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First ROW grant in federal waters paves way for Block Island renewable energy access

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.

Index ranks states on future-readiness of grid

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.

Smart grid technology business booming

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.

Energy storage clusters driving CA clean tech sector

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.

Georgia Power hot on the EV circuit

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.

Survey says: power grid, oil and gas production most vulnerable to cyber attack

A recent study commissioned by Honeywell and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs Research among 5,065 adults across 10 countries, reveals that 75 percent of people are fearful that cyber attacks are being carried out on major industries and sectors of the economy in their countries. The fears are well-founded.

ICT driving urban future from healthcare to utilities

Information and communication technology (ICT) is changing the rationale for value creation and, with it, the wealth of cities, according to research from urban development consultancy Sweco on behalf of Ericsson, who says that cities with low ICT maturity are improving their ICT maturity faster than high-performing cities.

Suffolk first in NY to receive storm mitigation loan

Suffolk County, New York will receive the first loan from the state's Storm Mitigation Loan Program. The $13.6 million loan -- made up of a $3.2 million grant and $10.4 million in no-interest financing -- is for wastewater and storm resiliency improvements at the county's Bergen Point Sewage Treatment Plant. 

FERC decision significantly expands Southwest Power Pool

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accepted Southwest Power Pool's (SPP) proposal to integrate Western Area Power Administration - Upper Great Plains Region, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Heartland Consumers Power District into SPP -- significantly expanding the SPP market.

Can storage be cost effectively integrated into the Texas grid?

Economists at the Brattle Group have found that deploying grid-integrated distributed electricity storage in Texas could provide substantial net benefits to the power system in ERCOT and its electricity customers. That is according to research commissioned by Oncor Electric Delivery Company, a Transmission and Distribution Service Provider (TDSP) in Texas.

Managing secrets is essential for securing critical infrastructure

Cyber security is not a technical practice although it has been treated as such by many organizations for many years. Cyber security is best thought of as controlling and enforcing the same actions and operations we do in the real world, but doing so in virtual environments. Any operation we as people perform in the business environment were at one time done by real people in the physical world. Now we are gradually transitioning each of these business operations to the virtual environment. As I do not see this trend reversing, we have to accept that this will be the nature of our world for the foreseeable future. 

PSEG investing in resiliency for NJ electric and gas system

Public Service Enterprise Group's (PSEG) 2014 sustainability report offers a close look at how the company is investing in infrastructure to improve the reliability and resilience of its electric and gas systems. The report includes an analysis from Rutgers University, concluding that PSEG's 10-year, $8.1 billion transmission investment program will support 6,000 jobs annually and generate more than $4.3 billion in salaries and benefits to workers, as well as more than $640 million in state and local government revenue.

KEPCO aims to become foremost utility in smart technology

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has energized its high voltage direct current (HVDC) high temperature superconductor (HTS) cable on Jeju Island's smart grid demonstration site. The 500 meter, 80 kV DC cable is installed in KEPCO's electricity grid.

Clean energy financing for resilient power projects

Although two years later, the experience of Superstorm Sandy is still fresh in many people's minds and many are still wondering how this can be avoided in the future. One way is through the installation of resilient power projects, such as solar PV with energy storage, to ensure against the devastating consequences of power outages from similar disasters.

Smart grid communications the highway to reliability

If smart grid technology is the path to a greener, more efficient, and reliable power system, then communications technologies can be thought of as the highway that will lead the industry there. This analogy is courtesy of Navigant Research who says that "where the road was once narrow, unpaved, and reached only critical substations, today it is being widened and extended to reach all the way to customer premises, as well as accommodate many more and larger travelers (data and applications) moving at ever higher speeds."

Cloud technology to lift demand management to new heights

Until effective energy storage arrives, could aggregated demand management be the answer to the rising use of intermittent renewables and squeezed reserve margins?

Transmission facilities key focus of NYPA grid hardening plan

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), New York's statewide public power utility, is making strides in bolstering the state's electricity infrastructure against extreme weather events two years after the destruction of Superstorm Sandy, including continuing refurbishments and upgrades to NYPA transmission facilities -- which account for  a third of the state's high-voltage lines -- and microgrid feasibility studies on equipment applications to ensure continued electricity service for critical public entities in the event of disruptions on the statewide power grid.

ABI: Utilities most targeted by cyberattackers

According to ABI Research, the energy, financial, and defense sectors remain the most targeted by those aiming to carry out malicious threats with the energy sector seeing a huge rise in illegitimate access and disruption through industrial control systems, putting the Internet of Things in a precarious position.

FirstEnergy rolling out mobile apps for storm damage assessment

Smartphones and mobile computers are now are key part of Jersey Central Power & Light's (JCP&L) toolkit, allowing crews in the field to perform more efficient damage assessment to the electrical system and expedite power restoration efforts in the wake of major storm events.

Pacific Gas and Electric launches new nerve center

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has unveiled a new, state-of-the-art electric distribution control center in Fresno. The $28.5 million facility is the first of three new control centers that will manage PG&E's more than 140,000 miles of electric distribution system serving nearly 16 million Californians.