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 City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy have reached a tentative agreement to establish a city-utility Clean Energy Partnership -- a first of its kind in the nation. If approved by the Minneapolis City Council, the partnership will result in the city and utility companies collaborating to help Minneapolis achieve energy goals like making energy affordable and reliable while increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases. 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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Late last week, smart grid member companies from the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) met with U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) to discuss a comprehensive energy approach that supports domestic production of both renewable and fossil fuel resources to help the country achieve energy independence.
The southeast Texas rural cooperative distribution utility irecognized the difficulty in connecting a host of independently developed systems that were not interoperable, and, to solve the problem, implemented the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association-sponsored MultiSpeak specification to transition from a power line carrier-based automated meter reading system to an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system, which would provide supplementary functionality and interoperability.
Virtual power plants (VPP) --which combine independent resources into a network via sophisticated planning, scheduling, and bidding of DER-based services, bringing distributed generation (DG) and demand response (DR) together to provide a synergistic sharing of grid resources -- are expected to play an increasingly important role in the future of the power sector, according to Navigant Research.
More than 1.5 million advanced electric meters have been installed and nearly 500,000 modules have been installed on gas meters across DTE Energy's territory so far. By the end of 2017, nearly 3.9 million electric and gas meters will have been converted, allowing all DTE Energy customers to better manage their energy usage and bills, and enjoy other benefits from the technology.
The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) has produced a series of videos with which utilities can help educate residential customers about the smart grid in a fun and engaging way. The short, mixed-media messages are compiled with information from SGCC's quantitative consumer research and fact sheets.
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Today, cities are increasingly demanding to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the needs of an urban population that will expand by 2.4 billion people during the next 35 years, and the spread of smart city technologies and policies, developed in response to the rapid growth and change happening in cities around the world, is helping to drive sweeping and fundamental changes in the energy landscape, according to Navigant Research.
Pennyslvania's statewide public interest group, PennFuture, is accusing the Pennsylvania legislature of passing two bills that will harm the water and air quality in the state. Both HB1565, the Subdivision Flooding Bill, and HB 2354, the Stall on Carbon Bill, cater to powerful special interests, PennFuture claims.