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Yesterday Attorney General Jerry Brown announced a completely new kind of renewable energy legislation, introduced by State Assembly member Nancy Skinner (D) – designed to add more renewable energy storage to the grid.
Date: 03/02/2010
Type: News
Google releases the application programing interface for Google PowerMeter, a tool to provide users with real time energy use and cost data.
Date: 03/03/2010
Type: Blog
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
As utilities face challenges in implementing smart grids, this article discusses a framework to help utilities evaluate, plan, and deploy smart grid information technologies.
Date: 03/11/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
A study conducted by Microsoft revealed that the Smart Grid is being adopted much slower than previously thought.
Date: 03/11/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
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
Xcel Energy Inc. is testing energy-storage systems including a sodium-sulfur battery project, compressed air-storage project, and wind-to-hydrogen project to address reliability issues as the company boosts its use of wind power.
Date: 03/15/2010
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 California Public Utilities Commission has given NREL approximately 3 million dollars to help stimulate their solar power infrastructure.
Date: 04/14/2010
Type: News
The need for renewable energy storage is creating new market opportunities for the development of compressed air energy storage (CAES) as a solution for peak power supply and grid management.
Date: 04/14/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities

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