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CHART Breaking Down the $10B Market for Smart Meters and Analytics Through 2021 (2017)
GTM Research explains why utility AMI analytics are entering a new phase of growth—and where the next hot markets will be.
Power  Grid  Electricity  Renewables  Solar  DER  Chart 
3 days ago by mfernando
Massachusetts new SMART tariff "2nd Gen" regulatory structure is one to watch - (Sept 2017)
Massachusetts’ SMART tariff is being touted as a second-generation program, designed to double installed capacity of solar from 1,600 to 3,200 MW over the next several years. It applies several lessons learned from earlier feed-in tariff programs in Ontario and Germany, setting initial prices competitively and adjusting over time based on capacity rather than time. It encompasses many ways to differentiate projects, going far beyond project size to include location and even beneficiaries. It may not be the perfect solar program, but given the care and detail in putting the SMART program, it’s certainly one to watch.
Electricity  Grid  Power  Renewables  Solar  DER 
3 days ago by mfernando
IMG Midstream
MG Midstream develops, owns and operates distributed power generation plants in the Northeastern U.S. By using locally produced natural gas to generate electricity for the region, IMG is working with local producers to reinvest in the community and provide family-sustaining jobs for the region.
electricity  power  development  energy  ipp 
4 days ago by ff4
Why switching to fully electric cars will take time - BBC News
By Theo Leggett
Business correspondent, BBC News, Frankfurt
19 September 2017
From the section Business ... Share

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Toyota blazed a trail in hybrid car design with its Prius

Are electric cars really about to take over from the old-fashioned internal combustion engine?
Judging by some of the headlines we've seen recently, you could be forgiven for thinking petrol and diesel engines were about to be consigned to the scrap heap. Yet the reality is rather different.
There is no question that the car industry is undergoing a radical change.
At this year's Frankfurt Motor Show - currently under way in the German city - the buzzword throughout the cavernous exhibition halls has been "electrification".
The day before the show, for example, Volkswagen said it would build electrified versions of every model in its range - including those sold under the Audi, Skoda, Seat and Porsche brands - by 2030.
The same evening, Mercedes' parent company Daimler said it would have electrified versions of its own models by 2022.
bbc  news  technology  electricity  car 
5 days ago by ndf
Russia's Cyberwar on Ukraine Is a Blueprint For What's to Come | WIRED
Now, in Ukraine, the quintessential cyberwar scenario has come to life. Twice. On separate occasions, invisible saboteurs have turned off the electricity to hundreds of thousands of people. Each blackout lasted a matter of hours, only as long as it took for scrambling engineers to manually switch the power on again. But as proofs of concept, the attacks set a new precedent: In Russia’s shadow, the decades-old nightmare of hackers stopping the gears of modern society has become a reality.
And the blackouts weren’t just isolated attacks. They were part of a digital blitzkrieg that has pummeled Ukraine for the past three years—a sustained cyber­assault unlike any the world has ever seen. A hacker army has systematically undermined practically every sector of Ukraine: media, finance, transportation, military, politics, energy. Wave after wave of intrusions have deleted data, destroyed computers, and in some cases paralyzed organizations’ most basic functions. “You can’t really find a space in Ukraine where there hasn’t been an attack,” says Kenneth Geers, a NATO ambassador who focuses on cybersecurity.
russia  electricity  telecom  infrastructure  grid  cybersecurity  hacking 
5 days ago by debcha
Miami Frustrated With FPL After Hurricane Irma | Miami New Times
FPL's lobbying wing has fought hard against letting Floridians power their own homes with solar panels. Thanks to power-company rules, it's impossible across Florida to simply buy a solar panel and power your individual home with it. You are instead legally mandated to connect your panels to your local electric grid.

More egregious, FPL mandates that if the power goes out, your solar-power system must power down along with the rest of the grid, robbing potentially needy people of power during major outages.

"Renewable generator systems connected to the grid without batteries are not a standby power source during an FPL outage," the company's solar-connection rules state. "The system must shut down when FPL's grid shuts down in order to prevent dangerous back feed on FPL's grid. This is required to protect FPL employees who may be working on the grid."

Astoundingly, state rules also mandate that solar customers include a switch that cleanly disconnects their panels from FPL's system while keeping the rest of a home's power lines connected. But during a disaster like the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, FPL customers aren't allowed to simply flip that switch and keep their panels going. (But FPL is, however, allowed to disconnect your panels from the grid without warning you. The company can even put a padlock on it.)
energy  electricity  solar  policy  regulation  infrastructure 
7 days ago by debcha
Noninvasive Deep Brain Stimulation via Temporally Interfering Electric Fields: Cell
Potentially game-changing neuroscience study, showing that you might be able to have the same effects of deep brain stimulation without neurosurgery, by modulating the frequency of transcranial electrical field stimulation.
DBS  neuroscience  electricity 
8 days ago by porejide

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