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  • EPA and DOT Move to Set Emission Standards for Heavy Duty Vehicles (Smart Grid)
  • 1800 MW Hornsea-2 Wind Farm Gets Greenlight (Renewables)
  • 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)
  • UK Smart Meter IT System Delayed (Smart Grid)
  • 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)
  • Drones Monitoring Powerelines in India (Smart Grid)


  • ERCOT Exceeds 70,000 MW Hourly Energy Peak (Utility)
  • Drones Monitoring Powerelines in India (Smart Grid)
  • White House Plans to Reduce Light Duty Vehicle GHG Emissions (Smart Grid)
  • UK Moves to Revise Shale Wealth Fund Plan (Oil and Gas)
  • Major Microgrid Tests by ComEd (Utility)
  • Alibaba Partners with HTC in Cloud Computing (Smart Grid)
  • GM Acquires Cruise Automation (Smart Grid)
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Vol.4, No. 34, August 22, 2016

 Louisinan Floods 2

Olympics are finally over!

Days of intense rainfall in August 2016 led to widespread flooding in southern Louisiana, as rivers swelled high above their banks and many crested at record-high levels. According to news reports, the floods prompted the rescue of at least 20,000 people and caused at least nine deaths. Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency on August 12 and a “major disaster” on August 14.

The animation above shows satellite-based measurements of the rainfall as it accumulated over the southern United States. Specifically, it shows rainfall totals every three hours over the span of 72 hours from August 12-14, 2016. These rainfall totals are regional, remotely-sensed estimates, and local amounts can be significantly higher when measured from the ground.

As Summer draws to an end, SEU coninues to take care of its readers with the latest news on smart enegy. We are also trying to reformat Publisher's Note so it brings you information on  a select group of articles each week. You may bookmark articles of interest and read the details on the website. Of course, the website has lot more information for your use.

Olympics are finished. It does not matter which country got the most medals. In SEU's view, every participant is a winner.

This is the week that was in smart energy news.


Publisher’s Top Picks This Week

As the EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly adopted a second round of standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles, the DOE is making up to $137 million in investments for two programs, to develop next generation technologies that will support industry in going beyond those standards while also accelerating technology advances for passenger cars and light trucks. DOE Makes $137 Million Investment In Commercial And Passenger Vehicle Efficiency / Smart Grid

When complete, the Hornsea-2 windfarm will deliver up to 1,800 megawatts of low carbon electricity at a cost of £6bn to around 1.8 million UK homes. World’s Largest Windfarm Receives Planning Go-Ahead by UK / Renewables

The Group reported Underlying attributable profit of $1.2 billion, while the Attributable loss of $6.4 billion includes $7.7 billion of exceptional items related to: an impairment charge of $4.9 billion against the carrying value of the Onshore US assets, and Samarco dam failure. BHP Billiton Results For The Year Ended 30 June 2016 / Oil and Gas

Total installed wind power capacity from turbines grew at a rate of 12% in 2015 and stands at nearly 74 gigawatts, meeting an estimated 5.6% of U.S. end-use electricity demand. Strong Growth Of U.S. Wind Power / Renewables

ICANN informed NTIA that it has completed or will complete all the necessary tasks called for in the transition proposal by the end of the contract term. NTIA has thoroughly reviewed the report. Update on the IANA Transition / Smart Grid

Records just released show AG offices requesting that Schneiderman’s team back off of its rhetorical overreach about their efforts on Climate Change to date. In Their Own Words: AGs Retreat From Schneiderman. Newly Released AG Emails Reveal Anxiety Over Schneiderman-Led Climate Investigations / Renewables/Feature

The market launch of this technology is conceivable for Daimler Trucks at the beginning of the next decade; Daimler Trucks presented the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck in Stuttgart, as the first fully electric truck with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tons. Mercedes-Benz: First Fully Electric Truck /Smart Grid/Feature


Utilities are busy addressing the new grid environment

Under this agreement WEC Energy Group, through the proposed Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation plans to construct, own and operate 170 MW of new natural gas generating capacity across two sites in the Upper Peninsula. Cliffs Natural Resources Announces New Energy Agreement with WEC Energy /Utility

The closing of the acquisition of ITC remains subject to receipt of certain other regulatory authorizations, including other State approvals. Fortis Acquisition of ITC Holdings Approved by Oklahoma Corporation Commission /Utility

Utility CEOs also report that their organizations are using disruptive technologies most often to improve service offerings and non-financial reporting, as well as to increase sales. U.S. Utility CEOs Optimistic About Potential, Pace Of Company & Industry Growth /Utility

National Grid is also the system operator for the GB high voltage grid and has a bigger role to play in planning the future of the grid and managing additional supply and demand balancing services. For this Ofgem is allowing an additional £21.5 million. Ofgem Proposes Reductions In National Grid’s Spending / Utility


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