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Asian Cleantech and Smart Grid sectors continue to gain momentum

The Power and Electricity World Asia 2013, a conference recently held in Singapore, is an excellent barometer for what is happening in the electricity and utility sector in Asia. The conference has dedicated streams on a wide variety of topics from cleantech investment to smart grids and from traditional power generation to renewables. The key message of the show was that of strong demand growth for energy...

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Smart grid: Game-changer of the Philippine energy system

Smart grid technology is the way forward to perk up the Philippines’ energy system, according to a top official from Manila Electric Company, the country’s largest electrical power distributor. In a talk during the Power and Electricity Philippines conference on Wednesday, Jose Antonio Valdez, Meralco’s Vice President and Head of Marketing and Customer Solutions and Innovations, said smart grid is a “game-changer”...

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Smart grid technologies gained $13.9 billion in investments in 2012

Global investment in smart grid technologies totaled $13.9 billion worldwide in 2012, finds a new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute. Smart girds, which are electricity networks that use digital information and communications technologies for more efficient and reliable electricity transport, are needed to facilitate the integration of more renewable energy into the grid. With more and more countries...

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G.E., Google developing data mapping platform for utilities

G.E. and Google have announced a new agreement by which Google Maps data will be integrated into G.E.’s Smallworld electrical, telecommunications and gas applications. “Millions of people are already familiar with Google Maps as seen on their computer screens in the office or on mobile devices in the field. Now we’re able to bring that familiarity to our Smallworld products so that customers can use a platform...

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Global smart grid market hit $13.9 billion in 2012

Global investments in smart grid technologies increased by seven percent in 2012 to $13.9 billion, due to demand in the U.S. and China, according to new figures by research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The statistics also projects an over 10 percent compound annual growth rate in the next five years, with investments expected to hit almost double to $25.2 billion. Smart metering and related infrastructure and services...

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DNV to open research center dedicated to smart grids

DNV, a Norway-based independent foundation, is set to open the world’s first research center dedicated to smart grids and super grids. The Strategic Research Unit, located at DNV KEMA’s global headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands, will focus on developing smart grid and super grid solutions, which are key elements and a prerequisite to integrate large-scale renewable energy into the energy structure. “As the world prepares...

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Guest Post: Download: Access the African energy market

Are you looking to access investment, gain knowledge on the African energy sector or access new energy projects in Africa? Download the Power & Electricity World Africa 2013 conference agenda and gain access to our floorplans, full agenda, and full speaker list. Download here Are you looking to secure investment to build a power plant? FMO has successfully funded numerous projects in Africa. They will share a practical...

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Itron to deploy smart meters for Johannesburg

Smart meter company Itron is going to be providing $150 million worth of smart meters to Africa’s first large-scale smart metering project. Itron, in collaboration with South African electrical contracting company Edison Power Group, received a major contract award from the City of Johannesburg in South Africa. Johannesburg, through its municipal-owned electricity distribution company City Power, is in the midst implementing...

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Last day in Smart City Expo and World Congress at the Fira Europa, Barcelona

The first idea is that, the World Congress is by far, a more important event than the Expo itself; even counting with all those huge “meeting points” that major corporations settle in central corridors. This can suggest both that dematerialization is already condemning these sort of events and that the Smart Growth concept and its marketing machine are yet taking the first steps. Nevertheless this November 2012...

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Smart Grid Guest Post: Download: Investment time in energy efficiency improvements

Energy efficiency is one of the Energy management strategies that ensures that energy use and costs are as low as possible while maintaining high standards of comfort, service and productivity. This presentation by James Bannabe from Commissioner Energy Resources Department, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda, deals with the following:...

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