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USDA Invests $518M to Improve Rural Electric Systems

Karen Henry

The US Department of Agriculture is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power to communities in 15 states. This funding is part of nearly $50 billion the USDA has invested in infrastructure improvements since 2009. More than $23 million of the funding is targeted for smart   …Continue Reading

French Utility Picks Elster for 35 Million Smart Meters

Linda Hardesty

ERDF, the public electricity distribution network for 95 percent of continental France, has hired Elster to provide its customers with new smart meters. The Linky project will create a smart metering and communications network replacing 35 million meters in total. The smart meter project will also include development of a new manufacturing facility in France,   …Continue Reading

Microgrids Create Safe Alternative Power Option with Energy Storage on Alcatraz

Jennifer Hermes

Recent events like Hurricane Sandy and others have shown that the electrical grid is not resilient under all circumstances and that electrical power distribution can fail for larger periods of time. It is therefore of vital importance to provide solutions for emergency power generation and power distribution to at least sections of the electrical grid   …Continue Reading

Floating Power Plant Supplies Energy for Resort

Linda Hardesty

Vancouver-based Water Wall Turbine has selected The Switch to provide a 500 kW full-power converter for its floating power plant, which extracts potential and kinetic energy from large, fast moving water currents for conversion into electricity. The Switch will supply its first 500 kW converter in October 2014 for Water Wall Turbine’s prototype project, which   …Continue Reading

Stem Unlocks $100M in Project Financing

Linda Hardesty

Stem is creating a new fund to finance up to $100 million in new projects featuring its energy storage systems. Support for the fund is being provided through affiliates of investment firm B Asset Manager based in New York City. Stem combines advanced energy storage and real-time data analytics. Its system automatically draws on stored energy   …Continue Reading

Installed Energy Storage for the Grid to Be 20.8 GW by 2024

Karen Henry

Global installed energy storage for the grid and ancillary services (ESGAS) power capacity is expected to grow from 538.4 MW in 2014 to 20.8 GW in 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research, Energy Storage for the Grid and Ancillary Services. Although the ESGAS market is developing in a piecemeal fashion, several factors, including   …Continue Reading

PG&E Tops in Smart Meter Deployments

Linda Hardesty

As of July 2014, over 50 million smart meters had been deployed in the United States, covering over 43 percent of US homes, up from 46 million smart meters a year ago, according to a new report from The Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation. The report, “Utility-Scale Smart Meter Deployments: Building Block of the   …Continue Reading

Avocado Exporter Installs Demand Management

Linda Hardesty

A global importer, processor and exporter of avocados, Mission Produce, which is based in Oxnard, Calif., is hiring Powerit Solutions to implement its Spara Demand Manager software at a new avocado storage facility in Peru. Spara links industrial facilities to the smart grid, so customers can control energy use. Mission Produce already participates in smart   …Continue Reading

ABB Teams with BYD for Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

ABB and China’s BYD Co. are jointly developing new energy storage technologies, leveraging ABB’s products for grid storage and electric vehicle charging, combined with BYD’s knowledge in battery technology. The companies say their collaboration will accelerate the ramp up of renewables combined with energy storage for off-grid and on-grid applications. The scope of the collaboration   …Continue Reading

Stem Installs 1 MW Energy Storage on Oahu

Linda Hardesty

Stem will deploy one MW of behind-the-meter energy storage in a demonstration project with Hawaiian Electric to support grid response services. Stem will manage the energy storage system for commercial and industrial customers throughout Oahu. The aggregate portfolio of energy storage customers will provide additional grid capability during periods of variable solar generation and peak   …Continue Reading

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