Last week, Intersect Power and Austin Energy, one of the country’s largest publicly owned electric utilities, announced a 150-megawatt solar power purchase agreement at $10 million to $12 million annually for 15 years.

It’s the lowest solar PPA price the U.S. has ever seen. 

While the historic-low price makes the agreement newsworthy on its own, the announcement is more notable given the current climate of uncertainty swirling around the industry because of the Section 201 trade case brought by Suniva and SolarWorld. That uncertainty contributed to Q3 being the U.S. solar industry's smallest quarter in two years in terms of deployments.

“It’s a pretty bold statement to announce this at this particular time,” said GTM Research analyst Colin Smith. “It shows, particularly on Austin Energy’s part, a real confidence in the industry of what the low cost of solar energy can still provide them.”

The Texas-based utility did not offer exact details on the megawatt-hour price for the agreement. But based on some back-of-the-envelope calculations, Smith estimates the cost hovers between $23.50 and $27.25 per megawatt-hour. It could even be as low as $21 per megawatt-hour.  

“It’s low enough that it’s kind of shocking,” said Smith. 

Record-low prices arriving first in Texas makes sense. It’s among the country’s top 10 states for solar installations. It’s also generally one of the cheapest regions in the country for large-scale renewables, according to Smith, because of the price for land acquisition, interconnection and other factors. 

The price going so low there suggests other regions of the country, especially large states with developed utility-scale solar markets like North Carolina and California, could soon see similar prices. 

“[Texas] has a lot of factors in its favor to allow it to hit a historically low price,” said Smith. “But this also means developers in other regions should be on a track to lower prices at a similar clip.”

The rock-bottom price in Austin puts a deal inked in May between NextEra Energy Resources and Tucson Electric Power for a 100-megawatt solar array in second place. Arizona’s sub-$30 per megawatt-hour PPA, with a $15 per megawatt-hour energystoragecomponent, claimed the historic spot in May. In just a few months, another upset may take away Austin’s title. 

The price also narrows the cost gap between solar and wind, upping the viability of pairing these resources to balance the grid during on- and off-peak periods. 

Most of all, both the price and the 15-year timeframe can be seen as a vote of confidence in an industry experiencing a great deal of tumult.

Earlier this month, a joint report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association found the solar industry shrank on both a quarterly and annual basis in Q3. Another December GTM Research report found that average fixed-tilt utility-scale solar prices inched back up over the SunShot price target of $1 per watt. 

Those cases are just snapshots of a slight chill in a rapidly growing industry, but the Austin price may offer the industry a sorely needed shot in the arm as it heads into 2018. The ITC offered its final recommendation to President Trump November 13, and the administration has until late January to respond. 

“If we’re looking at this in a vacuum, and ignoring any political changes going on, any time we see a significant drop in PPA prices and we see a new low, it’s worth taking note,” said Smith. But, he added, “This is being announced at a time when a lot of offtakers are very uncertain about the future of U.S. solar.”

The deal is expected to bring Austin Energy's mix to 51 percent renewables by 2020.

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SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CPS Energy recently earned another top award.  The 157 year-old energy company was recently named "Customer Champion" in South Region of the United States, relative to all combined utilities.  As a combined utility, CPS Energy provides both electric and gas energy services.  

The designation was determined through an extensive residential customer survey program, conducted by Market Strategies International (MSI) and was included in its recent set of Cogent Reports, focused on its 2017 Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement work.  The award assessed multiple key performance categories such as Brand Trust, Product Experience and Service Satisfaction

"In the past year, employees at CPS Energy have worked very hard to improve the overall customer experience and dramatically increase the value we bring to our customers," said Felecia Etheridge, Chief Customer Engagement Officer. "This recognition demonstrates all of their hard work this past year has paid off, while also setting a high bar for us to exceed in 2018."

MSI evaluates more than 130 utilities across the nation on the total customer experience in 12 areas, such as customer advocacy, reliability, safety, field service performance, back-office quality, and energy management efforts.

Chris Oberle, a senior vice president at Market Strategies International said that Customer Champion utilities have stronger brands that leads to lower operating costs and influence customer behavior.

"These utilities also lead on industry innovation and building the new energy economy," he said.

Etheridge noted that in the past year, CPS Energy has launched a number of new customer experience improvement programs and expanded the reach of existing programs. The Manage My Account program was expanded, reaching thousands more than the year before, which enabled customers to manage their energy usage from computer or phone. The company also improved the call center experience to reduce wait time and improve satisfaction scores. In addition, CPS Energy expanded its demand reduction programs, which reduced emissions.

"As I look at 2017 and the momentum of our People First philosophy, the results and improvements speak for themselves. People First is about us ensuring that every decision we make and action we take put our customers, employees and community as a top priority. When you do that, the numbers and improvements come naturally," said Etheridge.

CPS Energy is celebrating its 75th year of City of San Antonio ownership. Established in 1860, we are the nation's largest municipally owned natural gas and electric company, providing safe and affordable service to 804,000 electric and 343,000 natural gas customers in Greater San Antonio. With our AA+ credit rating, one of the best in the industry, we offer best in class reliability and some of the lowest rates among the top 10 largest U.S. cities. We recognize our role as a community partner and are continuously focused on job creation, economic development and educational investment. Powered by our people, our investment in the community is demonstrated through our employees' generosity in giving $1.1 million to United Way. We are also committed to investing in clean energy. CPS Energy is among the top public power wind energy buyers in the nation and number one in Texas for solar generation. For more information, visit

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The global pigments market to grow at a CAGR of 3.92% during the period 2017-2021.

