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|"The smart grid concept is predicated on a two-way
flow of energy-and information-between electricity generators and end users. The
system not only delivers power to end users as needed, depending on demand; it
also gathers power from end users that produce their own—homes and businesses
that generate solar, wind or geothermal power themselves—when they have more than
they need." http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=upgrading-power-grid|
- Integrating Wind and Solar Energy in India For A Smart Grid Platform (1.7 MB download) Presentation (5.3 MB download)
Feb, 2013 - Farhan Beg
- Supergrid Modelling and Risk Assessment for the Indian Subcontinent (1.3 MB download) Presentation (3.1 MB download)
Feb, 2013 - Farhan Beg
- Asia Report: After Quake, Japan Pushes for Asia Supergrid
Mar 21, 2012 - renewableenergyworld.com
Japan this week marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that has since forced it to re-evaluate its nuclear strategy. In doing so, it also unveiled a plan that could have big implications for renewable energy across the continent.
- Finding solutions to Achilles’ heel of renewable energy: intermittency
Mar 7, 2012 - Diana Lutz - news.wustl.edu
Engineers imagine an energy future where giant transmission grids are backed up by massive energy storage units
- Haiti seeks to rebuild, or just build, power grid
Mar 7, 2012 - Trenton Daniel - ajc.com
Sometimes it seems as though the people here have only the sun and moon: the blinding sun that bakes their mud homes and moonlight that with flickering gas lamps fights against the dark of night.
- Ethiopian electric cable to Sudan completed
Mar 2, 2012 - Tesfa-Alem Tekle - sudantribune.com
February 19, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia has completed a power transmission line that links its power grid with neighbouring Sudan, state Electric and Power Corporation (EEPCO) announced.
- 2 mln more Chinese to have access to electricity
Mar 2, 2012 - china.org.cn
The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the country's largest power supplier, pledged Tuesday to launch projects in the country's most remote corners, offering another 2.07 million people access to electricity by the end of 2015.
- India's Soaring Energy demands strain national grid
Mar 2, 2012 - John Daly - oilprice.com
As the “Third World” races to industrialize, rising population demands for reliable energy place increasing stress on a country’s power generating capabilities, and nowhere is this more evident than in BRIC nation India.
- World Bank installs 1.2 mn solar systems in Bangladesh
Mar 1, 2012 - twocircles.net
Dhaka : The World Bank has helped install more than 1.2 million solar home systems for electricity in rural Bangladesh, the Washington-based lender said Wednesday.
- GE to construct 10,000mw power plant in Nigeria
Feb 23, 2012 - www.businessdayonline.com
General Electric (GE), a leading global company, originating from the USA, is to construct a 10,000 mega watts power plant in Nigeria, Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji has said.
- New grid under-sea cable to connect England and Scotland
Feb 23, 2012 - theenergycollective.com
While politicians talk of Scottish independence from England, a world-beating €1.1 billion contract has today been announced to make the two countries even more interconnected.
- Iran plans to connect power grid to Russia
Feb 8, 2012 - tehrantimes.com
Iran plans to connect its national power electricity grid to Russia by the next calendar year which will end on March 20, 2013, Iran power generation transmission and distribution management company (TAVANIR) managing director stated.
- South Asian countries to work on power links
Nov 28, 2011 - dailytimes.com.pk
Bangladesh’s PM Sheikh Hasina says SAARC members committed to solve electricity shortages. Dhaka says framework will be finalised by October this year.
Siemens Debuts HVDC PLUS with San Francisco’s Trans Bay Cable
Nov 17, 2011 - Justin Gerdes - siemens.com
A new 85-kilometer cable running under the San Francisco Bay can transmit up to 40 percent of the peak power needs for the City of San Francisco. The link is the world’s first deployment of Siemens’ next-generation HVDC PLUS technology, a transmission solution for space-constrained urban environments and remote sources of renewable energy.
Smart grid is all fine, but just get transmission built, group tells DOE
Jul 13, 2011 - Kathy Larsen - platts.com
A transmission-interest group lamented the other day that the Department of Energy didn't specifically put upgrading and expanding the high-voltage transmission grid in the Strategic Plan it released earlier this month.
Intermittency and the HVDC Supergrid
May 22, 2011 - Howard Silverman - peopleandplace.net
Smart grid or supergrid? Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, distinguishing them can be useful.
