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  • VP Biden Talks on Europen Energy Security in Latvia (Spotlight)
  • Obama Signs Proclamation Expanding the Papahanaumakuakea Marine National Monument (Spotlight)
  • Gulf of Mexico Auction Yoelds $186.7 Million for 23.8 Million Acres (Oil and Gas)
  •  Apple IOS Hacked (Smart Grid)
  • U.S. West Energy Corridors to be Reviewed (Oil and Gas)
  • Global Utility-Scale Solar Reaches 75 GW by Mid-2016 (Renewables)
  • GE Increases Debt to $20 Billion (Smart Grid)
  • Intel Delivers AI Platform (Smart Grid)
  • U.S. Companies Sign Up for EU Data Transfer Agreement (Smart Grid)
  • China Active in International Energy Policy Debates (Spotlight)


  • 1800 MW Hornsea-2 Wind Farm Gets Greenlight (Renewables)
  • EPA and DOT Move to Set Emission Standards for Heavy Duty Vehicles (Smart Grid)
  • BHP Brilliton Posts Multi-Billion Dollar Impairment Charges (Oil and Gas)
  • Total U.S. Installed Wind Power at Over 74 GW (Renewables)
  • ICANN Notifies NTIA It Is Ready For Transition Of Internet Management (Smart Grid)
  • NY Attorney General In The Middle of Climate Change Controversy (Renewables)
  • Xylem Buys Sensus For $1.7 Billion in Cash (Smart Grid)
  • Intel and GE to Bring Predix to Industrial Internet (Smart Grid)
  • Ford Planning Driverless Cars by 2021 (Smart Grid)
  • Volvo and Uber Join Forces on Driverless Cars (Smart Grid)
  • AirBus Focuses on Drones (Spotlight)
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Vol. 4, No. 35, August 29, 2016

 Pub Note Picture 3

Courtesy: BLM Nevada

This time-lapse video shows the Man being lifted into place Sunday afternoon, August 28.

Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles, including "radical" inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy and leaving no trace. First held in 1986 on Baker Beach in San Francisco as a small function organized by Larry Harvey and a group of friends, it has since been held annually, spanning from the last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September (the U.S. Labor Day); for example, Burning Man 2015 took place August 30 – September 7, 2015. The 2016 event has just started.

U.S. Elections are in full swing. The outcome will have a major impact on the U.S. Global Policy, paticularly on Climate Change. Meanwhile, SEU trudges along bringing you the best of smart energy news. This is the week that was in smart energy news


This week's Publisher's Pick are:

“Europe needs diverse sources of gas -- not new pipelines that lock in greater reliance on Russia”. Biden in Latvia Discusses Europe’s Energy Security / Spotlight

President Obama signed a proclamation expanding the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Papahānaumokuākea is globally recognized for its biological and cultural significance, being the only mixed UNESCO World Heritage site in the United States and only one of 35 mixed sites in the world. Obama Proclamation For Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Expansion / Spotlight

A total of three offshore energy companies participated in 24 bids. The sum of all bids received totaled $18,067,020. In this sale, BOEM offered 23.8 million acres in federal waters offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development. Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale Yields $18Million in High Bids on 138,240 Acres / Oil and Gas

Citizen lab said it is not aware of any previous instance of an iPhone remote jailbreak used in the wild as part of a targeted attack campaign, making this a rare find. Apple IOS Hack /Smart Grid/Feature

The U.S. EPAct directed agencies to designate corridors to support siting of oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines, as well as electricity transmission and distribution facilities on Federal land.The latest review is just about to start.  West-Wide Energy Corridors Review and Opportunities for Stakeholder Engagement / Oil and Gas

New plant totaling 10GW have been commissioned so far in 2016, and an installed total of 100GW might still be achievable by year-end. Global Utility-Scale Solar Reaches 75GW At Mid-2016 / Renewables


Other Items of Equal Interest are:

The prospect of $20 billion of incremental debt is the latest sign that the company is consciously shifting toward a credit profile that is more fully levered and typical of other large industrial peers. General Electric’s Plan To Take On Additional $20 Billion Of Debt Could Pressure Ratings / Smart Grid

