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Developments in protective relays a game-changer for utilities

The use of advanced digital protective relay (ADVPR) technologies is changing the management and control of power grids. Capabilities have evolved, and more powerful intelligent modules have been added.

PacifiCorp considers joining California ISO grid

PacifiCorp has signed an agreement with the California Independent System Operator (ISO) with the intention of exploring the feasibility of PacifiCorp joining the ISO.

CenterPoint Energy reports results of $200 million DOE smart grid grant

CenterPoint Energy has completed their smart meter deployment and Intelligent Grid (IG) implementation project that was funded in part by a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Entergy Arkansas investing $62 million in grid upgrades

Entergy Arkansas has announced a $62.2 million investment in a new transmission line. The link will run 24 miles from Monticello to Reed, and is expected to begin construction near the end of 2015.

Should utilities be worried about technology causing load defection?

Although utilities have long been the only game in town for energy services, independent energy companies have changed the playing field -- giving customers some choice in their energy use. But if given the chance, how many of those customers would actually defect from their utility?

Duke Energy Ohio's ESP approved by PUCO

Duke Energy Ohio's Electric Security Plan (ESP) has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) nearly a year after it was first submitted.

SCADA driven by grid automation in emerging economies

The global supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) market, is expected to grow from $23.2 billion in 2013 to $32.7 billion by 2020, according to Transparency Market Research (TMR), driven by increasing investment in the infrastructure development and wastewater management of emerging economies.

$500M PECO investment pays off in 700 completed infrastructure projects

PECO invests approximately $500 million a year to upgrade its electric system infrastructure, resulting in 145 completed reliability projects in the last three month of 2014 and more than 545 projects completed during the first three quarters of 2014 -- totaling nearly 700 projects.

Report: National grid held up despite brutal winters in 2014

According to a new report, the U.S. power grid held up during 2014, a year that included the Polar Vortex.

FPL most reliable power provider in Florida

According to 2014 Florida Public Service Commission performance data, Florida Power & Light's (FPL) reliability continues to rank the best of all major electric companies in Florida, the result of more than $1.8 billion in system investments.