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Transmission upgrades planned to service Freeport LNG

Source: 
Platts

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.

Power companies praise NYISO tariff for old plants

Source: 
Platts

Industry officials are praising a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirement that the New York Independent System Operator set a tariff that would keep some old plants from retiring if their output is needed to ensure electricity reliability, Platts reports.

PJM demand tops polar vortex mark

Source: 
Platts

Pushed by continuing frigid weather, the peak demand for electricity Friday morning in the PJM Interconnection – 143,800 megawatts – beat the winter record set in January 2014 by more than 1,000 megawatts, Platts reports.

PJM projecting demand close to 2014 polar vortex mark

Source: 
Platts

With winter weather biting, peak demand Thursday on the PJM Interconnection could get close to the record set in January 2014, the grid operator said, noting that day-ahead prices Wednesday in its west hub moved up into the $220 per megawatt hour range, Platts reports.

New England electricity above $100 per megawatt hour

Source: 
Platts

With no letup in the cold, snowy weather blanketing the Northeast, grid operator ISO New England reports spot electricity prices remain higher than $100 per megawatt hour with peak demand predicted to be around 19,000 megawatts, well under the record set in 2004, Platts reports.

Winter storm brings spot price, demand spikes: NYISO

Source: 
Platts

As the Northeast got slammed with another winter storm, spot prices in four zones of NYISO’s eastern regions jumped over $240 per megawatt hour midmorning Monday, and demand – running close to 22,000 megawatts – was some 1,200 megawatts higher than the grid operator predicted, Platts reports.

Tony Boon

DOE IG scores FERC over grid vulnerability briefings

The Energy Department's internal watchdog on Wednesday faulted the nation's energy regulator for failing to consider the impact of sensitive grid vulnerability analyses on national security before giving briefings to federal agencies and industry.

Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman's report, dated Jan. 30, stems from news accounts early last year that revealed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff and the chairman in 2013 shared the unclassified analysis and scenarios, which indicated that the sabotage of a group of critical electricity substations could cause widespread blackouts.

Grid Security forum

Washington, February 4, 2015, 8:30 am

Rep. Ed Whitfield, Sen. James Risch, Energy Department Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman speak at forum, "Securing the Grid: Preparing for Cyber & Physical Threats."

Utilities using more sensors to monitor grid

Source: 
The New York Times

New sensors being installed on distribution grids -- many from Tollgrade Communication -- can help utilities spot power outages faster and even report what’s causing them, according to The New York Times.

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

Source: 
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.

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