Power Grid/Smart Grid

Badger-Coulee power line takes big step forward

Source: 
Platts

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

Source: 
E&E

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

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.

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