affordable -- helping the industry grow by an astonishing 23-fold since the beginning of the Obama Administration -- new challenges and opportunities have emerged.
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White Paper: Change in Electricity System Calls For New Energy Policy and Market Reinforcement
May 19, 2016

According to a new paper by Fingrid, the Nordic electricity system is quickly heading into a situation where on average there is a sufficient, or even surplus, volume of electricity, but citizens and industry will not get it when they need it. The reliability of electricity supply is in jeopardy.
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Biodico Receives CEC Grant for Zero Net Energy Farms' Project
May 19, 2016

Biodico, Inc. recently announced that the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded the sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company a $1.2 million grant for its "Zero Net Energy Farms" project, which would enable farms to generate all electrical and heating power needs from on-site renewable resources, while reducing greenhouse gas footprints.
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California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon, and New York Top The Nation In Clean Energy Leadership
May 18, 2016

The transition to a clean-energy economy over the past seven years is remarkable, with 14 states now exceeding 10% in-state generation from non-hydro renewables (up from just one state in 2010), according to the recently published U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. The top three states (Iowa, South Dakota, and Kansas) are at 31%, 25%, and 24% respectively.
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UniEnergy Technologies Announces Next Utility Deployment with Terna in Sicily, Italy
May 18, 2016

The deployment will be a 450kW/1440kWh utility-scale energy storage system for a Terna utility substation in Ciminna, Italy on the island of Sicily. The owner of the Italian High Voltage National Transmission Grid, Terna is the largest independent transmission system operator in Europe and the sixth in the world.
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Con Edison CEO: New Technology Will Transform Every Aspect of the Customer Experience
May 17, 2016

John McAvoy told shareholders at the company's recent annual meeting that "solar, battery storage, wind, and other renewables will be increasingly a part of the energy landscape." He also talked about the company's $1.4 billion smart meter project, the largest capital investment in Con Edison's 193-year history, and how it will put choice, control, and convenience into customers' hands.
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Governor Cuomo Announces Four New NY Green Bank Transactions to Generate Up to $220 Million in Clean Energy Projects
May 17, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the closing of four new NY Green Bank transactions, which are expected to generate up to $220 million in clean energy projects, including more than 6,200 residential rooftop solar installations across the state. NY Green Bank investments will also result in up to eight large, ground-mounted solar installations for commercial and industrial users, and 400 residential energy efficiency projects.
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ESS' All-Iron Flow Battery Operational at Stone Edge Farm Microgrid
May 17, 2016

The 60 kWh all-iron flow battery system is designed to provide multiple services that are intended to maximize the microgrid's use of renewables. The iron, salt, and water electrolyte was hydrated on-site as part of a two-day installation and commissioning.
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