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.

India plans $21.6 billion spend on smart grid to stop theft

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.

Funding secured for Scottish undersea renewables transmission link

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.

World Bank OKs $378M loan for smart grid solutions in Ukraine

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.

Monitoring wind conditions can improve transmission performance

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.

UK regulators sign off on subsea transmission link

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.

Alaskan villages a testing ground for bringing smart grid to small communities

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.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to travel to China to discuss clean energy, smart grid

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.

Illinois Senate grants extension for ComEd's smart meter program

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 Smart Grid Fund investing in 17 more projects

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.