Should the US Wind Power Industry Lose its Training Wheels?
The US Production Tax Credit has been the lifeblood of the US’s wind energy industry for the last decade but congress may decide not to renew this subsidy. Is it time for this lifeline to be cut for good?
Centralizing Consumption Data
Millions of smart electric and gas meters are being deployed around the world, creating a wealth of data which must be collected, sorted, managed and finally analyzed. Is the UK's central station where data will be consolidated and distributed to interested parties the answer?
Cemig Invests US$1.95bn in Brazil’s Grid
Brazilians can look forward to a more reliable power supply as power company Cemig ploughs billions of dollars in to the country’s grid.
IEC Needs Competition and Vigilant Management
The IEC may clean up its act if faced with competition from other electricity producers.
The Merger of Utilities and Telecoms- A Quintuple Bundle?
Telecommunications companies have shown considerable interest in becoming players in the smart grid. Several have been quick to put themselves forward as strategic partners to utilities, seeking to develop their own smart networks.
Mexico Awards TransCanada with Natural Gas Pipeline Projects
Mexico moves closer to its natural gas-fired generating capacity goals as it awards TransCanada with contracts to build two new gas pipelines.
MENA Region’s Power Projects Need US$250bn
The MENA region’s power sector needs a financial boost to support its growing population and infrastructure needs.
Is the UK Full Of Wind?
As the UK and the global renewables sector celebrates the launch of the world’s largest offshore windfarm, the London Array, Tory energy minister John Hayes ruins the festivities by announcing that the UK has had enough of the “relentless march of onshore wind farms.”
Ownership of Data and its Management
The smart grid is supplying today’s utilities with a flood of data which needs to be managed effectively otherwise its value will be lost.
Drought Hits Brazil’s Power Supply
Brazil’s ongoing drought is forcing power operators to turn to thermoelectric power to safeguard its dwindling hydroelectric power plant water storage levels.
Germany’s Energy Transformation Relies on Sluggish Grid Action Plan
Germany’s ambitious energy transformation has the world’s attention but role-players will need to put plans in to action in order to meet fast-approaching energy targets. EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger recommends that Germany follows Spain’s example and forms one power network operator.