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  1. Minnesota Power deploys Smart Wires transmission system technology

    Minnesota Power and Smart Wires announced their partnership to deploy an solution for optimizing the flow of power on the grid. Smart Wires is a provider of power flow control technology for transmission systems. This first deployment of Smart Wires at Minnesota Power is intended to be completed by the end of 2016 and will use Smart Wires PowerLine Guardian technology. PowerLine Guardians are devices that are installed directly on existing power lines and essentially act as valves for electricity. They can be implemented to relieve heavily loaded power transmission lines by pushing power onto other, underused lines in the grid. The devices can be controlled remotely by the grid operator or programmed to activate automatically, responding to real-time line conditions. “With Smart Wires we are able to optimize the use of our existing infrastructure, enabling us to improve the overall utilization of our assets and to save our customers money by deferring the need for costly transmission upgrades. These innovative solutions fit seamlessly into our Energy Forward strategy to create a smarter, stronger, cleaner energy future while efficiently delivering the safe and reliable power our customers rely upon,” said Al Hodnik, Chairman, CEO and President of Allete. The installation at Minnesota Power represents the first stage of what is potentially a multi-stage deployment. The modular nature of Smart Wires is advantageous, providing Minnesota Power valuable flexibility in a time of increasing uncertainty around future network needs. As the grid evolves, the Smart Wires solution can be easily scaled to accommodate changing conditions on the network. The technology is also easily re-deployable and can be moved from one location to another to address emerging issues elsewhere on the grid. By deploying Smart Wires, Minnesota Power joins a group of leading utilities leveraging these solutions to solve a host of challenges. Smart Wires’ unique modular approach to grid infrastructure has several advantages over traditional power flow control solutions that typically require long-lead times, are highly complex, demand significant capital investment, and ultimately represent single points of failure. Additionally, Smart Wires solutions are typically more cost effective than conventional system upgrades like reconductoring or building new lines. Utility crews can typically complete PowerLine Guardian installations in only a few days, dramatically reducing the amount of construction activities that can disturb the environment and customer communities.

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

  2. Are virtual power plants the next evolution of American infrastructure?

    The dipping cost of solar installations over the last three years has made them all the more appealing to businesses and homeowners looking to offset high energy bills.

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    Tue, 20 Sep 2016

  3. Duke to Modernize Energy Grid in Indiana

    The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved Duke Energy’s plan to update the state’s energy infrastructure. The plan improves energy reliability and safety by updating and replacing aging energy grid infrastructure , including substations, utility poles, power lines, and transformers. ...

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    Fri, 1 Jul 2016

  4. Westar Energy receives three Siemens mobile resilience transformers

    The new transformers, highly optimized for weight and dimension through advanced voltage and power rating 

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    Tue, 30 Aug 2016

  1. Global transmission and distribution investment to reach $351 billion per year by 2026

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    Wed, 31 Aug 2016

  2. Chinese influence grows in Brazilian power sector

    Chinese power conglomerates are being welcomed in Brazil at a time when proposed Beijing-driven power takeovers are experiencing opposition in North America, Europe and Australia.

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    Mon, 22 Aug 2016

  3. Indiana utility regulators approve Duke Energy's plan to modernize its energy grid

    In May 2015, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission denied Duke Energy Indiana's original plan

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    Thu, 30 Jun 2016

  4. Ontario invites industry to help build $1.95 billion in smart grid infrastructure

    The Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) estimated that starting in 2012 an average investment of about $390 million per year, or $1.95 billion in total over five years

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    Tue, 29 Jan 2013

  5. RWE commissions Hungary solar park and Polish wind farms

    RWE has commissioned the largest solar photovoltaic plant in Hungary which has been built on top of a former sludge basin.

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    Tue, 20 Oct 2015

  6. NEC Energy partners with Eos Energy Storage on energy storage

    The GSS can be rapidly deployed and put into commercial operation within six weeks of equipment delivery on-site

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    Mon, 12 Oct 2015

  7. Genset shift to gas forecast

    Global diesel genset capacity additions are expected to increase from 62.5 GW in 2015 to 103.7 GW in 2024, according to a report from Navigant Research.

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    Wed, 7 Oct 2015

  8. Report: Global smart grid investment to top $200bn by 2015

    According to a new report by Pike Research, spending on smart grid technologies is expected to reach $200bn between 2008 and 2015 as governments and industry leaders drive an overhaul of grid infrastructure across the globe.

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    Tue, 29 Dec 2009

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