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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A recent financial analysis of the Rose Project based on price forecasts of US$260/kg ($118/lb) for Ta2O5 contained in a tantalite concentrate and US$6,000/t for lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) show an after-tax Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of an estimated 25% for the Rose Project, with an estimated Net Present Value (NPV) of CA$279 million at an 8% discount rate. The payback period is estimated at 4.1 years. The pre-tax IRR is estimated at 33% and the NPV at $488 million at a discount rate of 8%.

Future energy

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30 Oct 2014 16:45
Microgrids are gaining a higher profile in conversations about improving the electric grid. Now Alstom and its partners will research and design a demonstration of advanced microgrid technology at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard that will combine several smart grid technologies. Click for details on what the project will entail.


30 Oct 2014 16:30
Every once in a while an announcement is more than just an announcement. And so it is with a recent one from FP&L. Read about the forward-thinking utility’s decision to employ distributed intelligence to improve reliability and reduce outages and associated costs. We consider it a tipping point.


30 Oct 2014 16:18
Utilities agree they will face strong competitors as the U.S. works to expand and upgrade the electric grid. But they certainly don’t agree on the future of transmission and how much change will occur over the next 10 years.


29 Oct 2014 16:12
Plug-in EVs are expected to account for 2.4% of the world’s light-duty vehicles in less than 10 years and the global DR management system market is forecast to almost quadruple in about five years. Those are just a couple examples from this week’s smart grid market research roundup.


29 Oct 2014 16:04
In the two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey’s largest utility performed more than two million power restorations. While it is said to be a record, it is not one Public Service Gas and Electric cares to repeat. Read about the utility’s extensive upgrade and strengthening work in infrastructure, communications and logistics.


29 Oct 2014 15:55
The debate over whether Germany’s aggressive renewables adoption initiative is working or failing has grabbed the headlines, but sometimes it’s worth taking a look at a situation from a different point of view. Fed up with buying thousands of gallons of heating oil, a small German village built its own smart grid. And promptly went off grid.


28 Oct 2014 14:51
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Army are working together on a pilot program to reach net zero energy use status at nine Army installations. If all of those sites can reach net zero, 8% of the Army’s current installation energy consumption will be replaced with renewables.


28 Oct 2014 14:44
Energy reduction asset markets (ERAs) can be a good fit for small to mid-size energy solution vendors. Guest author Mike Gordon explains what they are, how they work and the role of utilities. He also identifies the risks and possible pitfalls.


28 Oct 2014 14:36
Korea has been working toward an ambitious goal for years: to become a prominent smart grid technology exporter. It’s yet another indicator of what the future will likely bring... more and tougher competition in the smart grid technology provider arena.


24 Oct 2014 16:01
As usual, it’s been a busy week for smart grid projects. Read about OwnEnergy’s agreement to provide wind power to Yahoo! Inc., S&C Electric’s energy storage project with Australia’s Ergon Energy and a smart grid partnership between DOE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Chattanooga’s EPB.


24 Oct 2014 15:55
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending a tidy sum to upgrade electric grids in rural communities, and part of that investment is earmarked for smart grid technologies. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said that in addition to improving grid reliability, the upgrades will bring jobs and economic opportunities to rural areas.


24 Oct 2014 15:49
Utilities have fretted over how to successfully adapt their operations to integrate increasing amounts of solar power. Now some solar stakeholders say their industry needs to make some changes of its own to avoid economic failure.


23 Oct 2014 16:10
If utilities and other stakeholders are to succeed in their efforts to get consumers more involved in their energy consumption, it would help to know what makes those consumers tick. The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative has issued a new report on the different types of consumers, what they care about and insights on how to get them engaged.


23 Oct 2014 16:01
Smart grid infrastructure investment will gradually move from Europe and North America to SE Asia over the next 10 years, says Northeast Group. Emerging markets there are expected to spend $13.6 billion on electric grid modernization.


23 Oct 2014 15:32
Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Click to find out where your state ranks, which are most improved and which have some catching up to do.


22 Oct 2014 15:39
With a $500,000 grant in hand, scientists at Washington State University are building a smart city laboratory to test smart grid technologies. The idea behind the project is to create a sufficiently realistic test bed to ensure that its research will be practical in the real world.