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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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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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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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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System Monitors Transmission Lines for Faults and Damage

System Monitors Transmission Lines for Faults and Damage SEP 14, 2021 Prisma Photonics Ltd and Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) have signed a pilot agreement to supply monitoring services for IEC’s electrical power transmission grid. The collaboration has started as a part of Israel’s Innovation Authority’s program to run pilots in governmental companies and national infrastructure.…

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Solar could power 45 percent of U.S. electricity by 2050 with multi-billion dollar investment, DOE says

Solar could power 45 percent of U.S. electricity by 2050 with multi-billion dollar investment, DOE says

Solar could power 45 percent of U.S. electricity by 2050 with multi-billion dollar investment, DOE says Energize Weekly, September 15, 2021 The U.S. could get 40 percent of its electricity from solar installations by 2035 and 45 percent by 2050 – through $225 to $560 billion in the power grid…

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Why Hurricane Ida crippled the New Orleans power grid

Why Hurricane Ida crippled the New Orleans power grid September 4, 2021 Hurricane Ida’s 150-mph winds crippled a Louisiana electric grid already vulnerable from aging transmission lines, electricity bottlenecks and $2 billion worth of damage caused by three hurricanes that hit last year. Read more

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Los Angeles City Council approves transition to clean, carbon-free energy by 2035

Los Angeles City Council approves transition to clean, carbon-free energy by 2035 September 3rd, 2021 In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council yesterday (September 1) approved a motion introduced by Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Mitch O’Farrelll requiring that 100 percent of the city’s electricity come from clean, zero carbon energy by 2035. Read…

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Global EV sales bounce back from the pandemic, set to hit 14 million vehicles by 2025

Global EV sales bounce back from the pandemic, set to hit 14 million vehicles by 2025

Global EV sales bounce back from the pandemic, set to hit 14 million vehicles by 2025 Energize Weekly, September 8, 2021 Global electric vehicle sales have rebounded from the pandemic with a forecast of reaching 16 percent of all passenger car purchases by 2025, but the pace remains far short…

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Hurricane Ida damage to Louisiana’s power grid expected to take weeks to repair

Hurricane Ida damage to Louisiana’s power grid expected to take weeks to repair August 30, 2021 Rescuers set out in hundreds of boats and helicopters to reach people trapped by floodwaters Monday, and utility repair crews rushed in, after a furious Hurricane Ida swamped the Louisiana coast and ravaged the…

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Facebook building solar-powered data center in Arizona

Facebook building solar-powered data center in Arizona 8.16.2021 Facebook will build its newest data center in Mesa, Arizona – powered by 100% renewable energy. The social media giant announced a collaborative effort with the City of Mesa, Arizona Commerce Authority, and the Salt River Project to bring three new solar…

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PJM puts transmission upgrades for onshore renewables and offshore wind at up to $3.2 billion

PJM puts transmission upgrades for onshore renewables and offshore wind at up to $3.2 billion

PJM puts transmission upgrades for onshore renewables and offshore wind at up to $3.2 billion Energize Weekly, August 18, 2021 The PJM Interconnection – the nation’s largest grid operator – estimates that it will take between $2.2 billion and $3.2 billion in new transmission investments by 2035 to accommodate the…

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PG&E power line suspected in Dixie fire was set to be buried underground in safety move

PG&E power line suspected in Dixie fire was set to be buried underground in safety move AUG. 10, 2021 After Pacific Gas & Electric equipment sparked a massive fire that burned much of Paradise, Calif., and killed 86 people in 2018, the utility vowed a safety campaign aimed at preventing similar…

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Bipartisan $1T Senate infrastructure bill focuses on nuclear, carbon capture, transmission

Bipartisan $1T Senate infrastructure bill focuses on nuclear, carbon capture, transmission Aug. 3, 2021 A bipartisan group of senators on Sunday unveiled its nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill, formalized into text following a 67-32 consensus to advance the legislation. The vote to advance the bill included the support of 17 Republicans. Read…

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PG&E Announces Plan to Underground 10,000 Miles of Power Lines in Highest Fire-Threat Areas

PG&E Announces Plan to Underground 10,000 Miles of Power Lines in Highest Fire-Threat Areas JUL 27, 2021 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) recently announced a major initiative to expand the undergrounding of electric distribution power lines in High Fire-Threat Districts (HFTD) to further harden its system and help prevent…

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Hydropower worries grow as Colorado River reservoirs continue to dry up

Hydropower worries grow as Colorado River reservoirs continue to dry up July 19, 2021 The water levels behind the Colorado River’s biggest dams are fast-approaching or already at record lows, thanks to a 21-year megadrought that’s squeezing water supplies across the Southwest. But the effects of drought are likely to…

