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Looking for Australia’s First Net Zero Town

Karen Henry

A consortium of energy, community and academic groups are working in conjunction with the New South Wales (NSW) government to find Australia’s first zero net energy town (ZNET), Renew Economy reports. The groups are currently creating a project blueprint and business case for the project, with the goal of creating a system in a rural   …Continue Reading


Smart Meters Catch Fire, Again

Linda Hardesty

Canadian utility SaskPower has temporarily suspended its new smart meter installations while it investigates the cause of six smart meter fires. To date, SaskPower has installed about 105,000 Sensus smart meters of its intended 500,000-meter rollout. SaskPower says, “It’s important to note that in all cases the problem has been contained to the location of   …Continue Reading


Stem Installs Energy Storage for Adobe

Linda Hardesty

Stem is going to install its energy storage and real-time data analytics system in Adobe’s historic Baker and Hamilton Building in San Francisco, the oldest LEED platinum building in the world. The system will automatically respond to spikes in the building’s electricity use, drawing on previously stored power to reduce Adobe’s energy costs. Adobe will   …Continue Reading


IHS: Diversity of US Power Supply Could Decline

Karen Henry

A new study by IHS says diversity in the US power supply could be dramatically reduced in coming decades. According to the study, “The Value of US Power Supply Diversity,” depressed wholesale power prices, proposed environmental regulations and a focus on renewables and natural gas over coal, oil, nuclear and hydroelectric power plants is moving   …Continue Reading


Hybrid Converter Integrates Multiple Power Sources for Microgrids

Linda Hardesty

Ideal Power introduced its 3-port 30 kW hybrid converter, which offers the ability to integrate energy storage and solar photovoltaic to accelerate deployment of microgrids. The hybrid converter integrates multiple power sources for microgrids, delivering grid resiliency during blackouts and reducing dependency on diesel fuel for off-grid applications. Ideal Power’s Hybrid Converter Family is the   …Continue Reading


VC Funding for Smart Grid at $81M in Q2 2014, Says Mercom

Linda Hardesty

According to consulting firm Mercom Capital Group, venture capital funding into smart grid companies came in at $81 million in 13 deals in Q2 2014, compared to $101 million in 21 deals in Q1 2014. In Q2 2014 some top VC deals include: Sunverge Energy, a developer and manufacturer of distributed energy management systems, raised   …Continue Reading


KT Expands into Energy Sector

Karen Henry

KT, formerly Korea Telecom, is expanding its services offerings to include energy services. According to a Korea Bizwire article, KT will be turning its 400 branch offices and data centers into advanced energy centers. Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed at each of KT’s branch offices. The EV charging infrastructure will be further   …Continue Reading


Energy Costs to Remain Low for Last Part of July

Karen Henry

Below average temperatures mean energy costs savings for many residents and business owners in the United States. During the first three weeks in July, Chicago residents and business owners have used 35 percent less energy than the 30-year average to cool their homes and business, and in Atlanta, the savings has been around 12 percent.   …Continue Reading


UK Makes Investment in Energy Infrastructure Easier

Karen Henry

The UK energy sector saw $77 billion of investment between January 2010 and December 2013, with a $14.5 billion investment in renewable technologies in 2013 alone, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC’s) first report on energy investment in the UK, “Delivering UK Energy Investment 2014.” This investment tackles a legacy of underinvestment   …Continue Reading


EnerNOC Updates Energy Software

Linda Hardesty

EnerNOC released an update to its energy intelligence software, which includes the company’s new predictive energy algorithm and tariff engine. The addition of predictive capabilities is coupled with customer-specific tariff data from Genability, which the company invested in earlier this year. The new capabilities provide a granular view into future energy usage and spend to   …Continue Reading


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