UK smart grid project investigates consumers and distributed generation

Consumers in the U.K. with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology are often too focused on the financial benefits of selling the electricity they generate back to the grid when they could be using more of it themselves, according to a study by the University of Durham, as part of the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project. 

ComEd celebrates opening of CSMART smart grid center

The Center for Smart Grid Application, Research and Technology (CSMART) celebrated its official opening with representatives from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), ComEd, Silver Spring Networks and West Monroe Partners who all had a hand in the center's development.  Located at IIT's Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, the center brings together academic, industry and utility experts to provide a fully-functional test environment for smart grid and smart city technology. 

Boldest utilities moving to the cloud

Cloud computing is presenting challenges for regulated utilities in that the opportunity presented by the cloud must be looked at differently in the utility industry, according to IDC Energy Insights. In a new report, IDC explains that the ability for utilities to receive a guaranteed cost recovery on capital investments creates an apparent disincentive for utilities to invest in cloud software.

Managing the tech risks of offshore HVDC transmission

HVDC allows power transmission through cables over longer distances and higher capacities compared to AC transmission, but the immature nature of offshore HVDC technologies can cause uncertainties and increased risk exposure for stakeholders and can make projects complicated and costly.

New Zealand turning cyber threats into opportunities

New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has committed $10.6 million to the six-year Security Technologies Returning Accountability, Transparency and User-centric Services (STRATUS) project -- a collaboration between Unitec, Waikato University, the University of Auckland and the Cloud Security Alliance that will create tools to return the control of cloud-based data to users.


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Called Cape & Vineyard Solar One, the 22 MW portfolio of solar arrays located on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard will supply 45 percent of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard municipal electrical load.