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Researchers build “smart city” to test the smart grid

Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive “smart city” laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies. via Researchers build “smart city” to test the smart grid.

University Microgrid Manages Multiple Generation Assets

Combined heat and power (CHP) technologies are sometimes overlooked as important assets that can be deployed in Smart Grids and microgrids in North America. Also known as cogeneration, it is defined in the Smart Grid Dictionary as the production of electricity and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source, typically located at or near the Continue reading ?

Tapping consumer motivations to drive smart grid engagement

Why do we care about consumer engagement? Aside from fulfilling a promise often made to consumers—and regulators—as part of utility smart grid deployment plans, a 2013 Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) study (Smart Grid Economic...Show More Summary

Grant funds ‘smart city’ power grid lab at WSU

Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive “smart city” laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies. Scientists have received a $500,000 grant from the M.J. Show More Summary

70% of U.S. Broadband Households Interested in One or More Home Energy Management Features

Parks Associates announced new research today showing 7% of U.S. broadband households own some kind of home energy management product but 70% are interested in emerging energy-related products or services. The research firm will host the sixth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer on February 16-18, 2015, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas, Continue reading ?

From Chicago to small towns, spreading the smart grid gospel

The smart meters being delivered to Illinois homes under the state’s 2011 smart grid law could potentially spark significant energy savings – relieving burden on the grid and on power supplies and saving money for residents. But that’s only if people use the information provided by smart meters to modify their habits, by shifting when Continue reading ?

$200 Million More Flows to Residential Solar Loans Through Sungage and Mosaic

Using a loan to finance a residential solar system is not a new idea -- but new entrants, new investors and new financial models are changing the way people purchase and invest in solar. More than $200 million has flowed into solar loans in the last few weeks. read more

When it comes to U.S. power grid reliability, small electricity grids have the bigger advantage

The U.S. electricity grid is a mind-boggling mess. For one thing, it is two large and three small grids, rolled into one. Two types of organizations, independent system operators and regional transmission bodies, control their slices, which may cover several states. Each state has its own utility laws. Then there are eight regional reliability councils Continue reading ?

DOE, ORNL and EPB form smart grid partnership

The US Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory and EPB announced the beginning of a partnership that will use Chattanooga’s smart grid as a living laboratory for testing new energy technologies. Under the new agreement with EPB and DOE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will apply its technical expertise in such areas as data Continue reading ?

How an IoT Smart Device Is Expanding British Gas’ Business Model

British Gas CIO David Cooper says it isn’t the cost savings that won him over with Hadoop. It wasn’t even the scalability. What made Hadoop a winning choice for the UK utility firm is Hadoop’s ability to answer “what if” questions. CIO UK recently interviewed Cooper, who ranks among the site’s top 15 in the Continue reading ?

How Microsynchrophasors Could Keep Solar-Saturated Grids Stable

The electricity zipping around neighborhoods that have lots of rooftop solar PV is very different from conventional electricity. Not only does it sag and surge in response to the pattern of clouds crossing overhead, but it is also provided by lots of inverters, which creates electrical conditions very different from the alternating current supplied by Continue reading ?

EPB’s New Smart Grid Partnership

A new agreement joins technology development with the country’s fully-automated smart electric grid. Energy experts met at EPB Headquarters in Chattanooga to discuss energy developments for the near future. The new partnership goes into effect today. It joins E-P-B with the U-S Department of Energy and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. EPB Board Chairman Joe Continue reading ?

Mother is a smart home platform that adapts to your needs

I’m kind of tired of testing the varied smart home hubs out there. The mix of radios and software smarts that tie lights, locks and varied sensors together gets a bit old after a while, so I wasn’t too keen to set up the Mother system by in my home. But I’m glad I Continue reading ?

Get Ready, Get Set, Go: Offshore Wind in the USA

Everybody, hold onto your hats. The moment that so many of us have long been waiting for may have actually, finally arrived – or, well, it’s not very far off now. American offshore wind is on the horizon, figuratively and literally, and it is approaching fast. read more

Great Visualization of Our Energy and Carbon Consumption and Emissions [VIDEO]

A future dependent on fossil fuels does not have to be an inevitability. We can drastically reduce fossil fuel use through aggressive R&D programs and policy support for low carbon solutions. This path will fraught with many challenges, but we should rise to them. read more

Diplomatic Differences Don’t Alter Shared Goals in International Nuclear Safety

Dale Klein The following is a post by Dale Klein, former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and now Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at The University of Texas System.All nations with nuclear energy programs share...Show More Summary


EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030; Climate commissioner hails ‘strong signal’ ahead of global Paris summit but key aspects of deal left vague or voluntary Arthur Neslen, 23 October 2014 (UK Guardian) “European...Show More Summary


First plant in Morocco solar mega-project to open in 2015 October 19, 2014 (AFP) “...[P] art of a multi-billion-euro project the oil-scarce kingdom [of Morocco] hopes will satisfy its growing energy needs…[the Nour 1 Concentrating Solar...Show More Summary


Norway Approves First Direct Power Link to Germany Stefan Nicola, October 13, 2014 (Bloomberg News) "Norway approved the construction of the first direct electricity cable to Germany and granted a license for a link to the U.K. to aid...Show More Summary


Turkish Geothermal Power Plants Use Industrial Internet to Help Analyze Data and Save Water with GE Automated Solution 18 October 2014 (The Financial) “Three geothermal power plants in Turkey, owned by Kipa? Holding, have significantly...Show More Summary

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