How microgrids will change the way we get energy from A to B
Jul 12 ,2010 - Camille Ricketts - green.venturebeat.com
The movement toward a cleaner, more efficient electrical grid is underway. And while digital electricity meters seem to be at the forefront, a radically new concept of energy distribution is quietly taking shape: small, locally-generated power systems — otherwise known as microgrids.
Stakeholders Team Up To Expand Europe's Super-Grid
May 14, 2010 - John Blau - renewableenergyworld.com
In order to incorporate more renewable energy – especially offshore wind – into the European grid, financing and technological questions must be addressed.
- The super cool power grid
Apr 28, 2010 CNNMoney.com
An inside look at one of the first energy-efficient superconducting power distribution facilities in the U.S
- The Benefits of Building a Smart Energy Grid
Apr 20, 2010 - Oliver Munday - good.is
A smart energy grid—which can measure usage and help efficiently manage power grids—could reduce power costs and benefit the environment as well, since a more efficient grid would require less energy from power plants.
Scaling Up Renewables and the Smart Grid
Mar 30, 2010 - Alison Wise, National Renewable Energy Lab
There are many experts who feel that the market potential of renewable energy will only be fully realized if smart grid technologies and services are successful. But first, we need to define the smart grid.
- Planning the 'smart grid'
Feb 8, 2010 - Billings Gazette, Billings, renewablesbiz.com
Borgquist doesn't build wind farms, rather he's got a plan for collecting and transmitting wind power. Ultimately, he hopes to gather enough wind-generated electricity to equal the output of Hoover Dam, or two coal-fired power plants at Colstrip.
New Directions in Transmission
Jan 27, 2010 - Salvatore Salamone -
In countries around the world, there is a growing
need to move what is expected to be significant
amounts of wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity
from sparsely populated remote regions to the cities
where demand is great.
- S.Korea targets $24 bln smart grid spending by 2030
Jan 25, 2010 - Reuters
South Korea is aiming for spending of 27.5 trillion won ($24 billion) over the next two decades on smart grids to make electricity distribution more efficient, cut greenhouse gas emissions and save $26 billion in energy imports.
Electricity Grid Reaches Texas
Jan 19, 2010 - intelligent utility - EnergyBiz
The benefits of the smart electricity grid - including
detailed information about electricity use and lower
rates when demand drops -- are now available to
Texas electricity customers with advanced "smart"
meters. Reliant Energy is offering two new smart
energy services that give customers the tools and
information they need to manage their energy usage
better - the Reliant Energy Weekly Summary email
and Time-Of-Use plan.
Chu Announces $620 Million for Smart Grid Demonstration
Nov 25, 2009 - Clean Edge News
Secretary Chu recently announced that the Department
of Energy is awarding $620 million for projects
around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart
Grid technologies and integrated systems that will
help build a smarter, more efficient, more resilient
electrical grid. These 32 demonstration projects,
which include large-scale energy storage, smart
meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring
devices, and a range of other smart technologies,
will act as models for deploying integrated Smart
Grid systems on a broader scale. This funding from
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will
be leveraged with $1 billion in funds from the private
sector to support more than $1.6 billion in total
Smart Grid projects nationally.
electrical grid gets $3.4 billion jolt of stimulus
Oct 28, 2009 - Michael A. Fletcher - The Washiongton
ARCADIA, FLA. -- President Obama stepped up his
promotion of the job-creating potential of the $787
billion economic stimulus package Tuesday, announcing
$3.4 billion in grants to improve the nation's electrical
powers up ‘smart grid'
Oct 28, 2009 - Tom Fowler - Chron Energy
Two Houston companies landed nearly $220 million
in federal stimulus funds to bolster “smart
grid” projects aimed at improving power system
reliability and helping consumers use less electricity.
putting $3.4B toward a 'smart' power grid
Oct 27, 2009 - Josef Hebert - The Associated Press
President Barack Obama made a pitch for renewable
energy Tuesday, announcing $3.4 billion in government
support for 100 projects aimed at modernizing the
nation's power grid.
Smart Grid Is On Its Way - Slowly
Oct 27, 2009 - Marc Gunther - Reuters
Today, President Obama travels to Arcadia, Florida,
home to one of the nation’s biggest solar
power plants, to announced 100 grants providing
a total of $3.4 billion in recovery-act funding
for the smart grid.
