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NYC embarks on cogeneration project

A New York City energy agency is providing $6.3 million for construction of a cogeneration project to be located at a new manufacturing facility on Staten Island. By using cogeneration, the plant is expected to cut its electricity consumption by 34 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent.

Major growth forecast for wireless sensor market

An ever-growing number of technological developments has provided an array of applications that have wireless sensors very valuable to a variety of industries and uses. Their value is enough that the global market for wireless sensor networks is forecast to jump from $1.4 billion as of 2014 to $3.26 billion in 2020, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.

Why wave energy is a good idea and why it has yet to arrive

Marine energy, particularly wave energy, has been a frustrating dream for the people who are convinced it could provide a wealth of clean, sustainable power that would be less expensive than coal, natural gas and wind power. While research has shown that belief is true, there are a number of reasons -- and examples -- for why wave energy has yet to emerge from the very earliest stages of development.

FPL plans massive solar expansion

Florida Power & Light (FPL) has big plans to step up its clean energy program by tripling its solar capacity by adding 225 megawatts to the 110 megawatts it has now, and do it by the end of 2016.

Jamaica wind farm to get $90M boost from U.S. and others

Jamaica, a country rich in renewable energy resources but paying high prices for imported fossil fuels for power, is getting some help to transform its energy sector into one that is sustainable and much less expensive. That help is coming from a U.S. group committed to organizing renewable energy financing, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Canada.

Plans announced for largest U.S. utility EV charging network

Missouri's Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) has become one of the latest electric utilities to become actively involved in the electric vehicle charging business. On Monday the utility said it would install and manage over 1,000 EV charging stations, which would rank it as the largest utility-owned and operated network in the country.

Some insurers offer discounts for smart home gear

Homeowners and renters who buy smart home devices typically do so because they are looking for more ways to save money on their electric bills or simply want the convenience offered by their capabilities. Some of those buyers are getting something most are not: breaks on their insurance rates.

Many business execs not concerned about IoT device security (think smart meters)

A new survey of executives in the energy, retail and financial services industries on how they regarded security issues with Internet of Things (IoT) devices shared some interesting results -- and some surprisingly lax attitudes.

 

Hawaiian Electric asks PUC to dump net metering

Following in the footsteps of several mainland utilities, the Hawaiian Electric Company (HEI) has asked state regulators to eliminate the state's net energy metering program. If authorized, the change would affect only new utility customers who install their own solar power systems.

Obama pledges more money for India solar growth

India has long been anxious to upgrade its electric grid and energy infrastructure, but change has been slow in coming -- in large part because the money and outside investment have not kept pace with the government's ambitions. That could change for the better as a result of President Obama's pledge to offer financial support.

Following up with 2014's Smart Grid Companies to Watch

Smart Grid News readers nominated roughly 100 companies for the Smart Grid Companies to Watch competition in 2014. Now that the call is out for 2015 nominations, we thought it would be a good time to provide a follow up with a sampling of what last year's winners have been up to.

Get nominating!

In 2014, Smart Grid News readers nominated an astonishing 100 Smart Grid Companies to Watch. The time is here again to nominate an up-and-coming smart grid company, but time is running out. ...

National Grid to invest $93M in Rhode Island infrastructure project

To bring more reliable power to homes and businesses in Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport, Rhode Island, National Grid will invest approximately $93 million in the electricity transmission and distribution systems on Aquidneck Island as part of the Aquidneck Island Reliability Project. The project will increase delivery capacity on the Island to meet power supply needs well into the future.

Fluctuating prices driving IoT in oil and gas industry

In the digital energy industry, fluctuating oil prices will cause shifts in mergers and push oil companies to embrace IoT to monitor analytics and optimize efficiencies. 

Landslide: WV Senate votes to dump renewable energy standards

West Virginia is thought of as a coal state, and it should be. It is a heavy coal producer and coal-fired generation plants provide about 95 percent of the state's net energy generation. Renewable energy is growing in West Virginia, but the most recent vote in the state legislature this week seems to assure that growth will have a rough time of it.

Utah business group promotes more EV charging stations

Wasatch Front, a string of communities and cities tucked against the Wasatch Range in north central Utah, has a problem. A thick haze of pollution layers over the region and the rest of the Salt Lake Valley during the winter months and has raised serious questions regarding air quality and health. Now, an organization of Utah businesses has joined in a broader effort to deal with it.

Can rooftop solar tech help keep the electric grid stable?

A group of utility executives, worried about the massive influx of distributed solar power generation on their electric grids, were almost begging in 2013 for smart solar inverters which could mitigate voltage fluctuations that can be damaging to equipment. It seems to have taken a while, but their wish is gradually coming true.

Designing more energy efficient, ecological home appliances

Home appliances and other consumer goods have had energy-efficiency ratings for years and with the growth of the connected smart home market has brought Internet-enabled appliances to retailers. But an EU research and development project is taking appliance design to the next level.

Technology twist: city generates hydropower inside water line

A water line is designed to do one thing well: deliver water. That is, unless it contains a series of turbines that generate electricity as water passes through it. The Portland Water Bureau in Portland, Oregon and Lucid Energy fired up just such a system Tuesday. The in-pipe hydropower renewable energy technology will provide power to about 150 homes when the new system is operating at full capacity.

Kauai struggles to keep up with solar growth

Hawaii has plunged into solar power in the past few years, although the path has not always been a smooth one. The attraction is easy to understand. In addition to its fabled abundance of sun, roughly 75 percent of the state's power generation comes from very expensive imported oil. The island of Kauai is a perfect example of both the attraction solar has and the hurdles it can present.