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Southwestern utility efficiency programs to save $5.5B

Energy efficiency programs from electric utilities in the Southwest U.S. will save customers $5.5 billion net according to the utilities' own data.

Kansas regulators investigating distributed generation cost and benefits

Amid the proposed $12.2 billion merger of Great Plains Energy with Kansas electric utility Westar Energy, the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) is investigating the rate design for distributed power generation customers.

Smart inverter tech ahead of industry standards

A smart inverter technology able to meet real-time grid demand complies with an industry standard that will become mandatory for some in the near future.

Cleanspark microgrid to save $300,000 per year

An 832kW "flex Power System" microgrid created by energy and control technology company CleanSpark has been completed in Borrego Springs, California. 

DOE paying for 12 power grid cybersecurity projects

The U.S. Department of Energy will fund 12 cybersecurity projects with up to $34 million to the reliability and resilience of the nation's energy infrastructure.

Siemens infrastructure improvements to save Utah town $11.4M

The project scope includes building automation modifications, HVAC enhancements and interior-to-exterior building improvements, and is expected to take about 18 months at a cost of $6.7 million.

Utility CEOs to invest in automation and cybersecurity technology

A new report from KPMG shows that utility CEOs are looking to invest in automation and cybersecurity technology in the near future.

DOE commits $40M to test grid-connected wave energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has committed $40 million to support development of an open-water wave energy testing facility.

FirstEnergy investing $128M in Potomac Edison grid upgrades

FirstEnergy announced Monday that it is mid-project on distribution and transmission infrastructure upgrades to the Potomac Edison territory power grid that will be worth $128 million when complete.

IoT Analytics finds oil and gas industry helping lead IoT usage

A report from IoT Analytics tracking the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem showed that oil and gas is one of the leading IoT-connected industries. The second and third largest IoT-related segments were in smart city and smart energy.

Cisco finds SCADA system vulnerability undocumented by vendor

A Cisco security intelligence organization has found a system vulnerability in an Allen-Bradley supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) controller system, the firm announced last week.

Xcel Energy settles for trial time-of-use fees, preserves net metering

In the pursuit of fair rate fees for distributed energy resources generation, Xcel Energy has backed off of its initial request for grid use fees and settled for two pilot projects that will instead test time-of-use and demand rates.

Cuero, Texas, to complete $1.9M smart grid by October

Smart grid technology company Nexgrid will implement a city-wide smart grid for Cuero, Texas, by October, providing real-time outage notification, distribution management, electric and water meter reading, advanced analytical capabilities for energy usage, a customer web portal and intelligent streetlight control.

Water tech company Xylem acquires Sensus for $1.7B

Smart meter company Sensus is being acquired by water tech company Xylem in a $1.7 billion dollar deal announced today by Reuters.

Arizona lawmakers OK new rate plans, postpone net metering decision

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted 4-1 last week to approve new rate plans proposed by UniSource Energy Services (UES), a subsidiary of UNS Energy. 

PG&E reaches "major milestone" in Diablo Canyon nuke plant closure

PG&E and labor and environmental groups have filed a joint proposal with the California Public Utilities Commission to retire the state's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant (DCPP) and replace its power generation with renewables, energy efficient technology and electric storage equipment by 2025.

New Jersey to award up to $2M for microgrid development

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is assessing how the state's power grid can benefit from a collection of carefully located microgrids, and has up to $2 million to support a maximum of 10 feasibility studies at $200,000 per study. 

Software-driven energy storage gets $100M investment

Energy storage company Stem has received up to $100 million in new financing, pushing the tech company's total project financing pool over the $350 million dollar mark.

Urban smart water, lighting, energy tech deployment gaining momentum countrywide

LED bulbs can cut energy use by more than 80 percent, and smart water meters save water and money, leading multiple jurisdictions across the country to invest in these infrastructure upgrades. 

Montana utility joins net metering scuffle

Montana electric utility NorthWestern Energy is resisting larger net-metered solar-power systems, according to local news outlet KPAX.com.