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“You can’t throw a stone at a smart grid conference these days and not hit a panel talking about microgrids,” writes Katherine Tweed in a recent piece in The Energy Collective. “The chatter is incessant, but the actual work done to date has been far more limited.” via Smart Grid: The secret to the microgrid Continue reading ?
General Motors started production this week of what it says is the first electric-vehicle drive motor to be designed and manufactured in the United States by a domestic automaker. The electric motor sits under the hood of the battery-powered 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. Company executives on hand here at this Baltimore-area transmission plant that also Continue reading ?
Wind power is gaining speed. The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) reports a new record was set when turbines spinning within the ISO power grid combined to produce a new record of 4,196 megawatts (MW) at 6:44 p.m. on Sunday. The ISO is the main operator for the state’s high voltage network, serving about Continue reading ?
Research and development initiatives of more than 50 Texas A&M faculty members will be highlighted Wednesday (April 17) at a smart grid workshop sponsored by the university and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) to help...Show More Summary
While sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have not met the expectations of governments and automakers, they continue to expand steadily. Both plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) have become widely available...Show More Summary
“All four wheels have to stay on the ground at any one time.” It is the only instruction Kevin Layden has for me as I get ready to take his new electric car for a spin just outside of Detroit. Layden is a 26-year veteran of Ford Motor Co. who, after spending time in 20 Continue reading ?
The past two decades of telecommunications history can serve to illustrate trends and develop insights that apply to electric grid modernization – the evolution to the Smart Grid. Private Branch Exchanges (PBXs) disrupted and disintermediated the phone company from commercial and industrial consumers. Show More Summary
The electricity industry has long been rather conservative. But it is being revolutionised by technology, with the introduction of the so-called ‘smart grid”. We have incessantly heard about the $37 billion, or $90 billion, or whatever random number of billions you like, as the cost of the NBN. Whatever the number is, it is likely Continue reading ?
Full Spectrum announced today a new version of its wireless communications software which supports the utility industry’s IEC 61850 Generic Object Oriented Substation Event protocol (also known as “GOOSE”). The protocol is designedShow More Summary
Rural electric cooperatives and transmission companies in 13 states will share $280 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Of that, an estimated $6 million will be used for smart grid projects. “The partnership between USDA and rural electric utilities helps to improve service to customers and has made it easier for rural Continue reading ?
Participation in the Mesa Smart Meter Study continues to grow this week as the final April 28 deadline nears, reported officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU.) Project collaborators are recruiting the final residents of North and Barranca Mesa to join this important local demand response study which will have global implications. Continue reading ?
New Zealand faces unique energy challenges due to its two-island geographic structure and reliance on renewables to supply electricity. The electricity system in Zealand is based on run-of-the-river hydro plants in the North and South Islands, which complement geothermal and wind generation. via Why Demand Response is Right for New Zealand.
Globally, utilities have been deploying communication solutions based on Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology to support their transmission grid communications. This enables the efficient support of new smart...Show More Summary
The Advent of Deregulation was supposed to transform Utility Industry from a traditional industry to a competitive entity. We have come long way down in deregulation and still undergoing a transformation, with the focus largely on smart grid initiatives as a larger umbrella to meet the existing and future consumer needs (Basic & Value Added Continue reading ?
Legacy power infrastructure is intrinsically inefficient, aging and the operation of it is often harmful to the environment. We hear more stories of older power grid infrastructure breaking down and damaging the communities the infrastructure is intended to serve. Show More Summary
A full, two-way advanced metering solution delivers benefits for utilities and consumers, including more efficient outage management, improved load optimization and demand response, automated remote disconnect and access to information critical for managing energy usage. Show More Summary
The energy world is undergoing a massive transition. And the smart grid is more than just a catalyst. It’s the key to the industry’s evolution, period. So said Carol Dillin, vice president of customer strategies and business development for Portland General Electric Co. Dillin, in a morning keynote address to attendees of the Northwest Environmental Continue reading ?
In related news, what was long thought of as “futuristic” is becoming a reality — Amory Lovins’ concept of electric vehicles as an independent energy source for buildings. Energy stored in EVs is used to power homes and buildings. In 2008, Lovins said, “We’re developing the ‘Smart Garage’ — an intelligent interface between electric traction vehicles, Continue reading ?
Because of smart grid expansion and advanced meter infrastructure, many utilities are replacing existing electricity meters with new solid-state smart meters and two-way communication devices. These new systems offer significant new benefits to the consumer and utility (electricity service provider). Show More Summary
Renewable energy is providing clean, reliable electricity across the United States and around the world. It is also growing rapidly, with record numbers of new wind and solar installations coming online in the U.S. over the past few years. We can readily continue this rapid expansion of renewable energy — and accelerate the transition away Continue reading ?