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Warren Buffett putting his stamp on smart grid technology

There is a good reason Warren Buffett's name seems to be turning up everywhere in the energy sector. When he bought Nevada utility NV Energy last year, he said there would be further energy acquisitions. Already heavily involved in solar and wind power, his Northern Grid Power Holdings Co. is wrapping up a home energy management pilot project with Siemens in the UK.

UK regulators sign off on subsea transmission link

After substantial haggling over finances, and more possibly to come, British regulator Ofgem has authorized an almost 100-mile subsea high-voltage direct current cable between onshore power conversion facilities and Spittal in Central Caithness. The project will be a substantial upgrade for an old electricity network and will add capacity for bringing renewable energy to the grid.

Gauging senior attitudes toward the smart grid

The results of a Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) analysis of senior's attitudes toward the smart grid and related topics yielded some interesting findings. While U.S. seniors (55+) see saving money and reliability as worthwhile benefits of the smart grid, they are less likely than younger people to get involved in smart grid technologies and programs.

Saskatchewan investigating yet another overheated smart meter

After several smart meter failures earlier this year, Saskatchewan's Crown Utility is investigating yet another. While some of the earlier overheated meters burned and scorched the exterior walls on which they were installed, this recent failure damaged only the meter.

Wind energy tax credit extended...for now

The U.S. Senate voted to extend the wind energy tax credit this week, but the wind industry is not getting much comfort out of it. The extension is through the end of this year, two weeks. The tax credit was part of a $41.6 billion package of more than 50 tax breaks for individuals, businesses and nonprofits.

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