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Korea closes in on its goal: major smart grid technology exporter

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Korea, Korea smart grid, global business, smart grid markets
Korea has been working toward an ambitious goal for years: to become a prominent smart grid technology exporter. It’s yet another indicator of what the future will likely bring... more and tougher competition in the smart grid technology provider arena.

SE Asia to be the next hot spot for smart grid investment

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid technology investments, SE Asia smart grid
Smart grid infrastructure investment will gradually move from Europe and North America to SE Asia over the next 10 years, says Northeast Group. Emerging markets there are expected to spend $13.6 billion on electric grid modernization.

Watchdog group to UK government: cut back smart meter rollout costs -- now

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, metering, smart meters, smart meter deployments, UK smart meter program
A UK consumer group has told the government to reduce what it predicts will be spiraling costs of the country’s smart meter rollout. The organization says customers will pay those higher costs and the savings they can expect from smart meters won’t justify that expense.

Please! No more solar! Japanese utilities want to slow the rush to renewables

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, solar power, Japan, electric utilities
Japan just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to meeting its power needs. With few fossil fuel resources, the country relied on nuclear until the Fukushima disaster all but ended its nuclear program. Now, half of Japanese utilities won’t take on any new renewable energy until the grid has been upgraded to accommodate it safely.

Smart grid wins: a smart cities collaboration, Hawaii’s smart grid upgrade and more

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects
Read this week’s smart grid wins for a quick look at a new smart cities project collaboration, Hawaii’s progress with its smart grid technology upgrade, a new acquisition for Schneider Electric and more projects and developments.

What modern cities want from their utilities. (It ain't pretty.)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart cities, Europe smart cities, renewables, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Utilities in the U.S. may want to take a look at how two European cities are taking part in the region’s massive effort to cut carbon emissions, and what they’re telling (not asking) their utilities to do. Click for details on the cities’ initiatives and how local utilities are affected.

Market research update: What the analysts expect for smart grid sectors

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, global business
This week’s market research update focuses on global markets and the variety of countries responsible for driving solid growth in several smart grid sectors. Read about the latest forecasts in markets ranging from synchrophasors and offshore wind power to smart buildings and distributed generation.

A quick look at today’s smart grid projects and developments

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It’s a big week for smart grid wins. Read about Elster’s smart meter contract with ERDF in France, a massive transmission network upgrade for Sertex Utility Services, Duke Energy’s major expansion of solar power and more projects.

This week’s smart grid wins... new projects, new partnerships

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This week’s smart grid wins roundup includes news from all over the map, from Germany and France to Hawaii and Ontario. Read the story to learn about a variety of new projects from Siemens, Itron, Stem, Schneider Electric and others.

Desperate German utilities will try to become solar leasing companies

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, German renewables, German electric utilities, business strategy
Germany’s largest utilities did not participate in the country’s solar boom and are losing market share and profits because of it. Click to read about how they plan to get back in the game and what some of their options could be.

"We don't need no stinkin' grid" will be the mantra of the developing world, professor says

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, nanogrids, microgrids, renewable energy, developing world, global business
The idea that a traditional centralized electric grid may not be the best way to deliver power to the millions of people in the world who don’t have it is gaining traction. Read the story to learn about a detailed strategy that calls for major business model and policy changes to support deployment of nanogrids and microgrids in regions with no or intermittent power.

A quick look at smart grid markets performance

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, smart grid sectors, global business
It’s always a good idea to keep track of how the varied energy industry markets are performing. It does take time, though. That’s where our smart grid market reports roundup comes in handy. Read the brief summaries and click on the links for more details.

Smart grid wins: a global look at projects and developments

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects
This week’s smart grid wins feature includes what could almost be considered a bit of everything. Read about a variety of smart grid companies and projects ranging from solar and smart water to transmission and energy efficiency. And don’t miss the awards for AutoGrid Systems and Silver Spring Networks.

The rapidly expanding market for distributed renewable energy

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, distributed renewable energy, global business, renewable energy adoption
As the cost of distributed wind and solar power generation drop, costs for fossil fuel and nuclear continue to increase. While the intermittent nature of those renewables presents challenges for many utilities integrating them, the growth rate of those power sources in many countries may surprise you… particularly in developing nations.

European power plants could be obsolete starting in 2020

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Europe, smart grid trends, renewable energy, electric utilities
A new report says Europe’s centralized fossil-fuel power plants could be obsolete very soon as a direct result of solar power, energy storage and electric vehicles. And the 2020 tipping point date? That’s when investment bank UBS believes the payback period for a rooftop solar system will be attractively short and batteries much less expensive.

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