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Solyndra be damned: DOE plans massive loan program for renewables

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid funding, DOE loan guarantee program
Many industry observers may have thought the DOE loan program was quietly scuttled after Solyndra, which received a federal loan guarantee, went bankrupt. But the program is back in business with new loans expected as soon as year end. Get the details inside.

Utility professionals: If you work on the market side, you'll want to tap this new tool

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid trends, smart grid markets and pricing, Ventyx, electric utilities
How many utility professionals can find the time to follow all the latest news and numerous reports to keep up with industry trends and markets? Probably not many. Click to read about a new offering from ABB subsidiary Ventyx: the “Energy Markets Intelligence” website. It can make keeping up with North American industry trends and market opportunities downright convenient.

Short on time? Take our quick tour of current smart grid market research

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, smart grid market research, microgrids, customer engagement, cybersecurity
There’s a wealth of electricity industry and smart grid market research out there, frequently too much to follow. For a quick overview, take a look at a selection of some of the latest research, from trends in customer engagement and microgrids to combined heat and power and cybersecurity.

Why Opower's IPO is so important to all of us

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, home energy management, Opower, markets and pricing
When Opower launched its IPO on April 4, share prices jumped during the first day of trading. While that’s certainly great news for Opower and the home energy management sector, it’s also very good news for the industry overall. Click for details and what the IPO could mean for the industry’s future.

Read all about it… smart grid wins in energy storage, metering and more

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, energy storage, metering, transmission, demonstration projects
This week’s smart grid wins roundup covers a lot of ground, from smart electric and water meters to transmission and a new energy storage pilot project for partners Hitachi and Demansys. It also covers new developments in monitoring, renewable energy and a new smart grid project.

Scientific American: Utilities are conducting a "propaganda war" against solar

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rooftop solar, solar power, renewable energy, electric utilities
There’s no shortage of news about conflicts between the rooftop solar industry and electric utilities. According to a recent Scientific American article, the rooftop solar industry and utilities are at war… and predicts utilities are losing. Click for details.

More investment dollars for energy storage, but early funding still lacking

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, energy storage startups, energy storage market, Lux Research
Strategic investors are good for energy storage startups, but they don’t necessarily reduce the risk of failure. Dean Frankel of Lux Research explains that while the energy storage market is growing, more funding for applied research and technology development is needed.

Catch up on what’s new in smart grid projects and business

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid wins, smart grid projects, smart grid partnerships, acquisitions, SCADA, smart grid companies
From a smart grid research grant for New Mexico State University to projects for ABB and Siemens in Italy and Egypt, it’s been a busy week in the smart grid sector. Also, read about the Schneider Electric-Microsoft partnership and an integrated energy marketplace from Accenture and Southwest Power Pool.

More evidence grid-scale batteries will soon be cost-effective

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, battery energy storage, markets and pricing, electric utilities
Grid-scale batteries have seemed poised for a breakthrough for some time, although they have never quite taken off. But prices have been dropping for years and there’s good reason to think we may see an even steeper drop in the very near future. Click to find out why.

Smart grid market research: a quick review

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, metering, transmission, smart water, smart cities
There is a massive amount of smart grid market research out there on every conceivable topic. We’ve selected a sampling of the latest reports that should interest many of our readers. Click for a quick look at new research in the transmission, metering, smart cities and smart water markets.

Itron announcement validates growing managed services trend

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, managed services, smart grid markets, Itron, smart grid trends, electric utilities
Managed services have been catching on with utility executives who realize they don’t need to make major investments in a data center and expert staff when they can hire a company to provide the computing power and expertise they want. With Itron’s announcement of its AMI and other managed services package, utilities now have another option to consider.

In San Antonio, automated demand response grabs the spotlight

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, demand response, automated demand response, ADR, Navigant Research, webinars, electric utilities
Automated demand response (ADR) has attracted a lot of buzz and smart grid companies are jumping on the bandwagon one after another. Read the story to learn more about the growing market and to sign up for the Navigant Research Automated Demand Response webinar scheduled for Tuesday, March 11.

Who's dominating smart grid security? New report lists 8 leaders

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, cybersecurity, cybersecurity vendors, electric utilities
Utilities depend on solid relationships with their cybersecurity vendors to keep them up to speed and prepared for the latest threats. Infiniti Research has released a list of what it considers the top eight companies in the cybersecurity field. Click to find out which companies they picked and see if you agree.

A faster way to restore power? This company thinks so

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, sensors, distribution network sensors, distribution, electric utilities, markets and pricing
If there is such a thing as a quiet explosion, the phrase would accurately describe the growth of low-cost sensors for distribution networks. They’re becoming more widespread, more functional and smarter. Guest author Ashley Walter describes one such technology. Think of it as an example of what’s behind a quickly growing market.

The next backlash? Why you need to educate C&I customers about demand charges

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid markets and pricing, consumer engagement, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
Power pricing is shifting toward rates based on peak demand, and it could cause headaches for utilities when commercial and industrial customers see higher electric bills they weren’t expecting. Before they start complaining to you and to regulators, make sure they understand their tariffs and power contracts. Click for details and more sound advice from energy services expert Lindsay Audin.

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