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Europe’s largest port set to test its blockchain-powered energy trading platform

The Port of Rotterdam announced last week that its blockchain-based energy trading platform is “complete in principle” and it will begin testing it in the coming months. The news comes about 18 months after the port and the Rotterdam municipality set up its blockchain development group, BlockLab. It first announced it was developing the blockchain-based energy trading platform shortly after...

Advanced (Smart) Meter Rollout In Western Australia

Western Power is to install 238,000 advanced (aka smart) meters as part of its routine meter replacement program, and for all new meter installations. Western Power is a WA Government owned corporation that operates in the state’s South West Interconnected System (SWIS). Its transmission and distribution network runs from Albany in the south to Kalbarri in the north and Kalgoorlie...

USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure and Smart Grid Improvements in 13 States

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA(United States Department of Agriculture ) is investing $485 million to upgrade rural electric systems (PDF, 102 KB) and reduce energy costs. The funding includes nearly $7.1 million for smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security. Read more: The Gilmer Mirror - USDA Invests...

Austria’s largest energy supplier develops a blockchain refrigerator with Bosch

Austria's largest energy supplier, Wien Energie, has developed a blockchain-operational refrigerator in collaboration with the technology giant Bosch. This was reported by a Cointelegraph correspondent from ANON Blockchain Summit Austria. The main goal of the project is to increase consumers' interest in sustainable energy consumption. In this case, a blockchain solution makes it possible to select the energy source, whether...

“Capacity Market Developments in the UK: the UK introduces interim changes to the capacity market whilst Tempus Energy’s crusade continues “

The UK announces interim measures for dealing with the capacity market in the standstill period imposed by the Tempus Decision. In the meantime, Tempus Energy is pursuing national legal action against the UK as well as launching a challenge against the European Commission's decision to approve the Polish capacity market.... An excerpt from JDSUPRA

Trump’s Budget Could Have Chilling Effect on U.S. Clean Energy Leadership

At the flagship National Renewable Energy Lab, where breakthroughs in solar, wind and electric vehicle technology have increased energy efficiency and lowered costs, the administration's proposed budget would leave wind power projects with a third of their current funding. In all, the proposed budget would cut 86 percent of new spending for the Energy Department and labs' work in...

Italy Seen Needing Energy Storage to Deliver on Pollution Pledge

Italy must more than double its capacity to store electricity if it wants to slash pollution from burning fossil fuels, the head of the nation’s power transmission network said. Terna SpA Chief Executive Officer Luigi Ferraris said Italy may need as many as 6 gigawatts of storage by 2030 to balance a boom in renewables. ... An excerpt from Bloomberg

Largest Austrian Energy Provider Debuts DLT-Based E-Car Charger

Wien Energie, the largest energy provider in Austria, has announced a charger for electric cars based on distributed ledger technology (DLT), Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reports on March 29. ... An excerpt from Bitcoin Insider

Ameren and Opus One Solutions partner on Value of DER and Transactive Energy Markets

Ameren Corporation and Opus One Solutions announced today that together they will be working to test a transactive energy marketplace (TEM) and evaluate the use of Blockchain ledger systems. The marketplace will build on one of the most technologically advanced utility-scale microgrids in North America and Opus One’s GridOS® platform.... An excerpt from Opusone

African Development Bank approves $20 Million facility for Green Mini-Grid Program in Democratic Republic of Congo

The African Development Bank Board has approved the allocation of $20 million in loans to the Democratic Republic of Congo, to support renewable-based, mini-grid solutions to the off-grid cities of Isiro, Bumba and Genema.... An excerpt from ADBG

Marguerite adds another 50 MW of solar in Spanish acquisition spree

Pan-European equity fund Marguerite announced last week the acquisition of an 80% stake in a 50-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Andalusia from Spain’s OPDEnergy for an undisclosed sum.... An excerpt from Renewables Now

Shell renames First Utility, switches customers to renewable power

Shell has rebranded First Utility to Shell Energy and switched its customers to renewable power. It plans to become the world’s biggest power company by 2030, with gas and renewables the mainstay of its generation portfolio. From a UK energy services perspective, Shell is also pushing into smart homes and grids, battery storage and electric vehicles. Shell launched an industrial and commercial...

REE to invest EUR 3.2bn to aid energy transition in Spain

Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) will invest a total of EUR 3.221 billion (USD 3.6bn) in the development of the high voltage transport network and the operation of the electric system to enable the energy transition across the entire territory of Spain.... An excerpt from Renewables Now

New Microgrid Initiative Launches in Puerto Rico Amid Energy Policy Uncertainty

The Environmental Defense Fund plans to help build low-carbon microgrids in Puerto Rico, amid delays on 100% renewable energy legislation, PREPA’s IRP and microgrid interconnection rules. The Environmental Defense Fund today announced a new initiative in Puerto Rico that aims to foster collaboration on low-carbon microgrid projects in rural communities. This month, Puerto Rico’s Senate passed PS 1121, a law that...

EDF Renewables strengthens its presence in distributed solar power in China with its partner Asia Clean Capital

EDF Renewables in China is acquiring a majority stake in a 77 MWp rooftop PV assets portfolio from Asia Clean Capital (ACC), one of China’s biggest firms in this segment, for local and multinational companies and industries. For the past year, ACC and EDF Renewables have been in partnership in the construction and operation of a shared B2B portfolio of...

India’s Energy Storage Market Is Finally Starting to Grow

This month the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) invited bids for 3.6 gigawatt-hours of storage connected to 1.2 gigawatts of solar on India’s interstate transmission system, the biggest battery solicitation seen in the country so far... An excerpt from GTM