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Connecticut launches nine-year effort to build up EV charging infrastructure

Connecticut launches nine-year effort to build up EV charging infrastructure July 19, 2021 The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved a nine-year program to support electric vehicle charging infrastructure installation in the state. PURA established a statewide Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Program that provides a combination of incentives for…

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Growing Oregon Wildfire Threatens California Transmission Lines, State Issues Grid Warning

Growing Oregon Wildfire Threatens California Transmission Lines, State Issues Grid Warning July 10, 2021 Southern Oregon’s Bootleg Fire has grown to more than 143,000 acres as of Sunday morning, doubling in size from Saturday, when California energy officials warned it was encroaching on power transmission lines to the state. Read…

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California energy officials seeking additional capacity for the summer

California energy officials seeking additional capacity for the summer July 2, 2021 Citing climate change-driven heat events, California energy officials announced Thursday that the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the operator of the state’s power grid, would exercise its authority to procure additional capacity. Read more

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Texas power grid overcomes problems to meet record June demand

Texas power grid overcomes problems to meet record June demand June 25, 2021 Peak electricity demand in Texas broke June’s record on Thursday and was expected to do so again on Friday, the power grid operator said, but there was no repeat of last week’s problems when a significant amount…

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Hawai’i Microgrid Tariff Framework Could Become Model for Other States

Hawai’i Microgrid Tariff Framework Could Become Model for Other States June 28, 2021 Last month Hawai’i become only the second state with a formal microgrid services tariff, and its framework could become a model for other states, according to Microgrid Knowledge, a national publication. Read more

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Texas grid operator urges electricity conservation as many power generators are unexpectedly offline and temperatures rise

Texas grid operator urges electricity conservation as many power generators are unexpectedly offline and temperatures rise JUNE 14, 2021 The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says a large number of power plants are offline, but it could not provide details as to what may be causing the “very concerning” number…

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Queue for electric generation and storage projects is growing across the U.S.

Queue for electric generation and storage projects is growing across the U.S.

Queue for electric generation and storage projects is growing across the U.S. Energize Weekly, June 2, 2021 The queue of electricity generation and storage projects is growing year-on-year, reaching a total of 950 gigawatts (GW) of capacity by the end of 2020, according to a survey by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.…

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Texas Legislature close to approving billions to pay for winter storm financial fallout

Texas Legislature close to approving billions to pay for winter storm financial fallout MAY 25, 2021 Several billions of dollars in state-approved financing will be necessary to stabilize the state’s distressed energy market after the winter storm. Texas approves more in finance bailouts for its utilities than any other state.…

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New England grid expects 1 million electric vehicles, 1 million electric heat pumps by 2030

New England grid expects 1 million electric vehicles, 1 million electric heat pumps by 2030 5/11/2021 The organization that oversees the six-state power grid predicts New England will see one million electric cars and trucks on its roads and more than one million electric heat pumps in homes and businesses…

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Cost of winterizing Texas electricity grid worth the expense, Dallas Federal Reserve says

Cost of winterizing Texas electricity grid worth the expense, Dallas Federal Reserve says

Cost of winterizing Texas electricity grid worth the expense, Dallas Federal Reserve says Energize Weekly, April 21, 2021 The cost of weatherizing the Texas electric power system – which faced a major collapse during a February freeze – could run into hundreds of millions of dollars, but the expense would…

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Electric grid threatened by climate change, federal agencies need to do more, GAO says

Electric grid threatened by climate change, federal agencies need to do more, GAO says

Energize Weekly, March 17, 2021 Climate change – the heat waves, flooding, droughts, and hurricanes it may bring – poses a multibillion-dollar threat to the country’s aging electric grid, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Without significant efforts to upgrade the grid and make it…

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The U.S. Grid Isn’t Ready For A Major Shift To Renewables

By Irina Slav – Mar 03, 2021 The blame game for the massive power outages in Texas last month continues. The dominant argument is that renewables had an ignorable part to play in the crisis, with natural gas and coal the indirect culprits due to their reduced availability resulting from infrastructure freezing…

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The $7 Trillion Cost Of Upgrading The U.S. Power Grid

By Leonard Hyman & William Tilles – Feb 25, 2021 We have just witnessed the damage caused by poorly designed energy grids—rolling blackouts, skyrocketing electricity prices, people sleeping in their cars and in one insulated room to keep warm. At the same time a weaponized right wing media swings into action blaming…

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El Paso Electric Files the Transportation Electrification Plan with the NMPRC

January 08, 2021, Business Wire El Paso Electric (EPE) looks to continue its drive toward a greener and more sustainable future as the Company files its Transportation Electrification Plan (TEP) with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) for approval. The overarching goal of this two-year plan is to increase…

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