Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute Center are incorporating a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany's largest charging station, where the network of charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) is becoming more tightly meshed.
A modification to an existing transmission line will improve electricity reliability in New York's North Country and foster greater integration of local wind power in an effort to diversify New York's energy sources.
Direct current (DC) transmission lines date back to 1882, but went out of style in favor of alternating current (AC). That has once again changed with at least 660 MW of load demand in New York alone powered by DC, which is twice as efficient as AC.
Since 2006, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has invested more than $1.4 billion as part of its efforts to improve electric reliability. The investment is paying off.
Cyberattacks on key energy infrastructure are increasing in terms of frequency and sophistication. Electric grid failures are costly and have the potential to profoundly disrupt delivery of essential services. In light of this, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and its Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative have issued recommendations targeting Congress, federal government agencies, state public utility commissions, and utilities on how to better prepare for cyberattacks against the electric grid.
Smart grid energy storage technologies, and related software applications, experienced significant advancements in 2013. Utilities around the world deployed new energy storage systems and participated in pilot projects aimed at producing a more dependable and sustainable grid. Recent announcements of several key energy storage projects demonstrate expanding strategies in the industry.
The utility sector is undergoing pronounced changes in demand management, smart grids, big data, distributed generation, growth and oil supplies, which is forcing utility companies to change how they manage their businesses and execute new strategies.
The OpenADR Alliance and Wi-SUN Alliance have made a liaison agreement to more quickly accelerate the rollout of energy-efficient program offerings, working together to enable interoperability between smart utility networks and utility demand response programs based on the OpenADR specification.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has approved the OpenADR 2.0b Profile Specification as a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) as a basis for a new commission standard to be developed, validating the global importance of the OpenADR smart grid specification.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has requested comments on potential revisions to existing regulations governing overhead line inspections, and whether or not these existing regulations on electric reliability need amendments to require regular inspections of automatic splices using infrared technology, or any other changes.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are working, albeit separately, to examine utility storm response and improve grid resiliency.
Modernizing the nation's electric grid is paying dividends for many utilities. Ongoing population growth and economic development in urban metropolitan areas makes meeting the growing demand for electricity a perpetual challenge. Utility experts advocate a smart grid as a solution, and urban planners propose smart cities as a solution. Sustainable solutions for a smart grid and for smart cities must actually be collaborative and complementary.
The IoT is multi-faceted and it means different things to different people -- especially those directly involved with it. Anyone looking at it from a professional point of view is focused on how it applies to a specific, vertical industry. It could enable home energy management systems, or it could play a major role in e-healthcare.
ITC Holdings recently conducted research, including an online survey of national audits and in-depth interviews with business leaders on grid and transmission development, to measure whether businesses and the general public understand the complex and significant economic benefits that stem from a fully functioning electric transmission grid.
New versions of the Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model, which helps organizations assess their own cybersecurity capabilities and identify steps to help strengthen their defenses, have been released, including a version that can be used by industries outside of the energy sector.
The electric power industry is working with U.S. agencies to tighten security at vulnerable substations after an attack last year on a California transmission station, a former top U.S. Department of Homeland of Security (DHS) official, who said the industry response has been "remarkable."
Unlike products and solutions that are directly integrated by government-sponsored utility smart grid programs, smart thermostats have remained largely in the commercial sphere, where uptake relies on individual energy efficiency awareness and cost savings as purchasing incentives.
Endesa has released the findings of the first five years of its Smartcity Malaga project, including milestones reached during 2009 and 2013 -- the success achieved has turned Smartcity Malaga into a real-world laboratory for developing electricity distribution technologies.
From networking with peers and industry experts to valuable research results to getting a pulse on the future of consumer smart grid education, the Consumer Symposium is worth attending.