The shift to the next generation of energy technology is already underway, and there is no turning back. Although the smart grid promises to transform the way we interact with electricity, major changes have yet to go viral. So what factors will actually make a difference in residential consumers' lives? Feature
Recently, grid operators across Europe anxiously observed a solar eclipse as it cast a shadow over the continent's vast installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rare celestial event posed a unique challenge for countries like Germany and Italy that significantly rely on solar energy for electricity production. Article
Tesla's home energy storage battery announcement made big waves in the industry, leading the company to sell nearly 40,000 units in the first week. But what does an inexpensive home storage system mean for the grid -- and how will it affect utilities? Feature
There are a number of cities working toward smart technology, but many are undertaking smart projects -- rather than a goal toward truly smart cities.In Charlotte, they understood that technology could lead to energy savings and launched a city-wide smart grid initiative to bring innovation to the city -- while creating efficiency. Feature
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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HR 2244 requires the Secretary of the Department of Energy to prepare and submit a plan to Congress that establishes a Strategic Transformer Reserve Program for the storage of spare large power transformers in strategically-located facilities and in sufficient numbers to temporarily replace critically-damaged large power transformers.
Lux Research is predicting that the electric vehicle (EV) market will expand as the price of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs drop. The estimate is based on a new bottom-up cost model built by Lux, which accounts for differences in battery chemistry, form factor, production scale, location, and other nuances. The research is significant for an industry that is known for being highly secretive about its costs.
Connecticut is making it easier to own an electric vehicle (EV) in the state, with the announcement by Governor Dannel Malloy that the state would be offering a rebate for the purchase of an EV -- through the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program (CHEAPR).
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL) is planning to construct a $25 million energy storage facility in Indiana, and municipalities are already petitioning the utility to choose their location.
Xcel Energy has become the latest utility to utilize drones to inspect their infrastructure. Xcel received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use unmanned aircraft to inspect 320,000 miles of electricity and natural gas infrastructure.
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