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Smart water meter market to almost double in a few years

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While the U.S. is leading in the adoption of smart water meters now, the real growth is in Europe where France is the fastest growing market, analysts say. Read about this and more market news in this week’s smart grid market roundup.

Brattle Group: grid integrated storage could be a big plus for ERCOT

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, grid-scale energy storage, ERCOT, electric utilities, independent system operators
Grid-integrated distributed electricity storage could provide substantial benefits to the Texas power system managed by ERCOT. Among other advantages, storage deployment could reduce power outages for customers and defer transmission and distribution investment, according to a report from the Brattle Group.

A quick look at smart grid markets

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This week’s smart grid markets report includes news and forecasts on smart water and electric meters, power and distribution transformers, industrial Internet sensors, flywheel energy storage and commercial and residential HVAC systems. Click for details.

Irish utility partners with Nest to offer free thermostats to new customers

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Despite the substantial amount of debate and concern in energy industry circles over Google’s purchase of Nest and what it could mean for the future of utilities, an Irish utility has taken a different tack and partnered with the company to offer the smart thermostats free to new customers when they sign up.

VC funding, cybersecurity and more news from smart grid markets

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This week’s smart grid markets roundup offers a look at a variety of sectors ranging from cybersecurity and managed services to venture capital funding and biopower. The outlook is generally good, and notably so for managed services and biopower.

Study says yes, the smart water market will (finally) grow

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Despite disappointing adoption rates in recent years, the smart water market will accelerate, according to a new study. Demand for more efficient management and distribution of increasingly scarce resources and other drivers will require the market to grow. Click for details on the market and the areas where growth is anticipated.

DOE’s new Lab-Corps to bring clean energy technologies to market faster

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DOE has committed to a pilot program to better train its national laboratory researchers to take their work in clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster. Click for details on the technology accelerator and training program and the anticipated results.

Smart grid markets: What the analysts say about EVs, metering and more

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Plug-in EVs are expected to account for 2.4% of the world’s light-duty vehicles in less than 10 years and the global DR management system market is forecast to almost quadruple in about five years. Those are just a couple examples from this week’s smart grid market research roundup.

What to know about entering the $900B energy reduction assets markets

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy reduction assets, ERAs, energy efficiency, demand response, energy solutions providers, electric utilities
Energy reduction asset markets (ERAs) can be a good fit for small to mid-size energy solution vendors. Guest author Mike Gordon explains what they are, how they work and the role of utilities. He also identifies the risks and possible pitfalls.

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

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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.

Smart grid market research: forecasts from the analysts

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This week’s smart grid market research update dips into several sectors, including technologies, transmission and distribution, building energy management, Volt/VAR architecture and more. Click to read what the experts are forecasting for those markets over the next few years.

Survey says the majority of Americans don’t know solar’s getting cheaper… yet

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rooftop solar, solar leasing, consumer attitudes
A new survey found that 70% of Americans haven’t considered solar installations because of the cost. But when they were told about solar leasing options, they became a lot more interested. Read the story for a more detailed look at American consumer attitudes toward solar.

Smart grid markets update: substation automation, storage and more

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Over the next 10 years, the largest smart grid infrastructure markets will be in Southeast Asia as four countries seek to improve and modernize their electric grids to meet growing demands. Click for details about the growth in Southeast Asia and other smart grid and related markets.

Slow growing geothermal seeks bigger piece of U.S. renewable energy pie

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Geothermal energy hasn’t been a hot topic in U.S. energy industry circles, at least not for several years. But as Breaking Energy’s Pete Danko reports, that could change. He provides an update on where the geothermal industry is today and why it could become an increasingly important source of power over the next several years.

A quick scan of smart grid and related markets

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The energy industry environment changes constantly and while market forecasts aren’t written in stone, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on what the analysts envision for the future. Click to read about predictions for programmable DC power supplies, demand response, energy storage and other markets.

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