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What motivates consumers to manage their energy use? (It’s not just saving money)

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If utilities and other stakeholders are to succeed in their efforts to get consumers more involved in their energy consumption, it would help to know what makes those consumers tick. The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative has issued a new report on the different types of consumers, what they care about and insights on how to get them engaged.

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.

One more time: Massachusetts takes top honors in state energy efficiency

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Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Click to find out where your state ranks, which are most improved and which have some catching up to do.

WSU building ‘smart city’ lab to test smart grid technologies

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With a $500,000 grant in hand, scientists at Washington State University are building a smart city laboratory to test smart grid technologies. The idea behind the project is to create a sufficiently realistic test bed to ensure that its research will be practical in the real world.

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.

Innovative Kansas biofuel plant provides vehicle fuel AND electricity

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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

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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.

Energy efficiency: DOE zeroes in on commercial and residential HVAC systems

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HVAC systems in commercial and residential buildings draw a lot of the energy those buildings use. The advantages to trimming that number are obvious and many different approaches are underway to do it. Now DOE is kicking in money to come up with alternative technologies that could make real energy savings possible.

Opower ups the ante with a new customer engagement platform upgrade

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Building on investments made earlier this year, customer engagement specialist Opower has added significant upgrades to launch its Opower 5.5 technology platform. The company says the new version will give utilities new capabilities to help them better identify and provide what their customers want.

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.

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.

Energy efficiency a major force in meeting Pacific Northwest power demand

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Energy efficiency has emerged as a major topic over past several years as electric customers and state regulators make it clear they want electric utilities to provide power as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. The Pacific Northwest has benefitted greatly from energy efficiency investments and initiatives. Read the story to learn how.

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