Understanding the “Smart Grid”

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With all of the talk about renewable energy becoming “mainstream” as opposed to “alternative” over the course of the Obama years, the United States is rapidly growing its smart grid strategy and infrastructure to efficiently deliver electricity. Understanding the “Smart Grid&#. Department of Energy utility infrastructure

Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative forms to foster adoption of the smart grid

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Washington, DC –To help build consumer acceptance and use of the smart grid, a group of smart grid leaders today announced the formation of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC). The founding members of the SGCC include consumer electronics and technology companies, retailers, consumer advocacy groups, and utilities dedicated to maximizing the value of the grid for consumers.

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DOE Announces Recipients of Smart Grid Stimulus Fund

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ARCADIA, FLORIDA – Speaking at Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, President Barack Obama today announced the largest single energy grid modernization investment in U.S. The end result will promote energy-saving choices for consumers, increase efficiency, and foster the growth of renewable energy sources like wind and solar. million smart meters and other technologies that will cut energy costs for its customers.

Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition Adds 6 New Members

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The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition ( DRSG ) announced that six companies have joined the trade association and will contribute to its efforts aimed at developing markets for smart grid technologies and smart grid practices like demand response. From essential energy management to effortless entertainment and whole-home control, Control4 is the platform for managing all the pieces of today’s connected life.

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Smart grid technology is coming and it will change everything about electricity. Earlier this week an announcement was made in Miami about smart grid deployment. Department of Energy has a document introducing the technology. I think the smart grid will revolutionize the electricity market the way the Internet changed communications. Tags: renewable energy energy use electricity generation

The Smart Grid in 2010: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

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Such is the problem with the Smart Grid – that buzz word concept being tossed around by cleantech companies in the Bay area to policy analysts in Washington. billion in venture capital was invested in the Smart Grid sector in the last 4 years and $105 million just in the last 2 quarters of 2009. Without a Smart Grid, renewable technologies will remain niche at best.

Masdar Unveils Plan for a 100% Renewable Energy Micro-grid

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The Masdar Institute (MI) has teamed up with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) headed by Denmark’s former Prime Minister, and the Research Institute for Industrial Science and Technology (RIST) from South Korea to develop a 100% renewable energy micro-grid in Abu Dhabi. Led by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Directorate for Energy & Climate Change and coordinated by the GGGI, the project was recently launched at the Shangri-la Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Renewable energy coalition releases 12 step manifesto

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UK’s leading renewable energy organisations sign up to joint General Election manifesto 12 proposals to help ensure delivery of 2020 targets Urgent need to act due to climate change, decommissioning of ageing plant and energy security Nine of the UK’s leading renewable energy trade associations have signed up to a joint Manifesto, outlining proposals for the timely delivery of 2020 targets and urging the Government to act now on the looming energy and climate crisis.

Was the Arab Spring Good for Renewable Energy?

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How is the Arab Spring, which has caused massive financial losses on one side, also able to influence growth and development of renewable and green sources of energy? Renewable energy has become more attractive. Net importers of energy face great economical challenges caused by the high and unstable oil prices. Rising fuel costs and increasing demand in solar power reduces the need of governmental incentives to support the growth of renewable energy.

Renewables 2014 Global Status Report Highlights Another Year of Impressive Renewable Energy Growth

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Worldwatch Institute researchers contribute to leading global study on renewable energy development Washington, D.C. Renewable energy technologies set new installation records as their contribution to the global energy mix continued to climb in 2013. Renewable power capacity jumped more than 8 percent in 2013, accounting for over 56 percent of net additions and now has the potential to account for over a fifth of world electricity generation.

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Jordan’s Dinosaur Grid to Get a “Smart” Upgrade?

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It has been three decades since Jordan’s national grid has seen substantial infrastructural changes, but the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has recently donated $1.15 million to the kingdom so that it can explore the option of implementing a “smart” upgrade. As new renewable, nuclear and oil-shale power plants are slated to come online in the next decade, a digital electrical system would enhance energy efficiency and safety, writes the Jordan Times.

