Rather than view microgrids as new competitors to traditional electricity distribution utilities, perhaps these local networks of distributed generators, smart electricity loads, and energy storage devices should be seen as a new business opportunity. That’s exactly what Central Hudson Gas and Electric Company is thinking, as the New York-based transmission and distribution utility explained in recent testimony before state regulators.

via Electricity Distribution Utilities and Microgrids | The Energy Collective.

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Duke Energy is making a major expansion of solar power in North Carolina — to the tune of $500M — culminating the utility’s request for proposals (RFP) in February 2014 and furthering its commitment to renewable energy, diversifying its energy portfolio and meeting North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS).

via Duke Energy increasing NC solar by 60 percent – FierceEnergy.

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The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) today named the three winners in a call for papers charged with addressing an industry issue with a viable proposed solution.

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) at the Department of Energy (DOE) has identified enhanced building connectivity as an important component for smart buildings both now and in the future. The first winner, Smart Building Connectivity: Lowering the Friction, points out the reality that only 5 percent of buildings by volume have automation systems capable of multi-variable decision making and control.

via Solving industry issues: SGIP winners – FierceSmartGrid.

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With more countries seeing the potential of offshore wind, the worldwide market is predicted to increase more than fivefold — from 7.1 GW in 2013 to 39.9 GW by 2020, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 28 percent, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

via World eyeing up advantages of offshore wind – FierceEnergy.

The Smart Grid Research Consortium today announces a new Executive Strategy Assessment Service guaranteed to find savings in grid modernization strategies. Smart Grid Assessments are designed for utilities just beginning grid modernization efforts as well as utilities well along in the modernization process and looking to improve investment results.

via Smart Grid: A new tool for finding cost savings in smart grid initiatives.

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Helping parents get a handle on their teenager’s energy­ guzzling habits or giving pensioners a hand with understanding their bills – it’s all in a day’s work for Monica Griffiths. As a British Gas Smart Energy Expert, it’s her job not just to install smart meters, but to show customers how to get the very best out of them

via A day in the life of a Smart Energy Expert | British Gas smart meter challenge | theguardian.com.

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NEC Asia Pacific has joined hands with Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) to develop smart-energy products and solutions in Singapore.

They will home in on product research and developing solutions for energy-management and control, smart grids, energy storage and renewable energy integration.

via NEC and EDB team up for smart energy, Singapore Premium News & Headlines – THE BUSINESS TIMES.

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Siemens has kicked off a new three-year project to help facilitate Germany’s transition to a renewables-based energy mix.

The Future Viable Networks for Integration of Renewable Energy systems (IREN2) scheme is based in Wildpoldsried in the Allgäu region and will investigate “innovative power grid structures and their operational management” based on technical and economic criteria.

via Siemens scrutinises German grid – Grid | ReNews – Renewable Energy News.

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Wide margins of Wisconsin voters say they want their state to do more to get energy from clean, renewable sources — wind, solar and bioenergy — and to improve energy efficiency.

via Wisconsin voters back clean energy | Wisconsin Gaze | Wisconsin Gazette – Smart, independent and revealing. News, opinion and entertainment coverage.

ComEd has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive a $1.2 million grant to build a master controller that could drive the operation of clusters of microgrids. Collaborating with a group of science and technology partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Denver, ComEd is taking a lead role in positioning interconnected microgrids as viable energy systems that help address ongoing challenges of national energy security, sustainability, and resiliency, as well as positioning Chicago as a hub for energy sustainability and independence.

via ComEd leading community-based microgrid – FierceSmartGrid.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to invest more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives, with the goal of improving the delivery of electric power to communities in 15 states. This funding is part of nearly $50 billion that USDA has invested in infrastructure improvements since 2009.

via USDA announces major investments to improve the reliability of rural electric systems – Renewable Energy Focus.

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A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for utility-scale energy storage for both bulk and ancillary service applications.

