Smart meters not the best source of outage notification

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.

NRDC: FERC should have important role in QER implementation

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).

Report: Lack of research funding may be downfall of cyber networks

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.

EPRI report offers more effective framework for transmission planning

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.

$2.4 million FirstEnergy substation first step in major Ohio infrastructure upgrades

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.