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Longest transmission link delivers renewable power

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, transmission, HVDC transmission, global business, Brazil, ABB
ABB has commissioned what it says is the longest transmission link in the world. The 2,400-kilometer HVDC connection stretches almost all the way across Brazil and will transmit electricity from two hydropower plants to the country’s primary economic center, São Paulo.

A new tool for finding cost savings in smart grid initiatives

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid initiatives, smart grid investments, smart grid tools, cost analysis, electric utilities
The Smart Grid Research Consortium is out with a new offering designed to help utilities improve their smart grid initiatives to provide more benefits and cut costs. The Executive Strategy Assessment Service is intended for cooperatives and public utilities that are beginning their smart grid programs as well as those with programs well under way.

All eyes are on rooftop solar… but what about BIG (utility-scale) solar?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, U.S. solar industry, utility-scale solar power, markets and pricing, electric utilities
It seems everyone is talking about rooftop solar, its dramatic growth, the subsidies, net metering and how it will change utilities and how they operate. But utility-scale solar still represents most of the solar growth in the U.S. Pete Danko of Breaking Energy reports on the current status of “big solar” and why more and more environmental groups and others are raising red flags about it.

Unions see the handwriting -- they are retraining for a net zero energy world

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid job training, electric utilities
We recently reported on Italian utility Enel’s new program to train the skilled workforce needed for a modern, decentralized electric grid. Innovations in training are happening in the U.S. too. Thousands of union electrical workers will be trained every year in smart grid technologies like grid-scale storage, renewable energy and advanced energy efficiency at the new Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute. Click for details.

Smart grid funding: DOE, other agencies continue to invest in projects and R&D

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, smart grid R&D, DOE, smart grid investments
The era of billions in smart grid investment and demonstration grants may be gone, but DOE and other federal agencies continue to steadily invest in grid resilience and a more secure energy future. We take a look at some recent examples in a variety of technologies.

This week’s smart grid wins... new projects, new partnerships

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This week’s smart grid wins roundup includes news from all over the map, from Germany and France to Hawaii and Ontario. Read the story to learn about a variety of new projects from Siemens, Itron, Stem, Schneider Electric and others.

The utility customer challenge: They like you but they are not loyal. Are you measuring the wrong things?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, consumer engagement, customer attitudes, electric utilities
Utilities are providing good customer service, most consumer say. But that doesn’t mean they would stick with their current electricity provider if given the choice. Click to read about the latest consumer survey from DEFG EcoAlign. It explains why measuring long-term loyalty could be more valuable than measuring customer satisfaction.

A very different kind of wave energy device (it operates well below the waves)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, marine energy, wave energy, renewable energy, research and development
Many industry observers see wave energy as a remote possibility, one of those “out there” technologies, if they consider it at all. However, several companies have quietly gone about their business building and testing a variety of devices to convert marine energy into electric power. Pete Danko of Breaking Energy shares one of the latest developments.

Desperate German utilities will try to become solar leasing companies

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Germany’s largest utilities did not participate in the country’s solar boom and are losing market share and profits because of it. Click to read about how they plan to get back in the game and what some of their options could be.

What's the future of utilities? Hawaii has one answer

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, Hawaii, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Hawaii’s electricity landscape is changing dramatically. In response to demands from regulators, the state’s utilities have provided plans for how they will reduce power bills and meet a target of providing two-thirds of the state’s electricity with renewables by 2030. Hawaii’s experiences will be worth watching because they could provide a glimpse of the not too distant future for other parts of the country.

Could a new tax save the smart grid? This expert thinks so

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, electricity tariffs, FERC, electric utilities
Law professor Joel Eisen wants the Federal Energy Regulation Commission to consider a tariff on electricity distribution to create an open access grid that would spur innovation and new technology deployment. Read the story to learn more about his proposal and why he believes it will encourage grid transformation.

How California's net metering law is making Elon Musk even richer (and the poor even poorer)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, net metering, policy and regulation, California net metering law, rooftop solar, electric utilities
California’s net metering policy intended that subsidies be paid to electricity customers who produce onsite energy with rooftop solar installations. The problem is that most of those subsidies go to solar leasing companies while customers receive very little. Click for details on a study by the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation that lays out the issues and shortcomings.

6 lessons from Estonia's smart metering push

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, smart meter deployment, lessons learned, electric utilities, global business
It’s always good to be able to learn from the experiences of others. Now that Estonia is halfway through its smart meter deployment program, a number of valuable lessons have surfaced. Read the story to find out what the program’s project manager sees as the most important takeaways.

How Duke is selling regulators on a $1.9 billion grid upgrade plan for Indiana

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, utility business case, policy and regulation, smart grid strategy, Duke Energy, electric utilities
For a better shot at getting their rate increase plans approved, utilities should focus on what will get regulators’ attention. Click to read about Duke Energy’s proposal for an ambitious grid modernization plan that takes a nuts and bolts and dollars and cents approach and, for the most part, steers clear of potential problem areas.

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