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S&C Electric and Space-Time Insight win innovation awards: Council Lead Partner S&C Electric Co. won the Energy Storage category in the 2014 Fierce Innovation Awards competition. Winners were chosen by a judging panel comprised of utility professionals. For the second year in a row, Council Associate Partner Space-Time Insight won the Big Data/Analytics category, recognized for its industry-leading and innovative situational intelligence product, SI Suite.
DNV GL offers "bright ideas" for growth of solar: Drawing on the front-line experience of its solar experts working on five continents, Council Associate Partner DNV GL – Energy recently released a new position paper: Bright Ideas: Global Trends in Solar Finance. It makes the point that new financing structures and understanding risk are crucial to the continued growth of solar. The paper focuses on four major trends in solar finance: securitization, new sources of debt and equity, new routes to market and crowdfunding. "The growth of solar energy in recent years has been built on innovation in both technology and manufacturing," says Ray Hudson, DNV GL Solar Service Line Leader. "Another type of innovation that is just as important is innovative finance models. Access to significant amounts of efficient capital is vital to support continuing growth. In addition to financial innovation, there's also the crucial task of quantifying the risks associated with the technology and practices at the heart of the business."
Oracle expands its government cloud platform: While the U.S. federal government’s Cloud First policy requires government agencies to leverage cloud computing benefits to improve IT flexibility and responsiveness -- while also reducing costs -- state and local agencies can also leverage the benefits of cloud options. Council Associate Partner Oracle recently announced the second major addition of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions to Oracle Government Cloud. Human capital management, enterprise resource planning and sales applications are now available on Oracle Government Cloud, which is a portfolio of cloud applications built specifically for government. "These comprehensive solutions will allow agencies to confidently move their HR, enterprise, and sales applications to the cloud without risking security, performance, or reliability,” said Mark Johnson, senior vice president, Oracle Public Sector.
Opower enhances its customer engagement platform: The Council Associate Partner announced the next generation of its customer engagement platform -- Opower 5.5: Flex –- developed to help its utility customers meet rising expectations from their customers. The mid-year release continues the company's investment along the themes of intelligence, personalization and flexibility. New capabilities include patent-pending customer analytics and automation that deliver better personalization and can scale effortlessly to millions of customers in real-time. Opower, a leader in cloud-based software for the utility industry, works with more than 95 utility partners. By combining data management, insightful analytics and behavioral science, Opower's customer engagement platform positions utilities as trusted energy advisors to the customers they serve. Don't miss Opower's fun What Does a Kilowatt-Hour Look Like? infographic.