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By the end of the year, China’s electric grid will become the largest in the world in terms of both installed generation capacity and electricity produced. Additionally, China is expected to have one of the largest energy storage capacities by 2016.
Date: 10/08/2012
Type: Article
California will require utilities to pay consumers for generating more solar and wind power than they use and will boost the payoff for certain solar facilities. The laws take effect Jan 1.
Date: 10/13/2009
Type: News
The smart grid will be more reliable and efficient than the current system in place, but its interconnectedness brings up some security issues that must be dealt with.
Date: 04/09/2010
Type: News
The Solar Electric Power Association released a report to promote better understanding of Net Energy Metering through understanding of utility rate-setting regulation and evaluation of the value of distributed solar.
Date: 07/18/2013
Type: Article
Utilities will be hesitant to implement the smart grid since it is an expensive technology and it will reduce their ability to sell their core product, electricity.
Date: 08/11/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Japan, South Korea, and China are investing billions for smart grid infrastructure and information technology.
Date: 03/08/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Utilities use network-connected meters and other new technologies to build a smart grid that will reduce outages, cut costs and improve customer service.
Date: 11/13/2009
Type: Article
Scientists at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) have developed a new type of concentrating solar array with a concentrating acrylic lens and reflective walls to focus the sun’s rays onto a strip of photovoltaic (PV) cells, enabling the number of PV cells to be cut by 75 percent.
Date: 03/14/2010
Type: News
With the complexity of future smart grids and the integration challenges posed by renewables, a deeper understanding of the grid’s dynamic network interactions as well as the control of those interactions is increasingly important.
Date: 11/15/2013
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Tags: energy, power, UCSB
Roughly 20 to 50 percent of energy consumed in the world is dispersed as heat. A company has come up with a way to harness waste heat as low as 86 degrees Fahrenheit to be converted to electricity.
Date: 05/23/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Utilities

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