In September 2013, a large thunderstorm rolled through the Borrego Springs area of California, adding to a year that was filled with several natural disasters -- including wind storms and flash flooding. But the thunderstorm in September generated hundreds of lightning strikes, as well as winds that were 85-90 mph, and took down 20 power poles -- both transmission and distribution -- going into the area. 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
We are definitely at a transition point in how we make, move and use power, and we are increasingly dependent upon it. It's readily apparent that society's strength and vitality is closely coupled with supporting a digital economy that requires a very rigorous and dependable electrical grid. Power performance expectations are increasing, impacting designs and requiring advanced technology to improve reliability. Article
With the recognition that microgrids and distributed generation are a growing trend and that these technologies will proliferate in the coming years, Oncor, who operates the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas, has launched what is being called one of the most advanced microgrids in North America. Article
SolarCity recently announced a new microgrid project, introducing their microgrid as an emergency management tool. The technology is already being used by companies, universities and even residents as a complement to their main energy source in areas all across the world -- but emergency management is becoming an important reason for organizations to consider their own microgrid. 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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The car industry has been shifting toward electric and driverless vehicles recently, and the latest entrant to the field comes as somewhat of a surprise. NASA has released a video showcasing their driverless car -- the Modular Robotic Vehicle -- which features some of the same qualities as their rovers.
A new report from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute claims that California needs new approaches to managing the exploding growth of digital technologies, as well as the rapid changes in how the state produces, stores and delivers energy to its 37 million residents.
It takes a "virtual army of crews, including thousands from out of state," to augment the FPL team and restore power following a major hurricane. Staging sites allow FPL to position restoration crews closer to affected areas in order to restore service to customers as quickly as possible and help get communities back up and running.
Clean Line Energy is one step closer to their Grain Belt Express Line, a transmission line that will transport wind energy from Kansas to Illinois.
The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) has announced a partnership with the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to collaborate on research related to energy storage.
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Institutional investors representing nearly $2 trillion in assets have called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to push for better disclosure by oil and gas companies of critical climate change-related business risks (carbon asset risks) that will "profoundly affect the economics of the industry."
The daily electricity production at Florida Power and Light's (FPL) nuclear plants benefits Florida's economy by more than $1.4 billion annually, according to a new study.