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.
India has had a longstanding interest in a drastic grid modernization initiative that involves implementing smart grid technologies and services, as well as an interest in bringing its larger cities into the smart cities fold -- and India and partner countries have invested in both of those efforts. But now the country is looking toward smart grid technologies for a reason that may be unexpected: to combat energy theft.
Ending a drawn out series of negotiations, a subsidiary of British energy company SSE has agreed to the financing plan regulators proposed for a 100-mile subsea high-voltage cable that is expected to enable delivery of enough clean energy to power more than half a million Scottish homes.
The World Bank has authorized a loan of $378.4 million for a grid modernization project for power-strapped Ukraine that is earmarked for developing renewable energy integration and smart grid technologies for transmission.
The electric power industry has been looking at ways to improve transmission line performance for some time, exploring superconducting cables as well as ways to wring more power delivery capacity out of traditional cables currently in place. Now, researchers at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory say monitoring the weather can do quite a lot to improve capacity.
After substantial haggling over finances, and more possibly to come, British regulator Ofgem has authorized an almost 100-mile subsea high-voltage direct current cable between onshore power conversion facilities and Spittal in Central Caithness. The project will be a substantial upgrade for an old electricity network and will add capacity for bringing renewable energy to the grid.
Smart grid technologies are helping renewable sources become an important resource for energy in the hundreds of remote communities of Alaska— allowing residents to understand their energy use, eliminating as much need for generators as possible.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced on Tuesday, Dec. 9, that he would be embarking on a business development mission to China, focusing on smart cities and smart growth.
Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and Ameren Illinois won a big victory in the Illinois legislature on Thursday, Dec. 4, after the Senate voted 40-4 to approve a two-year extension on their smart grid program.
Ontario, Canada is building one of the most advanced electricity grids in the world and supporting 17 new energy projects, ranging from smart metering and grid automation to electric vehicle integration, with nearly $24 million through its Smart Grid Fund.