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Schneider Electric Announces an Agreement to Build a Microgrid With an Investment of $4.5 Million

How renewable energy can be reliable to power supply during extreme weather conditions
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The recent wave of hurricanes in the US -- Harvey, Irma & Sandy -- have offered municipalities a reminder of the importance of installing assets that can provide resilient power in critical facilities. The need of the hour is to install advanced microgrids equipped with the latest technology that can perform on multiple levels during these extreme weather conditions and grid outages. Microgrids were chosen as one of the options to provide necessary resilience during inclement weather in the recent US Department of Energy’s 2017 Grid Reliability Study.

Electrification on the Rise: Can Electric Vehicle Charging Networks Keep Up?

Utilities need to start thinking about how to scale up power infrastructure to meet demand
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Last year marked a monumental turning point for the future of electric vehicles (EVs), with several auto companies such as Volkswagen AG, General Motors and Volvo announcing significant electrification plans. Bolstered by improved battery technology, longer battery range, greater variety and lower prices, consumer confidence in EVs is at an all-time high. According to Forbes, light-duty EV sales in the United States rose 37 percent in 2016.

Employees’ Research Leads to Innovative Light Pole Pilot Program

The use of a spring-loaded metal pole could help change how lights high above the ground are changed at SCE facilities.
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A group of employees at Southern California Edison recently found an innovative solution to help fix and replace light bulbs or fixtures high above the ground at its facilities. The spring-loaded metal pole they found online could help reduce injuries among workers.

The SCE employees pitched the idea and it is now being used in a Light Pole Pilot Program at the utility’s Redlands Mountainview facility. Once the pilot is completed, the program could then be used company-wide.

Michigan 2-1-1: State-of-the-Art Planning Keeps Residents Warm

By Jan Lee
Blog

This article series is sponsored by Consumers Energy and went through our normal editorial review process. 

Last month, when sub-zero temperatures swept through Midwestern and Northeastern states, one centralized agency in Michigan was already marshalling resources to help those in need. Michigan 2-1-1, a state-supported consortium of nonprofits, businesses, governments and private citizens were on staff to help Michigan residents cope with record-setting temperature lows.

Digital Tech Helps Electric Utilities Improve Customer Sustainability—And Their Own

by Frederic Abbal, EVP, Schneider Electric Energy Division
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Electric utilities and other power networks are in a unique position when it comes to improving sustainability. That’s because they have the ability to not just control their own carbon footprint but also promote more efficient, sustainable energy use for consumers.

Duke Energy Proposes Two Additional Renewable Energy Programs for North Carolina Customers

Summary: 

  • North Carolina Shared Solar program expands solar options for participating communities
  • Green Source Advantage program helps large business customers meet renewable energy goals
  • Programs complement company’s recent $62 million solar rebate program 
Press Release

  • North Carolina Shared Solar program expands solar options for participating communities
  • Green Source Advantage program helps large business customers meet renewable energy goals
  • Programs complement company’s recent $62 million solar rebate program 

Duke Energy Renewables Protects Eagles with IdentiFlight System

Summary: 

  • Duke Energy Renewables purchases large-scale avian protection system for Top of the World Windpower Project in Wyoming
  • It is the first commercial installation of this technology 
Press Release

  • Duke Energy Renewables purchases large-scale avian protection system for Top of the World Windpower Project in Wyoming
  • It is the first commercial installation of this technology 

Duke Energy Delivered Sunshiny Days in North Carolina in 2017

Summary: 
  • Company connected 500 megawatts of solar capacity in 2017

  • Since 2015, solar has been the No. 1 source for new energy capacity in the Carolinas

Press Release
  • Company connected 500 megawatts of solar capacity in 2017

  • Since 2015, solar has been the No. 1 source for new energy capacity in the Carolinas

Check the Boxes: Your Smart City To-do List

Building a smart city is easy to envision, but challenging to implement
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Building a smart city is easy to envision, but it can be challenging to implement. From questions about financing and stakeholder engagement to technology advocacy and information technology (IT) governance, there is a lot to consider after you’ve made the decision to enable data to make your community more livable, sustainable and connected. After the overarching vision and strategy are set, making smart cities real often starts by implementing a series of smaller changes that contribute to the overall transformation.

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