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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: August 2019

 
Seluxit opts for Semtech LoRa in German smart meters




A meter has been developed as part of the MeDa project for a German energy companies with Danish IoT developer Seluxit, using LoRa technology from California-based Semtech.
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USDA invests $181m to upgrade rural electricity

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $181m to upgrade rural electric systems in ten states. The funding includes $7.7m to finance smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security.
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Western Power picks Itron to connect meters




Australian utility Western Power has selected Washington-based Itron to connect nearly 240,000 meters to modernise electricity delivery.
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Ameren starts work on Jefferson smart grid project




Ameren Missouri has begun construction of a smart grid project that should reduce the number of outages and speed power restoration for users in downtown Jefferson City.
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Government invests $2.9m in Parry Sound smart grid project




The Canadian government has announced a $2.9m investment in a smart grid project in the Ontario town of Parry Sound, led by utility Bracebridge Generation and Toronto-based software engineering company Opus One.
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Introspective and Brightmerge bring AI to microgrids

US and Israel companies are partnering to take renewable energy microgrids into the AI and machine learning age. The commercialisation project is part of a collaboration between Introspective Systems and Brightmerge.
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Softbank makes first investment in renewable energy




Japanese conglomerate Softbank has led a $110m series B funding round into Swiss renewable energy storage start-up Energy Vault.
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Microgrid powers Canadian First Nation community




The Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek First Nation community in Canada and Ontario Power Generation have co-developed a community microgrid that uses solar, battery storage and automated control technology to help reduce diesel use.
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Verizon updates PenLight distribution




Verizon is updating Washington state’s Peninsula Light (PenLight) power distribution system with a grid-wide intelligent energy platform.
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ABB modernises Kazakhstan refinery with data analytics




Swiss engineering giant ABB has won a multi-million-dollar order to modernise a major oil refinery in Kazakhstan using sensors, data and analytics to monitor the plant.
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AEP Ohio to invest $700m in smart grid plan




AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power company, plans to invest $700m over the next ten years in smart grid equipment in the rural areas of its service territory during phase three of its smart grid programme.
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IPL plans $1.2bn electric grid upgrade




Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) wants to spend $1.2bn modernising its electric grid over a seven-year period to continue meeting the energy needs of customers.
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Homer adds demand response to grid modelling software




Homer Energy has updated its Grid software for modelling the economic and engineering feasibility of grid-tied hybrid renewable energy systems to include the capability to model the economic benefits of participation in demand response contracts.
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Investors see Sense with $10m more funding




Another $10m has been added to Massachusetts-based energy monitoring company Sense’s B round with investments from MacKinnon Bennett (MKB) and IDO Investments, along with previous investors.
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KBC energy manager gives advice in real time




KBC, a UK subsidiary of Japanese company Yokogawa, has introduced an energy management system that reduces energy costs by providing scheduling and optimal advice in real time.
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