Adding Intelligence to Outage Management with Integrated Cloud-Based Digital Platforms

Adding Intelligence to Outage Management with Integrated Cloud-Based Digital Platforms

Adding Intelligence to Outage Management with Integrated Cloud-Based Digital Platforms January 17, 2022 By Paridhi Gupta, Marketing, Smart Energy Water “The grid is not ready for the 21st century.” “Climate change will lead to frequent outages, and utilities are unprepared.”  Headlines such as these have become commonplace. Nothing eye-opening about…

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Insurance Companies Sue Texas Power Grid Operator Over 2021 Winter Storm Losses

Insurance Companies Sue Texas Power Grid Operator Over 2021 Winter Storm Losses January 7, 2022 More than 100 insurance companies are suing the Texas power grid operator and several power-generating companies (PGCs) over losses suffered from 2021 Winter Storm Uri, which resulted in more than 500,000 insurance claims and approximately…

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SCC approves Dominion Energy Virginia grid transformation plan

SCC approves Dominion Energy Virginia grid transformation plan Jan. 9, 2022 The State Corporation Commission has approved Dominion Energy Virginia’s plan for electric distribution grid transformation projects that the company seeks to deploy in 2022 and 2023. Read more

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Evergy Files Missouri Rate Review to Recover Costs to Modernize Grid, Improve Reliability and Enhance Customer Service

Evergy Files Missouri Rate Review to Recover Costs to Modernize Grid, Improve Reliability and Enhance Customer Service January 7, 2022 Today Evergy submitted a detailed rate review to the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC). The requested rate adjustment reflects investments to improve reliability, enhance customer service and enable the company’s transition to cleaner energy…

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Western and Midwestern grids may face supply shortfalls as early as this summer, NERC says

Western and Midwestern grids may face supply shortfalls as early as this summer, NERC says

Western and Midwestern grids may face supply shortfalls as early as this summer, NERC says Energize Weekly, January 12, 2022 The Midwest and Western grids could face shortfalls in electricity supply and generating capacity as early as this summer as baseload plants retire and weather-related disruptions become more common, according…

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Data centers, EVs drive PJM’s long-term load growth forecast, but it expects some utilities to see declines

Data centers, EVs drive PJM’s long-term load growth forecast, but it expects some utilities to see declines Jan. 4, 2022 The PJM Interconnection expects its summer and winter peak load will grow by 0.4% and 0.7% a year, respectively, over the next decade, according to the grid operator’s latest annual load…

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ERCOT says generation, transmission ready for winter following on-site inspections

ERCOT says generation, transmission ready for winter following on-site inspections 30 Dec 2021 Generation and transmission facilities in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas market are ready for winter, ERCOT said Dec. 30 after inspecting more than 300 generation units and 22 transmission facilities representing 85% of the megawatt hours…

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Cyber Pirates Could Hold The Renewable Revolution For Ransom

Cyber Pirates Could Hold The Renewable Revolution For Ransom Dec 19, 2021 Cybersecurity risks to critical infrastructure came to the forefront this year when hackers took over the Colonial Pipeline. The renewable revolution is especially vulnerable to cyber attacks, as well. Wind and solar energy infrastructure are in desperate need…

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Exelon separation moves forward, with New York Public Service Commission approval

Exelon separation moves forward, with New York Public Service Commission approval December 20, 2021 Exelon Corp. announces that the New York State Public Service Commission has approved a unanimous settlement agreement that allows Exelon to move forward with its plan to separate into two companies in the first quarter of 2022. Read…

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Supervisors approve 103-acre data center plan outside Haymarket that could trigger new electric transmission lines

Supervisors approve 103-acre data center plan outside Haymarket that could trigger new electric transmission lines Dec 8, 2021 Prince William County supervisors approved a 103-acre data center campus outside Haymarket on Tuesday that Dominion Energy officials anticipate will likely require a new electrical transmission line in the area.  Read more

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White House releases plan to grow US’s EV charging network to 500,000 stations

White House releases plan to grow US’s EV charging network to 500,000 stations Dec. 13th 2021 The White House released today its plan on spending the $7.5 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure with the goal to grow the US’s national EV charging network to 500,000 charging stations. Read more

