Professor Saifur Rahman, is an IEEE Life Fellow, the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech and conference chair for the upcoming IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) conference in Washington, D.C., and Smart Grid News Editor-in-Chief Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin caught up with him to conduct this question-and-answer session in which Rahman discusses smart grid progress, trends and value propositions. Article
Although electric vehicles (EV) have been talked about as an important piece of the energy future for years, the percentage of EVs on the road is still far below many goals. There are companies -- and even countries -- out there that are doing what they can to raise the acceptance and adoption of EVs. Article
As the energy industry in the United States and across the world continues to innovate and look to what is next, many countries are just now looking to bring electricity to their customers for the very first time. Article
Parks Associates attended DistribuTECH this year to talk with executives, gather information on the pulse of the industry, and understand new and emerging trends, specifically focused on the consumer perspective. Article
IT/OT convergence delivers high degrees of grid automation, sensing and visibility; achieves greater control of distributed generation; and provides better support of regulatory compliance. Those are just a few points touched on by an expert panel of speakers during yesterday's Fierce Live! Webinar, "The IT/OT Integration Imperative," sponsored by ABB.
ComEd is already losing an estimated $168 million in smart grid funding as a result of the $100 million annual reduction in funding by the Illinois Commerce Commission beginning in 2014. Now, the utility faces a class action lawsuit and a $182 million penalty for delays and costs associated with its smart meter rollout.
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The utility has filed a request with state regulators to modernize its gas system, including accelerating the replacement of aging cast iron gas mains during the next five years -- at a total cost of about $1.6 billion. The utility requested the funding, about $320 million per year, in a filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
A group of Central Texas technology companies, nonprofits focused on sustainability, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler, have announced a campaign to generate donations of electricity for power the initial year of operation of Community First! Village. The campaign creates the world's first community powered by crowdsourced energy and helps improve quality of life for village residents.
Driven by strong government support at state and federal levels, North America represents the majority of new project announcements with 436.4 MW; California alone accounts for nearly half of this announced capacity. Asia Pacific and Western Europe are the next leading regions, with 165.1 MW and 95.2 MW of new projects announced, respectively, according to Navigant.
Exelon has announced they will be expanding -- with a series of microgrids in the state of New York ranging from 10 to 200 megawatts (MW) located all around the state.
The Hawaii Foreign Trade-Zone No. 9 has announced plans to get off the grid entirely by developing its own microgrid system.
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A motion asking the California Energy Commission (CEC) to terminate the certification proceeding for the Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) coal plant, has been filed by a group that includes the Sierra Club, HECA Neighbors and the Association of Irritated Residents.
India is expected to have a breakout year in solar after three years of stagnant growth, which could have a significant impact on its clean coal industry and the adoption of clean coal technologies.