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With millions of dollars of federal stimulus money now in the hands of utilities and vendors to support smart grid initiatives around the U.S., project momentum is building. In this channel track smart grid projects, R&D efforts and find helpful expert resources.

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Smart grid hits and misses: a state by state close-up

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Curious about smart grid projects in your state - or the state next door? We've just updated all 50 of our state smart grid toolkits. Each one is packed with energy-related projects, news and trends. You'll also find useful state-specific resources, including state energy agencies, utility and regulator listings, advocacy groups and incentive programs. Click inside to start your coast-to-coast tour.

Grid optimization toolkit

grid optimization, smart grid, Volt/VAR optimization, Volt/VAR control, grid optimization solutions
Smart meters may get most of the attention, but many would argue that grid optimization is how utilities and their customers are going to get the most bang for their buck. So what is grid optimization, and how do we bring it out of the smart grid closet? You'll find answers in our one-stop grid optimization toolkit, which is packed with the analysis, trends and resources you need to get up to speed.

Electric power transmission toolkit

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How are we going to turn our frail and neglected electric power transmission system into a secure and reliable smart grid? It’s a critical and timely issue, which is why we’ve loaded this toolkit with some of the best analysis, most-promising trends and smartest research relating to next steps in electric power transmission.

Want to know where we are headed? Study National Grid's pilot

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid pilot projects, Worcester MA, National Grid, metering, customer engagement, customer education, energy efficiency
National Grid’s smart grid pilot project in Worcester, Massachusetts has been a constantly evolving series of lessons to be learned and a microcosm of the current state-of-the-art. The next phase of the project will be no less so. It’s not just about technology; it’s also focused heavily on consumer engagement and education, time-based pricing and other areas.

Smart grid wins: Sensus snags Verdeeco and more industry news

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects, mergers, partnerships, metering, transmission
This week’s smart grid wins roundup offers a variety of newsworthy projects and developments. Read about a milestone, an acquisition, awards and projects ranging from Itron’s smart grid platform for National Grid’s Worcester, Mass. pilot to GE Digital Energy’s work in Brazil and additional news from the smart grid sector.

Download this report: Learnings from the largest smart grid test bed

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, microgrids, Big Data, electric utilities
The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, the country’s largest, has released its 2013 annual report. Catch up on news of the project’s microgrid and lessons participants learned during their work in other areas, including transactive energy, wind forecasting, energy management and Big Data.

Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project: 2013 Annual Report

This report includes selected Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project highlights from participating utility and technology partners that demonstrate the investments of the past year.

Reality check: First-year report card for North America's largest energy storage project

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, Duke Energy, wind power, electric utilities
Duke Energy has operated an advanced lead acid battery storage system at its Notrees, Texas wind farm for a year, and is now readying its first report for DOE. Click for some thoughts from a Duke official on the project and where the utility sees value in storage.

A better way to charge EVs? Scientists devise "packet-based" approach

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVS, EV charging, R&D, electric utilities
Utilities have good reason to worry about EVs, as in what could happen to a distribution transformer when several neighbors plug their vehicles in to charge every evening at the same time? University of Vermont researchers have a new proposal to duck that problem by reducing the impact of simultaneous charging. Check out the story to find out what they have in mind.

National Grid enters next phase of important smart grid pilot

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We have followed National Grid’s smart grid pilot in Worcester, MA throughout its evolution, and it continues to be one to watch. The smart meter installations have been completed, so click to get an update on the new applications and tests that are coming next.

Philadelphia's Navy Yard maps its energy future

Smart Grid, Alstom Grid, Navy Yard grid, Modern Grid, Smart Grid Deployment, AMI, Smart Meters, Power Grid, Smart Electric Grid, Electric Utilities,
With help from industry heavyweights such as Alstom Grid, Philadelphia's Navy Yard has a new energy master plan to take it into the future. Click to see what's next for the private electric grid – including its role as a testing ground for new technologies.

Smart grid customer engagement: Lessons from Denmark

smart grid, smart grid technology, consumer engagement, home energy management, smart grid demonstration projects
It’s often said electricity customers only care about costs and aren’t really motivated by anything else. But, surprise, a new smart grid demonstration project in Denmark is proving otherwise. Project managers are finding money isn’t the only motivator: many end-users want better home energy management technology, not just cheap power.

Smart grid wins: from AMI and Big Data to DR and more

smart grid, smart grid technology, demand response, smart grid communicaitons, AMI, smart meters, smart grid investments, smart grid vendors
This week’s smart grid wins roundup includes projects, financing and more from companies both familiar and not so familiar. Read about the new AMI and smart grid services project with Itron and Tantalus and other recent smart grid developments.

Innovation brings needed safety to large-format lithium-ion cells

smart grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, lithium-ion batteries
Steve Minnihan of Lux Research writes that the absence of a safety track record for lithium-ion batteries has been the only thing standing in the way of the technology’s broader adoption. He explains an innovation that just might solve that problem.

4 unusual (but intriguing) clean energy schemes: Turkeys or genius, you decide

clean energy, renewable energy, energy researchers, lithium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, energy efficiency
Inventors often come up with ideas that seem pretty wacky at the time - but often end up making someone rich or famous and the rest of us thankful. Which brings us to our latest roundup of mind-bending ideas from clean energy labs. Who knows? Maybe a mutated virus can help build a better battery and human urine really will produce electricity.

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