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Danish Island Serves as Testbed for Integrating Renewables into Grid

Linda Hardesty

The biggest smart grid project in Europe – the EcoGrid pilot – is being conducted on the Danish island of Bornholm. The project is trying to coordinate the fluctuations in the price of electricity with the volume of renewable energy available at five minute intervals, reports PennEnergy. In order to conduct the pilot, Bornholm’s local   …Continue Reading


Nissan Does Demand Response via LEAF EVs

Linda Hardesty

In Japan, ENERES Co. is using Nissan LEAF electric vehicles paired with the LEAF to Home power supply system for demand response testing at several sales outlets run by Kanagawa Nissan. Usually, when curtailment is requested, consumers may respond by moderating their use of air conditioning and lighting. However, by using the storage capacity of electric   …Continue Reading


Kit Does Demand Response for Small Businesses

Linda Hardesty

Universal Devices is offering its Energy Management In a Box – a demand response system configured for the small and medium business market. The system complies with California’s Title 24 building requirements and uses OpenADR. Energy Management In a Box combines Universal Devices’ ISY994 Automation platform with up to 64 smart thermostats. The programmability of   …Continue Reading


CODA Orders 125 kW Solar + Battery Converter

Linda Hardesty

Ideal Power announced its 125 kW converter family, including a 3-port hybrid converter and 2-port battery converter. The company also announced it has received an initial order for its 125 kW hybrid converter from CODA Energy, a California based manufacturer and installer of commercial and industrial energy storage. The 125 kW converter uses the same   …Continue Reading


BJ’s Wholesale Club Uses Solar Paired with Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

SolarCity and Direct Energy will provide solar electricity and solar energy storage systems at two BJ’s Wholesale Club locations – in Framingham and Dedham, Mass. These are the first BJ’s Clubs to install solar energy coupled with storage and will be the first two sites on the East Coast to utilize SolarCity’s DemandLogic energy storage   …Continue Reading


Smart Cities Drive Changes across Energy Sector

Karen Henry

The urban population is estimated to expand by 2.4 billion people over the next 35 years, and there is increasing demand to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the needs of this quickly changing population. The smart city concept has developed in response to the rapid changes happening in cities around   …Continue Reading


EnTouch Demand Response is OpenADR 2.0 Certified

Linda Hardesty

EnTouch Controls says its EnTouch360° demand response service is now OpenADR 2.0 certified. According to the OpenADR Alliance, certified systems were first adopted by utilities in California, but now the technology is quickly spreading to other regions through the backing of utilities worldwide, including American Electric Power, Austin Energy, CPS Energy, Duke Energy, EDF Energy,   …Continue Reading


Summerhill Snags Demand Response Contract

Linda Hardesty

Enersource, which is Mississauga, Ontario’s local electricity distribution company, has chosen Summerhill to deliver the utility’s peaksaver PLUS program to small business customers. Summerhill’s service offering was chosen to help Enersource launch a revised demand response program. Summerhill partnered with Energate (manufacturer of the Foundation web-enabled programmable thermostat with web access); Blue Line (manufacturer of   …Continue Reading


Knowing Demand Response Capability Improves Procurement Strategy

Linda Hardesty

During last winter’s polar vortex in the northeast, the price spike in the real time electricity market had an interesting impact on peoples’ decisions whether to buy energy in the day ahead or the real time market, said Steve Wemple, VP of Regulatory Affairs with Con Edison Solutions on a recent Energy Manager Today webinar,   …Continue Reading


Electric Vehicle Software Platform Supports Grid Reliability

Karen Henry

A new software platform developed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Sumitoma Electric Industries allows utilities to adjust plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging loads up and down to accommodate the intermittent availability of renewable energy sources. This capability is particularly important in California, which requires 33 percent of electric generation to be met   …Continue Reading


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