Wave of Energy Auctions to Trigger $8.2 Billion in Brazil Spending

Brazil is expecting to see about 27 billion reais ($8.2 billion) invested into the country’s energy infrastructure over the next six years, the result of an end-of-year flurry of auctions aimed at boosting its electricity capacity. Energy companies won contracts to build about 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) of new power lines and more than 4.5 gigawatts of power plants, in a trio of auctions over the past week.

Gas Under Threat? California Regulators Target PG&E Natural Gas Plants With Energy Storage

Early this month, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a resolution that would direct utility Pacific Gas & Electric to open competitive solicitations for DERs -- energystorage mostly, but with room for other carbon-neutral “preferred resources” like demand response -- to cover the grid capacity and voltage needs now being served by three Northern California natural-gas-fired power plants.

Sunverge, Stem ink behind-the-meter storage deals in Japan

Two California-based energy companies, Stem and Sunverge Energy, have inked energy storage deals in Japan, working with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on behind-the-meter aggregation in the service territory of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Stem and Mitsui say they are building one of Japan's first aggregated fleets of industrial customer-sited energy storage. The companies will deploy 750 kWh across multiple sites in TEPCO's service territory.

Blockchain: the ledger that will record everything of value to humankind

The internet is entering a second era that’s based on blockchain. The last few decades brought us the internet of information. We are now witnessing the rise of the internet of value. Where the first era was sparked by a convergence of computing and communications technologies, this second era will be powered by a clever combination of cryptography, mathematics, software engineering and behavioural economics. It is blockchain technology, also called distributed ledger technology.

Why the rise of electric vehicles will mean more to utilities than just increased electricity sales

That was the extent of global electric car stock as a percentage of all passenger light-duty vehicles in circulation at the end of 2016. It’s a tiny fraction in the context of the estimated 1 billion plus cars on the road. But with the total number of electric vehicles (EVs) doubling from 1 million in 2015 to over 2 million in 2016, the pace of EV adoption is clearly accelerating.