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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.

New tools you can use for smart grid consumer education

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With surveys over the past few years showing roughly half of electricity customers are aware of the smart grid, it is apparent some new approaches are in order to help them understand its benefits. Click to learn more about a series of videos from the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative that could be a very good fit with utility customer outreach efforts.

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.

Steal these ideas from PG&E's smart grid report

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It isn’t enough for utilities to develop a smart grid that provides real benefits for customers. They also need to let customers (and regulators) know about those benefits in a way that’s meaningful to them. PG&E’s third annual smart grid progress report provides some valuable lessons on how to do it right.

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