Eco Green Site Solutions Continues to Support the Renewable Energy Campaign for Connecticut

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Eco Green Site Solutions Continues to Support the Renewable Energy Campaign for Connecticut by Providing Sustainable Solutions to Municipal and Higher Education Clients Featuring Best in Urban Global Design: BigBelly Solar recycling bin – Smart Grid trash and recycling system!

IDC Energy Insights reveals worldwide smart grid spending to reach $46.4B in 2015

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Pratima Kalra: The report, Worldwide Utility Smart Grid Spending Forecast, 2011-2015, has brought good news for the global electricity services. It claims that the total spending on smart grid will reach $46.4 Global smart grid spending to reach $46.4B. IDC Energy Insights, which made predictions for this study, identified 14 smart grid projects worldwide to further identify their top investment priorities.

GE, Whirlpool, Others Launch Smart Green Grid Initiative

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. Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and a number of other companies announced the creation of a new collaborative effort aimed at demonstrating the role of smart grid technologies and practices in the achievement of climate change goals. Called the Smart Green Grid Initiative (SGGI), the effort will include educational events at the upcoming climate change meetings in Copenhagen.

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GE, Whirlpool, Others Launch Smart Green Grid Initiative

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. Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and a number of other companies announced the creation of a new collaborative effort aimed at demonstrating the role of smart grid technologies and practices in the achievement of climate change goals. Called the Smart Green Grid Initiative (SGGI), the effort will include educational events at the upcoming climate change meetings in Copenhagen.

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Big Brother? Masdar Monitors Student Energy & Water Consumption

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A one-year investigation by researchers will hopefully reveal what incentives are most likely to encourage energy and water conservation among Masdar’s student body. In an effort to understand what incentives and stimuli drive students to switch their lights and taps on or off, Masdar will track their energy and water consumption over the next year. . The last group will be offered energy credits – effectively capping the amount of power they can use.

Israel’s GridON Keeps the Midnight Oil Burning

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We all know from experience that thunderstorms can cause power surges across the electricity grid causing massive blackouts. High energy demands mixed with thunderstorms, solar storms, and the addition of renewables like solar and wind energy to the grid , creates an unpredictable mix of power variables infrastructure companies never had to deal with before. Good for Europe’s Grid. Lebanon Looks to Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Technologies.

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Off-grid German village banks on wind, sun, pig manure

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Feldheim (Germany) (AFP) - If Germany has taken a pioneering though risky role in shifting to renewable energy, then the tiny village of Feldheim -- population 150 -- is at its vanguard. The hamlet near Berlin is Germany''s first to have left the national grid and switched to 100 percent local, alternative energy, swearing off fossil fuels and nuclear power decades before the rest of the country plans to near the same goal.

Jordan’s Queen Rania Featured at World Future Energy Summit

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She will join French President François Hollande as keynote speakers at the opening ceremony of the sixth annual World Future Energy Summit and first International Water Summit today, January 15, in Abu Dhabi. It is an honor to have Her Majesty as a featured speaker,” said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar , Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, in a press release. Queen Rania’s participation at ADSW underscores Jordan’s growing commitment to renewable energy.

A new energy future fueled by Emirati and Israeli peace

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Experts talk about the opportunities in energy, water, and a great big amount of peace for the world through the UAE-Israel alliance, brokered by the US. Renewable energy will result in more agreements. Agriculture is energy. Toward a $1 trillion solar energy goal.

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Day 4 of Geothermal: What Does a Geothermal System Cost?

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As we look to build a smart grid over the next ten years and increase our renewable energy supplies, geothermal systems will be a key element in making a home comfortable and efficient. To get an accurate comparison of costs you also need to consider the following: Payback, or how long it takes to recover the difference in costs between the two systems using energy savings. Energy efficiency of the two systems.

Bahrain generates oil and brains using 5 MW solar power

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In a move to diversify its energy package Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) launched its first pilot solar power project this past June in Awali, in the south of Bahrain. Together with the National Oil and Gas Authority, the Electricity and Water Authority, and the University of Bahrain, Bapco wants to improve the generation of clean energy using the sun – the major renewable energy resource in the Middle East. Energy Bahrain oil industry Solar Energy

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Combined with breakthroughs in PV technology, conservation and "smart grids" an alternative energy future looks promising. The price of alternative energy is the deal breaker for mass adoption. Tags: renewable energy alternative energy solar energy First Solar has recently announced that it reduced it's cost to $0.98 per watt. They are also close to producing 1 gigawatt of panels per year.

