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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After an exhaustive review, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Presidential Permit for the Champlain Hudson Power Express-- a buried transmission line that will connect New York City and Quebec. A Presidential Permit is required for the construction, operation, maintenance and connection of electric transmission facilities at the international borders of the United States.
International energy investment company, Continental Energy Corporation, has announced that its Tanzanian affiliate, Ruaha River Power Company Ltd., has begun construction on the first of four of its Malolo Mini-Grids. The project has a long list of subscribers, as well as a waiting list of at least 400 who are beginning to be subscribed.
HVDC allows power transmission through cables over longer distances and higher capacities compared to AC transmission, but the immature nature of offshore HVDC technologies can cause uncertainties and increased risk exposure for stakeholders and can make projects complicated and costly.