Walmart Announces Plans to Double U.S. Wind and Solar Energy Use

Recently (4/18), Walmart announced that suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of the company’s Project Gigaton initiative.

Walmart launched Project Gigaton last April, seeking to work with suppliers to reduce emissions from the company’s value chain by a gigaton, or one billion metric tons, by 2030. The emissions re...duction progress was shared at Walmart’s annual Sustainability Milestone Summit, where expanded commitments on solar and wind power, as well as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, were also discussed.

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UPS Switches On Smart Grid In London To Super-Charge Electric Delivery Fleet

A UPS-led consortium has deployed a radical new charging technology in London that overcomes the challenge of simultaneously recharging an entire fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) without the need for the expensive upgrade to the power supply grid.

The breakthrough signals the beginning of the end of a reliance upon traditional combustion engine powered vehicles by allowing UPS to increase the number... of EVs operating from its central London site from the current limit of 65 to all 170 trucks based there.

This advance – believed to be the first time these systems have been deployed at this scale anywhere in the world – is the result of the ‘Smart Electric Urban Logistics (SEUL)’ project with UK Power Networks and Cross River Partnership, with funding secured from the UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

For more info, see:…/ups-switches-on-smart-gr…

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Gas for Climate initiative launched: Smart use of renewable gas to meet climate targets can save Europe €140 billion per year

Renewable gas used in existing gas infrastructure could play an important role in reducing Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by mid-century, according to a study published recently by the Gas for Climate initiative. Such a reduction is needed to comply with the Paris Agreement to keep global warming well below 2°C, avoiding dangerous levels... of climate change.

The study shows that it is possible to scale up renewable gas production between now and 2050 to more than 120 billion cubic metres annually, including both renewable hydrogen and biomethane. The biomethane potential is based on an early and conservative scenario on the sustainable use of European biomass potential. Using this renewable gas in existing gas infrastructure for the heating of buildings, to produce dispatchable electricity as a complement to wind and solar, and to fuel heavy transport, could save about €140 billion annually by 2050 compared to a future energy system without any gas.

For more info, see:…/gas-climate-initiative-launche…/

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CEE Executive Director Ed Wisniewski observed "Amid the uncertainty in federal investment, this report indicates that demand side management (DSM) investment at the state and program level continues strong with a modest uptick in 2016 expenditures and 2017 budgets.

"What the report does not capture is that a significant program presence over an extended duration apparently produces a powerful public benefits platform that can be leveraged to serve the growing complexities an...d obligations of today’s utilities. Accordingly, future reports will attempt to capture the extent to which DSM investments are deployed with the intent of supporting additional regulatory imperatives for climate, distributed generation, and system resiliency objectives."

Total expenditures from all funding sources on gas and electric DSM programs in 2016 rose two percent over 2015, reaching $8.8 billion, according to the report. In 2017, US and Canadian administrators reported that their demand response programs reduced demand by 41,468 MW in 2016 with programs in the South (57 percent of savings) and West (29 percent) accounting for the majority of these savings.

For more details, see:…/utility-efficiency-investments-saving…

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Boston, MA—Today the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) releases its twelfth Annual Industry Report, showing growth in 2016 energy efficiency and demand response investment.

Schneider Electric recently (3/14) announced a project with REC Solar to build an advanced microgrid at its Foxboro, Massachusetts facility. The microgrid will be funded by Schneider Electric’s innovative Microgrid-as-a-Service (MaaS) business model – it is the third MaaS project with Duke Energy Renewables and REC Solar – and will offer greater power resilience to help the company better serve its customers. The Foxboro facility operates as Schneider Electric’s Process Automation North American Power Generation Center of Excellence.


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“The growing smart home IoT market is helping drive new interest in the typically sluggish smart appliances subsegment,” says Neil Strother, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “The smart appliance market segment is now ready for a healthy growth spurt over the next decade as appliance manufacturers, retailers, and utilities embrace smart appliances, and then convince buyers of the benefits that include enhanced energy efficiency, improved maintenance capabilit...ies, and greater convenience through connectivity.”

According to the report, with proper focus by industry stakeholders, smart appliances could become a much more robust market segment that benefits both buyers and sellers. Stakeholders should be able to ride the IoT smart home wave, executing on key strategies outlined in the report.


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With the right strategy, smart appliances stakeholders can capitalize on increasing interest in the smart home Internet of Things market A new report from Navigant Research looks at the shift in th…

“We see an exciting future emerging throughout Canada. Following our successful Ontario Ministry of Energy Smart Grid Fund project, GRID20/20 has evolved to now include a services-based model to facilitate accelerated grid optimization achievements by Local Distribution Companies, said Alan Snook, President GRID20/20. “We realize the recently released Ontario Long Term Energy Plan identifies key areas for ongoing LDC improvement and expanded grid expectations. We are now post...ured to assist LDC’s to meet several of these critical challenges where smart meters are unable to address.”

