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    1. IEC, Duke, and Progress Announce the Grid ComForum East 2012 in Raleigh, NC

      IEC, Duke, and Progress Announce the Grid ComForum East 2012 in Raleigh, NC
      The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) announces GCF East, its fourth program in the Grid ComForum series of events. The event will take place this May 22-24, 2012, at the McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina in conjunction with Duke Energy and Progress Energy. GCF East will begin with a private program for Duke Energy, Progress Energy, and their key stakeholders on May 22, 2012. May 23-24, 2012 will consist of a conference open to the industry as a whole that will bring together all of the major electric power utilities, vendors, and suppliers involved in the region's Smart Grid technology deployment.
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      Mentions: Duke Energy NC
    2. Ener1 Senior Management and Board of Directors Changes

      Ener1 Senior Management and Board of Directors Changes
      Board member Thomas J. Snyder is replacing Charles Gassenheimer as chairman by assuming the role of non-executive chairman of the board. Chris Cowger, who has been serving as president of Ener1, will take over as chief executive officer from Mr. Gassenheimer, who is leaving the company. The changes are effective immediately. Mr. Gassenheimer is also expected to resign from Ener1's board of directors.
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    3. Rome Welcomes Toshiba for EV Charging Storage

      Rome Welcomes Toshiba for EV Charging Storage

      Italy is poised to welcome electric cars to the streets or Rome, according to Toshiba. Toshiba's Italian subsidiary Ansaldo Transmissione & Distribuzione S.p.A (Ansaldo T&D) won a contract to supply a smart grid distribution system to ACEA Distribuzione S.p.A (Gruppo ACEA), one of Italy’s leading public utilities. The system will include a solar power array and storage batteries, as well as a control unit and smart meters.

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    4. On LinkedIn, green startups are leading the way

      On LinkedIn, green startups are leading the way
      From 2009 to 2011, “renewables and environment” was the fastest growing sector within the small business landscape on LinkedIn, with the number of LinkedIn members in the space growing 29 percent in that timeframe. Interestingly, the second-fastest small business growth sector on LinkedIn was “oil and energy,” which grew by 20 percent from 2009 to 2011.
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    5. NRG Energy to pilot vehicle-to-grid storage in Dallas

      NRG Energy to pilot vehicle-to-grid storage in Dallas
      Clean power giant NRG Energy announced on Monday that it will partner on a vehicle-to-grid project that was developed at the University of Delaware. The vehicle-to-grid project (or V2G) will use parked electric vehicles as grid batteries, in order to help stabilize the grid, and also potentially offer electric vehicle owners money to help cover plug-in cars’ extra costs.
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      Mentions: TX Delaware PJM
    6. CODA Automotive to Become a Grid Storage Company

      CODA Automotive to Become a Grid Storage Company
      CODA, the LA-based electric vehicle and battery company, has made a series of moves to prepare for a major foray into grid storage: … Closed a $147 million round of venture financing (taking its total funding to more than $300 million) … Purchased a battery management software company (EnergyCS of Monrovia, CA) … Brought on a smart grid veteran to run the storage division
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    7. California to Fund Storage Behind the Residential Meter

      California to Fund Storage Behind the Residential Meter
      The second bill, AB 1150, extends the California Public Utilities Commission's Self-Generations Incentive Program through 2014. The program gives nearly $83 million in rebates per year to consumers who install renewable energy resources - including solar panels, wind turbines, fuel cells and other energy storage devices - on their side of the utility meter.
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    8. S&C Provides First Grid-Tied Solar Energy Storage System

      S&C Provides First Grid-Tied Solar Energy Storage System
      S&C Electric Company announced the successful deployment of a 750-kW PureWave® Storage Management System (SMS) to PNM Resources. The system, installed in Albuquerque, N.M., is the nation's first solar storage facility that is fully integrated into a utility's power grid. The PNM Prosperity Energy Storage Project can produce 500 kilowatts …. S&C's PureWave SMS provides two storage functions … It smoothes the output from solar panels, mitigating potential variations brought on by resource intermittency, to ensure continued grid reliability and stability. The system also allows stored solar energy to be dispatched at times of peak demand ...
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    9. LG (S. Korea) to Invest ~US$7B in Green Tech (storage not mentioned)

