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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The way in which the Army Corps of Engineers managed the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet means the federal government has some liability for damage done by Hurricane Katrina and other flooding in the area, according to Judge Susan Braden’s ruling handed down last week, E&E reports.
The market saw a small slip in oil prices Monday in the absence of major news on a day when banks and other institutions were closed in Britain for a public holiday. U.S benchmark crude lost 22 cents to settle at $58.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent finished a penny lower than Friday’s close, at $66.45, AFP reports.
The Biotechnology Industry Organization says the Environmental Protection Agency’s delays in setting the renewable fuel standard blending mandates over the past few years has led to under-investment in the sector of some $13.7 billion, costing the industry 80,000 jobs, The Hill reports.
If the shale boom actually does make the U.S. self-sufficient in energy, that would help boost the country’s economy over the long term, according to a paper from the International Monetary Fund, The Wall Street Journal reports.