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Snag your copy of our latest eBook: The Ultimate Guide to AMI

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Developed with leading industry experts, SGN's new eBook offering is a full-scale, start-to-finish, everything-including-the-kitchen-sink compendium of AMI best practices, lessons learned and future directions. Don't miss it; click to download your free copy.

SCADA Buying Guide Part 1: Start with a by-the-book scoping process

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When you're in the market for a supervisory control and data acquisition - SCADA - system, the safest scoping process typically consists of three phases: project research and planning, request for proposal and vendor evaluation/selection. Click for a discussion of each.

Innovative Kansas biofuel plant provides vehicle fuel AND electricity

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, biofuels refining, Abengoa, renewable energy, cogeneration
Abengoa refers to its new biofuel plant, the country’s third commercial-scale cellulosic refinery, as a ‘one of a kind’ facility. In addition to the plant’s innovative process for converting biomass into motor vehicle fuel, the refinery will be powered by its own cogeneration plant.

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 wins from around the world

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This week’s roundup includes new projects like Scotland’s first large-scale offshore wind farm and South America’s largest smart grid project, a milestone for DTE Energy’s smart meter program and Innovari’s recent acquisition.

Can plug-in EVs enhance grid reliability? EPRI and others are betting on it

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The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, EPRI, electric car makers and others are betting smart grid technology can integrate plug-in EVs in a way that supports grid reliability. Click to read about a demo project for a new software system developed by EPRI and others.

How to enhance utility performance and value through the Internet of Things

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The world utilities operate in is getting less “traditional” quickly, and the number of non-traditional customers, those generating their own electricity, is growing. All of that is forcing utilities to collaborate across traditional boundaries. Guest author Ron Chebra explains why and how the Utility Internet of Things can be a valuable solution to help them accomplish that feat successfully.

The biggest challenge to smart water initiatives? Cost

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It may or may not come as a surprise but the biggest roadblock for utility smart water initiatives is how much they cost, says a new survey from Zpryme. Yet despite that obstacle 9 out of 10 water utilities have smart water plans in place.

Really? Breakthrough said to be the “next big thing” in battery technology

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Scientists from a Singapore technical university have come up with a battery capable of recharging to 70% capacity in two minutes, and it will last much longer than today’s lithium-ion batteries. The development could affect many industries and markets, particularly electric vehicles.

Watchdog group to UK government: cut back smart meter rollout costs -- now

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A UK consumer group has told the government to reduce what it predicts will be spiraling costs of the country’s smart meter rollout. The organization says customers will pay those higher costs and the savings they can expect from smart meters won’t justify that expense.

Pioneering Enel to launch business incubator for smart grid tech innovation

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Italian utility Enel has always been a pioneer in the utility industry, and shows no signs of stopping. With financial backing from the EU, Enel is launching a business incubator for clean tech startups with new innovations in smart grid-related technologies.

Smart grid wins: projects, a partnership and acquisitions

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This week’s smart grid wins features new projects for Landis+Gyr, Silver Spring Networks and SourceOne as well as acquisitions for Ericsson and Kamstrup. Also, Comverge and Constellation have agreed to combine their demand response businesses for commercial and industrial customers. Click for details.

Please! No more solar! Japanese utilities want to slow the rush to renewables

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Japan just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to meeting its power needs. With few fossil fuel resources, the country relied on nuclear until the Fukushima disaster all but ended its nuclear program. Now, half of Japanese utilities won’t take on any new renewable energy until the grid has been upgraded to accommodate it safely.

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.

New standard signals the next era in grid-scale storage

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What is it going to take to get energy storage off the ground? Sure, the market is growing but there have always been obstacles to widespread adoption and solid growth. Newly released plug-and-play energy storage standards could help clear some of those roadblocks. Read about a new draft specification from MESA Standards Alliance and SunSpec Alliance.

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