By leveraging their long-term collaborative relationship, GRID20/20 and DVI will initially assist LDC’s to identify remediable energy loss and identify energy purchase cost reduction opportunities. In turn, LDC’s will enjoy In Front of the Meter Conservation (IFMC) savings.


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GRID20/20 and DVI, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy and leader in Volt/VAR optimization solutions, have teamed up to address the growing energy efficiency needs throughout Canada.

DNV GL Publishes Energy Transition Framework for Cities

DNV GL recenlty (3/7) published a new report into the activities of cities around the world that are driving the global transition to a sustainable, decarbonized energy future. The report “Energy Transition Framework for Cities” finds that while megacities attract the headlines, significant innovation and leadership is occurring in mid-size cities, which are more numerous and comprise a greater portion of the world’s pop...ulation in aggregate.

Surveying the activities of ten of the most forward-looking and pioneering cities globally, the report identifies best practices that other cities can use to achieve sustainability and economic development goals, as well as opportunities for partnerships to accelerate the energy transition.

Cities consume about 75% of the world’s primary energy and contribute around 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet until recently, many municipalities didn’t see energy policy as part of their statutory powers. However, cities are now becoming significant players in the energy markets and actively accelerating the shift to a cleaner, more efficient and decarbonized energy supply to address increasingly urgent community concerns.

For more inforation and to download a copy of the report, visit…/dnv-gl-publishes-energy-transition-…

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New report surveys 10 pioneering mid-size cities that lead the energy transition around the world

Energy Commission Adopts Reports That Track State's Path To Clean Energy Future: More than $2 Million Approved for Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure

The California Energy Commission approved two reports that track the state's path to a clean energy future, and also funded the continued operation and maintenance of 16 hydrogen refueling stations located strategically throughout California.

At a business meeting, the Energy Commission adopted the Integrated Energy Policy Report... (IEPR), a key report that assesses and updates major energy trends and issues facing the state's electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel sectors. The report provides policy recommendations to conserve resources and protect the environment while maintaining energy reliability.

The IEPR release comes as California is taking ambitious steps to lower its greenhouse gas emissions. The report suggests that a downward trend in greenhouse gas emissions must be initiated in the next three years to avoid extreme climate change impacts. It also suggests that the state's electric grid must evolve to support a low-carbon future that integrates solar and wind energy.

For more details, see:…/2018-02-21_Business_Mtg_Adopt_re…

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Constellation Set to Begin Work on $110 Million Energy Efficiency Project for the New York City Housing Authority

Constellation, an Exelon company, is set to begin construction on $110 million in energy efficiency improvements for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). The installations, beginning in this month, span a combined 41 developments, 340 buildings and more than 28,000 residences.

These improvements are projected to prevent the release of 87 million pounds of ...CO2 into the atmosphere yearly. In terms of greenhouse gas reduction, the improvements would have the same annual impact as taking more than 8,300 cars off the road or saving more than 32,000 acres of trees, according to Environmental Protection Agency calculations.

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Pilot Project to Test Large Scale Tokenization of Energy Data on the Blockchain

Elering AS and WePower Announce a Pilot Project to Test Large Scale Tokenization of Energy Data on the Blockchain in Estonia.

Governor Cuomo Unveils New York's Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda

The 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda will build on the progress made to date under the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision policy, which includes the nation-leading Clean Energy Standard mandate to generate 50 percent of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030, as well as ambitious climate protection activities under the Environmental Protection Fund. Governor Cuomo...'s 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda includes the following:

- Expand regional greenhouse gas initiative and reduce emissions equitably from the highest-polluting, high demand "peaker" power plants

- Solicit proposals for offshore wind power

- Increase transmission of clean and renewable energy by investing $200 million to meet unprecedented energy storage target of 1,500 megawatts by 2025

- Invest $200 million from NY green bank to support energy storage

- Create the zero cost solar for all program for 10,000 low-income New Yorkers

- Reconvene scientific advisory committee on climate change

- Establish new energy efficiency target by earth day

To view details of the initiative, click here

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Photos from the 2017 Grid Modernization Forum in Chicago

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Case studies of improved network performance, resiliency, outage restoration, and distributed energy resource (DER) integration will be examined with an eye toward determining best practices and evaluating technology advances for possible implementation. As in prior years, this is a unique opportunity to network with top industry professionals who are leading the way toward effective grid modernization and the integrated, interoperable, resilient energy network of tomorrow.


Join us for two days of focused networking and information sharing concerning the latest technological developments, design, implementation and operation of hybrid renewable energy microgrids. The emphasis is on maximizing the business case for microgrids, integration into the larger grid, and sharing real-world case studies of both grid-tied and off-grid/remote environments.



The Digital Utility Innovation Forum 2018, 20-21 February in Barcelona will examine the latest technologies, business models, case studies and success strategies for effectively implementing the digital utility transformation. This focused symposium will bring together utility executives, thought leaders, business planners and network professionals for two days of information sharing at the cutting edge of the digital utility transformation in Europe.

Feb 20 - Feb 21Instituto de Formacion Continua, Universitat de Barcelona
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