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DOE’s new Lab-Corps to bring clean energy technologies to market faster

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DOE has committed to a pilot program to better train its national laboratory researchers to take their work in clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster. Click for details on the technology accelerator and training program and the anticipated results.

Smart grid wins: a quick look at some of the latest projects

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The smart grid sector never seems to slow down. New projects and developments seem to emerge constantly. In this week’s smart grid wins, you can read about a new reliability project with GE and Georgia Power and additional news in transmission and EV charging, as well as an award for Gridco Systems.

A break for utilities? EPA to reconsider Clean Power Plan

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EPA’s Clean Power plan may change as a result of responses the agency received during its public comment period. There was enough concern regarding the impact on grid reliability and the high cost of compliance that the agency is asking for additional comments on specific parts of the plan.

Alstom to advance microgrid work in Philadelphia

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Microgrids are gaining a higher profile in conversations about improving the electric grid. Now Alstom and its partners will research and design a demonstration of advanced microgrid technology at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard that will combine several smart grid technologies. Click for details on what the project will entail.

Florida Power & Light: Taking intelligence to the edge of the network

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Every once in a while an announcement is more than just an announcement. And so it is with a recent one from FP&L. Read about the forward-thinking utility’s decision to employ distributed intelligence to improve reliability and reduce outages and associated costs. We consider it a tipping point.

Utilities agree on tough times ahead (but disagree on the future of transmission)

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Utilities agree they will face strong competitors as the U.S. works to expand and upgrade the electric grid. But they certainly don’t agree on the future of transmission and how much change will occur over the next 10 years.

PSE&G’s triple play grid resilience strategy

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In the two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey’s largest utility performed more than two million power restorations. While it is said to be a record, it is not one Public Service Gas and Electric cares to repeat. Read about the utility’s extensive upgrade and strengthening work in infrastructure, communications and logistics.

Tiny German village builds its own smart grid, and goes off grid

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The debate over whether Germany’s aggressive renewables adoption initiative is working or failing has grabbed the headlines, but sometimes it’s worth taking a look at a situation from a different point of view. Fed up with buying thousands of gallons of heating oil, a small German village built its own smart grid. And promptly went off grid.

Army, NREL partner on large-scale net zero energy pilot

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Army are working together on a pilot program to reach net zero energy use status at nine Army installations. If all of those sites can reach net zero, 8% of the Army’s current installation energy consumption will be replaced with renewables.

Korea closes in on its goal: major smart grid technology exporter

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Korea has been working toward an ambitious goal for years: to become a prominent smart grid technology exporter. It’s yet another indicator of what the future will likely bring... more and tougher competition in the smart grid technology provider arena.

Smart grid wins: the latest smart grid projects and developments

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As usual, it’s been a busy week for smart grid projects. Read about OwnEnergy’s agreement to provide wind power to Yahoo! Inc., S&C Electric’s energy storage project with Australia’s Ergon Energy and a smart grid partnership between DOE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Chattanooga’s EPB.

USDA boosts rural electric power with $1.4B in loan guarantees

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending a tidy sum to upgrade electric grids in rural communities, and part of that investment is earmarked for smart grid technologies. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said that in addition to improving grid reliability, the upgrades will bring jobs and economic opportunities to rural areas.

Solar’s biggest integration challenge: overgeneration?

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Utilities have fretted over how to successfully adapt their operations to integrate increasing amounts of solar power. Now some solar stakeholders say their industry needs to make some changes of its own to avoid economic failure.

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.

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