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.
The Government will today announce energy-efficiency plans it says will improve business productivity and reduce carbon emissions while saving money.
Energy Minister Simon Bridges expects that the $3.8 million put into three initiatives for the energy sector will save businesses and households $30 million over the lifetime of the investments.
via Govt plan to foster smart energy use – National – NZ Herald News.
Goldman’s recently sent out an analysis of Tesla, the California company that makes electric vehicles (EVs). Tesla will soon have a “Gigafactory” to produce batteries for both EV and solar power applications.
Why will solar power come to dominate? First, Goldman cleantech analysts Brian Lee and Thomas Daniels believe the cost of solar panels will continue to fall, dropping by 3% annually. This is consistent with a well-known forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (see chart below).
via Smart Grid: Goldman agrees — solar will soon dominate electric power.
According to a new market research report, “Smart Cities Market – Worldwide Projects, Regional Adoption & Transformations, and Market (by Smart Homes; Building Automation – Physical Security, Life Security, Facilities Management; Energy Management – Smart Grid; Industrial Automation; Citizen Services – Healthcare, Education, Water; Smart Transportation – Traffic Management, Supervision, Passenger Information, Ticketing, Parking Management; Security – Urban Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, ID Management, Cyber Security) Forecast 2012 – 2016″, the total Smart cities market is expected to reach more than $1 trillion by 2016, at a CAGR of 14.2%.
via Smart Cities Market (Smart Homes, Smart Security & Smart Energy) Expected to Reach $1 Trillion by 2016 –Report by MarketsandMarkets – Press Release – Digital Journal.
The response to Duke Energy’s recent request for proposals (RFP) for 300 MW of new solar energy capacity in its Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress territories has been overwhelming. Duke has received bids for nearly three times the capacity it is seeking.
via Big response to Duke Energy NC solar RFP – FierceEnergy.
National Grid is using a smart grid solution from technology and services company Itron Inc. to help enable consumer engagement programs as part of the next phase of the utility’s Smart Energy Solutions Program in Worcester, Mass.
The utility, Itron notes, has completed the installation of Itron’s OpenWay smart grid platform, which features an IPv6 network powered by Cisco. National Grid utilizes Itron Services to manage and maintain the network.
via Renew Grid: Content / New & Noteworthy / Itron Supports Utility In Next Phase Of Smart Grid Deployment.
When discussing how the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) fits into the overall standards ecosystem, it is important to note that SGIP is not a standards development or standards setting organization (SDO/SSO).
While SGIP does not write, sell or otherwise directly engage in the business of standards development, the organizations role is still critical to advance interoperability. SGIP is an efficient enabler of standards development, updates and application. SGIP accomplish this by acting as an honest broker and collaboration facilitator through the broad and balanced stakeholder community.
via SGIP plays critical role in interoperability and standards | Intelligent Utility.