Progress in Alternative Power, From National to Global Views

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At least once a month, some self-styled electrical power expert (often from the Republican side of the aisle) will insist that: Wind and solar energy will never have more than a minimal market share of energy resources. Wind and solar will remain above grid parity, in terms of consumer costs, well into the middle of this century. Or, as the International Energy Agency (IEA) puts it: “An increased level of systems thinking is needed to integrate the broad range of individual.

European Parliament Still Thinks Bold on Clean Energy Research

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€6bn (£4.86) will be allocated to renewables, energy efficiency, smart grids and storage after a vote by the European Parliament's Energy and Research Committee (ITRE). This amounts to three-quarters of the next energy research budget including the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, an EU programme designed to help organisations improve energy sustainability.

GE Sets Green Tech Shop in Israel

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GE looks to create wind, solar and smart grid technologies with Israeli engineers. Already in a number of clean technology partnership projects, including solar energy and desalination, America’s giant electrical products company, General Electric – GE - is setting up a “multidisciplinary&# research and development center in Haifa Israel Globes reports. Cleantech, Science & Technology GE Israel Israel clean technology Israel-China Solar Energy wind

Energy Infrastructure Tops Bill at European Future Energy Forum this October

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World-class business leaders will be gathering for three days of intense discussions on the future of energy at the European Future Energy Forum in London, October 19-21, 2010. Top of the agenda will be European energy infrastructure and the changes we are going to see in the future to drastically cut emissions. A dedicated energy infrastructure conference stream will run on both day 2 and day 3 of the forum, October 20 and 21. Source: European Future Energy Forum

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Israeli Cleantech VC Nears $100 Million Goal

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ICV is an Israeli venture capital fund that was founded in 2006 to focus exclusively on raising capital for investment in renewable energy companies. Last February, ICV also reached the mid-point of its 2011 $100 million goal, staying focused on cleantech VC at a time when much of the world was questioning the availability of fresh capital for renewable energy. Business & Politics Energy Water Finance green investing Israel Israel Cleantech Ventures

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Electric Vehicle Industry in Infancy- But Growing Up Fast

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smart grid operators. renewable energy suppliers. For the fifth year in a row, Ernst and Young hosted a global series of cleantech ignition sessions consisting of executive roundtables that convene key stakeholders to discuss important cleantech issues. This year’s sessions focused on electric vehicles (EVs) because the transformational change under way in this industry cuts across many sectors and has profound implications for: automakers. utility companies.

Hydro One's distribution power grid to be updated to smart technology

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Christina Pinto: Hydro One, a major distributor of electricity in Ontario (Canada), picked IBM and its Business Associate Telvent for a new smart grid project with the aim to develop the province’s electrical system. In preparation of the project, the associated companies plan to evaluate smart grid technologies that show potential for improving power efficiency and reliability. Smarter technologies to be tested on Hydro One’s distribution power grid.

Here’s how Obama is preparing the country for climate change

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The better news it that he realizes that bolstering infrastructure and reimagining how we design our cities and electrical grids are among the best ways of doing that. The Department of Agriculture announced $236 million worth of funding to improve rural electric infrastructure using smart grid technology in eight states. The good news is that President Barack Obama wants the nation to do a better job of bracing itself for the wild changes afoot in the weather.

THOUSANDS GATHER IN LONDON FOR EUROPEAN FUTURE ENERGY DEBATE

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Over 4, 000 visitors from around the world will gather in London this week for the biggest energy debate to take place in UK history. Thousands of industry professionals are expected to attend over three days of the European Future Energy Forum at London ExCel Convention Centre. Where is the money coming from in Europe to pay for renewable energy’ will be the question posed to energy ministers, engineering giants and leading bankers of our time.