Global Pigments Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

One trend in the market is growing prominence of sustainable paints. Paints and coatings consume large volumes of pigments. They are responsible for imparting color and finish along with protecting the surface from corrosion and harsh weather. Inorganic pigments are known to exhibit elastic properties and find use in applications that require metallic finishes.

According to the report, one driver in the market is increased demand for effect pigments/solar reflective pigments. Effect pigments are characteristic of differentiated appearance. The automotive industry is particularly expected to benefit from the superior properties of effect pigments. Trend of effect pigments is growing in the automotive sector owing to their brilliant luster and chroma, reflection coupled with interference, enhanced orientation, reduced opacity, overall appearance, and durability. Although all pigments absorb, reflect, and transmit light, the degree of their performance varies. Solar radiation is one of the prime reasons for heat build-up. The infrared region is the primary cause for the increase in temperature.

Further, the report states that one challenge in the market is globalization of pigments market. The pigments market has set foot in a globalized environment. The largest end-users, paints and coatings sectors, are increasingly becoming global in their outlook. The pigment market is expected to follow the footsteps of these end-user industries. This effect is visible in China, where the production capacities have considerably reduced, and the global pigments market has started to accept the effects of globalization. Globalization trend impacts pigment supplier and manufacturers, and customer base. The pigment manufacturers are expected to provide consistent quality pigments worldwide, which is an additional pressure imparted to the pigment manufacturers.

Key questions answered in this report

  • What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are thekey vendors in this market space?

Market trends

  • Biopigments: The way forward
  • Growing prominence of sustainable paints
  • Increased demand for pigments with functional benefits

Key vendors

  • BASF
  • DIC
  • Ferro
  • Heubach

Other prominent vendors

  • Clariant
  • Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals
  • DuPont
  • Huntsman International
  • Kronos
  • Tronox

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Part 01: Executive Summary

Part 02: Scope Of The Report

Part 03: Research Methodology

Part 04: Introduction

Part 05: Market Landscape

Part 06: Market Sizing

Part 07: Five Forces Analysis

Part 08: Market Segmentation By Type

Part 09: Market Segmentation By End-Use

Part 10: Regional Landscape

Part 11: Decision Framework

Part 12: Drivers And Challenges

Part 13: Market Trends

Part 14: Vendor Landscape

Part 15: Appendix

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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Farmers Insurance® continued to invest in its commitment to educators across the country by surprising five teachers with $500,000 in educational grants to help transform their schools and communities and better prepare students for the future.

Representatives of Farmers® partnered with local communities to surprise each teacher with their $100,000 grant throughout the month of November following the close of a public voting period in October. Voters around the country were asked to determine the most intriguing, forward-looking proposals that will deliver better learning experiences for students. The five proposals that received the most votes were:

  • Ms. Sherrie Johnson of Clinton High School in Clinton, Oklahoma; sponsored by Farmers Insurance Agent Valerie Miller
  • Ms. Laura Holborow of John P. Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey; sponsored by Farmers Insurance Agent Edward Van Eckert
  • Mr. Ro Osano of Castaic Middle School in Castaic, California; sponsored by Farmers Insurance Agent Christine Gonzales
  • Ms. TuesD Chambers of Ballard High School in Seattle, Washington; sponsored by Farmers Insurance Agent Elaine Eugenio
  • Ms. Patricia Morgan of Stevenson Middle School in Honolulu, Hawaii; sponsored by Farmers Insurance Representative Bill Doherty

"It was an honor to surprise five deserving teachers with the funds to make their dreams a reality and witness the excitement of the students and members of the community," said Tu-Han Phan, managing lead of Thank America's Teachers® for Farmers Insurance. "Their ambitious visions truly inspired us and the voting public, which led to Farmers Insurance granting $500,000 on initiatives ranging from a solar-powered greenhouse to bringing a student-run media program into the 21st century."

Through Thank America's Teachers, Farmers has awarded more than $3 million dollars in educational grants since 2014. Farmers encourages all teachers to apply and will start accepting $100,000 and $2,500 proposals for the 2018 program beginning in mid-January. Visit to learn more.

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Through Thank America's Teachers, Farmers has awarded over $3 million dollars in educational grants since 2014. The public helps determine who receives the grants at Farmers awards 180 grants valued at $2,500 throughout the year, in addition to the five $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge® grants, awarded at the end of this year.

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"Farmers Insurance®" and "Farmers®" are tradenames for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies nationally, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange®, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2017 Fortune 500 list.

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• Enel Group awarded right to sign 20-year power supply contracts between the new São Gonçalo PV project and a pool of distribution companies operating in the Brazilian regulated market;
• Enel is expected to invest nearly 355 million US dollars in the construction of the PV facility;
• The award, equal to 49% of the 791 MW of PV capacity offered in the tender, places Enel ahead of any other solar energy bidder.

Enel S.p.A. (“Enel”), acting through its Brazilian renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações Ltda (“EGPB”), has been awarded the right to sign 20-year power supply contracts in the country with a new solar PV project of 388 MWdc1, following the A-4 public tender organised by the Brazilian federal government via the country’s energy regulator ANEEL. The Enel Group is expected to invest nearly 355 million US dollars in the construction of the plant, in line with the investment outlined in its current Strategic Plan.