      LG (S. Korea) to Invest ~US$7B in Green Tech (storage not mentioned)
      2 trillion won has been earmarked for the electric vehicle battery sector through to 2013, with a further 1 trillion won to be invested in solar photovoltaic, LED and water treatment technologies. The company is also attempting to position itself as a major supplier to the fast-expanding solar industry, announcing that 490bn won will be targeted at the polysilicon sector, and a further 400bn won will be invested in production facilities for solar cell wafers through to 2015.
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    10. Opinion: Energy not Capable of Web-like Disruption

      Opinion: Energy not Capable of Web-like Disruption
      Does the energy industry need more disruption-focused web entrepreneurs like Sean Parker, of Napster and Facebook fame? While the world will be better with more Parkers in general, I don't think the energy industry will be disrupted as easily by these types of folks ... Energy has fundamentally different parameters than web, and also often times needs to be built on top of the infrastructure already in place.
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      Mentions: NY
    11. Maldives Crowdsources Solar and Storage Plans

      Maldives Crowdsources Solar and Storage Plans

      While the Maldives has abundant sunlight during the day, the battery technology required for large-scale power generation at night is extremely expensive.“Right now, we aren’t looking at storage because it would double the cost in this current economic environment. Technology is evolving reasonably rapidly though, and in five or ten years we think that providing storage will more affordable,” Razee said.“Batteries are used at night, and as we know a lot of electricity is generated then. So we will need to address the issue of storage and how to provide energy at night within our larger goals.”

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    12. Aquion's Manufacturing and Product Ramp Up Plans

      Aquion's Manufacturing and Product Ramp Up Plans
      Aquion is looking for about 250,000 square feet initially, with the option to lease a total of 500,000 square feet or more later on … Aquion has about 50 workers, and could employ 500 people by 2014 when it reaches commercial-scale production. They envision perhaps 1,000 workers by about 2017. … The company is manufacturing about 60 or more batteries a day …
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    13. Altair Nanotechnologies Appoints New CEO & CFO

      Altair Nanotechnologies Appoints New CEO & CFO
      Energy-storage provider Altair Nanotechnologies appointed Dr. H. Frank Gibbard as president and CEO of the company, replacing Terry Copeland, who has resigned from Altair's board of directors. Stephen B. Huang has been appointed vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), replacing John Fallini … Gibbard has more than 30 years of experience in the battery and fuel-cell businesses, having served as vice president of research, development and advanced engineering at Duracell and as CEO of fuel-cell company H Power Corp. He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Huang is a seasoned financial executive with 18 years of experience with U.S. companies. He is experienced in the financial management of joint U.S.-Chinese companies.
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    14. U.S., China Agree on Energy Intellectual Property Protection

      U.S., China Agree on Energy Intellectual Property Protection
      The agreement protects American and Chinese researchers, scientists, and engineers by ensuring their intellectual property rights for the technology they create. It also defines how intellectual property may be shared or licensed in each country. Participating members in each project also may gain compensation on favorable terms, depending on their level of involvement in the final product.
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      Mentions: U.S. China
    15. Walgreens Marks 100th Rooftop Solar Installation

      Walgreens Marks 100th Rooftop Solar Installation

      Walgreens today marks its continued commitment to sustainability with its 100th rooftop solar power system installation in Mason, Ohio. Since its first solar installation in 2007, Walgreens has expanded its plans to include stores and distribution centers in Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Oregon and Ohio, for a total of more than 130 installations nationwide by the end of the year, more than any other U.S. retailer.

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      Mentions: CA OR Connecticut
    16. Stanford awards $3.5M for grid storage research at universities

      Stanford awards $3.5M for grid storage research at universities
      "[Stanford] is delighted to announce our first research awards in the area of advanced grid energy storage," said [project] Director Sally Benson, a research professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford. "Finding dependable, low-cost ways to store electricity is the key to future grid reliability, especially given the rapid growth of intermittent renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power."
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    17. New Energy Index Sinks to Two-Year Low as Global Markets Decline

      By Christopher Martin - Thu Sep 22 15:36:02 GMT 2011 The Wilderhill New Energy Global Innovation Index sank to the lowest since March 10, 2009, as global economies face slower growth and incentives for clean technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines decline. The index of 99 companies including First Solar Inc. (FSLR) and battery maker Ener1 Inc. (HEV) today sank as much as 5.5 percent to 138.17, and has dropped 35 percent
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      Mentions: First Solar Ener1
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