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Operator warns New England power system at ‘heightened risk’ heading into winter

Operator warns New England power system at ‘heightened risk’ heading into winter Dec 11, 2021 New England’s electric grid operator warned Monday that power outages are possible if an extended cold snap this winter grips the region and fuel supplies are pinched as demand spikes. ISO-New England said natural gas…

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Cincinnati, Columbus settle civil claims related to FirstEnergy bailout

Cincinnati, Columbus settle civil claims related to FirstEnergy bailout December 14, 2021 The cities of Cincinnati and Columbus have dismissed their state court claims against FirstEnergy and Energy Harbor for the companies’ actions relating to House Bill 6, the nuclear and coal bailout law at the heart of a $60…

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ERCOT inspecting more than 300 Power Plants to ensure Texas Power Grid is ready for winter

ERCOT inspecting more than 300 Power Plants to ensure Texas Power Grid is ready for winter Dec 6, 2021 The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has announced that by the end of this month, they’ll have inspected more than 300 power generation plants. Including natural gas, nuclear, coal, wind…

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AEP Ohio earns PUCO approval for third phase of smart grid expansion

AEP Ohio earns PUCO approval for third phase of smart grid expansion December 03, 2021 Work will proceed on the third phase of AEP Ohio’s more than $220 million, seven-year plan to modernize its grid after a settlement in the affiliated case was approved this week by the Public Utilities…

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New York State OKs transmission projects to bring clean energy to New York City

New York State OKs transmission projects to bring clean energy to New York City

New York State OKs transmission projects to bring clean energy to New York City Energize Weekly, December 8, 2021 Setting the stage for its biggest transmission initiative in 50 years, New York State has struck agreements for two high-tension lines to bring more than 2 gigawatts of wind, solar and…

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US power transmission, distribution costs seen outpacing electricity production costs

US power transmission, distribution costs seen outpacing electricity production costs 24 Nov 2021 US utility transmission and distribution costs have been rising faster than electricity production costs over the past decade, with utility spending on power delivery 65% higher in 2020 than in 2010, a trend that could continue as…

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U.S. grid ready for winter, NERC says, New England and California may face fuel pinch

U.S. grid ready for winter, NERC says, New England and California may face fuel pinch

U.S. grid ready for winter, NERC says, New England and California may face fuel pinch Energize Weekly, December 1, 2021 Winter electricity-generating resources across the North American grid are forecast to be adequate, although weather and fuel access issues may create challenges for New England, California and parts of Canada.…

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Texas grid vulnerable to blackouts during severe weather, even with new preparations, ERCOT says

Texas grid vulnerable to blackouts during severe weather, even with new preparations, ERCOT says November 21, 2021 Electricity outages in Texas could occur this winter if the state experiences a cold snap that forces many power plants offline at the same time as demand for power is high, according to an…

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Northeast grid rules could make or break clean energy

Northeast grid rules could make or break clean energy 11/22/2021 New England’s grid operator is considering an overhaul of regional power market rules that could determine whether Northeast states meet their clean energy goals, creating uncertainty in a region pivotal for reaching President Biden’s push for 100 percent clean electricity.…

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PJM members flag power price formation, transmission planning concerns to board

PJM members flag power price formation, transmission planning concerns to board 22 Nov 2021 PJM Interconnection’s management board recently met with representatives of each of the five power industry sectors who raised concerns regarding energy market rule changes increasing power prices, resource adequacy, transmission regulation, and other issues. Read more

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EV sales poised to set a record in 2021, forecast to reach a 20 percent market share by 2025

EV sales poised to set a record in 2021, forecast to reach a 20 percent market share by 2025

EV sales poised to set a record in 2021, forecast to reach a 20 percent market share by 2025 Energize Weekly, November 24, 2021 A booming global electric vehicle (EV) market is forecast to post more than 7 million in sales of battery-electric and hybrid plug-in cars in 2021, double…

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‘We could handle it right now’ — AEP chief says U.S. power grid can sustain influx of EVs

‘We could handle it right now’ — AEP chief says U.S. power grid can sustain influx of EVs NOV 12 2021 The U.S. power grid will be able to handle the influx of electric vehicles in the coming years, American Electric Power CEO Nick Akins told CNBC on Friday. Read more

