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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 4 priorities that allow utilities to profit from the connected home market

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, home energy management, smart homes, connected homes, smart grid strategy, customer engagement, electric utilities
New technologies are frequently viewed with suspicion in the utility industry. Consider the developing “connected home” market as an example. Guest contributor Angus Panton makes the case that the new market offers substantial growth opportunities for utilities… as long as they attend to four key issues early on.

Smart grid tech: breakthroughs, tweaks and building a better battery

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid vendors
Smart grid companies are always coming up with new tech products and services and enhancements to existing products. We thought it was time to take a look at what they’ve been up to, so click to read about new offerings from ABB, Belden, GE, Leidos and other companies.

U.S. wind energy industry is doing quite well too (It’s not all about solar)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, wind power, U.S. wind power, Department of Energy
Wind power usually seems to play the wallflower in the renewable energy world where most of the attention is focused on solar. But two new DOE reports say the U.S. is a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world.

The good news for solar that could be bad news for utilities (including much higher efficiency)

solar power, rooftop solar, smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric utilities, electric utility future, smart grid trends, smart grid markets
Solar may seem like a threat utilities don’t really need to worry about quite yet, if ever in areas that don’t get a lot of sun and costs are high. But recent developments in the solar and energy storage industries could mean the time when today’s utility customers start generating their own power is coming soon.

No million by 2015, but electric vehicles are surging

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVs, plug-in electric vehicles, EV sales
While the numbers make it clear that President Obama’s goal of one million plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 won’t be met, that’s no reason for disappointment. As Pete Danko of Breaking Energy found, plug-in EV sales are growing at an astonishing rate… if more slowly than many had expected.

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.

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.

Quinone-based batteries could reduce need for metals, but project costs are high

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, flow batteries, Lux Research
Battery costs must drop if the stationary energy storage market is to grow as hoped over the next few years. New technologies look like promising ways to get around the need for metals like vanadium, but two Lux Research analysts report that project costs remain a concern.

Market Trends Digest: July 2014

The Newton-Evans Research Company has published a series of 18 electric power distribution market two-page snapshot market summaries. The new series of market overview reports (executive market summaries) includes supplier listings, representative products, and estimated market size for each topic, vendor market share estimates and market outlook and growth factors through 2016.

Why nanogrids may be bigger than microgrids (in some places it's true already)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, nanogrids, microgrids, grid optimization, electric utilities
Nanogrids don’t get a lot of attention even though they are “big business” compared to microgrids, according to current research. In addition, they could have a significant impact on the future of microgrids and our electric grids. Read the story to learn why.

Proof that fuel cells are starting to catch on

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, fuel cells, electric utilities
Smart Grid News ran a story last week reporting that many microgrids would be powered by fuel cells rather than renewables or gas turbines. Some responses made it clear there is skepticism in the energy industry about that point of view. Click for details from another source on how widespread fuel cell technology adoption has become.

Want to know the past and the future of renewables? Here it is at a glance

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As the accompanying story notes, distributed renewables are a major issue for electric utilities. We thought you might be interested in an infographic from Ventyx that pinpoints some key developments in the renewables sector. For example, while solar gets the headlines, most renewables growth in the past four decades was from wind energy.

Smart grid market research: Renewables, smart cities, demand response and more

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Our smart grid market research roundup is heavy on renewables this time around, but it also includes news on markets for global smart cities, home automation and demand response. Click for details on how those sectors are performing and forecasts for the future.

Solar City's latest plan to help Americans lose their utilities

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Solar City has already proven its little or no money down rooftop solar financing program is catching on. Now, the company is working with Groupon to offer the program online. Jump to the site to learn more about this new wrinkle and why, at the very least, utilities should consider putting more effort into customer service.

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