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.
An increase in grid investments in 2015 is expected to drive the Asia-Pacific (APAC) transmission and distribution (T&D) market, according to Frost & Sullivan, making it robust for such power equipment as transformers, switchgears, electricity meters and power cables.
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.
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.
Forecasts show spending on smart grid infrastructure in India at $21.6 billion between 2015 and 2025 -- on top of the billions that the Indian government has already spent. Former Mayor Bloomberg has pledged help to the country launch 100 smart cities.
ISO New England has made a decision in regard to the transmission solution it will use to bolster the reliability of the power grid in the Greater Boston area. The manager of the region's power grid was considering solutions proposed by Florida-based NextEra Energy and National Grid and Eversource (formerly Northeast Utilities).
Power Line Communication (PLC) has often been used in more urban areas, because of its short distance capabilities, but the Smart Rural Grid project is working to increase those distances and bring smart grid technologies to rural areas.
To bring more reliable power to homes and businesses in Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport, Rhode Island, National Grid will invest approximately $93 million in the electricity transmission and distribution systems on Aquidneck Island as part of the Aquidneck Island Reliability Project. The project will increase delivery capacity on the Island to meet power supply needs well into the future.
India has had a longstanding interest in a drastic grid modernization initiative that involves implementing smart grid technologies and services, as well as an interest in bringing its larger cities into the smart cities fold -- and India and partner countries have invested in both of those efforts. But now the country is looking toward smart grid technologies for a reason that may be unexpected: to combat energy theft.
Ending a drawn out series of negotiations, a subsidiary of British energy company SSE has agreed to the financing plan regulators proposed for a 100-mile subsea high-voltage cable that is expected to enable delivery of enough clean energy to power more than half a million Scottish homes.