The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Order No. 1000, which requires public utility electric transmission providers to engage in regional transmission planning and cost allocation. South Carolina Public Service Authority v. FERC, No. 12-1232 (August 15, 2014). The decision means that both public utilities and non-public utilities (chiefly rural electric cooperatives and governmental entities), which are not subject to the full jurisdiction of FERC, will have to work together to a greater extent to plan, build and pay for transmission facilities. Article
In the last few articles, we discussed the components required for building a security eco-system surrounding the critical infrastructure and also the need for each device on highly accountable networks to contain both asynchronous and synchronous components. In this article, we look at the scope of the entire security eco-system. Many times, I have been asked to explain how all of the concepts in this series fit into the technology components and applications with which many of us are familiar. The next few articles will begin to answer some of these questions. Article
When one coal-fired power plant is replaced by renewable energy sources like solar and wind, what are the implications for grid stability and blackout restoration? What happens if you replace two? As utilities move toward integration of more renewable energy sources, they face difficult challenges in determining the right mix and placement of critical assets to maintain grid stability. Article
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE -- the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology -- just completed a report that provides guidance on grid-related developments to the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House for the nation's first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review. I spoke recently with the IEEE task force leaders, Veronika Rabl, chair of the IEEE USA Energy Policy Committee, and Damir Novosel, president elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society. 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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Consumers in the U.K. with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology are often too focused on the financial benefits of selling the electricity they generate back to the grid when they could be using more of it themselves, according to a study by the University of Durham, as part of the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project.
The Center for Smart Grid Application, Research and Technology (CSMART) celebrated its official opening with representatives from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), ComEd, Silver Spring Networks and West Monroe Partners who all had a hand in the center's development. Located at IIT's Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, the center brings together academic, industry and utility experts to provide a fully-functional test environment for smart grid and smart city technology.
Cloud computing is presenting challenges for regulated utilities in that the opportunity presented by the cloud must be looked at differently in the utility industry, according to IDC Energy Insights. In a new report, IDC explains that the ability for utilities to receive a guaranteed cost recovery on capital investments creates an apparent disincentive for utilities to invest in cloud software.
HVDC allows power transmission through cables over longer distances and higher capacities compared to AC transmission, but the immature nature of offshore HVDC technologies can cause uncertainties and increased risk exposure for stakeholders and can make projects complicated and costly.
New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has committed $10.6 million to the six-year Security Technologies Returning Accountability, Transparency and User-centric Services (STRATUS) project -- a collaboration between Unitec, Waikato University, the University of Auckland and the Cloud Security Alliance that will create tools to return the control of cloud-based data to users.
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Called Cape & Vineyard Solar One, the 22 MW portfolio of solar arrays located on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard will supply 45 percent of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard municipal electrical load.