Developing energy storage that is viable for grid applications has been a goal of vendors and grid operators for a number of years. Recently a number of factors have begun to converge to bring that goal close to fruition. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from energy storage for the grid and ancillary services is expected to grow from $675 million annually in 2014 to $15.6 billion in 2024.

via BOULDER, Colo.: Energy Storage for the Grid is Expected to Reach $15.6 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2024, According to Navigant Research | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online.

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Scan the story summaries below for news from a variety of smart grid companies and sectors, and click the links if you would like more details on the projects.

via Smart Grid: This week’s smart grid wins… new projects, new partnerships.

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A new report from the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI) examines the growth of smart meters across the country, the benefits smart meters are providing to electricity customers, and the crucial part smart meters play in shaping our energy future.

“Smart meters are playing a critical role in shaping the future of the electric grid and enabling the integration of new technologies and innovations across the grid. The growing deployment of smart meters is helping utilities improve reliability while also enabling customers to be more energy efficient and allowing the connection of more renewable resources to the grid,” said Edison Foundation Vice President and Institute for Electric Innovation Executive Director Lisa Wood.

via Smart meter growth, and benefits, booming – FierceSmartGrid.

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NEC Italia SpA, the smart energy competence center for the EMEA market and Ricerca Sistema Energetico SpA (RSE), a company with a solid national and international track record of electro-energy research, tomorrow will release details of a new study into the new ancillary service business models that will be enabled by the Non-Predictable Renewable Energy Sources (NPRES), coupled with Energy Storage Systems (ESS).

via NEC develops new energy storage business cases for the electricity ancillary services market | AltEnergyMag Press Release.

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AT&T* and Telefonica announced plans today for a limited trial of AT&T’s home security and automation service in Europe. By licensing the AT&T Digital Life platform, Telefonica can offer trial users a wireless home automation platform all managed through an easy-to-use, web-based user interface.

AT&T independently owns its platform, allowing for others to license a turnkey solution.  AT&T Digital LifeTM is an IP-based, all wireless, home security, smart automation and energy management solution, all contained in an easy-to-use mobile app. Telefonica is the first company to license AT&T’s Digital Life platform.

via Telefonica To Trial AT&T’s Connected Home Technology In Europe – MarketWatch.

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Eurasian countries will invest $18.3 billion in electric grid modernization — or smart grid — over the next decade, according to a new report from Northeast Group, LLC. The region has strong drivers for smart grid investment, a number of experienced vendors and significant funding available from multilateral lending organizations. Near-term growth will be focused in Central Asian countries currently battling high electricity losses, and larger countries such as Russia are expected to develop in the medium term.

via Eurasian Countries To Invest $18.3bn Over Next Decade on Electric Grid Smart Infrastructure.

Today, at CEDIA EXPO 2014, Nest made the day of every home automator installers and retailers everywhere: Nest finally works with the major players in home automation, Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) and Universal Remote Control (URC). These are the pricey advanced home automation systems that, up until now, did not officially support the popular Nest Learning Thermostat.

With this move, consumers with the pricey home automation system can hang a sleek Nest thermostat on the walls of their McMansion, ending the first world problem of using stale HVAC control pads.

via Nest Finally Works With Control4, Crestron, RTI And URC Home Automation Systems | TechCrunch.

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Elgato has become the latest company to reveal its smart home aspirations ahead of next week’s IFA 2014 conference through a trio of products that work exclusively with iOS and will soon include Siri control.

The German-based firm’s press release detailed a range of sensors, light bulbs and an intelligent power solution that can all be controlled by an iPhone or iPad using dedicated apps.

via Elgato unveils smart home line-up with strong Apple influence ahead of IFA 2014 | ITProPortal.com.

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For home improvement retailer Lowe’s, the ongoing explosion in the Internet of Things has created a few challenges.

For example, thousands of home automation and security device makers all want Lowe’s to sell their products. The problem: many don’t want to share their Application Programming Interface (API) software with Lowe’s, said Kevin Meagher, vice president and general manager of the company’s smart home business unit.

via Lowe’s wants to be your smart home gateway | Computerworld.

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