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Sainsbury’s to ease strain on National Grid

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Innovative store technology cuts energy costs and reduces UK carbon emissions by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sainsbury's is using experimental technology to help reduce the UK's dependence on fossil fuels. Many people are unaware of the strain the National Grid comes under at peak times, as coal-fired power stations across the country have to be ‘switched on' to meet the increased demand on the UK's electricity supply.

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Supreme Court’s Stay on Clean Power Plan Won’t Stop Energy Revolution

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Jimmie Powell is the Nature Conservancy’s Energy Team Lead. is already well on its way to moving toward an economy that provides cleaner and more reliable energy options, as well as more personal control over our utility bills. Solar panels are becoming cost competitive with traditional energy sources. Since the early 2000s, states have moved toward requiring generation from solar, wind and other renewable energy resources.

US Army is getting ready to disconnect from the grid

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) By the end of 2011 the United States Army will have ended its dependence on the grid at several major homeland bases. It is also sending technology to Afghanistan that’s designed to minimize energy consumption of generators on bases there. Its one of a number of off-grid and microgrid initiatives being tested by the military that will prove the potential of off-grid energy to serve medium-sized communities and may then make its way into civilian use.

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Energy Excelerator– Investing in Hawaii’s Renewable Future

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Hawaii is an amazing island state for hiking, swimming, surfing and… renewable energy innovation! According to Energy Excelerato r, “Hawaii has the ideal economic conditions for launching a clean energy company” and also some of the most pressing need for innovation. The Energy Excelerator is a startup program dedicated to helping solve the world’s energy challenges, starting in Hawaii. Ballast Energy, Inc.

EU Code paves way for ‘Data Centre 2.0’

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Migration Solutions says next generation data centers will be greenest yet London, UK: The agreement on a pan-European ‘green’ Code of Conduct for Data Centers now paves the way for a new generation of facilities which will raise the bar on power efficiency and use of renewable energy sources.

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WILL BLUE AND YELLOW MAKE GREEN?

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The Institution especially welcomes their promise to create a low carbon economy through the creation of a green investment bank, feed in tariffs, a smart grid and the roll-out of smart meters, as well as their transport policies, such as the introduction of high speed rail. CIWEM also welcomes the appointment of Chris Huhne MP as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Caroline Spelman as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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Urban Green Energy Announces Fusion, the Cleantech Solution for Telecom Applications

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New renewable wind and solar solution reduces operating costs for off-grid telecom towers and minimizes environmental footprint New York, NY, February 2012 : Urban Green Energy (UGE), continues to expand and specialize its versatile product offering by announcing the launch of Fusion, a hybrid renewable energy solution designed specifically for telecom stations. " Fusion also incorporates elements from UGE's smart grid applications.

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Emefcy Funded to Make Bugs Produce Energy

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Rather than using conventional energy-intensive aerobic processes or methane-producing anaerobic digestion to treat wastewater, Emefcy claims that they can harvest renewable energy directly from the wastewater. Because wastewater treatment is itself an energy sink, consuming an estimated 2% of energy worldwide, this breakthrough is significant. The group takes an agnostic approach to energy investment. Even energy made by bugs.

SandC Electric to invest £200,000 to test energy storage technologies

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Both public and the private sectors have become active participants in promoting the use of renewable energy. S&C Electric, a smart grid specialist is working on a pilot project of integrating energy storage technology with solar PV panels for household use in particular. Of course, the convention of harnessing and storing energy from the sun during day and releasing it during night remains intact.

Bahrain Radically Overhauls Energy Delivery and Billing Systems

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Bahrain is looking to overhaul its energy management system and announced this week that it was to implement a new “radical” IT system that would help boost energy efficiency in the Gulf Kingdom. ” According to statistics , Bahrain’s energy consumption has nearly doubled in the past decade, leaving many fearful that shortages could be around the corner. Cleantech, Science & Technology Consumption efficiency Energy

What Is Cap & Trade: Understanding the Waxman-Markley Climate Bill

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There is a new climate energy bill making its way through the House this week, named after its two sponsors, Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) Each year, the number of permits will be reduced, thus increasing the market value of each permit and gives companies the incentive to install and use renewable energies. According to the bill’s summary, companies will be required to adhere to increasingly tough standards on energy consumption.