The award, equal to 49% of the 791 MWdc of PV capacity offered in the tender, places Enel ahead of any other solar energy bidder.

“The success of this tender marks another step forward for the Enel Group in Brazil, where we are already one of the leaders of the renewables market,” said Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power. “The 388 MW we have just been assigned is the beginning of a new wave of investments of our Group in Brazil. This latest win, together with our other notable successes during 2017, underscores our clear financial and technology leadership in the global renewable energy sector.”

The São Gonçalo solar plant will be supported by 20-year power supply contracts, which provide for the sale of specified volumes of energy generated by the facility to a pool of distribution companies operating in the Brazilian regulated market. São Gonçalo will be built in the São Gonçalo do Gurguéia municipality, in the State of Piauí. The plant is expected to start operations in early 2021 and to generate more than 850 GWh of renewable energy each year once fully up and running.

In Brazil, the Enel Group, through its subsidiaries EGPB and Enel Brasil, has a total installed renewable capacity of nearly 2,660 MW, of which 670 MW from wind power, 716 MW from solar PV and 1,270 MW from hydropower, as well as close to 172 MW of wind and 103 MW of solar capacity currently under construction.

Enel Green Power, the Renewable Energies division of Enel Group (, is dedicated to the development and operation of renewables across the world, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of nearly 40 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewables power plants.

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ALMERE, The Netherlands, December 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

A unique combination of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and energy storage allows visitors of the Cars Jeans football stadium in The Hague to charge their electric vehicles with maximal power from renewable resources. Alfen delivers this fully integrated project for its client Scholt Energy Control, supported by grid operator Stedin and the municipality of The Hague. The project is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2018. 

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During the daytime, the ADO The Hague football stadium generates its own energy from solar panels on its roof. This energy is mostly needed at night, to light the stadium but also to charge the increasing amount of electric vehicles of its visitors. Alfen's energy storage system can store the solar energy that is generated during the day, and supply this energy to the electric vehicles during the night.

Ton Koning, Program Manager Air Quality at the municipality of The Hague, comments: "Through this initiative, renewable energy can be used locally for the electric vehicle charging hub. We hope this will further stimulate the use of electric vehicles and consequently improve the air quality in our city."

Unique integrated energy solution 

For this project Alfen will supply a charging hub for electric vehicles consisting of 20 charge points to the municipality of The Hague, including an advanced load balancing platform to maximize the utilization of the existing grid connection. This charging hub will be connected directly to Alfen's energy storage system. Alfen will also supply its remote management platform and connect the system to renewable energy sources and the electricity grid of Stedin.

Andreas Plenk, Global Sales Director Energy Storage at Alfen, comments: "This project brings together all of Alfen's areas of expertise: grid connections, EV charging equipment and energy storage. Integrating these areas of expertise will play an increasingly important role to incorporate the growing amount of renewables and electric vehicles, as these are causing imbalance on the electricity grid."

New energy storage project for Scholt Energy Control  

This storage system is the second project that Scholt Energy Control has awarded to Alfen this year. Scholt Energy Control is an energy supplier to businesses in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. In May of this year, Alfen delivered the first storage system in the Netherlands connected to a wind farm for a consortium involving Scholt Energy Services (an affiliate of Scholt Energy Control).

Sander Drissen, Business Development Manager at Scholt Energy Services: "This project is truly unique in the combination of use cases. We will use TheBattery of Alfen to store the oversupply of renewable energy generated during the day. This energy can then be used in the evenings when it is most needed. In this way we make optimal use of the generated renewable energy. We will also smooth out the grid impact of a large number of electric vehicles that plug in at the same location at the same time. And finally, when the stadium is not being used, we can use the storage system for energy trading to further improve our business case."

Paul Broos, Project Manager at grid operator Stedin adds: "Solutions that integrate smart charging and storage will be of increasing importance to avoid sizable grid investments as a result of the growing amount of renewable energy sources coming on line in combination with the roll-out of electric vehicles".

About Alfen  

With smart grid solutions, energy storage systems, charging stations for electric vehicles and a diverse portfolio of other products, systems and services, Alfen has a central and connecting role in the energy grid.

Alfen's transformer substations provide millions of households and companies with energy, while thousands of electric vehicles make daily use of Alfen's charging stations. The Alfen energy storage system is used for applications such as load balancing, energy trading, frequency regulation and creating autonomous electricity grids in combination with solar or wind energy.

With its large range of in-house developed products and vast experience as systems integrator, Alfen is building the electricity grid of the future: reliable, sustainable and innovative.

About Scholt Energy Control and Scholt Energy Services 

Scholt Energy Control is active as a supplier of electricity and gas to the business market in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The company headquarters are located in Valkenswaard (NL). They also have offices in Waregem (BE) and Ratingen (DE). With their personal, clear, independent approach, Scholt Energy Control has rapidly established a position for themselves in the international energy market. With Scholt Energy Services, the company focuses on innovations in the sustainable energy market. Scholt Energy Services offers independent, innovative solutions focused on energy consumption, energy storage and the generation of energy. Scholt Energy Services aims to create successful and long-term partnerships to achieve ambitions in the field of sustainability.


