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Advancing India's smart grid

India and the United States agree that the smart grid is necessary for the transformation of the power grid, and recognize that close collaboration and sharing of best practices is hugely beneficial to both countries and the world.  At the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel's (SGIP) recent conference, the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) and SGIP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), proposing an approach to enhance the coordination between the two organizations.

FirstEnergy reinstates successful Power Systems Institute

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 completes transmission line for Home Depot

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.

Con Edison celebrating second anniversary of storm hardening plan

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.

Utility execs disagree over the future of transmission

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.

NJ ready to face the next superstorm

Superstorm Sandy, the most powerful and destructive storm in Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) history, caused power outages to more than 2 million PSE&G customers. In the two years since then, PSE&G has made, and continues to make, significant improvements to its infrastructure, communications and logistics.

Duke Energy shares smart grid lessons

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been working with regional and local utilities and co-ops across the nation to improve the reliability of the grid and is beginning to see the fruits of its labor. DOE is sharing the results of programs supported by Smart Grid Investment Grants (SGIG) with a series of case studies available from grant recipients. In the latest case study, Duke Energy customers are seeing benefits in Ohio and the Carolinas thanks to Duke's comprehensive grid modernization program, which was funded, in part, by a DOE SGIG.

Closing the gap on smart grid engagement

If you want to know how your customers feel about the smart grid and what motivates them in terms of buy in, you need look no further than the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative's (SGCC) most recent report, which indicates that the internal and external motivators for different groups vary significantly between those customers that feel engaged and those that do not.

Chattanooga smart grid a living lab for new energy tech

A new partnership has been formalized with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Chattanooga's EPB, one of the largest publicly-owned electric power distributors in the country. The partnership will establish Chattanooga's smart grid as a living laboratory for testing new energy technologies. Under the agreement, DOE and ORNL will apply their technical expertise in areas such as data analytics, control systems, cybersecurity and high-performance computer modeling to test new smart grid technologies and processes on the electric grid in Chattanooga.

Resurfacing startups a good sign for smart grid sector

The top VC funded companies in the third quarter were a home automation solutions provider, a big data analytics and cyber security solutions provider, a provider of cloud analytics software to optimize energy consumption for buildings, a technology platform provider for the intelligent active management of distributed energy assets allowing renewable energy generators, storage providers and energy users to trade at a micro-grid level, and an electric vehicle charging infrastructure provider.

DVCA technology the oil that keeps smart grid machinery working

Making the power grid more flexible, resilient, and efficient is the single most important objective for electric utilities today, and a number of voltage-adjustment and reactive power correction technologies, known as dynamic voltage and VAR control architectures (DVCAs), can help ensure power delivery that is both reliable at peak loads and continuously efficient.

NIST: Collaboration key to cybersecurity in IOE era

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. 

RTCC wants comprehensive energy approach focused on smart grid

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.

SBEC hailed for solving grid interoperability issues

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.

Potential of VPPs unreachable without the right rules

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.

DTE hits major smart meter milestone

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.

Are key NERC initiatives the missing link to reliability and cybersecurity?

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.  As the entity tasked with promulgating and enforcing standards to safeguard the reliability of the bulk power system, NERC has undertaken the Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI) to revamp how it goes about enforcing and monitoring compliance with these reliability standards.  The other major initiative relates to addressing mounting concerns about cybersecurity and the next generation of reliability standards to address critical infrastructure protection (CIP).

SGCC releases smart grid facts videos

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.

Utilities select Fierce Energy, Smart Grid Innovators

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.

What's new in third release of NIST smart grid interoperability standards framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published its NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0 -- to reflect advances in smart grid technologies and developments from NIST's collaborative work with industry stakeholders -- as well as revisions to its guidelines for smart grid cybersecurity. The 3.0 framework updates the plan for transforming the nation's aging electric power system into an interoperable smart grid.