This winter’s deep freeze, also known as the “polar vortex,” continued to fuel energy debates in the Senate yesterday as conversation about grid reliability spilled into fretting over the closure of large baseload coal and nuclear plants across the country.
“We’re setting ourselves up for a major reliability crisis,” warned Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from coal-heavy West Virginia.
via ENERGY POLICY: ‘Polar vortex’ fuels political whirlwind — Friday, April 11, 2014 — www.eenews.net.
The Pew Report, Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2013 Edition, has found that China remains the leading destination for investors, even as global clean energy investment fell 11 percent.
“Despite a slow recovery from a global recession and damaging policy uncertainty, the clean energy industry has established itself as a $250 billion component of the world economy,” said Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew’s clean energy program.
via China Most Attractive Market For Clean Energy | Asian Scientist Magazine | Science, Technology and Medicine News Updates From Asia.
The Global Energy Security market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6.5 percent over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increased occurrence of cyber threats. The Global Energy Security market has also been witnessing the increase in the construction of smart grid. However, the unpredictability of cyber threats could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.
via Global energy security market growth is forecast to total 6.5% CAGR during 2013 to 2018.
U.S. oil demand has fallen by some two million barrels per day since its peak in 2005 in part due to the recession, but also due to structural changes resulting from demographic shifts, local and regional policies on fuel efficiencies, sustainability, and environmental concerns.
The United States has become the fastest-growing oil and natural gas-producing region of the world. In fact, the U.S. is now the most important marginal source for oil and gas globally. In addition to meeting the need for reliable, high-quality power, smart grid technologies are intended to meet the economy’s energy needs as efficiently as possible by optimizing energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Current and emerging enhanced oil recovery technologies promise the renewal of critical aging and depleted oil reservoirs worldwide. Much as the telephone and the Internet revolutionized communication in the twentieth century, the same can be expected from the energy industry of the twenty-first century as new sources such as natural gas, solar power, wind power, and tidal energy continue to evolve and replace coal and oil.
via US smart grid technologies market forecast to be valued at US$68.7Bn by 2018.
According to a new report completed by Telecom Advisory Services, LLC (Raul Katz, Columbia Business School) commissioned by WiFiForward, the economic value of unlicensed spectrum is over $228 Billion per-year in the U.S. alone!
via Revolution Wi-Fi: The Economic Value of Unlicensed Spectrum $228 Billion Annually in the U.S..
Actor Matthew McConaughey hawks one device in television commercials in a folksy twang. Power utilities are signing exclusive deals with manufacturers. Online tech forums are awash in discussions over different devices’ virtues.
More than five years after smart thermostats were introduced as an easy-to-use alternative to the current programmable models, manufacturers are reporting triple-digit sales increases. The thermostats are pitched as the next “it” device and a revolutionary step in getting households to better manage their electricity use.
via Smart thermometers bring savings | Albuquerque Journal News.
Drivers of electric vehicles need not fear running out of juice too far from home in the Sacramento area. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has launched a new electric vehicle (EV) charging pilot using technology that charges most fast-charge EVs in less than 30 minutes funded by the sale of carbon credits.
The station features the only fast charger in the region with dual capability to accommodate most types of EVs manufactured by domestic and foreign automakers, and is one of the world’s first commercial installations of certified DC fast-charge hardware that meets the new industry standard. It is also one of the first fast-charge stations in the U.S. installed by a utility.
via SMUD launches EV charging pilot – FierceEnergy.
South Korea has decided to incorporate an electric vehicle (EV) charging standard used by U.S. and European car manufacturers after an industry study showed that it is compatible with the country’s smart grid, a local auto company said Thursday.
via S. Korea adds another system to its EV charging standard.
GM is throwing down a cool $449 million for an upgrade of its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly plants, and that’s good news for anybody who wants to wrap their hands around a next-generation Volt EV, which company officials have hinted is a “moon shot” compared to the current model.
via GM Doubles Down On “Moon Shot” Volt EV | Environment.
The electric vehicle (EV) uses one or more electric motors to move. There are three different types of EVs. One that is powered externally by a power station, one that uses stored energy received from an external power source and one that uses an on board power source (hybrid electric vehicle).
via Electric Motors Make EVs Cheaper to Drive Than Gas Cars – EVWORLD.COM.
Household fridges and freezers will need to be automatically switched off at times when Britain’s electricity demand is high, in order to keep the lights on as Britain becomes more reliant on wind energy, experts say.
