Power Grid/Smart Grid

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.

Princeton Power Systems

Newsmaker: Princeton Power's Hammell urges proactive investment in grid

Expansion of energy storage and micro-grid systems can help improve future electrical system reliability, but utilities should be prepared for some pain as new technologies are introduced to make the system stronger, a top executive at an energy technology firm says.

In an interview with EnergyGuardian, Princeton Power Systems co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Darren Hammell said it is essential that utilities move aggressively to improve system reliability before disasters like cyberattacks, terrorism and extreme weather knock out power across an interconnected, aging grid.

Spain sees energy deal as EU step to cut Russia dependence

BRUSSELS (AP) — Spain says that a new agreement to connect its energy networks with Portugal and France is a major step toward breaking Europe's dependence on Russian gas supplies.

Spanish Energy Minister Jose Manuel Soria said Thursday that the deal to double the electricity interconnection capacity between the three countries and kick start a major gas project is "a very important political agreement."

Transmission upgrades planned to service Freeport LNG


CenterPoint Energy is looking to spend $80 million to upgrade electricity transmission facilities in the Houston area in order to service the Freeport LNG export terminal planned for Quintana Island. The firm will apply for project permissions from the Public Utility Commission of Texas this year, Platts reports.


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