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Connected home closer to reality for Reliant customers

For Reliant customers, the smart home has just gotten closer to reality. Reliant has launched a new suite of home security packages and automation tools that will help customers connect anywhere, anytime, to what is often their largest investment-- their home.

New flow battery holds promise but not without challenges

PNNL's new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery uses an electrolyte that has more than two times the energy density of the next-best flow battery used to store renewable energy and support the power grid. And its energy density is approaching that of a type of lithium-ion battery used to power portable electronic devices and some small electric vehicles.

Cities need a new outlook for infrastructure upgrade financing

While lobbying to help government and utilities understand the importance of the smart grid and other new energy innovations, the cost of new projects is often overlooked. A new study by the New Cities Foundation (NCF) suggests ideas for government entities to secure their funding.

SunEdison sets goal to bring power to 20 million people by 2020

SunEdison has announced a plan to bring electricity to 20 million people in underserved world communities by 2020. The project will be conducted by SunEdison social innovations, a group whose mission is to help rural communities by developing business models and introducing new communities to help renewable energy sustainable.

Hydrogen and fuel cell development plans could help Northeast increase grid reliability

The development plans outline cumulative goals for each state, including approximately 1,300 megawatts of installed stationary fuel cell capacity; 10,800 fuel cell electric vehicles; 640 fuel cell powered buses; and 110 hydrogen refueling stations to support the fuel cell electric vehicles and buses.

NIST research center to support community comparison of resiliency

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a $20 million cooperative agreement to Colorado State University (CSU) to establish the Community Resilience Center of Excellence, which will develop computer tools to help local governments decide how to best invest in resources that would lessen the impact of extreme weather and other hazards on buildings and infrastructure and allow rapid recovery in their aftermath.

SRP teams with ASU to test battery storage for PV customers

SRP and Arizona State University (ASU) have partnered to help their customers with solar photovoltaic (PV) system utilizing battery storage technology. SRP is a community-based nonprofit that serves 1 million customers in the Phoenix area.

Con Edison associates win prestigious EPRI award

Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, has received widespread recognition for its environmental performance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others. Now, associates from Consolidated Edison subsidiary Con Edison are in the spotlight for their environmental efforts.

Lawsuit could be clue to a possible Apple EV

Although rumors of an Apple electric vehicle (EV) have been swirling, a current lawsuit may offer some information about the possibilities in Apple's future. EV battery-maker A123 filed the lawsuit, claiming that Apple has been poaching their engineers to build their own large-scale battery division, which could be evidence that Apple is building their own EV.

BEMS market maturing to deliver more energy-efficient solutions

The economic impacts of BEMS continue to dominate the decision-making process. As the cost of monitoring and control technology falls, the systems are becoming a more cost-effective option for a broader set of customers.  In fact, Navigant Research predicts that worldwide revenue from BEMS will grow from $2.4 billion in 2015 to nearly $10.8 billion in 2024.