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UK: Local utility Western Power Distribution (WPD) is working on a project to access data from substations in a bid to help prepare low-voltage networks for more distributed generation and electric vehicle (EV) charging.
WORLDWIDE: Increasing digitalisation could reduce curtailment of wind farms and solar photovoltaic projects in the European Union by 78%, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
GERMANY: Transmission operator Tennet has launched a blockchain pilot project to test flexible use of households' battery storage to reduce bottlenecks in Germany's electricity transmission network, which are currently triggering curtailment of wind generation.
NETHERLANDS: US technology giant Microsoft has signed a power purchase agreement with Vattenfall to buy all of the electricity from the first 180MW phase of its Wieringermeer site for ten years.
INDIA: Taking advantage of the highest recorded generation in August this year, the Tamil Nadu state utility, Tangedco, traded excess wind power through spot sales on the power exchange.
DENMARK: A group of control system specialists, manufacturers, engineers and researchers are teaming up to develop a modular battery storage solution integrated into individual turbine towers.
EUROPE: The Danish minister for energy, utilities and climate has approved funding for a power cable, more than 750km long, linking Denmark and the UK.
CHINA: In 2016, the Chinese power market was supplied with 35% more energy than it needed, leading to high curtailment rates, despite more generation still being installed.
ARGENTINA: The country may be a latecomer to the Latin American wind boom, but ambitious targets and radical economic reforms mean this is the perfect time to grab a slice of the pie.
UK: Managing the charging of electric cars as a flexible load will reduce stress on the electricity grid and could encourage more investment in renewable energy generation.
WORLDWIDE: Battery-storage technology has very high public visibility at present for several reasons.
UNITED STATES: With low gas prices pushing down wholesale prices, developers are finding utilities are keener to buy wind farms than the power they generate.