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Irrigation district wants to take local power lines, transformers

It may sound like a strange thing to contemplate: A small irrigation district wants to get into the electric utility business, but plans to take local Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) power lines and transformers to do it. And this is not the first time-- the South San Joaquin Irrigation District tried the same tactic eight years ago.

Platts announces winners of Global Energy Awards

Platts Global Energy Awards winners have demonstrated that forging partnerships, developing technologies and thinking outside the box are central to meeting the challenges of geopolitical tensions, price volatility, changing trade flows and ever-evolving environmental considerations and climate change agendas.

Pacific Gas and Electric credits smart grid technology for speedy power restoration

A storm that ripped through the Bay Area and outlying areas last week caused a power outage affecting at least 500,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers. However, power was restored for most of them by Friday and smart grid technologies were credited with being instrumental in the quick response.

Pacific Gas and Electric CEO supports cap-and-trade

Pacific Gas & Electric CEO Tony Earley Jr. thinks California's cap-and-trade program is a good example of the right way to reduce carbon emissions. Not only that, he also believes cap-and-trade would be an effective way to steer more consumers toward electric vehicles (EVs) which he sees as an advantage.

Why strategic energy management is critical to utility success: 7 best practices

In the first part of her article on strategic energy management, contributing author Diane Levin shared five critical keystones that can be used by utilities to support improved engagement with their commercial and industrial customers. This second installment of the article addresses seven best practices for ensuring successful customer engagement.

Energy, Commerce secretaries to lead clean energy trade mission to China

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker will lead a trade mission to China in an effort to help U.S. companies build more business in the country. The April 2015 mission will focus on smart grid, green buildings, data centers, energy efficiency and other sectors.

Forget ISO 50001: Why strategic energy management is critical to utility success

Utilities are changing their focus to comply with increasing requirements from regulators to save energy, integrate new energy sources and meet the heightened expectations of their customers. In the first of a two-part series, contributing author Diane Levin explains the Five Keystone approach to strategic energy management, a new solution for dealing with change in the utility business environment.

NextEra Energy to buy Hawaiian Electric

Clean energy company NextEra Energy will acquire Hawaiian Electric Industries, parent company to the three electric utilities that serve almost all of Hawaii’s population, in a deal valued at $4.3 billion-- including assumption of $1.7 billion in Hawaiian Electric debt. NextEra said the two companies will work together on the state’s extensive renewable energy transformation.

Smart grid wins: an acquisition for EnerNOC, Alstom’s Sri Lanka project and more

Smart grid projects and developments this week include EnerNOC’s acquisition of Pulse Energy, Alstom’s energy management project in Sri Lanka, a partnership for Black & Veatch and Dynapower Company and other industry news.

China could lose its solar world leader status

China could lose its ranking as the world’s biggest solar power market and cede the top spot to Japan. Chinese officials held back approvals for some utility-scale solar projects in favor of promoting more distributed solar and the country is unlikely to meet its overall installation goals for 2014.