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PG&E is Largest Solar Utility in the US

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) recently connected the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. In 2014, the California utility connected more than 45,000 new rooftop solar customers and added approximately 326 MW of installed solar power, generating enough energy to service more than 70,000 homes. This year PG&E connecting approximately four thousand new solar customers…

Smart Grid Workshop Eyes Future

A recent smart grid workshop hosted by the University of Alberta’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering attracted leading researchers and energy industry professional from across the globe to discuss soft power grid solutions, distributed generation, and the continuing evolution of power systems. The conference was designed to build and strengthen connections between industry and…

Austin, Texas, to Host Smart Energy Summit

Organizers of the Energy Thought Summit taking place this week in Austin, Texas, says the conference will focus on how smart grids are utilizing the latest monitoring and analytics technology to adapt to changing electricity demands. At least 750 attendees are expected to attend the event on March 25-26 event, which will feature 175 energy…

Another Potential Benefit of Electric Vehicles

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and China’s Hunan University have found that electric vehicles (EV) emit significantly less heat than autos with combustion engines and believe that adopting EVs could help cool major urban areas such as Beijing that suffer from the urban heat island effect, which can raise temperatures within cities as much…

DOE Report Bullish on Wind Power

A new report from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) concludes that between technological advancements driving projected cost reductions and continued siting and transmission development, wind power can be economically deployed to provide renewable power in all 50 states. The report also stressed the importance of wind in the US’s energy portfolio and outlines…

IBM, Semtech Introduce New IoT Technology

IBM Research and Semtech have introduced a new technology based on low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) that are touted as having advantages over cellular networks and Wi-Fi for providing machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. In past years the Internet of things’ (IoT) potential for business has been challenged by technical obstacles such as limited battery life, short communication…