Whirlpool and Others Launch Smart Green Grid Initiative
Aimed at Including Smart Grid in Copenhagen Meetings
Oct 20, 2009 - Smart Green Grid
GE, Whirlpool Corporation and a number of other
companies today announced the creation of a new
collaborative effort aimed at demonstrating the
role of smart grid technologies and practices in
the achievement of climate change goals. Called
the Smart Green Grid Initiative (SGGI), the effort
will include educational events at the upcoming
climate change meetings in Copenhagen. SGGI has
been approved by the United Nations to be an official
smart grid delegation to the Copenhagen meetings.
SGGI will also be sponsoring educational events
in the U.S. in the weeks preceding the meetings
Oct 14, 2009 - Stefan Schultz - Spiegel Online
Electric cars, intelligent washing machines, mini
power plants in your basement: Germany is on the
verge of an energy revolution. SPIEGEL ONLINE looks
at the latest developments in the smart grid and
how it will change the relationship between consumers
and energy suppliers.
picks Maui luxury resort as site to test smart-grid
Oct 12, 2009 - Larry Greenemeier - ScientificAmerican.com
Hawaii has been working for more than a year to
map out concrete plans to harness the abundant—though
unpredictable—winds that blow across the state's
numerous islands. As the state and its utilities
draw up plans for wind farms and other green-energy
facilities to help meet the goal of pulling 70 percent
of power from clean energy by 2030, General Electric
Company has announced it will test its smart-grid
technology (designed to efficiently manage energy
from a variety of sources while cutting down on
overall consumption) in the Maui luxury resort community
of Wailea, the Associated Press reports.
sees largest, fastest rollout of smart meters ever
Oct 9, 2009 - Greenbang
By the end of this year, Oncor and Landis+Gyr expect
to have completed the largest and fastest deployment
of smart meters ever in the US.
and IBM Team up to Tackle Smart Grid
August 27, 2009 Source: Clean Edge News
Trilliant Incorporated, a developer of smart grid
solutions that enhance energy efficiency, utility
operations, and renewable resource integration,
recently announced it is integrating its technology
with IBM WebSphere and Tivoli products to help utility
companies more easily and securely expand their
Smart Grid initiatives.
Grids Need to Be Smarter, Says NextGen Research
Aug 06, 2009 - BUSINESS WIRE
The aging US electrical power grid is a security
risk due to its centralized infrastructure, which
leaves it open to failures on a massive scale (as
seen during the Northeast Blackout of 2003, which
left as many as 45 million people in eight US states
in the dark). The electrical power infrastructure
of Europe is similarly antiquated, and needs to
be upgraded if the EU is to attain its 20/20/20
goals of reducing carbon emissions by 20%, improving
energy efficiency by 20% and increasing the use
of renewable energy sources by 20%, all by the year
Over Eight Million Smart Meters Deployed in U.S.,
with Millions More to Come
Jul 21, 2009 - Clean Edge News
With over eight million smart meters already deployed
in the U.S., the market for residential energy management
has taken the first significant steps in deploying
Smart Grid technologies and advanced meter infrastructure
(AMI) on a broad scale, according to Parks Associates.
Chu Announces More than $57 Million in Recovery
Act Funding to Advance Smart Grid Development
Jul 20, 2009 - DOE Press Release
This project is a cooperative effort among Virginia
Tech, the IEEE Power & Energy Society and EnerNex
Corporation to design, populate, manage and maintain
a public Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse (SGIC)
Energy Law Alert: FERC Policy Statement Seeks to
Accelerate Deployment of Smart Grid Technology
Jul 20, 2009 - Stoel Rives
On July 16, 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission ("FERC") issued its Policy Statement
on smart grid technologies, directing the development
of key operational standards and implementing an
interim incentive rate policy that will allow for
cost recovery of deployed smart grid technologies
and certain legacy systems made obsolete by such
deployment. The Policy Statement also establishes
an important jurisdictional line by providing that,
although FERC's rate recovery authority is limited
by section 205 of the Federal Power Act, FERC is
vested with the authority to adopt smart grid standards
applicable to all electric power facilities—even
those at the local distribution level and those
directly used by retail consumers.
onto the smart grid
Jul 5 - Libby Tucker - McClatchy
Tribune Regional News
Southwest Washington's high-tech industry is wising
up to the business opportunities in the smart grid
-- also called the Internet for the electrical power
Administration Announces Availability of $3.9 Billion
to Invest in Smart Grid Technologies and Electric
Jun 25, 2009 - U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven
Chu announced today that the Department of Energy
is soliciting applications for $3.9 billion in grants
to support efforts to modernize the electric grid,
allowing for greater integration of renewable energy
sources while increasing the reliability, efficiency
and security of the nation’s transmission
and distribution system, as part of the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
grid' - power lines move into digital age
Jun 7, 2009 - H. Josef Hebert
- The Associated Press
Thomas Alva Edison, meet the Internet.
