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  1. 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. The principle was most recently included in the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. But what does access to energy actually mean? And does it necessarily mean extending the reach of electricity networks in developing countries to their most remote or poorest inhabitants? No it doesn’t. International NGO Practical Action (PA) suggests in a new report that decentralized energy – ‘local generation and distribution through mini-grids’ – is often the least-cost option. The report: Poor people’s energy outlook 2016 , says that: ‘decentralized mini-grids were found to be cost-competitive or cheaper than grid extension’ in its case studies within Bangladesh , Kenya and Togo. The report adds that counting the number of new grid connections or megawatts of generating capacity available is a poor way to measure progress on electrification.   But, as well as cost, PA also has something to say about the quality and speed of delivery of new decentralized supplies, which: ‘would provide more reliable power than the national grids currently do, and be deployable in a fraction of the time.’   Unlike national grids in most developed countries, central electricity supplies in developing countries can be erratic – and new mini-grid systems can often do a better job. PA has worked on defining access to energy, including the quality of the electricity supply compared to the needs of the community to be served. It uses a ‘tier’ system, where the most basic, Tier 1 supply provides up to 50 W and 200 Wh for four hours or more per day, useful for family life; up to Tier 5, which provides kilowatts of power for 23 or more hours per day, with few interruptions. The higher options also provide sufficient power for small-scale productive activities such as employment, and for community facilities such as schools and street lighting. Electricity delivered from a centralized grid ought to resemble a Tier 5 supply, but in many developing countries grid supplies often only reach Tier 3, says PA, and this matters. Practical Action is clear: ‘for remote rural electrification, decentralized options are superior to the grid.’ They are cost-competitive or cheaper than grid supplies; often provide more reliable power; and can be deployed much quicker.  

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    Tue, 22 Nov 2016

  2. 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

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

    Power management: ABB completes HVDC system upgrade, delivering clean, reliable hydropower from Canada to US. Upgrade of world’s first multi-terminal link boosts supply of renewable energy and grid stability for coming decades.

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    Tue, 12 Jul 2016

  4. 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

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

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  2. 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

  3. Cyberattack on Ukrainian power grid exposes regulatory gaps in U.S.

    No current or proposed federal regulation requires encryption or other cybersecurity measure for grid communications with substations 

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    Thu, 14 Jan 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. Kentucky continues deliberation on smart grid implementation

    Kentucky's Public Service Commission may invest in smart grid technology in the near future

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    Mon, 15 Dec 2014

  8. 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

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