Power Grid/Smart Grid

Despite rapid growth, smart meters not changing U.S. energy habits

The Washington Post

Though 50 million smart meters have been installed in homes nationwide, U.S. energy consumers aren't moving to change consumption habits, a phenomenon The Washington Post suggests is linked to a lack of real-time access to data related to energy efficiency and financial savings.

More generation coming online because of new capacity zone: NYISO


At least five power plant operators have signalled they’ll be bringing plants back on line or boosting their generating capacity following creation of a new capacity zone in southern New York, according to the New York Independent System Operator, Platts reports.

Regulators OK more power projects for Minnesota


Three projects -- totaling more than 600 megawatts of solar and gas generation -- won approval from members of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Monday, who said they preferred to “err on the high side” when it comes to capacity, Platts reports.

MISO expanding communications with pipelines


Following last year’s natural gas shortages during the polar vortex chill, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator is expanding its communications with natural gas pipelines, so that its operators can get more real-time information about the availability of supply, E&E reports.

National Grid joins proposal for 300-mile cable in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300-mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New England, the companies announced Tuesday.

National Grid brings greater clout to the project of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance, which includes Massachusetts-based Anbaric Transmission. Their Maine Green Line is among several projects across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that are being proposed to help lower energy costs while allowing states to meet their green energy goals, officials said.

Smart meters yet to have major consumption impact

The New York Times

Although the installation of smart meters is killing off meter-reading jobs, the move to the new technology has yet to demonstrate a major impact on electricity consumption, The New York Times reports.

APPA hosts Grid Security Summit

Washington, November 12, 2014, 8:30 am

American Public Power Association hosts the Grid Security Summit. Congressional aides, Obama administration officials to speak. Continues Thursday.

ComEd line gets OK from Illinois


Despite a negative assessment from an administrative law judge, the Illinois Commerce Commission has approved Commonwealth Edison’s plan to build the Grand Prairie Gateway transmission line, which could bring 1,000 more megawatts of power to the north of the state and grid operator PJM Interconnection when it’s completed in 2017, Platts reports.

PJM forum on grid diversity

Washington, October 21, 2014, 8:30 am

PJM Interconnection forum, "Grid 20/20: Focus on Resource Diversity." FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur delivers morning keynote address. 

FERC investigating polar vortex effects on power grid

The Hill

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it has begun investigating the impact of last winter's polar vortex on the power grid, with hopes the findings will help utilities be better prepared to prevent outages, The Hill reports.


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