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SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In partnership with leading architect Dan Brunn, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) today announced the installation of a 10-kilowatt (KW) solar power system for the Los Angeles-based, award-winning architect's personal residence, Bridge House. A showcase for green building possibilities, the home is being built to be net-zero energy compliant, in advance of the California Residential Zero Net Energy Target of 2020, resulting in the amount of energy provided by the rooftop solar system to be equal to the amount of energy consumed by the building on an annual basis. In 2017, more than one-third of homebuilders said green building was a significant share of their overall activity. By 2022, this number is expected to increase to one-half, proving that trends of green construction and building are here to stay.

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"Beautiful, clean energy systems are the way of the future in custom homes," said Brunn. "SunPower's Equinox home solar system on Bridge House effortlessly complements the creation of a waste-free, net-zero energy home. The unique and holistic solar solution naturally fits the home's design integrity, while powering my day-to-day activities with the sun."

Bridge House, located in historic Hancock Park, Los Angeles, stretches 200 feet across the grounds and straddles a brook in an architectural feat that gives the project its name. When complete in 2018, the 4,500-square-foot home will serve as a demonstration of innovative and clean building processes. The green home will educate builders and the public about futuristic, custom home building practices.

SunPower joins several other partners including Dwell magazine and companies such as BONE Structure® and Bosch, to empower Bridge House to act as a social and educational venue. The solar project will be completed by early next year, and includes the game-changing SunPower Equinox system.

Key components of the SunPower Equinox system include high-efficiency SunPower solar panels, integrated SunPower microinverters, the low-profile, all-black SunPower InvisiMount® mounting system for optimal aesthetics, SunPower's EnergyLink™ ecosystem to monitor energy production in real-time, all complete with industry-leading product and power warranty.

Brunn, known for his international, experimental and modern approach to design, prides himself on efficiency and choreography of interiors empathetically designed for the human body. The creation of Bridge House is also intended to showcase ease of eco-friendly design and building.

"SunPower is proud to power Bridge House with the most efficient panels on the market, mirroring Brunn's minimalist approach with sleek and powerful solar," said Martin DeBono, SunPower executive vice president, residential solar. "Our goal is to deliver unbeatable solar power, long-term performance, and elegant curb appeal for all of our residential customers."

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As one of the world's most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower's more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. For more information about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) today announced it has closed on a Series A investment in San Diego-based Nuvve Corporation (Nuvve), a pioneer in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology. The investment and partnership with Nuvve is part of EDF Renewable Energy’s strategic growth in the distributed electricity and storage market. EDF RE joins Nuvve with Toyota Tsusho in the Series A round.

Nuvve’s proven V2G solution allows parked electric vehicles (EVs) to serve as a virtual power plant by enabling bi-directional charging aligned to the needs of the grid. Nuvve’s platform is the first of its kind to provide commercial grid-balancing services. EDF RE and Nuvve look forward to working with grid operators and regulators to accelerate V2G participation in grid ancillary markets.

The partnership will also bring V2G charging and on-site solar to U.S. based Corporate & Industrial (C&I) customers who would like to offer workplace charging. The availability of workplace charging is recognized by the Department of Energy as a key driver to EV adoption, but can result in significant electricity costs for site hosts. By combining on-site solar with V2G charging, C&I customers will be able to recognize a net savings on their electric bill.

Raphael Declercq, Vice President of Portfolio Strategy at EDF Renewable Energy, who has been appointed as a board member of the company, said, “C&Is are increasingly asking for electric vehicle charging infrastructure to offer the onsite benefit to employees and customers. EDF RE can deliver cost-effective, clean and reliable solar power to charge the EVs, while Nuvve brings a V2G solution that can reduce charging costs and serve the local grid. The investment in Nuvve aligns nicely with our distributed energy strategy to provide C&I customers with a complete solution to optimize their electricity needs.”

The investment of EDF RE in Nuvve is also a testament to the vitality of the energy startup ecosystem in San Diego. Nuvve, a San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network company, was recently awarded a $4.2M grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to support a V2G demonstration at UC San Diego. EDF Renewable Energy, a board member at Cleantech San Diego, supplies over 300 MW of wind and solar energy to San Diego and provides workplace charging to its 350 local employees.

EDF RE launched the Distributed Electricity and Storage (DES) business unit in March 2017 to focus on distributed solar, storage and emerging opportunities in order to provide unique products and services to C&I and utility customers in the United States. The group has rapidly expanded in resources and expertise and recently was selected as the sole awardee to provide Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) with 40 MWh of behind-the-meter battery storage projects for C&I customer within the PG&E service territory.

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EDF Renewable Energy is a leading US independent power producer with over 30 years of expertise in the renewable industry, covering all range of services from project origination, development, sales and marketing, to long-term asset management. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: distributed electricity, storage, biogas, and biomass. EDF Renewable Energy’s North American portfolio consists of 9 gigawatts of developed projects with 4.4 gigawatts of installed capacity throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. The operations and maintenance subsidiary, EDF Renewable Services, operates 13 gigawatts throughout North America. EDF Renewable Energy is a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles. EDF Energies Nouvelles is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world. For more information visit:

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PUNE, India, December 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

According to a new research report "Cloud Monitoring Market by Component (Solution and Services (Integration and Deployment, Support and Maintenance, and Training and Consulting)), Service Model, Organization Size, Industry, and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets™, the market is expected to grow from USD 821.4 Million in 2017 to USD 1,976.9 Million by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.2%.

