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Smart grid wins: a global look at projects and developments

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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

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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

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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.

Were we wrong about Germany? Can renewables make a grid MORE reliable?

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Critics routinely skewer Germany’s aggressive adoption of renewables, citing high power costs and grid instability as the inevitable results. But there are those who contend the country’s grid is more reliable because of renewables integration. Click to read what they’re saying and why.

Keeping up with smart grid companies: new projects and developments

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This week’s collection of smart grid projects covers a lot of ground: Silver Spring Networks and Trilliant expanding their presence in new and existing territories and GE’s Solutions as a Service implementation for example. And there’s more news from Itron, Siemens and Plug Power.

Another European country takes a step back from smart meters

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French regulators have decided the country’s goal of supplying 95% of electricity customers with smart meters by 2020 was “too ambitious” and want to scale it back. Click for more on the story and on the overall status of the EU smart meter initiative.

Smart grid wins: Partnerships, acquisitions, projects and more

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This week’s smart grid wins roundup is heavy on partnerships and acquisitions, but there also is plenty of news about transmission and metering projects and other developments. Read the story for quick summaries and click the links for further details.

Smart grid market research: China’s renewables growth surge and more

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Smart grid market forecasts are always interesting because they change so regularly. This week we share research on a variety of markets to let you know what the forecasters are expecting over the next few years. Read the story for a quick look at the EV charging stations market, smart city technology, home automation and China’s explosive renewables growth.

Lessons for utilities: How Japan massively screwed up renewables

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, renewables, Japan, Germany
Japan made a series of bad choices in its efforts to adopt renewables, despite having plentiful solar, wind and geothermal resources. A recent blog post from the Rocky Mountain Institute draws what may be some surprising conclusions about what went wrong in Japan coupled with a comparison to Germany’s approach. Click for details.

Has the UK already invented the utility of the future?

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After a detailed examination, UK gas and electric utility regulators found that the current regulatory model needed to change if utilities were to successfully deliver on the promise of a sustainable energy sector. Guest author Paul Alvarez describes the new UK model and what it is intended to accomplish.

Japan to its utilities: Screw the U.S. model, we're moving to competition

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Japanese lawmakers may have stunned the country’s regional power monopolies when they voted last week to open the residential electricity market to full competition. Click to read about how disruptive the change will be, and the likely winners and losers.

This week’s wins: smart grid projects and developments (and a milestone)

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This week’s smart grid wins collection includes a milestone in energy savings for Ecova, a new contract for Landis+Gyr in India, a smart cities partnership between Gowex and Cisco and more news and developments.

Where to look for smart grid leadership? Try China

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For the first time, China’s spending on smart grid last year topped U.S. investments. While spending in the U.S. fell by a third, China spent $4.3 billion and plans to spend $100 billion over the next 10 years on power distribution system upgrades. Click for details on the country’s extremely ambitious smart grid plans.

5 things the U.S. could learn from South Korea's smart grid (especially #2)

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South Korea intends to move into the smart grid space to become a “knowledge superpower,” and if the country’s past performance and growth in the automotive and electronics industries are an indicator, success is very likely. Click for a brief look at Korea’s smart grid platform.

Why GE's bid for Alstom Energy may be doomed. (Hint: The French don’t like Americans)

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General Electric has put in a bid to buy Alstom Energy, but its chances for success look slim. French government ministers recently stepped in and told Alstom to seriously consider a rival bid from Germany’s Siemens. Click for details.

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