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
In the last few articles we discussed the industry and organizations which make up the security eco-system for critical infrastructure. This broader look at industry organization and touch points is something we will focus on in this article but will also go a little in depth to look at the components of the DNA which make up the security center of each critical infrastructure device. At the heart of linking these two together is a management area which I defined in one of my earliest articles that focuses on the management of secrets 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
Until effective energy storage arrives, could aggregated demand management be the answer to the rising use of intermittent renewables and squeezed reserve margins? Last week, the UK announced winter power supply margins had fallen to just over 4 percent from an estimated 5-10 percent in June, following a string of unplanned outages. 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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The project as proposed would involve the installation of a bi-directional submerged transmission cable between Block Island and the Rhode Island mainland. The transmission system would connect Deepwater Wind's proposed 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm, located in Rhode Island state waters about 2.5 nautical miles southeast of Block Island, to the Rhode Island mainland and transmit power from the existing onshore transmission grid on the mainland to Block Island. The ROW corridor, which is about eight nautical miles long and 200 feet wide, comprises the portion of the transmission line that crosses federal waters.
Last year was the first time the GWA and SGPC published the GMI based upon the degree to which the states and DC had progressed toward the "Grid of the Future." The GMI is designed with future requirements for a modernized electric grid in mind.
The smart grid is becoming big business, driven by the need for a more responsive, automated global power grid. With the past two years seeing rapid technological advancements and shifting priorities among industry players, as well as a clearer picture of the quantifiable benefits of smart grid technology like improved grid reliability and economics, business is booming.
Northern California is leveraging its forward-looking policies and innovative clean tech entrepreneurs to drive clean tech innovation and build the state's clean economy, with certain regions carving out specialized niches in the global clean tech sector, according to research from nonpartisan nonprofit Next 10.
Showing its support of electric transportation and Georgia businesses, Georgia Power has launched its new electric vehicle (EV) charger rebate program for business customers -- part of a larger electric transportation pilot initiative which includes promoting public education, supporting community charging stations for public use, enhancing charging options at select Georgia Power facilities and offering rebates for residential customers who install EV chargers at their homes.
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Meriden, Connecticut has taken an interesting approach to shaving its electric bills by generating power from water that normally would spill over a dam. A project is underway to take advantage of technology commonly attributed to Archimedes.
The news reports and speculation over what Congress will do with federal wind energy tax credits when Republicans control both the House and Senate come January are numerous. The biggest backers of the wind industry tax credit program are not expected to have as much pull as they did, which could mean a questionable future for the industry.