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The support and maintenance services are expected to grow at a considerable CAGR during the forecast period

By service, the Cloud Monitoring Market has been segmented into integration and deployment, support and maintenance, and training and consulting. Support and maintenance services include support related to the implementation and use of products, provided by cloud monitoring vendors. Maintenance services facilitate upgrades to the existing systems and provide assistance for solving issues related to products. As the deployment of cloud monitoring solutions is increasing, the demand for support and maintenance services is also gaining traction.

The Software as a Service (SaaS) segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period

By service model, the market has been segmented into SaaS, Platform as a Service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). SaaS is a model of software deployment where an application is hosted as a service and provided to users through the web. SaaS is also known as an on-demand software or application solution. Using a comprehensive cloud monitoring solution, administrators are able to attain measuring points for many SaaS-based applications. These monitoring tools provide the ability to gain continuous insights into SaaS performance and to proactively detect and rectify any performance regressions or problems. As the deployment of SaaS is increasing, the demand for cloud monitoring solutions is also gaining traction.

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North America is expected to dominate the Cloud Monitoring Market during the forecast period 

On the basis of regions, the global Cloud Monitoring Market is segmented into North America, Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Latin America. North America is estimated to have the largest market size in 2017, owing to the presence of a large number of vendors and rapid adoption of cloud-based solutions in this region. The market in APAC is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The primary driving forces for this growth are the increasing awareness and adoption of cost-effective and scalable cloud-based solutions in this region.

The report also includes different strategies, such as mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and collaborations, and developments, adopted by the major players to increase their shares in the market. Some of the major technology vendors in the Cloud Monitoring Market include CA, Inc. (US), SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. (US), Dynatrace LLC (US), IDERA, Inc. (US), SevOne Inc. (US), Cloudyn (Israel), Zenoss Inc. (US), Datadog, Inc. (US), Kaseya Limited (US), LogicMonitor, Inc. (US), and Opsview Ltd. (US).

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Southern California is under siege from multiple wildfires, fueled by extreme heat and the fiercest Santa Ana winds to hit the region in a decade.

Last week, the Thomas Fire -- the largest and most destructive fire currently raging in the region -- grew to 250,000 acres and claimed the life of a young fire engineer. This week, the blaze continues to spread across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties despite Herculean efforts to contain it.

Governor Jerry Brown called this “the new normal,” speaking at The New York Times’ ClimateTECH conference in San Francisco late last month. “California is burning up,” he said. “The fire season is not a couple of months in the summer; it’s virtually year around.”

The risk of wildfires, enhanced by the higher temperatures and erratic weather brought by climate change, increases the urgency for California, as well as other state and national actors, to mitigate carbon emissions, according to Brown. Adapting to this riskier future is essential too -- especially for California’s electric utilities, which may bear responsibility for fueling the flames.

Southern California Edison reported last week that authorities are investigating the utility's equipment as a possible source of the Thomas Fire. “The causes of the wildfires are being investigated by CAL FIRE, other fire agencies and the California Public Utilities Commission," SoCal Edison said in the press release.

"The investigations now include locations beyond those identified last week as the apparent origin of these fires. SCE believes the investigations now include the possible role of its facilities,” the statement continues. “SCE continues to cooperate with the investigations. The wildfire investigations may take a considerable amount of time to complete. SCE will provide updated information as circumstances warrant."

SCE isn’t the only utility on the hook. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is part of a separate investigation by Cal Fire after blazes ripped through the Bay Area earlier this year, destroying California’s wine country and claiming dozens of lives.

Then on November 30, the CPUC issued a landmark decision denying San Diego Gas & Electric’s request to recover costs from the 2007 Southern California wildfires. Regulators determined that SDG&E “did not responsibly operate its facilities linked to the wildfires, which thereby prohibits the utility from recovering those costs in rates.”

SDG&E sought to recover $379 million, which represents a portion of the $2.4 billion in costs and legal fees the utility incurred to resolve third party damage claims from the Witch, Guejito and Rice Wildfires. In all three cases, SDG&E was found guilty of imprudent management.

“There is no dispute that SDG&E facilities caused these fires," said Commissioner Liane Randolph, in a statement. "The question we had to analyze was whether the costs related to the fires should be paid by customers or shareholders. The CPUC undertook a careful review of the facts of each fire and determined in each case that customers should not have to bear these costs.”

PG&E CEO Geisha Williams said the San Diego case presents a major challenge to utilities in an era of climate change.

“I’m disappointed,” she said of the decision, speaking at ClimateTECH on November 30. “That means San Diego Gas & Electric in this particular case will have to be able to cover those costs. If this was a once in 20 years event, if this was a once in a lifetime event, I might say, ‘Well, you know, go to it, San Diego Gas & Electric.’ But if these wildfires become the new normal, if these wildfires become endemic and part of the effects of climate change day in and day out, I don’t think it’s sustainable for utilities to afford that on a long-term basis.”

For investor-owned utilities, the inability to recover costs from a natural disaster presents a fundamental business risk, said Williams, because the equity firms, hedge funds and mom and pop shops these utilities rely on have a choice in where they put their money.

“How do we make sure we can continue to attract investment here in California at a time when we are so focused on continuing to drive improvements to our grid, continuing to integrate more and more renewables, and continuing this push toward electrification of really all things, but in particular the transportation sector?” she said. “How can we continue to attract smart investment if there’s a fear in the investment community that … there might be an undue risk associated with their ability to recover a fair rate of return?”