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Infrastructure bill offers a $30 billion down payment on upgrading the nation’s grid

Infrastructure bill offers a $30 billion down payment on upgrading the nation’s grid

Infrastructure bill offers a $30 billion down payment on upgrading the nation’s grid Energize Weekly, November 17, 2021 The federal infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden this week, includes a nearly $30 billion down payment in grants and loan authorities to upgrade the nation’s aging and challenged electric grid.…

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DTE plans $7B, 5-year investment in SE Michigan electric grid, tree trimming

DTE plans $7B, 5-year investment in SE Michigan electric grid, tree trimming Nov. 4, 2021 DTE Energy Co. plans to invest $7 billion over the next five years to modernize southeast Michigan’s electric grid and prepare for increasing demand from electric vehicles. Read more

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Virginia GOP targets clean energy law, but options for rollback are limited

Virginia GOP targets clean energy law, but options for rollback are limited November 9, 2021 Newly emboldened Virginia Republicans are vowing to roll back the state’s landmark clean energy reforms enacted by Democrats over the last two years. Read more

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One year into partnership with Xcel Energy, Boulder beginning projects, developing goals

One year into partnership with Xcel Energy, Boulder beginning projects, developing goals October 31, 2021 It’s been a year since Boulder voters approved a franchise agreement with Xcel Energy, pausing its years-long quest to form its own municipally owned utility. Read more

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New NARUC-DOE reports highlight economic implications of energy transition, means to negate fossil fuel retirement effects

New NARUC-DOE reports highlight economic implications of energy transition, means to negate fossil fuel retirement effects November 01, 2021 Two reports issued by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Center for Partnerships & Innovation (CPI) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Partnership…

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CISA Begins Program to Identify Critical Infrastructure

CISA Begins Program to Identify Critical Infrastructure November 1, 2021 The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a congressional committee leader agree that officials must take precautionary steps to identify “systemically important critical infrastructure” to reduce risks of pervasive supply chain cyberattacks. Read more

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In Minnesota, old power plants could be the on-ramp for new wind and solar

In Minnesota, old power plants could be the on-ramp for new wind and solar October 21, 2021 Minnesota utilities will soon use existing fossil fuel plant infrastructure to transport clean energy to Midwest’s regional electricity grid. The workaround avoids the Midwest’s bottlenecked transmission grid managed by the Midwest Independent System…

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Southern California Edison to add 535MW of battery energy storage

Southern California Edison to add 535MW of battery energy storage October 25, 2021 Southern California Edison (SCE) will add 535 megawatts of battery energy storage at three of its substations to increase grid reliability for next summer. Read more

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Western U.S. could reap $2 billion in benefits from a regional electricity market

Western U.S. could reap $2 billion in benefits from a regional electricity market

Western U.S. could reap $2 billion in benefits from a regional electricity market Energize Weekly, October 27, 2021 The American West – one of only two regions in the country without a regional electricity market – could see benefits of as much as $2 billion a year by creating a…

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NYPA, New York Transco Submit Transmission Proposals For Delivery Of Renewable Energy

NYPA, New York Transco Submit Transmission Proposals For Delivery Of Renewable Energy October 18, 2021 The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and New York Transco recently submitted proposals for new transmission solutions to the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) that will inject renewable energy into the statewide energy grid.…

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Entergy’s post-Ida restoration efforts prove success of resiliency investments

Entergy’s post-Ida restoration efforts prove success of resiliency investments October 14, 2021 Massive restoration efforts by Entergy Corp. continue as the New Orleans-headquartered power company repairs, rebuilds and strengthens its electric system in hard-hit coastal communities devastated by Hurricane Ida, a situation that could have been even worse were it…

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DOE Invests $61 Million for Smart Buildings that Accelerate Renewable Energy Adoption and Grid Resilience

DOE Invests $61 Million for Smart Buildings that Accelerate Renewable Energy Adoption and Grid Resilience October 14, 2021 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $61 million for 10 pilot projects that will deploy new technology to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into state-of-the-art, energy-efficient buildings. These Connected…

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Climate-driven weather disasters threaten global energy infrastructure, IEA says

