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Ohio regulators OK FirstEnergy plan to cut back energy efficiency programs

With approval from state regulators, Ohio utility FirstEnergy is well on its way toward shelving most of its energy efficiency programs for at least two years. State lawmakers passed a bill to suspend efficiency programs earlier this year, saying it was needed to give them time to study the economics of the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.  More >>


smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, home energy management, electric utility strategies

How the evolving utility-customer relationship is changing home energy management

More consumers are becoming aware of energy efficiency and managing their energy use. While that can certainly be considered progress, the trend also attracted a new set of competitors for utilities. Guest author Jenny Roehm provides an overview, as well as recommendations for how utilities can counter that competition.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, Germany, coal industry

Now that nuclear is on the way out, Germany considers the future of coal

Germany’s aggressive shift to renewables has caused a lot of head scratching and attracted a lot of criticism, and more is sure to come. Following the German government decision to abandon its nuclear program in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, officials are now focused on the future of its coal industry.  More >>
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, wind energy, mergers and acquisitions, SunEdison, First Wind

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

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.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, UK smart meter program

UK smart meter rollout stalled until late 2016

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.  More >>
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies

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

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.   More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, cybersecurity, utility cybersecurity, electric utilities

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

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.  More >>
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, grid optimization, smart water heaters, Hawaiian Electric, electric utilities, demonstration projects

Hawaiian Electric testing smart water heaters for several grid applications

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.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVs, EV charging, Georgia Power

Georgia Power rolls out EV charging rebate for business customers

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.  More >>
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets

Smart water meter market to almost double in a few years

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.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, EPA Clean Power Plan, policy and regulation

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

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.  More >>


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