It’s unfair to put the burden squarely on energy companies for this reason, she said -- especially because fires are a societal issue. It’s an issue that involves better forest management, more resources and training for the first responder community, and possible changes to building codes and land use planning. Utilities also need to come up with new ways to prevent fires and ensure grid resilience.

“As a utility I’m thinking, what do I need to do different?” said Williams. “Do I need to go out with steel poles instead of wood poles? Does it make sense to underground certain sections? Do we have to expand our right of way for clearing?”

“So it’s a great time for leadership. It’s time for California to take a step back and say: ‘What are the right solutions? What do we need to do to make sure that we’re doing everything possible to prevent and mitigate the impacts of wildfires and other climate change issues?” she added.

Last Thursday, the CPUC adopted new fire-safety regulations designed to do just that. The decision requires the state’s electric utilities to increase clearances between vegetation and power lines, conduct annual patrol inspections of overhead distribution facilities, prepare a fire prevention plans, and take other steps to mitigate fires in high risk zones. It also establishes a High Fire-Threat District map to inform where these actions are needed most.

“This new policy includes significant new fire prevention rules for utility poles and wires, including major new rules for vegetation management,” said CPUC President Michael Picker. “The map includes a broader definition of fire threat and also shows how dramatically climate impacts are increasing fire risks -- land that is covered in the elevated, high and tree mortality fire hazard areas has grown from 31,000 square miles to 70,000 square miles. That’s 44 percent of California’s total land area.”

Responding to this risk isn’t limited to utilities. Amid the ever-growing threat of climate change and the wildfires it provokes, there’s a parallel conversation taking place on how new deployments of distributed energy resources and other grid edge technologies can aid in fire prevention and disaster resilience.

For instance, as fires tore through Northern California the islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma operated independently for 10 days as the flames -- which may have been caused by power line neglect and deferred maintenance -- knocked out power nearby.

The Stone Edge microgrid features 300 kilowatts of rooftop solar, a microturbine, hydrogen fuel cells and batterystoragewith real time monitoring and control, which successfully enabled the system to go into island mode. SimpliPhi Power's non-toxic batteries were credited for reducing the microgrid’s risk of catching fire, and other takeaways are now informing how the farm can serve as a community shelter in future. Examples such as this offer valuable insights on how energy stakeholders in California, and other parts of the country, can prepare for and manage disasters.

Coincidentally, while SimpliPhi batteries kept Stone Edge Farm in operation up north, SimpliPhi employees recently had to evacuate their headquarters and homes in Ojai, California further south as the Thomas Fire swept through the area. CEO Catherine Von Burg wrote a note to the company’s supporters last week that the fires have only strengthened their resolve to deliver robust distributed energy solutions.

“Our experience has only served to renew our commitment to making sure that every person worldwide has the ability to generate his or her own power, store it, and take it with them, on their terms,” she said. “Needless to say, we're returning to the office with an ever greater passion to effect change and create energy security, even in the face of catastrophic fires and ensuing power outages, than ever before.”

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Siemens Gamesa, the wind turbine manufacturer, began building a 30-megawatt-hour precursor to a gigawatt-scale thermal energystoragesystem this month. The Future Energy System, first announced last year, is expected to come on-line in early 2019. 

It will use industry-standard heaters and fans, powered when there is a surplus of power coming into the grid, to heat 1,000 tons of rock up a temperature of 600 degrees Celsius. When needed, the heat will be used to drive a 1.5-megawatt steam turbine, feeding electricity back to the grid.

The plant, being built on a site owned by aluminum smelting giant Trimet in the Altenwerder container terminal quarter of Hamburg, north Germany, is expected to store enough thermal energy to deliver electricity for up to 24 hours. 

The round-trip efficiency of the system will be around 25 percent, potentially rising to 50 percent if the technology is scaled up to triple-digit-megawatt levels. 

At that scale, Siemens Gamesa expects the technology to deliver stored energy at a cost of less than €0.10 ($0.12) per kilowatt-hour. 

The company would not discuss costs for the plant it is developing at the moment, but the project has been funded to the tune of €27 million ($32 million) by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. 

Siemens Gamesa has been working on the concept for three years, the company said in a press release. “The focus of Siemens Gamesa's R&D activities was on the insulated container to house the rock fill, which is the virtual battery and the core innovation,” it said. 

The company had investigated passive and active methods of insulation, said Till Barmeier, Siemens energy storage program manager. He declined to confirm which was being used in the Altenwerder project. 

The research led to an optimized shape of the rock fill container.

“Its round-bodied shape will have a decreasing diameter at both ends, where the inflow and the outflow openings are positioned," according to the release. "The ferroconcrete giant will have a content of 800 cubic meters of rock fill … with a meter-thick layer of thermal insulation.”

At Altenwerder, Siemens Gamesa is working with local utility Hamburg Energie to evaluate the technology’s commercial prospects in energy markets and Technical University Hamburg-Harburg to model the thermodynamic characteristics of the technology. If the first stage proves successful, the next step would be a commercial-scale plant that could potentially deliver electricity for several days.

Siemens Gamesa was looking to develop FES as a more cost-effective alternative to batteries for large-scale energy storage, Barmeier said. 