Climate-driven weather disasters threaten global energy infrastructure, IEA says

Climate-driven weather disasters threaten global energy infrastructure, IEA says Energize Weekly, October 20, 2021 Energy and infrastructure systems built over the last century are becoming more vulnerable to the ravages of climate change-driven extreme weather events, according to a series of reports. “Extreme weather events over the past year have…

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25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds

25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds October 11, 2021 As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a new report finds much of the country’s infrastructure is…

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Consultants offer ways to improve US power transmission planning in FERC comments

Consultants offer ways to improve US power transmission planning in FERC comments 11 Oct 2021 Stakeholders and power market participants have begun submitting responses to federal regulators regarding an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on transmission improvements, with one group contending transportation and space heating electrification will increase power demand…

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CMP, public power backers locked in war to weaken each other’s 2022 referendum bids

CMP, public power backers locked in war to weaken each other’s 2022 referendum bids October 11, 2021 Supporters and opponents of establishing a consumer-owned utility in Maine both made changes to their ballot initiatives in the past week in attempts to render the other ineffective ahead of a possible referendum fight…

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Lynn Good projects $100B in spending on ‘clean energy transition’ at Duke Energy in the next 10 years

Lynn Good projects $100B in spending on ‘clean energy transition’ at Duke Energy in the next 10 years Sep 30, 2021 Touting Duke Energy Corp.’s sustainability goals at a presentation an S&P Global Inc. conference, CEO Lynn Good said the company will spend close to $100 billion on its transition to clean…

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N.J. advances grid plan seen as national model for renewables

N.J. advances grid plan seen as national model for renewables 10/05/2021 New Jersey is weighing a novel approach to developing electric transmission projects that observers say could soon be explored by other states and help drive renewables. New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities announced Sept. 24 that it had closed…

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Duke Energy complaints rise ahead of company’s decision to extend disconnection ban

Duke Energy complaints rise ahead of company’s decision to extend disconnection ban September 30, 2021 Duke Energy announced Thursday the company will continue to avoid shutting off electricity for the most at-risk families through March of 2022.  The announcement came just a day before Duke Energy’s limited disconnection ban was set…

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Pelosi vows to pass $1T bill, move ahead on larger measure

Pelosi vows to pass $1T bill, move ahead on larger measure Sept. 28, 2021 With President Joe Biden’s broad domestic agenda at risk of collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety…

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Liberty upgrading downtown infrastructure

Liberty upgrading downtown infrastructure Sep 26, 2021 An upgrade to some of Liberty’s oldest electric infrastructure in Joplin is now fully underway as the utility works to replace lines, poles and add new substations downtown that officials said will improve reliability. Read more

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PPL Corporation receives FERC approval to acquire The Narragansett Electric Company

PPL Corporation receives FERC approval to acquire The Narragansett Electric Company September 23, 2021 PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) today received unanimous approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to acquire The Narragansett Electric Company from National Grid USA. Read more

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Hydropower output plummets in parched U.S. West with no quick end in sight

Hydropower output plummets in parched U.S. West with no quick end in sight

Hydropower output plummets in parched U.S. West with no quick end in sight Energize Weekly, September 29, 2021 The heat wave that blanketed the western United States this summer drained the region’s hydropower output, a situation that will likely continue in 2022 and may even get worse, according to reports…

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Dominion Energy proposes solar, energy storage projects

Dominion Energy proposes solar, energy storage projects SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 As it works towards a state mandate for producing electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045, Dominion Energy Virginia has acquired a 20-megawatt battery storage facility in Chesterfield County from Charlottesville-based energy storage developer East Point Energy, according to a Sept.…

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Massachusetts utilities propose plans to ramp up electric vehicle infrastructure

Massachusetts utilities propose plans to ramp up electric vehicle infrastructure September 21, 2021 Clean transportation advocates are declaring measured support for Massachusetts electric utilities’ proposals to spend $470 million on programs to help the state reach its ambitious goals for electrifying transportation over the next decade. Read more

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Utilities face greatest threat as climate risks intensify

Utilities face greatest threat as climate risks intensify 20 Sep, 2021 Climate change is pushing power, gas and water companies to the frontlines of an intensifying battle against natural disasters that is set to increasingly hit the profits of businesses around the world. Utilities face the highest combined physical risk…

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