More than a century after Edison invented a reliable
light bulb, the nation's electricity distribution
system, an aging spider web of power lines, is
poised to move into the digital age.
energy and environment digest - China's smart grid
ambitions could open door to US-China cooperation
Jun 5, 2009 - Elizabeth Balkan - needigest.com
China’s largest electric transmission company
has announced an ambitious plan to develop a national
smart grid by 2020 that would help utilities and
their customers transport and use energy more efficiently.
Test Google Software To Save Energy
May 20, 2009 - Dow Jones
& Company, Inc
A handful of electric utilities are rolling
out software made by Internet giant Google Inc.
(GOOG) as part of their "smart- meter" programs
in hopes it will help customers conserve energy.
PAX technology offers AC breakthrough
May 4, 2009 - Loralee Stevens - Business Jornal
NOVATO – A hand-picked team of scientists at PAX Streamline has come up with an air-cooling system that could remove up to 80 percent of electricity from the grid and revolutionize the way large spaces are cooled.
a Smart Electricity Grid: Leveraging Best Practices
from the Internet
April, 2009 - Balaji Natarajan - EnergyCentral
Part I of this two-part article will discuss
the conceptual architecture of a smart electric
grid leveraging best practices from the Internet,
HLA, and large-scale collaboration systems.
Super Grid: Practical or a Pipe Dream?
Apr 22, 2009 - EnergyBiz Insider
With all the recent discussion of a national or
"super" grid by the federal politicians, it's easy
to forget that the idea is not new. In fact, the
concept of a wide-area transmission network enabling
the trading of high volumes of electricity across
vast distances dates back to the 1960s when Europe
began unifying its system.
Upgrading the Power Grid Will Save Energy and Money
Apr 6, 2009 - Scientific American
Two-way power supplies and updated technology are
the key to powering the future.
Grid Less Important Than Building More Power Lines
Mar. 9, 2009 - Jay Yarow - The Business Insider
In the Wall Street Journal venture capitalist Vinod
Khosla, says "90% of the senators in Washington"
don't know the difference between a smart grid and
merely building transmission lines.
Bill Funding Opportunities for Smart Grid, Energy
Storage and Other Energy Technologies
Mar 6, 2009 - Stoel Rives, LLP
In an effort to cultivate a robust green economy,
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
(the "Stimulus Bill") provides significant funding
opportunities for renewable energy, energy efficiency,
energy storage and other projects in the energy
and climate change realm. The bill authorizes $16.8
billion in direct spending by the U.S. Department
of Energy?s ("DOE") Office of Energy Efficiency
and Renewable Energy ("EERE") on renewable energy
and energy efficiency programs over the next ten
years. Of this $16.8 billion, the Stimulus Bill
allocates considerable funds for R&D demonstration
projects and advanced battery grants. In addition
to this allotment, significant funding is also directed
toward improving the electricity grid.
Interior Secretary Says Department Will Play Large
Role in Transmission
Feb 24, 2009 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Ken Salazar participated in a roundtable with many
of the nation's top leaders at a summit examining
how development of renewable energy in conjunction
with a "National Clean Energy Smart Grid" is an
economic, environmental and national security imperative.
a National Clean-Energy Smart Grid
Feb 23, 2009 - Bracken Hendricks - Center for American
The United States stands at a crossroads. The convergence
of a deep economic recession, high unemployment,
energy insecurity, and a looming climate crisis
demands decisive action. Our country is embarking
on an economic recovery plan of historic proportions.
Investments in our public infrastructure will be
made to get the economy moving, but we need to make
sure we get the economy moving in the right direction.
Jump-starting economic activity is only the start.
The future of our nation’s competitive economic
advantage and our long-term prosperity rests on
the choices we make now—in particular, whether we
build a modernized infrastructure for jobs and growth
that uses resources wisely, anticipates the coming
demand for low-carbon energy, and captures new opportunities
for innovation and improved productivity.
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