“The thing with batteries is they do not allow for upscaling with sufficient economies of scale,” he said. “When you go from a 10-megawatt to a 20-megawatt battery system then you double the cost. In the case we’re looking at, you do have economies of scale: if you double the power you won’t have to double the price.”

The scalability could extend to long-duration storage, too.

“The biggest advantage that this system will have is the size and duration of the storage compared to electro-chemical batteries," said Hong Durandal, business analyst with MAKE Consulting. “Thermal storage would be able to store large chunks of renewable energy when it is being produced in excess and discharge it when it's needed without worrying too much about the degradation of the system.”

Thermal storage beats batteries for renewable energy time shift and capacity firming applications that require more than four hours of continuous discharge, he said.

“We will see in the near future how the capex plays out,” he commented.  

In the meantime, Trimet is working on its own "virtual battery" project in a smelter near the FES site. 

Completely unconnected to the FES project, Trimet’s €36 million ($39 million) two-year industrial-scale pilot aims to allow power use across 120 electrolysis cells to be dialed up or down by 25 percent in either direction, for up to several hours.

The smelter is planning to use a technology called the EnPot Shell Heat Exchanger, which it tested in 2014. 

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Susquehanna University has entered into an agreement with WGL Energy Systems (WGL Energy), a WGL company (NYSE: WGL), to develop a 3.9 MW DC (3 AC MW) ground-mounted solar array that will supply 30 percent of the university’s electricity needs.

Construction has already begun on the 12,000-panel, 14-acre project, located at the Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER) along the western border of campus on Sassafras Street. It is the largest university-sponsored solar array in Pennsylvania. The facility is expected to be completed by summer of 2018.

“WGL Energy is proud of our presence throughout Pennsylvania and to extend our offering of diverse and innovative energy solutions – it’s exciting to partner with the university and develop our first solar project in Pennsylvania,” said Sanjiv Mahan, president, WGL Energy Systems. “We look forward to expanding our business to provide more energy answers in the Commonwealth.”

“Susquehanna University is proud to support the development of one of the largest solar projects in Pennsylvania,” said Jonathan D. Green, president, Susquehanna University. “This is a major step forward in the university’s commitment to implementing earth-friendly initiatives that are at the heart of responsible living in our interdependent world.”

The solar array is estimated to produce more than 5,300 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of electricity, enough to power all of the campus’ residence halls and avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking approximately 787 cars off the road each year.

Susquehanna will purchase that electricity from WGL Energy. WGL Energy Systems, which has more than 200 MW of distributed generation projects installed or under contract across 20 states and the District of Columbia, will own and operate the facility under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

About WGL Energy

WGL Energy delivers a full spectrum of energy offerings, including electricity, natural gas, renewable energy, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency solutions provided by WGL Energy Services, Inc. and WGL Energy Systems, Inc. To learn more, visit us at Follow us at @wglenergy on Twitter and WGL Energy on LinkedIn.

The regional sales office of WGL Energy Services and WGL Energy Systems (WGL Energy) is located in downtown Pittsburgh, 707 Grant Street, Suite 3630. For more information, contact (412) 918-1474.

About WGL

WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more information, visit us at

About Susquehanna University

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a residential, national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 34 states and 22 countries, and 96 percent of the most recent graduating class was employed or pursuing an advance degree within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization advancing technology for humanity, announced that IEEE Smart Village (ISV) has granted $1.2 million in new funds for selected sustainable energy projects with a potential life-changing impact on up to seven million people around the world.  ISV, an IEEE Foundation Priority Initiative, is dedicated to promoting sustainable energy and access to educational and entrepreneurial opportunities in energy-impoverished locations around the world.  The funded projects are in Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, India, and Papua New Guinea.

The projects leverage technology to better the lives of the communities where the systems are located.  This year's projects include AC and DC solar powered micro-grids;  a next generation portable battery kit that will provide lighting for extremely remote homes; local computer servers and an intra-net delivery system to enable a low-cost curriculum in the local schools;  long range Wi-Fi that  will allow some locations to tap into the World Wide Web; and one project will include a portable food press that will allow the villagers to process food for better year-round nutrition and be an income source for their families. 

Previously funded ISV's projects have directly impacted more than 70,000 people and have proven ISV's business model, which is based on community empowerment, education, and business ownership.  Using the base of IEEE global volunteers, the ISV program brings together experienced engineers, educators, volunteers, and donors to provide initial funding to launch, sustain, and develop clean energy and to power advanced education systems.  The goal is to empower communities to meet their own long-term needs. ISV is scaling its efforts to bring basic electrical services that help enable transformational opportunities and support community wellbeing – from homes to schools to clinics to businesses – such efforts are expected to benefit more than 50 million people by 2025.

"All over the world, hundreds of millions of people in remote villages lack basic access to electricity," said Ray Larsen, co-chair of the ISV program. "IEEE Smart Village aims to make a big impact.  Clean, reliable electricity in a sustainable, scalable business model is key to enabling a better quality of life.  Partnerships with major organizations such as Rotary are being developed to bring a full range of basic sustainable business benefits. We aim to make a major contribution to the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) to eliminate the worst of world poverty by 2030."

This year's recipients were selected from a pool of 30 applicants based on feasibility of their proposed projects, ability to leverage initial funding into a sustainable business plan, incorporation of educational programs, plan for growth to scale, and potential to impact one million people in a five- year timeframe after a successful pilot program.

