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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: March 2016

 
GE and AEP collaborate on distribution operating platform

GE and American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the USA, have launched the IDOP integrated distribution operating platform, software that the companies hope will mark a significant step towards smart grid interoperability.
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Oil and gas companies increasing smart technology spend, finds Accenture and Microsoft

As upstream oil and gas companies scrutinise every dollar invested, they’re spending smarter today on digital technologies, seeking to drive value and reduce costs amid low oil and gas prices, according to a joint survey by Accenture and Microsoft of international and national oil companies, independents and oilfield services firms.
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Enel and Siemens land wind farm contract in Morocco

Italian company Enel Green Power (EGP), Moroccan energy company Nareva Holding and German wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Wind Power have been pre-awarded the right to develop, design, finance, construct, operate and maintain five wind projects in Morocco for a total of 850MW.
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E.On partners Solarwatt to develop solar energy storage units

German utility giant E.On is to develop its own electricity storage system in partnership with Dresden-based Solarwatt, which last year launched an electricity storage system called MyReserve. The first E.On models will be rolled out in Germany in a few months.
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Schneider gives Central Hudson insight into distribution network

New York utility Central Hudson Gas & Electric plans to deploy an advanced distribution management system as part of its distribution automation programme, which is a multi-year initiative to reduce customer energy usage and improve system reliability. The technology comes from French company Schneider Electric.
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Kokam energy storage brings stability to South Korean grid


What is claimed to be the world’s largest lithium nickel manganese cobalt energy storage system is regulating frequency and improving grid reliability for Korea Electric Power.
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Naruc and DoE form US partnership to tackle pipeline safety

In the USA, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (Naruc) and the Department of Energy (DoE) have entered a three-year technical partnership to learn more about emerging technologies in pipeline safety.
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Utilities turn to drones to improve maintenance efforts

The transmission and distribution industry is expected to invest nearly $16.2bn in drones and robotics technology from 2015 to 2024, according to Navigant Research. Drone technologies in particular can assist utility infrastructure maintenance efforts by determining where ground crews should be deployed.
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TEP to switch from coal to solar to meet energy demands

Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) aims to meet customers' energy needs by expanding renewable energy resources and energy efficiency programmes, evaluating new technologies to improve reliability, and pursuing opportunities to reduce its use of coal.
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Smart grids help FPL save more than $46m

Florida Power & Light (FPL) has announced that its investments in developing a stronger and smarter grid continued to pay off for its customers in 2015, contributing to the best reliability performance in the company's history and delivering more than $46m in operational savings, which helped to keep bills low.
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GridComm and Virtual Extension combine mesh network with power line communications

GridComm, a Singapore-based provider of narrow-band power line communications (PLC), has partnered with Israel-based wireless mesh network company Virtual Extension to provide hybrid connectivity of high-performance wireless mesh and narrow-band PLC networks.
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Arena gets Mojo working to reduce energy bills

A new energy retailer is entering the Australian market and pioneering a ground-breaking business model based on smart metering that will empower consumers to reduce their power usage and potentially use more renewable energy. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) and venture capitalist SB China Capitalhave backed a $5m investment into Mojo Power.
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National Grid customers save $1.25m in smart grid pilot

In the first year of National Grid’s two-year smart energy pilot in Worcester, Massachusetts, customers saved a total of $1.25m on their electric bills. Findings from around 11,000 customers revealed that in 2015 the programme achieved a 98 per cent retention rate and a 72 per cent customer satisfaction rate.
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ECI brings cyber security to smart grids

Israel-based ECI has introduced a cyber security system for smart grids, designed to bolster the safety and reliability of utility infrastructures and help in the fight against increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.
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SolarCity launches smart energy range in Hawaii

SolarCity is introducing a smart energy range for its residential customers in Hawaii. It includes solar PV, battery storage, smart electric water heaters and the Nest Learning thermostat, all coordinated by a home gateway that controls the battery, water heater, thermostat and inverter to increase solar PV generation and self-consumption.
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Home energy management market to top $3bn by 2022

The home energy management system market is expected to grow from US$864.2m in 2015 to $3.15bn by 2022, at a CAGR of 18.36 per cent between 2016 and 2022, according to Markets & Markets.
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