The current electricity grid will struggle to cope with the number of wind farms expected to be built by the early 2020s because the power they produce is so intermittent, according to a report from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
via Wind farm expansion will require fridges to be switched off at times of peak demand – Telegraph.
Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA ) is taking the automotive industry by storm — but that’s not all. Some of the largest energy corporations around are kicking themselves for not investing earlier in one of the electric-vehicle maker’s smartest moves. Here’s what you need to know.
via Tesla Motors Inc. Is Leaving Big Energy in the Dust (TSLA).
The exponential rate at which the Internet of Things and all the different communication outlets are growing has changed the traditional landscape, and is forcing utilities to add resources to keep up with customer needs and demands. In today’s world, customers expect utilities to have a presence on social media presence. Further, they expect to be notified via these outlets any time they may be affected by a utility issue — for example, natural disasters.
via Randi Zuckerberg: Social media lessons for utilities – FierceSmartGrid.
Fresno State will be the site of the Valley’s newest electric vehicle charging station next year thanks to a $397,000 grant from the California Energy Commission.
The charging station is scheduled to open in September in Fresno State’s Lot P2 located near the intersection of Woodrow Avenue and Matoian Way, west of the Save Mart Center.
When complete, drivers of electric vehicles will be able to use either the four “Level 2″ stalls for a two- to three-hour charge or the two “quick charge” stalls for a full charge in 20 to 30 minutes.
via Electric vehicle charging station coming to Fresno State.
Power Over Energy, founded and managed by Silver Spring Networks, is an energy literacy social media campaign focused on educating, empowering, and motivating consumers to make smarter decisions about how we all use electricity.
Backed by a diverse coalition including the US Department of Energy; Edison Foundation’s Institute of Innovation, Electricity, Efficiency; Environmental Defence Fund; Clean Coalition; Global Green; GridWise Alliance; Silicon Valley Leadership Group; Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and Sustainable Silicon Valley, the pilot phase was launched in early 2013 to test consumer interest in learning more about energy.
via Smart Grid: Utilities: Here’s a proven consumer engagement tool you can tap into.
Accenture and Siemens have established a joint venture (JV) company, called Omnetric Group, focused on smart grid solutions.
Headquartered in Munich, Germany, the company brings together Siemens’ smart grid products and solutions, and Accenture’s management and technology consulting, systems integration and managed-services capabilities.
Specifically, the company will provide utility companies with advanced smart grid solutions and services focused on data management and systems integration to boost energy efficiency, grid operations and reliability.
via Accenture, Siemens establish JV company for smart grid solutions – Energy Business Review.
Silicon Valley’s cleantech sector, which includes biofuels, electric vehicles, energy storage, lighting, solar and the smart grid, has spawned all kinds of startups. But only four cleantech companies made the Mercury News’ annual survey of the valley’s 150 largest public tech companies: solar manufacturer SunPower, electric carmaker Tesla Motors, smart grid networking company SilverSpring Networks, which is new to the list this year, and SolarCity, a leading solar financier and installer.
Tesla had a stellar year, and is now the 39th largest tech company in the Valley based on revenue, a jump of 42 points from its 81st place ranking in 2012.
via Tesla surges up list of Silicon Valley’s top 150 tech companies – SiliconValley.com.
Tantalus recently announced that Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative (IREC) has selected the company for the design and implementation of an advanced metering infrastructure communications network for its 11,000 member electric cooperative serving ten counties in west central Illinois. In addition to AMI functionality such as remote meter reading, remote disconnect/reconnect, and voltage monitoring, IREC will also leverage TUNet — the Tantalus Utility Network — to support a measurement, control, and pricing structure tailored for polyphase agricultural irrigation customers.
via Tantalus Selected for Midwest AMI Deployment.
Xcel Energy has filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission a program that would offer greater solar energy choices to customers. The proposal says that Xcel would purchase 50 MW of electricity from a new independent, large-scale solar facility to which customers would subscribe at a percentage and length of time they choose to meet their particular solar energy needs.
via Solar by subscription – FierceEnergy.
ComEd today announced it is partnering with Nest(R) Labs, Inc. to offer up to $140 in rebates for customers who purchase a Nest Learning Thermostat(TM) and participate in its demand response program. Now through May 31, ComEd customers will receive a $100 rebate from ComEd for signing up to participate in ComEd’s Smart Ideas(R) AC Cycling Pilot that features Nest’s Rush Hour Rewards(TM), and an additional $40 rebate for participating in the pilot all summer.
via ComEd Partners with Nest to Offer Customers Energy Savings and Rebates – WSJ.com.