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Idaho utilities want a federal review of 4-hour power outage

A power substation fire in Idaho caused a several hour long power outage for more than 100,000 customers this week, and the local electric cooperatives and utilities are calling for a federal review of the incident.

Sempra acquires in-progress Michigan wind farm

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power acquired an in-progress wind farm project in Michigan from utility-scale wind and solar energy developer Geronimo Energy, LLC, the utility announced today.

NERC to develop a better cybersecurity standard for the grid

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved an order Thursday directing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop a new Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) reliability standard.

Dominion East Ohio engaging customers with energy savings program

Dominion East Ohio is helping customers cut energy costs by offering a low-cost home energy assessment and savings program.

In part 2 of Tesla Master Plan, Elon Musk pushes hard for combined energy storage

Combining energy generation with storage is the future of sustainable energy, Tesla's founder Elon Musk insists. And working toward a sustainable future isn't just for hippies, he wrote in a blog post Wednesday.

BGE microgrid proposal rejected by regulators

Baltimore Gas & Electric's microgrid proposal had the right general idea, but missed some critical points and was rejected this week by the Maryland Public Service Commission.

FP&L installing 20,000 'trip savers' to avoid manual maintenance

Florida Power & Light recently began the installation of 20,000 automatic lateral switches on its power grid, local news outlets report.

Natural gas and solar improving efficiency with data solutions

Data aggregation and analysis is critical for intelligent energy grids, and some companies are targeting the utility and energy development sectors with data solutions.

NY town moves forward with $22.9M microgrid proposal

Last week, the Huntington, New York, town board approved an agreement with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to conduct local property energy audits for the town's nearly $22.9 million microgrid proposal.

Iowa Utilities Board approves increased net metering cap

The Iowa Utilities Board on Tuesday ruled that the local utilities' net metering cap would increase from 500 KW to 1 MW, according to reporting from local news outlets.

VC funding for smart grid, battery and energy storage companies doubled in Q2

New research released Tuesday showed that venture capital (VC) funding, including private equity and corporate venture capital, for smart grid and battery and energy storage companies doubled in the second quarter of 2016, compared to the previous quarter.

White House initiative promises 1 GW of residential solar by 2020

A new White House initiative announced Tuesday promises to help low- and moderate-income families install 1 GW of solar power generation by 2020.

Offshore wind farms set capacity record, overcome lawsuit

Offshore wind power is overcoming hurdles this month, as approval for the largest U.S. offshore wind farm is pending and a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought over the nation's first offshore wind farm.

Siemens and BCIT launch smart grid cybersecurity, microgrid project

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Siemens Canada will work together on a research project focusing on smart grid cybersecurity and microgrids, the two organizations announced Monday.

Idaho Power seeks to build first utility-owned solar plant in the state

Idaho Power has proposed a solar power pilot project that would create the first utility-owned solar plant in the state.

Utilidata tech delivers real-time grid security alerts

New tech from automation software company Utilidata will detect cybersecurity threats to power grids and instantly deliver alerts to utility managers.

State Grid Corporation of China proposes global renewable energy solutions

The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) introduced its Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) project that will undertake the building of a $50 trillion global wind and solar power grid in an attempt to connect countries' grids and generate enough electricity to power the globe.

NextEra and Hawaiian Electric Industries terminate merger after rejection by regulators

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. and NextEra Energy jointly announced today that they plan to terminate their proposed merger, leaving HEI to move forward as an independent company. 

Study finds global energy management systems market strong in all regions

The increasing global demand for energy management solutions is driving the sector's attractiveness when it comes to investment, according to a study released by Transparency Market Research.

US DOE debuts tool to calculate impacts of smart grid investments

Smart grid technology is a highly complex area that makes investment and ROI calculations very difficult. The US DOE's PNNL recently debuted a new (and free) web-based tool designed to ease the process of estimating how technology implementations can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy production.