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List of utility EPRI Technology Transfer Award winners impresses

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has announced the winners of its annual Technology Transfer Awards, which are given to the organization's members who have led technology transfer efforts on behalf of their companies and the industry at large, applying EPRI research and development in the areas of power delivery and utilization.

User engagement may be key to EV adoption

Although electric vehicles (EV) have been talked about as an important piece of the energy future for years, the percentage of EVs on the road is still far below many goals. Engaging the user may be the key to the goal in the United States -- and across the world.

 

PSEG wants $1.6B to increase system resiliency

The utility has filed a request with state regulators to modernize its gas system, including accelerating the replacement of aging cast iron gas mains during the next five years -- at a total cost of about $1.6 billion. The utility requested the funding, about $320 million per year, in a filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

Austin community first to be powered by crowdsourced energy

A group of Central Texas technology companies, nonprofits focused on sustainability, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler, have announced a campaign to generate donations of electricity for power the initial year of operation of Community First! Village. The campaign creates the world's first community powered by crowdsourced energy and helps improve quality of life for village residents.

U.S. leading energy storage deployments

Driven by strong government support at state and federal levels, North America represents the majority of new project announcements with 436.4 MW; California alone accounts for nearly half of this announced capacity. Asia Pacific and Western Europe are the next leading regions, with 165.1 MW and 95.2 MW of new projects announced, respectively, according to Navigant.

Exelon explores bringing microgrids to New York

Exelon has announced they will be expanding -- with a series of microgrids in the state of New York ranging from 10 to 200 megawatts (MW) located all around the state.

Hawaii Foreign Trade-Zone No. 9 plans to develop their own microgrid

The Hawaii Foreign Trade-Zone No. 9 has announced plans to get off the grid entirely by developing its own microgrid system.

Next-gen SWASA part new technology, IT data apps

Today, wide area situational awareness systems, particularly synchrophasors (synchrophasors/wide area situational awareness - SWASA), are being used to collect and transmit data to identify high-speed disturbances before outages occur, Navigant reports. In fact, they predict annual transmission synchrophasor revenue is expected to grow from $8.5 billion in 2014 to $16.7 billion in 2023.

Connected home closer to reality for Reliant customers

For Reliant customers, the smart home has just gotten closer to reality. Reliant has launched a new suite of home security packages and automation tools that will help customers connect anywhere, anytime, to what is often their largest investment -- their home.

New flow battery holds promise but not without challenges

PNNL's new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery uses an electrolyte that has more than two times the energy density of the next-best flow battery used to store renewable energy and support the power grid. And its energy density is approaching that of a type of lithium-ion battery used to power portable electronic devices and some small electric vehicles.

Cities need a new outlook for infrastructure upgrade financing

While lobbying to help government and utilities understand the importance of the smart grid and other new energy innovations, the cost of new projects is often overlooked. A new study by the New Cities Foundation (NCF) suggests ideas for government entities to secure their funding.

Investment in Central America and Caribbean smart grid expected to grow by 2025

Central America and the Caribbean's smart grid investment is growing. According to a new study, it will grow to $3.3 billion in infrastructure investment between 2015 and 2025.

FERC approves NERC risk-based approach to electric reliability standard compliance

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) risk-based approach to monitoring and enforcing compliance with mandatory electric reliability standards. According to NERC, the Reliability Assurance Initiative approach to compliance focuses resources on higher-risk issues that matter more to reliability, while still identifying, correcting and tracking lesser-risk issues.

Hydrogen and fuel cell development plans could help Northeast increase grid reliability

The development plans outline cumulative goals for each state, including approximately 1,300 megawatts of installed stationary fuel cell capacity; 10,800 fuel cell electric vehicles; 640 fuel cell powered buses; and 110 hydrogen refueling stations to support the fuel cell electric vehicles and buses.

NIST research center to support community comparison of resiliency

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a $20 million cooperative agreement to Colorado State University (CSU) to establish the Community Resilience Center of Excellence, which will develop computer tools to help local governments decide how to best invest in resources that would lessen the impact of extreme weather and other hazards on buildings and infrastructure and allow rapid recovery in their aftermath.

IER: Biggest threat to the grid is bad policy

While threats to the grid often take the form of cyber attacks or extreme weather, a new report is focusing on threats that are "completely avoidable," including bad policy.

SDG&E introduces loaner program for smart in-home devices

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has launched a loaner program for home area network devices, "in efforts to help customers make smart energy choices and save money."

Mannheim's smart grid experiment

Mannheim, Germany is working to update the electrical grid in their city, and is doing so by utilizing their local renewable energy production in a smart grid experiment.

AWEA: Renewables are not a threat to the reliability of the grid

Rob Gramlich, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, spoke at a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conference about the Clean Power Plan (CPP) -- and whether wind has a future in the grid.

10 smart grid trends to watch in 2015

The smart grid industry is growing -- according to Navigant Research, who conducted a study: "Smart Grid: 10 Trends to Watch in 2015 and Beyond" -- but some are slower than others. According to the study, electric utilities are working are falling behind, for a variety of reasons, including deregulation, the proliferation of distributed generation (DG) installations, and environmental concerns.