China is now an increasingly regular participant in international energy policy debate at the IEA and elsewhere, and there have been major improvements in China’s energy statistics. The existing global energy governance framework was established in the 1970s. But with the increasing importance of emerging economies in the global energy landscape, it is no longer fit for purpose. Global Energy Governance Reform And China's Participation / Spotlight

Lord Lawson has argued that the UK should not negotiate access to the Single Market but should introduce a free trade policy. EU has started debating exit rules for member nations. Article 50 TEU: Withdrawal of a Member State from the EU / Spotlight


There is much activity going on in the smart grid area: IoT, Utility Grid, Smart Meters, Renewable Integration, Drones, AI, 4G/5G, Cloud Services, Big Data, and the list goes on.

Smart Energy GB published its fourth Smart energy outlook, the largest independent barometer of national public opinion on energy and smart meters. In-home displays (IHDs) are having a positive impact on helping people to manage their energy. Latest Findings On The Impact Of Smart Meters / Smart Grid

This "data management platform" service is set to respond to the rising needs of companies that want to put to use their data accumulated in internal systems to strengthen engagement with existing customers. Fujitsu Launches DMP Integration Service to Enhance Promotions with Big Data / Smart Grid

On its second year, the most outstanding projects recognized by IDC’s SCAPA in these categories came from all over Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ), with Singapore and New Zealand coming up as the biggest winners with three awards each. IDC Releases 2016 Top Smart City Projects in Asia/Pacific / Smart Grid

Public cloud services in Russia will be negatively affected by the new data residency laws, which are complicating the situation for international vendors trying to expand their cloud offerings in the country.  Public Cloud Services Spending in Central and Eastern Europe to Reach $2 Billion by 2020 / Smart Grid

Migration to OTA (Over The Air) provisioning with SIM cards would facilitate a range of new business models, potentially increasing the lifetime value of M2M subscription while also reducing costs. Embedded Sims Provide Catalyst For M2M Market / Smart Grid

The goal of u-blox and Wirepas is to make large scale, decentralized industrial IoT networks easy to deploy for their customers. Wirepas And u-blox Partner For Scalable And Easy-To-Use Industrial Internet Of Things Solutions / Smart Grid

Carriers believe that NFV and its software-defined networking (SDN) companion are a fundamental change in telecom network architecture that will deliver benefits in automation. Most Service Providers Will Deploy NFV by 2017 /Smart Grid

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the next big wave of compute that will transform the way businesses operate and how people engage with the world. Intel to Deliver Leading Platform for Artificial Intelligence / Smart Grid

Smartnet will apply new technologies to aggregate small-scale consumers and producers via a market agent for developing balancing services (voltage and frequency regulation) by distributed generation. Endesa Takes Part In The European Smartnet Project / Renewables

The choice of the meter communications network has significant impact on the total cost of ownership (TCO); Point-to-multipoint networks may offer the lowest TCO when compared with the alternatives of mesh, drive-by and manual networks. Cost of Ownership When Choosing Advanced Metering and Communications Networks / Smart Grid

The Data Transfer Framework provides transparency regarding how participating companies use personal data, strong U.S. government oversight, and increased cooperation with EU data protection authorities (DPAs). U.S. Companies Sign Up To EU Data-Transfer Agreement / Smart Grid

GE’s experience with industrial data and analytics combined with BearingPoint’s industry expertise in value chain processes and enterprise PLM-, CRM- and ERP-systems enables companies to provide new digital service offerings to their clients. GE Digital and BearingPoint to Accelerate the Industrial Internet / Smart Grid

“According to our recently published SYLVANIA Socket Survey, which is a nationwide measure of public attitudes about energy-efficient lighting and awareness of lighting trends, most consumers think smart lighting will eventually replace regular light bulbs.” SYLVANIA Smart Lighting Offers Direct Voice Control via Alexa / Smart Grid

Wireless communications system to provide enhanced site security for Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind farm. ABB To Provide Wireless Network For Highest Capacity Onshore Wind Farm In The UK / Smart Grid



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