Highley contests notion that U.S. grid is too old

Duane Highley, CEO of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) and vice-chairman of the Electric Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), recently challenged the idea that the U.S. grid is antiquated, and implied that the United States takes reliable electricity for granted. This is according to testimony Highley offered at the first of several public meetings hosted by Department of Energy for the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER).

Strategic investments modernizing Ameren's IL infrastructure

Ameren Illinois says it has exceeded its yearly reliability performance goals required by the state's Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) and that its modernization plan is on track.

DOE conducting smart grid cybersecurity research

The research includes technologies to help meet North American Electric Reliability Corporation – Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC-CIP) requirements for cybersecurity, including interoperability, scalability, through demonstration projects to validate the viability of practice and/or commercialization in the energy industry.

New control center helps NYISO avoid blackouts

The New York Independent System Operator's (NYISO) Utility Control Center has officially opened. The center is part of a $74 million investment, half of which was funded by U.S. Department of Energy's Smart Technology Initiative. The investment will save approximately $200 million per year in energy costs by improving the quality of the grid and installing new technology to improve energy efficiency.

New line will increase Potomac Edison capacity by 60 percent

To enhance service reliability for existing customers and accommodate future electrical load growth in Maryland and West Virginia, Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., is rebuilding a major 500 kV transmission line that will replace equipment that is more than 40 years old.


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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order affirming a FERC Administrative Law Judge's (ALJ) initial September 2012 decision regarding cost allocation at NorthWestern Energy's Dave Gates Generating Station (DGGS). The order found that a significant portion of DGGS costs could not be allocated to wholesale customers under NorthWestern's proposal.