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  1. Pacific and African nations get $44m in renewables funding

    Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa are to receive $44.5m of funding. The money will come from a project facility set up by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The projects involve a hybrid micro-grid project utilizing solar PV and advanced lithium-ion batteries, a hydropower scheme, the integration of a solar plant with a wind farm , and a combination project consisting of microgrid and solar home kits. The announcement of the funding was made in Abu Dhabi at the Seventh Session of the IRENA Assembly. IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin said the project financing facility was “putting in place an innovative process which supports transformational and replicable projects that can potentially bring sustainable energy to millions of people around the world”. Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director-general of the ADFD said the renewable energy sector was “a crucial industry for sustainable continuity, long-term growth and constructive evolution of developing nations”. He explained that over seven funding cycles, the $350m IRENA/ADFD p roject facility “aims to support and enhance the developing world’s energy needs by tapping into their abundant renewable energy sources”. The four projects in detail are:  Marshall Islands : A 4.6 MW hybrid microgrid project, using solar PV and advanced lithium-ion batteries, that IRENA says “will essentially eliminate fossil fuel based generation on three outer islands and reduce it by more than a third on a fourth island”;  Niger : A project focused on rural electrification for over 150,000 people, using 2.1 MW solar PV microgrids and solar home kits. Some 100 schools will be electrified and drinking water supplies will be improved;  Seychelles : A government-supported solar PV utility scale project will integrate a 5-MW solar PV plant into an existing wind farm, which IRENA says will “reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, create almost 300 jobs and supply renewable power to over 1,800 households, benefiting the entire population of 90,000 people”; and in the  Solomon Islands : A government-backed 20 MW reservoir dam and hydropower facility will diversify the country’s energy mix, provide renewable energy access to 5000 people, create around 400 jobs, and avoid 44,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

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    Sun, 15 Jan 2017

  2. Minnesota Power scores final needed approval for Great Northern grid project

    Minnesota Power said Nov. 16 that its Great Northern Transmission Line received federal approval that same day when the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Presidential Permit for this power line into Canada that will allow the utility to wheel in hydropower from Manitoba Hydro.

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    Thu, 17 Nov 2016

  3. U.S. adoption of advanced meters is growing

    58.5 million advanced meters were operational nationwide out of a total of 144.3 million meters

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    Wed, 28 Dec 2016

  4. Electrical distribution: Smart grid network operating software

    Electric distribution: Landis+Gyr releases Command Center 7.0 software that expands intelligent device support and value of network platform for utilities.

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    Thu, 15 Dec 2016

  1. Invenergy wants power line to connect Long Island to wind, solar power

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  2. GE unit to auction transmission capacity from its smart grid project

    General Electric unit GE Energy Financial Services announced today that it will auction 315 MW of bi-directional electricity transfer capacity across its Linden Variable Frequency Transformer smart grid project  

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    Wed, 25 Mar 2015

  3. German power link to treble in cost due to public resistance

    The German Suedlink grid project is set to treble in cost due to a decision by the government to use underground cable instead of overhead power lines.

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

  4. Honeywell smart grid tech to help Minnesota coop manage energy consumption

    The system also provides two-way connectivity for additional energy management measures

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    Wed, 2 Nov 2016

  5. Con Edison picks Smart Grid Solutions for smart meter project

    Nearly 3.9 million electric meters and 1.3 million gas meters are involved

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  6. Elster powers smart grid project for New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

    The NHEC smart grid project will begin in the summer of 2011 and run through the end of 2012

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    Thu, 24 Feb 2011

  7. Glendale Water & Powers Smart Grid Project among best in the nation

    Glendale Water & Power’s Smart Grid Project receives some of the highest customer scores among utilities responding to the Smart Grid Maturity Model Survey

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    Fri, 29 Jul 2011

  8. A123 wins order for UKs largest Smart Grid project

    Battery energy storage solutions manufacturer A123 Systems will deliver six Grid Battery Systems (GBS) to the UK's largest smart grid project to provide load shifting and voltage fluctuation management capabilities for the country's electric grid.

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    Mon, 13 Feb 2012

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