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Carbon rule compliance could cost MISO up to $104B over 20 years

Source: 
Platts

An engineer told the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s planning committee that compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan could cost anywhere from $5 billion to $104 billion over the next two decades, with the key element likely to be the price of natural gas, Platts reports.

Lithuania opens up power links with Poland, Sweden

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania has inaugurated two power links to Poland and Sweden connecting its power grid to Europe, in a further move to cut the region's reliance on Russian energy.

The new links add 1,200 megawatts of capacity to the Baltic region via the LitPol cable to Poland and the undersea NordBalt cable to a network in Sweden.

Grid shortcomings invite solutions from future engineers

Source: 
E&E

Engineering students are working on ways to modernize the grid to better handle renewable generation and distributed generation, and enable it to run at higher temperatures and higher voltages, E&E reports.

Latest ERCOT report sees slimmer reserve margin in summer 2016

Source: 
Platts

Increasing peak demand is tightening the power supply for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, according to fresh ERCOT projections for next summer, Platts reports.

California to benefit from expansion of energy imbalance market

Source: 
The Sacramento Bee

The California Independent System Operator says real-time power costs will fall as new players like Portland General Electric enter the Western Energy Imbalance Market, The Sacramento Bee reports.

Austin Energy grid COO to take number two post at ERCOT

Source: 
FuelFix

Reporting to Bill Magness, who takes over Jan. 1 as CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Austin Energy's Cheryl Mele will become vice president and grid COO at ERCOT in mid-January, FuelFix reports.

Western energy imbalance market to expand with addition of NV Energy

Source: 
Platts

A new player—Nevada’s NV Energy—is set to join the Western energy imbalance market on Dec. 1,  after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission took steps to pave the way, Platts reports.

PJM says it can handle peak demand for power this winter

Source: 
Platts

PJM Interconnection says the capacity of nearly 46,000 megawatts in its system is 35 percent more than the grid operator estimates it should need to handle peak power demand this winter, Platts reports.

Solar, efficiency having impact on electricity picture: ISO New England

Source: 
Platts

Energy efficiency moves and increased solar capacity entering the grid through distributed generation are keeping a lid on peak demand and electricity usage, according to the 2015 Regional System Plan from ISO New England, Platts reports.

Smart display helps Hawaiians track energy use

Source: 
Hawaii News Now

Eighty-six percent of participants in a smart energy pilot project in Hawaii run by CEIVA Energy said they preferred to see information on their electricity usage displayed on a device in their home and that having one helped improve their awareness, Hawaii News Now reports.

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