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GE and Google Agreement Allows Utilities to Access Maps

Google-LogoATLANTA–()–A new agreement announced today between GE (NYSE: GE) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) will integrate Google Maps data into GE’s Smallworld™ electrical, telecommunications and gas applications. GE, a leading provider of geospatial analytical tools and insight, and Google, a provider of map services with more than 1 billion monthly active users, will help utilities increase productivity based on the ability to visualize and analyze their data with GE’s Smallworld product suite. The combined solution will enhance the existing network visualization capabilities and will allow utility customers to receive incremental efficiency and productivity of operations in the field. By enhancing the ability to visualize data on a map, utility customers will be able to quickly provide their end-use customers with important information such as outage restoration times and will help to more efficiently manage their network assets. Continue reading

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Smart Appliance Market to Reach Nearly $35 Billion Annually by 2020

As utilities around the world deploy smart meters, smart appliances (which use an intelligent power management strategy to optimize the load on the power distribution grid) have a significant role to play in realizing the vision of the smart grid.  Currently, these appliances are limited in terms of availability and types of products, but they will start to represent an increasing share of the total appliance market after 2015.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the annual value of the smart appliance market will grow from $613 million in 2012 to $34.9 billion in 2020. Continue reading

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Nearly 70 Percent of Electric Meters in Europe Will be Smart by 2020

european_unionSmart electric meters provide a platform for energy efficiency improvements, new customer services, and network optimization.  To achieve those goals across Europe, more than 30 million meters will need to be deployed annually during the peak years of activity, and major upgrade programs will need to be executed simultaneously in Europe’s largest countries, along with many smaller projects across a diverse range of countries and utilities.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, nearly 70 percent of all electric meters in Europe (and 90 percent in Western Europe) will be smart by 2020. Continue reading

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Foreign Acquisitions are Just the Beginning of China’s Innovation Ambition

china-solar-620BOSTON–()–China’s rapid transition from a low-cost manufacturing hub to an innovation hotspot with growing foreign ambitions represents both a threat and an opportunity for companies and investors around the globe, according to Lux Research.

Chinese firms in such sectors as energy storage, advanced lighting, emerging electronics and red-biotechnology industries are more likely to pursue both overseas growth and introduction of foreign capabilities into China. Continue reading

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Suniva adds Solar UL 1000 Volt Certifications and Module Capacity

suniva-logoNORCROSS, Ga.–()–Suniva, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells and modules, today announced that it is expanding its (PV) module certifications by adding UL 1703 1000 volt listing for its high power OPTimus® line of modules. These modules feature 60 cell models with power output up to 270W and 72 cell modules with power output up to 315W. The high-power solar cells utilized in these modules are made at Suniva’s Norcross Georgia plant and headquarters.

With this enhancement, North American projects can now use Suniva modules connected in series strings up to 1000 volts DC. This can result in significant cost savings in reduced labor costs, more rapid installation, reduced number of wiring homeruns and combiner boxes, and lower cost, more efficient inverters can be utilized. Continue reading

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Energy Points Launches Application for Integrated Environmental Reporting

Energy_Points_Corporate_Logo_(Drop)BOSTON–()–Energy Points today unveiled EnergyPoints™ Integrated Reports, a new application that enables businesses to issue a single, integrated sustainability report that clearly conveys both the financial and environmental impact of the company’s energy and resource consumption. EnergyPoints Integrated Reports is based on the company’s proprietary analytics platform, which converts all resources (water, fuel, waste, electricity and natural gas) into a single, universal unit of measurement.

Environmental performance has emerged as a critical driver of shareholder value and customer loyalty, and is increasingly viewed by executives as being intertwined with commercial success. According to a new report from the Governance & Accountability Institute, 53 percent of the 500 companies indexed by Standard and Poor’s issued sustainability reports in 2011, up from 19 percent the previous year. The study also found that companies issuing sustainability reports attracted more investment dollars and offered shareholders better returns than competitors that failed to report1. Continue reading

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Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Sales in Europe to Reach 827,000 Annually by 2020

solar_carAlthough government support for electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe is waning, the increasing availability of vehicle charging infrastructure that enables vehicles to charge at home, at the workplace, and in public places is facilitating market growth.  With electric and electrically assisted vehicles now available in the mainstream market, the fundamental question is no longer if there is a market; rather, the question is how fast that market will grow.  According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, EVs – including electrically assisted hybrids – will play an increasingly important role in European markets, growing from 0.7 percent of the market in 2012 to 4 percent in 2020. While that is still a small portion of the market, it represents more than 827,000 vehicles sold annually in the region. Continue reading

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Electric Motorcycle and Scooter Sales to Reach 18.7 Million Annually by 2018

Manufacturers of electric motorcycles and scooters (e-motorcycles and e-scooters) are providing more robust features, including longer range capability and higher speeds, accelerating demand for these vehicles.  Although still small, the market is expected to grow strongly as consumers become more aware of the products available.  According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, annual worldwide sales of e-motorcycles and e-scooters will reach 18.7 million by 2018.  The vast majority of these vehicles will be sold in China. Continue reading

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