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
As the "Internet of Things" (IoT) expands, reaching 25 billion connected devices by 2020, according to Gartner, utilities will face an unprecedented volume of data generated from new digital equipment, systems, devices, and sensors on the grid and at their customers' premises. Article
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
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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PSEG is investing billions in projects that will provide customers with better and more reliable service while boosting New Jersey's economy and creating hundreds of jobs.
ComEd has been making big moves toward smart grid technology, and announced this week that they have installed their one millionth smart meter -- however, it's only 25 percent toward their ultimate goal.
Transmission lines in West Virginia and Virginia are about to get a big upgrade. FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary Potomac Edison will be installing new conductors on three of their 138,000 volt transmission lines in Jefferson County, West Virginia and Clarke County, Virginia.
Global megatrends -- such as technological breakthroughs, rapid urbanization and resource shifts -- are creating new opportunities and challenges in customer behavior, new forms of competition, different generation models, and regulatory changes that could "quickly eclipse current company and country strategies," according to PwC.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced funding for six electric infrastructure projects in rural areas. Of those six, three of the projects will be located in North Carolina and will use solar energy for the rural customers.
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Erie County, Pennsylvania has decided to invest in offshore wind power, with the decision to join the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo). LEEDCo is a nonprofit based in Northeast Ohio who is working to bring offshore wind to Lake Erie.
The Integrys Energy Group, Inc. acquisition by Wisconsin Energy Corp. passed another approval with the go-ahead by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). We Energies is a subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy Corp.