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.
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Order No. 1000, which requires public utility electric transmission providers to engage in regional transmission planning and cost allocation. South Carolina Public Service Authority v. FERC, No. 12-1232 (August 15, 2014). The decision means that both public utilities and non-public utilities (chiefly rural electric cooperatives and governmental entities), which are not subject to the full jurisdiction of FERC, will have to work together to a greater extent to plan, build and pay for transmission facilities.
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.
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.
Despite several challenges, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have a transmission and distribution (T&D) industry filled with potential, and is an industry ripe for investment, according to Frost & Sullivan.
Most nations are experiencing a similar, significant increase in the integration of distributed generation and a corresponding decrease in costs, despite different generation mixes and distribution system structures, according to a Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) study on grid connectivity.
In response to the large number of requests for more time, we are pleased to announce that we have extended the entry period for the Fierce Innovation Awards: Energy Edition by one week. Applications will now be accepted through midnight, ET this Friday, August 29.
The wholesale electric energy and capacity markets of the 13 states and the District of Columbia managed by PJM Interconnection produced competitive results during the first six months of 2014, according to the 2014 State of the Market Report for PJM by Monitoring Analytics, LLC, the Independent Market Monitor for PJM.
The HVTS market will see tremendous capital investment over the next 10 years (exceeding $250 billion from 2014 to 2023), as the infrastructure that was installed in the post-World War II era ages out, coal and nuclear generation is retired, and new utility scale renewable wind and solar generation is installed in remote areas.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has initiated a long-term project to modernize the state's electric grid by incorporating non-utility owned energy resources into the planning and operation of the electric distribution system.