Australia invests $1bn to improve power grid reliability

The funding will be used by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for new energy generation, storage and transmission infrastructure

Vattenfall loses power grid rights in Berlin

The company has had the concession rights through its subsidiary for more than 20 years

Norway pledges NOK1bn for renewable energy in developing nations

That’s more than double the support from this year, which stands at NOK495 million (£45.7m)

US awards $28m to prevent cyber-attacks on energy infrastructure

It will support the research, development and demonstration of next generation tools and technologies

Northern Powergrid to spend £1.9m on smarter grid

Northern Powergrid has announced a £1.9 million project to figure out how best to integrate distributed technologies into the electricity grid. The distribution company aims to eventually create a low carbon energy market where the 3.9 million homes it serves can make their own money from solar panels, electric vehicles and home batteries. It claims […]

‘Sky’s the limit for power firms using drones’

Applications for drone technology across the global power and utilities industry could be worth up to $9.5 billion (£7.2bn) a year by 2021. That’s the forecast from PwC, which suggests the unmanned aerial vehicles could prove useful in a wide number of roles, for example conducting geospatial surveys, assessing levels of pollution and even using […]

New smart meters remotely adjust solar generation

E.ON is one of the first companies in Germany to control solar systems using smart meters. The energy supplier has developed a control box that can prevent grid congestion by flexibly controlling how much power the solar panels generate. Control boxes and smart meters can be used to reduce and increase output from a remote […]

Utility revenues and network capacity ‘under threat from distributed generation’

Distributed generation (DG) poses a serious threat to utility revenues and network capacity. That’s according to a new survey from Accenture, which questioned more than 100 global utility leaders about the effects the new type of energy network could have on the sector. Among these executives, 58% said they believe DG will cause a drop in earnings for large […]

UK households ‘spent £180m on unused spare power capacity’

UK householders have spent around £180 million in the last three years on spare power capacity that was never used. That’s according to a new report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which refers to National Grid’s supplemental balancing reserve (SBR), under which power stations were put on standby during the winter since […]

US invests $10m in software for electricity grids

The US Energy Department is spending more than $10 million (£5.94m) for software that will improve the efficiency of electricity grids. It is investing in six projects in five states – California, Hawaii, Missouri, North Carolina and Washington – to deploy advanced software that works with a technology called synchrophasor, which measures voltage, current and […]