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Spectra Energy, NU announce Access Northeast to solve regional natural gas reliability issues

Spectra Energy Corp., Spectra Energy Partners, and Northeast Utilities have released details of the Access Northeast project, designed to help deliver increased, guaranteed daily supplies of natural gas to consumers, as well as enhanced service on peak days for strategic natural gas-fueled electric generation plants, to address New England's reliability concerns and reduce costs paid by the region's electric and gas consumers.

Solving industry issues: SGIP winners

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) today named the three winners in a call for papers charged with addressing an industry issue with a viable proposed solution.  

ComEd leading community-based microgrid

Collaborating with a group of science and technology partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Denver, ComEd is taking a lead role in positioning interconnected microgrids as viable energy systems that help address ongoing challenges of national energy security, sustainability, and resiliency, as well as positioning Chicago as a hub for energy sustainability and independence.

SONGS replacement power to secure long-term regional reliability

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is seeking between 500 and 800 MW of new, local resources to help replace the power previously provided by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), as well as to address the retirement of older, coastal power plants that use once-through-cooling technology.

Eurasia ripe for smart grid investment

According to new research from Northeast Group, LLC, Eurasian countries will invest $18.3 billion in modernizing their electric grid over the next decade.  The region has strong business case for smart grid investment, a number of experienced vendors and significant funding available from multilateral lending organizations. Northeast Group predicts that near-term growth will be focused in Central Asian countries currently battling high electricity losses while larger countries such as Russia will develop in the medium term.

California sets an EV world record

SDG&E has established a robust clean transportation program in response to its customers' growing adoption of EVs both at home and in commercial fleets. There are now more than 600 public charging stations available to serve the ever-growing number of EVs in the region.

Distributed generation causing EU utilities hundreds of billions in losses

To date, DG has been more disruptive in Western Europe than any other region, according to the report, where utilities are losing hundreds of billions of dollars in market capitalization as DG reaches higher levels of penetration in such leading countries as Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy. 

Implications in grid stability: Replacing coal with renewables

When one coal-fired power plant is replaced by renewable energy sources like solar and wind, what are the implications for grid stability and blackout restoration? What happens if you replace two? As utilities move toward integration of more renewable energy sources, they face difficult challenges in determining the right mix and placement of critical assets to maintain grid stability.

DOE announces $8M in microgrid funding

The investment supports advanced technologies, bringing together communities, technology developers and providers, and utilities to develop advanced microgrid controllers and system designs for microgrids less than 10 MW-- allowing communities across the country to become more resilient and adaptive.

Duke Energy's $1.9B infrastructure plan

Duke Energy Indiana has filed a plan with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to modernize its aging electric grid that delivers power to more than 800,000 homes, businesses and industries. The seven-year, $1.9 billion plan uses a combination of advanced technology and infrastructure upgrades to improve service to its customers and provide them with better information about their energy use.