“Smart grid investment over the next decade will shift from North America and Europe to emerging market nations,” said Ben Gardner, Northeast Group president. “Southeast Asian countries are just beginning on the path of modernizing their electric infrastructure. Strong GDP growth of nearly 6% through 2018 and corresponding growth in electricity demand will help lay the foundation for investment. Electrification programs and growth in renewable resources will also drive investment.”

via Smart Grid: SE Asia to be the next hot spot for smart grid investment.

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In the 1880s, soon after Fort Collins was established, the city’s citizens and public officials became adamant about creating a system to provide the community with dependable water, sewer and power. The City of Fort Collins Utilities was born with power organized in 1887, a city sewer system underway in 1888 and five sewer districts formed by ordinance in 1891.

via Utility2Utility: Fort Collins Utilities | EnergyBiz.

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MarketsandMarkets forecasts the global smart grid networking market to grow from $7.12 billion in 2014 to $11.61 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.3%. In terms of regions, NA is expected to be the biggest market in terms of market size, whereas MEA and LA are expected to experience increased market traction during the forecasted period.

via Smart Grid Networking Market Worth $11.61 Billion by 2019 – Press Release – Digital Journal.

Energy management firm Energate said the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Smart Grid Fund will provide $1.35 million for a customer opt-in dynamic pricing project. The project is a collaboration with local distribution company PowerStream, was launched February 13, 2014 and will run until March 2016.

via Energate collaborates with PowerStream in dynamic pricing project – Pennenergy.

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What can the U.S. learn from Germany’s remarkable energy transformation?

Germany has put itself on the world map in the past decade as an early adopter of energy generation from renewable sources. In 2013, 25% of the country’s energy came from renewable sources — the highest percentage in the world. By 2050, as part of the country’s Energiewende (or “energy transition”),  Germany expects this number to be at 80%. This is an incredibly ambitious goal, as Germans and the rest of the world will agree, but the country is preparing now to make this happen.

via Lessons From Germany: Can the US Succeed With Its Own Energiewende? | Energy Digital.

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When it comes to their energy use, consumers aren’t all the same. The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) has released a report, Motivations and Emotions of Engaged Consumers, that identifies different types of consumers based on their level of interest in managing their energy use and other characteristics.

via Smart Grid: What motivates consumers to manage their energy use? (It’s not just saving money).

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SafeConnect Solar, a company started by Mark Duda and Todd Georgopapa­dakos formerly of Revolusun, was awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to test a prototype “smart box” designed to cut the costs of rooftop solar. The award was from the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, which aims to drive down the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour.

via Honolulu solar company gets $500,000 U.S. energy grant – Hawaii News – Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Enphase Energy, Inc. ENPH, +12.84% today announced the Enphase Energy Management System, a groundbreaking system for energy management that delivers on the vision of enabling large-scale implementation of solar power integrated with the grid.

The Enphase system intelligently integrates the critical technologies needed to solve solar energy challenges at scale: smart grid intelligence, communications, big data analytics and storage. The energy management system offers the next-generation, smart-grid ready Enphase microinverter, plug-and-play storage, advanced control capabilities and load management.The new system has three distinct advantages: it provides a better return on investment for system owners, expands the range of profitable business models for installers, and provides broader insight into and control for utilities.

via Enphase Energy Introduces New Energy Management System to Accelerate Mainstream Solar Adoption – MarketWatch.

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.

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 point of consumption. The thermal energy is typically used for heating, cooling, or applied to specific processes.   CHP deserves more consideration in microgrid designs and deployments. Ongoing technology advances in combustion turbines result in much more energy-efficient equipment, and that means that the solutions are more powerful and occupy smaller form factors than in the past. That opens up more possibilities for installations within microgrids that are strategically placed to build infrastructure resiliency.

via Microgrid Development and Integration | The Energy Collective.

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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 and Environmental Benefits) found that customer participation and behavior was a key driver of available smart grid economic and environmental benefits, accounting for up to 30% of potential benefits.

via Tapping consumer motivations to drive smart grid engagement | Intelligent Utility.

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. Murdock Charitable Trust to build a city of the future in WSU’s engineering buildings complete with simulated windmills, solar panels, fuel cells, power substations and smart meters.

via Grant funds ‘smart city’ power grid lab at WSU.

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, to explore research and business strategies to capture this untapped consumer demand.

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

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 that work with the North American Electric Reliability Corp., which is overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The two break down the grid into different, overlapping regions.

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

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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 CIO 100 this year. While the article focuses on Cooper, it also explains how Cooper fine-tuned the company’s data infrastructure to support its Internet of Things (IoT) product, Hive.

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

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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 big spinning generators.

via Solar Energy Integration and Technological Innovation | The Energy Collective.

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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 Ferguson said, “One of the things we’re seeing is that doors are opening for future and moving forward even further than we ever dreamed and this is one of the things you’re going to be hearing about today.”

via WTVC NewsChannel 9 :: News – Top Stories – EPB’s New Smart Grid Partnership.

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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 Sen.se in my home. But I’m glad I did. This product is entirely different and could actually appeal to a much more casual user who wants to make their homes smarter, as opposed to automating an entire house.

via Mother is a smart home platform that adapts to your needs — Tech News and Analysis.

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This week is another big one for Apple. The company is holding an event on Thursday, and we’ll likely see the launch of its next-generation iPads and iMacs. It’s unknown if we can expect to see other hardware launches, too, like a new Apple TV box — or the official arrival of HomeKit alongside it.

There’s a good chance Apple will tell us more about its HomeKit platform that will eventually allow users to users to control locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs and switches at the home. Developers and manufacturers confirm to Mashable they’re hard at work building for Apple HomeKit, noting it’s coming “soon,” and industry experts believe it’s coming “by the end of the year.”

via Smart Home Companies Gearing Up for Apple HomeKit Launch ‘Soon’.

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When British Gas’ Hive entered the connected home space a year ago, smart thermostats were still an emergent technology. The energy provider joined a small number of manufacturers, promising to change the way you heated your home with a mix of complex automation algorithms and slick mobile apps. Fast forward to today: While Brits have embraced smart thermostats from Nest, Tado, Climote, Netatmo and Honeywell, it’s Hive that has enjoyed more of a significant uptake than most. Today, the subsidiary is claiming that its controller is now the most popular smart heating solution in the UK, having been installed in over 100,000 homes.

via Smart everything: Behind Hive’s plans to automate your entire home.

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