Electricity

Maryland should block Exelon-Pepco merger: Coalition

Source: 
The Baltimore Sun

A coalition made up of 20 groups is asking Maryland regulators to reject Exelon Corp.’s acquisition of Pepco Holdings, saying the firm’s clean energy track record isn’t good enough, and the proposed merger creates a risk that consumers could end up paying higher bills, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Japan having troubles integrating renewables into the grid

Source: 
E&E

Half of Japan’s electricity utilities are halting new renewable energy projects coming online because of strains they place on the country’s fragmented grid system, E&E reports.

Polar vortex froze gear at power plants, says report

Source: 
E&E

The Polar Vortex Review,” a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp., found that last winter’s extreme cold triggered multiple equipment failures at generating stations, at one point forcing the shutdown of more than 17,700 megawatts of capacity, according to E&E.

New Western market aims at easing renewables into grid

Source: 
E&E

Seven Western states are starting up an energy imbalance market this week, which offers up electricity to buyers in five-minute increments, giving them a chance to smooth out the impact of more variable renewable energy into the grid, E&E reports.

DOE to OK transmission line from Quebec to NYC

Source: 
E&E

The Department of Energy will grant a presidential permit for a project to build a 1,000 megawatt power transmission line from Canada into New York City when it publishes its decision in the Federal Register Wednesday, E&E reports.

Albania borrows $150 million to improve power grid

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The World Bank is lending Albania $150 million (€118 million) to help overhaul its dysfunctional state-run power sector and pay for electricity imports from other Balkan states.

The Energy Ministry said Tuesday the loan will also be used to boost the efficiency of bill collection from power consumers — some 400,000 of whom have been cut off over the past year for outstanding debts.

Exelon to pay GE $500M for advanced gas turbines

Source: 
FuelFix

General Electric will be installing new high efficiency, air-cooled gas turbines at two of Exelon Corp.’s power plants in Texas and getting paid more than $500 million to do so, FuelFix reports.

Huge California fire mostly spares infrastructure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.

The blaze has burned more than 150 square miles of a heavily forested region of the Sierra Nevada that is home to numerous hydroelectric plants and is crisscrossed with power lines, water pipes and wooden flumes.

Concerns over technical standards dog power industry

Source: 
E&E

In the new world of electricity generation from renewables, “smart” inverters will give grid operators more than the basic tools they need to maintain stability, but there’s no guarantee necessary changes in technical standards will be timely enough, E&E reports.

Hacker ‘barbarians’ inside gates, Ridge tells Marcellus drillers

Source: 
Tribune-Review

Drillers need more cybersecurity protection, former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge told the Marcellus Shale Coalition conference Thursday, warning that the “barbarians” are already inside the gates, “exquisitely concealed,” the Tribune-Review reports.

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