Renewable energy

Maine Seeks to Establish Smart Grid

Central Maine Power Company has presented an innovative proposal to the state’s Public Utilities Commission that offers solar panels connected to smart meters feeding electricity into the power grid; subsidizing low-income residents to weatherize homes; and a special ombudsman to assist landowners resolve disputes over power line, in exchange for approval on a transmission project sought by the utility to upgrade its aging, high-voltage network, which spans 350 miles from Orrington to the New Hampshire border. The PUC plans to debate the proposal this week, which .

Honeywell Acquires Akuacom

Honeywell has acquired Akuacom, a provider of automated demand response technology and services for the smart grid. The deal bolsters Honeywell’s energy management and smart grid portfolio. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Integrating Solar Power into the Grid

General Electric researchers are working with Arizona Public Service to determine the best way to integrate large amounts of solar power into the current grid, funded by a $3.3 million High Penetration Solar Deployment grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The team will identify systems and technologies that optimize grid reliability and efficiency with high concentrations of distributed solar generation.

Texas Instruments joins HomeGrid Forum Board

One of the challenges facing smart grid evolution is the current lack of a global standardization of low-frequency band power line communication (PLC) solutions. Looking to fulfill this power market need, Texas Instruments Incorporated has joined the HomeGrid Forum board of directors to help make worldwide standardization a reality. Since 2004, TI has provided PLC low frequency narrowband solutions that include flexible, cost-efficient software and hardware.

GE and GAMA Announce Wind Farms

GAMA Energy A.S., a joint venture between GAMA Holding A.S. and GE Energy Financial Services, have announced the partnership’s first wind energy projects in Turkey, a 22.5-megawatt wind farm in Sares and a 10-megawattwind farm in  Karadag. Both are located in the western region of Turkey. The projects have a combined cost of €54 million ($71 million) and feature thirteen of GE’s 2.5-megawatt wind turbines.

GE Opens Smart Grid Center in Atlanta

GE’s Digital Energy has opened a new Smart Grid Technology Center of Excellence (COE) in Atlanta, Georgia, the company announced today. The center is expected to provide about 400 new jobs over three years and will combine the world headquarters for GE’s Digital Energy business, a smart grid engineering laboratory, and a world-destination smart grid customer solutions showcase.

S&C Appoints New Smart Grid Strategies Director

S&C Electric Company has appointed Michael Edmonds its new Global Smart Grid Strategies Director to drive strategies that expand the company’s portfolio of Smart Grid solutions. Edmonds, who was most recently Vice President and General Manager of Siemens Energy and Automation, will provide strategic direction and identify partnerships to enhance S&C’s offerings.

ECF proposes path for 80 percent GHG reduction by 2050

A recently released study by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) shows how the EU can achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The report determined that decarbonization of the energy sector is vital to achieving such an ambitious goal. Decarbonizing the energy sector would in turn have “knock-on effects” in both road transport and buildings.