Member spotlight 5.23.14: Enel plants PV in Chile… Cisco teams with Kansas City… Opower BDR tops 1M… DNV GL helps Kenya power up

Fri, 2014-05-23 06:00 -- SCC Staff

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Enel's big PV move in Chile: The utility giant's renewables division started construction on two photovoltaic (PV) plants in northern Chile. The Lalackama plant, with an installed capacity of 60 MW, is expected to be Enel Green Power's largest photovoltaic plant. Once built and fully operational, it will be capable of generating up to 160 GWh per year, equivalent to the electricity needs of about 90,000 Chilean households, according to Council Global Partner Enel. It will also avoid the emission of over 100 thousand tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. The second plant, Chañares, is expected to supply the electricity needs of another 53,000 Chilean households when it comes online in late 2014 or early 2015. Enel also signed an agreement to support construction of major wind projects in Brazil.

Cisco takes on Kansas City: The networking giant and Kansas City officials announced a plan earlier this week to transform KC using Cisco's Smart+Connected framework. Mayor Sly James told the Kansas City Business Journal the city will run pilots to test smart lighting, interactive digital kiosks, high-tech security video and other smart solutions aimed at helping residents of the city's downtown. "The possibilities around this framework are limited only by our own imagination and ideas," James said in the Business Journal article. "The Smart+Connected framework is win-win for everybody. It furthers our efforts to be the most entrepreneurial city in the nation while enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors in Kansas City today."

Opower BDR tops 1 million households: Based on the success of its behavioral demand response (BDR) program with Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) last summer, Council Associate Partner Opower says it has expanded its energy efficiency program with BGE and partnered with several leading utilities to engage over 1 million residential customers this summer. Opower's BDR platform leverages energy and billing data, behavioral science and highly personalized real-time digital communications to drive measurable peak reduction without a device in the home.“Traditional DR programs are costly, can take years to deploy, and have very limited adoption -- reaching less than 5% of US homes.” said Alex Kinnier, Opower SVP of Product. “Through behavioral science, leading utilities are finding a better way. They’re using Opower’s cloud-based platform to unlock a reliable capacity resource that is cost-effective, rapidly deployed, and can engage everyone.”   

DNV GL experts help in Kenya: Construction of a 400kV high voltage overhead transmission line and substations in Kenya will connect one of Africa's largest wind farms to the national electric grid, helping tackle a severe electricity shortage on the continent that is hindering commercial developmens. The government-owned Kenya Electricity Transmission Company selected Council Associate Partner DNV GL to provide in-depth technical expertise and insights on the project as well developing the specification for the project, supervising construction work and providing training on asset management.

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