Although SDG&E's microgrid wasn't thought of specifically for emergency purposes, California's recent weather events have helped the residents of the area. Article
Recently, grid operators across Europe anxiously observed a solar eclipse as it cast a shadow over the continent's vast installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rare celestial event posed a unique challenge for countries like Germany and Italy that significantly rely on solar energy for electricity production. Article
Many utilities are evaluating Zero Net Energy homes, whether as single demonstrations or as pilot programs. One such effort is being led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE) to evaluate the energy use and grid integration of at least 20 zero net energy (ZNE) homes -- the first development of a community of highly-efficient houses in California. Article
SolarCity announced a partnership with Nest last week to bring Nest Thermostats to the next 10,000 customers who have solar panels installed through SolarCity. But what does the partnership mean for the industry, and how do utilities factor in? Article
IT/OT convergence delivers high degrees of grid automation, sensing and visibility; achieves greater control of distributed generation; and provides better support of regulatory compliance. Those are just a few points touched on by an expert panel of speakers during yesterday's Fierce Live! Webinar, "The IT/OT Integration Imperative," sponsored by ABB.
ComEd is already losing an estimated $168 million in smart grid funding as a result of the $100 million annual reduction in funding by the Illinois Commerce Commission beginning in 2014. Now, the utility faces a class action lawsuit and a $182 million penalty for delays and costs associated with its smart meter rollout.
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New research from Bridge Energy Group suggests that customer calls to the utility are still the best source of outage notification. The results come after a survey of more than 20,000 utility employees about their views on and experiences with outage and restoration.
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) details plans for grid infrastructure upgrades and modernization, and so far thre are mixed reviews. The report was to "promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility," according to Jennifer Chen with the National Research Defense Council (NRDC).
Research is the backbone of innovation, and the United States continues to lower their budgets. According to the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the U.S. federal budget for research and development has fallen in the last 50 years -- from 10 percent in 1968 to less than 4 percent in 2015. An MIT report is showing what effect that fall in research has had on innovation in the country.
A new report will help states incorporate risk analysis into transmission and other resource planning. The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), offers new approaches aimed at addressing the challenges of maintaining reliable electricity systems through transmission planning.
FirstEnergy Corp. is making big moves in Ohio, and the latest is energizing a $2.4 million substation in West Akron through subsidiary Ohio Edison.
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PNM Resources' New Mexico electric utility, Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM), has filed final coal supply and participant restructuring agreements for San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC), as part of PNM's ongoing regulatory proceedings seeking NMPRC approval of the SJGS Plan settlement agreement filed in October 2014.