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Protecting the grid from solar storms while debating its evolution

The resilience and flexibility of the nation's power grid took center stage in Washington Thursday, as officials sought to strengthen the current energy infrastructure and set groundrules for its evolution in the face of advanced technologies.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed new standards to better protect the grid from the impact of solar storms, while the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee began pondering rules for upgrading the grid to handle distributed generation, battery storage and other new technologies. 

Chattanooga utility to provide insights into use of big data to make the grid smarter


The city-owned utility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is teaming up with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to look at how big data can make the power grid smarter, E&E reports.

Grid improvements could help achieve carbon plan goals


Technology improvements that reduce line losses – electricity that’s lost in transmission – could make it easier for states to reach goals set in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.

Experts: Grid investment could boost jobs and renewables


Experts attending a utilities conference in Washington last week urged investment to modernize the nation’s grid and better integrate renewable energy, arguing it would help create jobs, Forbes reports.

Zibelman leading the charge to modernize NY’s grid


From her position as chair of the New York Public Service Commission, Audrey Zibelman is pushing to make the electric grid more resilient by incorporating distributed generation, energy storage technologies and other innovation, E&E reports.

Irish energy storage plant to offer new grid solution

The Guardian

An energy storage plant to be built in Ireland will use a flywheel and turbines to store excess power from the grid and then release it back again when needed, The Guardian reports.

Judge in Pa. backs utility refusal to take solar generation

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In a net metering case in Pennsylvania, a judge has rejected a lawsuit by Solar Energy LLC, which had been challenging PPL Electric Utilities Corp.’s refusal to hook up its solar farm, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Badger-Coulee power line takes big step forward


Platt's reports that Wisconsin's Public Service Commission has endorsed a high-voltage transmission line that critics said protects the utility industry while discouraging distributed power generation.

HVDC power lines to support grid as coal-fired plants close


As coal-fired plants retire in the face of stiffer Environmental Protection Agency regulations, high-voltage direct-current power lines can ensure grid reliability by transporting clean electricity from long-distance sources like Canadian hydropower, E&E reports.

Postponed: DOE's Hoffmann speaks on grid security panel

Washington, March 6, 2015, 10:00 am

Postponed: Energy Department Assistant Secretary for Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffmann speaks at New America Foundation panel on threats to the nation's power grid. New date to be determined.


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