The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) currently has two major initiatives under way in the reliability standards and enforcement areas to which electric industry participants should pay particular attention. Article
Our inaugural Fierce Innovation Awards: Energy Edition were so successful, we decided to do it again. The caliber of entries and level of innovation was impressive -- even more so than last year. Winners were selected by people who are most in need of cutting-edge technologies -- executives from well-known, highly respected utilities -- not by editors. Article
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), its National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) and cybersecurity industry experts met this week to enter the home stretch toward a vexing issue -- defining identity and access management (IAM) controls over electric power plant resources that minimize information security risks while unleashing a new era of "smart grid"-based services. "smart grid"-based services. Article
Utilities are facing unprecedented challenges to their traditional business models. A growing number of utility customers in the U.S. are selling electricity generated by distributed energy resources (DER) like rooftop solar back to their utility at retail rates via net metering -- meaning that these customers are using the grid without having to pay for it. Coupled with slow electricity sales growth and greater energy efficiency, this trend is driving per-customer electricity rates up for the rest of the utility's customer base and eroding utilities' revenue streams, even as the cost for maintaining the grid goes up. 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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In 2000, FirstEnergy first introduced PSI as a way to help replace retiring line workers with programs established at colleges throughout the company's six-state service area.
FirstEnergy subsidiary Toledo Edison has completed the construction of a $1.2 million, 138 kV transmission line to serve Home Depot's new distribution warehouse in Troy Township, Ohio -- a 1.65-million square foot facility used primarily for online order fulfillment.
As part of the $1 billion "Fortifying the Future" plan, Con Edison planners, engineers and field crews have been working to fortify underground and overhead energy delivery systems from severe flooding and destructive winds characteristic of major storms. The benefits of the plan can already be seen in New York City where, in 2014, the installation of specialized remote switches and other storm hardening equipment has prevented about 25,000 storm-related outages so far.
There are strong differences of opinion on how the future of energy transmission in the United States will unfold and how much of that change will take place over the next 10 years, but most utilities are in agreement in their belief that they are losing ground to new competitors as the United States moves to significantly expand and strengthen its electrical grid. That is according to a Mortenson Construction survey of utility executives.
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