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Southern California Gas Company has joined with NREL to launch demonstration projects to create and test a carbon-free, power-to-gas system for the first time ever in the United States.

It is not always good to be first. Last June, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was the first utility in California to hit its net-metering cap and move to Net Energy Metering 2.0 (NEM 2.0). Now, SDG&E will again be the first utility to start the shift to time-of-use (TOU) period, effective on Dec. 1, 2017.

Under California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approval on August 24, SDG&E will shift its summer peak time to 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. from the current 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Even as the Trump administration moved last week to repeal the Clean Power Plan, some of the biggest American utilities indicated they’ll continue investing in clean energyand strategizing around climate change.

And as they continue investing in smart meters and other grid modernization efforts, utilities will want to know how well they do.

“The community solar model is still evolving,” energy consultant Jill Cliburn told Utility Dive. Cliburn is project manager for the Department of Energy-backed Community Solar Value Project, a public-private partnership. “We have to move through a period of innovation, which is by nature a bit unfocused,” she said.


Indicators emerging over the last 18 months increase the likelihood of plug-in vehicles becoming predominant over the next 20 years.  However, continuing strong policy support is necessary to achieve this.

Several indicators have recently emerged for longer term sales of plug-in vehicles (electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids).  These include targets set by governments and projections by analysts and manufacturers.

In order to assess the progress that blockchain has made in the energy and utilities industry to-date and to forecast activity for 2018 a useful data point is to examine what is happening across other industries. By looking at industries such as financial services, healthcare and consumer goods we can perhaps see what less risk adverse and more consumer facing industries are experiencing in terms of activity. In order to do this, we examined three primary domains — number of startups, industry engagement and volume of consortia to build a picture of the relative activity of the burgeoning technology in energy. Indeed, since launching our blockchain resource centerfor utilities 18 months ago, we have witnessed a marked increase of publicity (and not necessarily market activity) across the space.

Gulf Power’s residential demand response program may be 20+ years old, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t kept up with the times. In fact, last summer it was tapped twice to do something it wasn’t even designed for -- to help the utility’s distribution grid operators avoid blackouts or equipment overloads on a specific feeder.

The global market in drone-powered solutions for the power and utilities industries is worth as much as $9.46bn a year, PwC estimates in a new report that illustrates how creative uses of unmanned aerial vehicles are disrupting the way companies build, operate and maintain their networks. A flamethrowing drone used to clear rubbish from power lines is one of the more dramatic examples of innovative uses for unmanned aerial vehicles found in 'Clarity from above: Leveraging drone technologies to secure utilities systems', from PwC's global Drone Powered Solutions team.


Para el año 2030 se espera que las nuevas tecnologías emergentes como inteligencia artificial, interfaces electrónicas, implantes y órganos digitales, computación cuántica, desarrollo biológico y celular de alta tecnología, sean las tendencias de nuestra cotidianidad.