2017-2018 Off-Grid Energy Entrepreneurs:

  • Africa Development Promise, Uganda
    Uganda has one of the lowest rates of access to electricity in Africa: about 14 percent at the national level and about 10 percent in rural areas. This project focuses on rural women's entrepreneurship and empowerment by providing hands-on training on the solar equipment, new farming techniques enabled by powered irrigation, and cooperative food drying, packaging, and sales. Investment in solar energy will allow villagers to connect digitally and take advantage of community-based learning to bolster agricultural cooperatives, maximizing the country's burgeoning mushroom production and providing steady income for families.
  • Green Village Electricity (GVE) Projects Limited, Nigeria
    Inadequate power supply, adverse global climatic changes and a low standard of living have been major concerns in Nigeria, where currently only 40% of the population has access to electricity. Building on the success of IEEE Smart Village-funded pilot projects, additional electrification will provide holistic, sustainable development in 11 local communities and foster the incubation of a projected 650 new businesses. A PAYGO (Pay-as-you-Go) metering system helps foster a successful business model. The power from the solar micro-grid will run a local grain mill, eliminating the 20 km walk to nearest existing mill. Other benefits include improved education, improved rural health care, an increase in living standards and local productivity. GVE Projects is well established and this award is to help leverage new investment for growth to reach a million people in the next 3-4 years.
  • PNG Community Transformation Center, Papua New Guinea
    Electrification is a life-changing factor for the people of PNG, who rely on candles, kerosene lamps, and wood fires for lighting. During the rainy season, women and children spend their time in dark, smoky huts. Children are unable to study after dusk and are exposed to lung and eye damage. Additionally, 68% of the rural population lacks access to clean drinking water. This project, in conjunction with Rotary International, will establish community transformation centers for adult education and life-skills training. The solar Micro grids will allow these communities to access locally stored management training for business owners to thrive, view lesson plans through a local intranet, and have a hosted server for local content creation. The Rotary WASH curriculum will also be stored on the server for training at preschool and up. A medical clinic and child birthing center will be powered as part of the program. The use of Universal Portable Battery Kits (UPBK) will provide lights in the community huts thereby avoiding health hazards and enhancing productivity by providing light in evening hours.
  • Shakti Empowerment Solutions, India
    Eastern Uttar Pradesh is one of India's most underdeveloped regions and statistics show child mortality, literacy, gender disparity, income and employment are among India's worst. Shakti Empowerment Solutions (SES) works with a threefold approach of social enterprise, education and community support and through the ISV funding, SES's initial pilot program will fund a solar social enterprise as well as the expansion of a community center offering modern, digital education and community services. The pilot includes power for homes and businesses via both portable battery kits and an AC Microgrid. Via solar, onsite additional enterprises will be powered, such as a water purification unit and eco-friendly community transportation. ISV projects will aim to relieve energy poverty in this region of rural India and improve education, business opportunities and living standards in an environmentally beneficial way as it expands to reach a million people.
  • Shaybis Nigeria, Ltd. Nigeria
    Deep in the Kwara state of north central Nigeria lies the village of Lajolo where there are no plans for extending the state power grid for the foreseeable future. ISV is providing hope for the community in the form of an 8.5 Kw solar micro-grid as a first pilot. Initial funding will power a school, irrigate gardens, and enable refrigeration for the first time at a local general store. Discussions with the Kwara State University and the University of Ilorin are underway to use this village as a hands-on opportunity for the Electrical Engineering students to gain practical knowledge of real-world deployments.
  • Renewable Energy Innovators – Cameroon (REIc)
    Eleven thousand people will benefit from the two phases of the REIc project in Cameroon. The first phase deploys IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer technology. Phase I uses a mixed-grid approach. The first grid supplies 24v DC for low voltage lighting and DC charging. A second grid is a dedicated AC line to the commercial center of the villages powering small enterprises such as barbering machines, refrigeration and phone charging booths. Phase II increases the capacity of an existing solar micro-grid by 170%, bringing transformative power to over 50 community businesses and 14 schools in the area.
  • Torchbearer Foundation dba Igniting Africa, Cameroon
    Farming practices in rural villages is extremely labor intensive; solar electricity will allow automation of activities like irrigation and grain crushing, freeing women and girls to pursue educational opportunities while reducing overall hunger, improving food security, and dramatically reducing greenhouse gases associated with burning kerosene. This project is funding an innovative Mobile Power Plant for Agriculture which will provide a traveling food processer, grain crusher, oil press, and other agricultural food processing tools. The plan is expected to enable off-season growing and food storage, enhancing the year-round cash flow of the village women. This program has received modest ISV support in the past and the new funds are to foster expansion and growth.

Opportunities to Donate:
Funding for all ISV projects comes from donations to the IEEE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Numerous technical, administrative and operational volunteers support the effort. Should you wish to donate please visit the following URL:

About IEEE Smart Village
IEEE Smart Village integrates sustainable electricity, education, and entrepreneurial solutions to directly assist off-grid communities to become self-sufficient. Through a global network of local entrepreneurs, expert engineers and passionately dedicated volunteers, we work in partnership with community and other change agents to help empower local economies, create job opportunities, and foster education programs that help communities around the world to learn how to continually improve their quality of life. Learn more at

About IEEE
IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice in a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics. Learn more at

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