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UK smart meter rollout stalled until late 2016

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, UK smart meter program
The UK is putting its smart meter deployment on hold because an essential part of the project will not be complete in time to meet the initial deadline. Installations were to begin next year and be completed by 2020. But the company responsible for delivering the communications system for the meters has said the system won’t be completed until late in 2016, a delay that will be costly.

Ice Energy wins 16 contracts from SCE and other smart grid wins

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This week’s smart grid wins roundup touches on energy storage, smart meter deployments and solar installation projects. The collection also includes a milestone for Silver Spring Networks and an energy efficiency award for Building IQ.

SunEdison to become world’s biggest renewables company with First Wind buy

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, wind energy, mergers and acquisitions, SunEdison, First Wind
With the acquisition of wind power developer First Wind, solar power giant SunEdison will become the world’s leading renewable energy development company. SunEdison and subsidiary Terra Forma partnered for the First Wind acquisition.

Georgia Power rolls out EV charging rebate for business customers

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVs, EV charging, Georgia Power
As part of a multi-faceted electric vehicle transportation pilot, Georgia Power has begun an EV charging rebate program for its business customers intended to build interest in electric transportation. Read the story for details on the rebate program and why the utility is doing it.

Hawaiian Electric testing smart water heaters for several grid applications

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, grid optimization, smart water heaters, Hawaiian Electric, electric utilities, demonstration projects
Smart water heaters are not new, but they have typically been used for demand response applications. Hawaiian Electric will test how effective they can be in other roles. Utility officials think they may be able to help manage an electric grid that has been heavily integrated with intermittent solar power.

U.S. power grid hit by hackers 79 times so far this year

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News of cyberattacks on the U.S. energy grid seems almost continuous. But it’s still startling to see that the country has been hit by hackers a total of 79 times since the beginning of the year. Click to learn more about the attacks and why it is a particular concern for the energy industry.

Toshiba to demo renewables + hydrogen power system

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Toshiba, fuel cells, photovoltaic power, energy storage
Toshiba Corporation will conduct a demonstration of an independent power supply system that incorporates renewable energy and hydrogen. The system, which will run on water and sunlight, will be able to provide electricity and hot water during emergencies, and act to help manage changes in power demand at other times.

Smart water meter market to almost double in a few years

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets
While the U.S. is leading in the adoption of smart water meters now, the real growth is in Europe where France is the fastest growing market, analysts say. Read about this and more market news in this week’s smart grid market roundup.

The multi-state approach for Clean Power Plan compliance sounds good, but is it?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, EPA Clean Power Plan, policy and regulation
While many stakeholders and observers approve of the multi-state strategy to meet the requirements of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, states could find themselves with several high hurdles to clear. While states that work together have an extra year to develop their plans, officials from many states say that is still not enough time.

A cheaper, practical battery solution for renewables in remote locations?

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Startup Aquion Energy has introduced a new battery energy storage solution designed for use with renewables in remote locations. It is said to have a life cycle comparable to other long-lasting battery systems, with the added appeal of being relatively inexpensive.

Beijing takes its large electric substations underground

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart cities, substation innovation, Beijing
Beijing has solved the problem of large power substations getting in the way of development. How? By installing them underground. It is certainly an idea worth considering as cities become more densely populated.

2014 smart grid progress report is out: find out where YOUR state ranks

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid modernization, GridWise Alliance
The GridWise Alliance and the Smart Grid Policy Center have announced their state-by-state smart grid progress rankings for 2014. The index evaluates states on how much they have done to upgrade their electric systems with smart grid technologies. Click for details and the top ranked states.

Denmark plans to join the 100 club (100% renewables, that is)

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Denmark is the latest European country to announce plans to be 100% reliant on renewable energy, and expects to accomplish that goal by 2050. The country also is expanding on what most countries in the region have done by including transportation in its plans: no fossil fuel by 2050 either.

Smart grid wins: a hectic pace for the energy storage sector

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As you will notice, this week’s selection of smart grid wins focuses on the energy storage sector. It also includes news on customer engagement, a smart grid program for San Antonio and a project to enhance grid stability in Michigan.

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