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  1. Renewable Energy: New Mexico grid linkup plan scaled back to $200M project

      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A company that once planned a $1.5 billion effort in New Mexico to link three major U.S. electricity grid systems and pump more renewable energy to more populated markets said Wednesday that it has scaled down the plan to one that would cost about $200 million. The Tres Amigas electrical infrastructure development company provided details about its plan a day after New Mexico's State Land Office suggested that the project was dead with the relinquishment of a long-term lease covering thousands of acres of state trust land in eastern New Mexico where the company's high-voltage transmission hub was supposed to be built. Russell Stidolph, the company's chief financial officer, said advances in technology and changes in the project's business model have reduced the amount of money and land required for the project and that Tres Amigas has identified a significantly smaller parcel as a backup site. The company's focus, he said, remains a project to connect independently operated electrical grids and move renewable energy generated in the rural reaches of eastern new Mexico to western U.S. population centers, including California. "Tres Amigas is not abandoning our project," he said. Stidolph made the comments after New Mexico state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn said in a statement that he appreciated "Tres Amigas' efforts to help the country achieve its aggressive renewable energy goals, but they failed to meet certain benchmarks and abandoned their plan." The Rio Rancho-based company and the State Land Office both indicated they are open to negotiating a new lease. Land office spokeswoman Kristin Haase said Tres Amigas would have to go through a bid process again if it remains interested in another long-term lease. The company has not yet made a formal request, she said. The original project would have provided an average annual revenue stream to the State Land Office of more than $9 million, funds which could have been used to support public schools and other government facilities. The Tres Amigas project initially included plans for building a super hub across 22 square miles of rangeland near Clovis. It would have served as the meeting point for electric transmission interconnections that serving eastern and western halves of the U.S. and a separate grid that supplies Texas. The hub would have provided more opportunities for buying and selling electricity across the three grids. The transmission infrastructure around the project, if expanded, was planned to allow large-scale wind and solar projects in the Southwest and the Great Plains to access large power markets. The company said progress has been made on a 35-mile transmission line built just west of the Texas-New Mexico border as part of a partnership between Tres Amigas and San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group. The line will serve major wind farms being developed in the area.

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    Fri, 17 Feb 2017

  2. Local mini-grid systems better for rural electrification

    Energy access for all, even the world’s poorest people, is a long-established international development priority and a central pillar of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which call for ‘universalising’ energy access by 2030.

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    Tue, 22 Nov 2016

  3. Siemens launches power grid services platform for U.S. market

    New offering will provide software as a service, cloud-hosted environments, and managed services that deliver significant benefits for the increasingly digital-driven power industry

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    Wed, 2 Nov 2016

  4. Spain Approves "Sun Tax," Discriminates Against Solar PV

    Until recently, Spain had a very general self-consumption policy framework that applied to both grid-connected and off- grid systems . This month though, Spain's Council of Ministers approved a new self-consumption law that has set the country's solar advocates up in arms with the government.  The ...

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    Fri, 23 Oct 2015

  1. Energy management: High voltage direct current converter stations upgraded

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    Tue, 12 Jul 2016

  2. ABB completes upgrade of first major HVDC link in U.S. transmission history

    ABB has completed the upgrade of the Celilo HVDC (high-voltage direct current) converter station in Oregon and handed it over to U.S. utility Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a power marketing agency within the U.S. Department of Energy.

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    Mon, 20 Jun 2016

  3. Aquion announces off-grid battery and solar energy project in Africa

    The microgrid, which was funded, designed, installed, and integrated by SolarAfrica, consists of two independent systems, each of which has 106 kWh of Aquion batteries paired with a 37 kW solar array.

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  4. Elster introduces new version of REXUniversal smart meter platform

    As the world's first integrated universal meter platform, the REXUniversal opens the smart grid playing field with capability to support smart grid systems from numerous vendors.

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    Mon, 28 Jul 2014

  5. Revolution acquires Relume Technologies

    Revolution Lighting Technologies has acquired Relume Technologies, a manufacturer of outdoor lighting products and smart grid systems for $15 million.

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    Wed, 28 Aug 2013

  6. Smart Grid: Ontario utility selects ACS Outage Management System

    Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro selects Advanced Control Systems' integrated PRISM OMS to enhance smart grid and improve customer communications

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    Wed, 8 Apr 2015

  7. Siemens develops European architecture model for Smart Grids

    With the Smart Grid Architecture Model , Siemens Infrastructure & Cities has developed a method whereby power supply companies and industry can display aspects of smart grid systems .

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    Tue, 15 May 2012

  8. Echelon expands smart grid operating system

    Certifying the ECN product through Verizon Wireless' Open Development program ensures that utilities can use the nation's premier wireless network as the backhaul for their smart grid systems

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    Tue, 7 Jun 2011

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