By - Michael Drost

Duke Energy to move forward on Carolina transmission line despite protests

Energize Weekly, August 19, 2015 Duke Energy is expediting the route selection process for a proposed transmission line in the Western Carolinas region, announcing that it will pick its recommended route three months earlier than originally scheduled in order to alleviate uncertainty and give affected stakeholders more time to prepare. The 40-mile line, which would connect Campobello, South Carolina to

By - Michael Drost

Renewable energy policy pioneer Nova Scotia ends feed-in tariff program

Energize Weekly, August 12, 2015 Nova Scotia ended its pioneer community feed-in tariff (COMFIT) after four years this week, saying that the popular program had achieved its objectives. The tariff, which guaranteed small renewable energy producers a sustainable fee for their electricity, was created to provide an incentive for independent, community-based renewable energy production to feed the provincial grid. Provincial

By - Michael Drost

PPL: Reliability efforts cut outages by 20 percent

Energize Weekly, August 12, 2015 Upgrades in outage prevention by Pennsylvania-based PPL Electric Utilities prevented nearly 200,000 power outages this year, the company’s chief executive said last week. “Our investments are really paying off for our customers,” said PPL President Greg Dudkin. “As we continue to use technology and harden our system even further, people will enjoy even more reliability

By - Michael Drost

SPP bows out of Tres Amigas interconnection project

Energize Weekly, August 5, 2015 Tres Amigas, a $1.6 billion “SuperStation” project connecting three regional U.S. grids lost a key partner last week, after the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) decided to terminate an interconnection agreement between Tres Amigas and utility Southwestern Public Service Co (SPS), citing Tres Amigas’ inability to make payments or meet milestone agreements. According to Greentech Media,

By - Michael Drost

Report: Cyber attack on power grid could cost $1 trillion

Energize Weekly, July 22, 2015 The damage from a hack on the U.S. power grid could cost the nation’s economy more than $1 trillion, according to a new report by insurance market Lloyd’s and the University of Cambridge. The report, titled “Business Blackout”, envisions a “plausible but extreme” scenario where part of the U.S. electrical grid between New York and

By - Michael Drost

Report: Ratemaking subsidies could imperil grid reliability

Energize Weekly, July 15, 2015 A new study released by the Electric Markets Research Foundation says that the concept of affordable and reliable electricity for all might be imperiled due to subsidized ratemaking policies like net-metering, and that failure to mitigate the unintended consequences of integrating distributed generation resources like microgrids and rooftop solar could create a two-tiered electricity system.

By - Michael Drost

New York utilities embrace REV

Energize Weekly, July 1, 2015 A slew of New York utilities, including National Grid, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, and Iberdrola have announced new projects and initiatives to meet or exceed goals outlined in the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), which aims to modernize New York’s grid by increasing the competitiveness of renewable energy resources and by giving customers

By - Michael Drost

MISO: No shortfall after all

Energize Weekly, June 24, 2015 The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is no longer predicting an energy shortfall next year, and should even have enough supplies to last through 2020, according to its latest survey of the Organization of MISO States. The survey predicts a minimum 1.7 gigawatt (GW) surplus in 2016, with sufficient zonal surpluses to offset shortfalls through

By - Michael Drost

ITC completes Thumb Loop transmission project

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder praised the Thumb Loop project in a statement, citing its benefits in saving money for ratepayers as well as developing renewable energy in the state. “The Thumb Loop has been a good investment for Michigan. It has allowed us to expand our agricultural processing abilities and allowed us to add low-cost renewable energy to our grid

By - Michael Drost

Microgrids Take Utilities by Storm

The business opportunity of microgrid technology has not gone unnoticed by those who currently control most of the nation’s energy grid. Though 51 percent of utility executives believe microgrids will adversely affect their revenue, according to a data compiled by Accenture, many in the utilities industry see opportunity. “Rather than view microgrids as new competitors to traditional electricity distribution utilities,

By - Michael Drost

Don’t fear the reaper: How hybrid solar and battery systems are transforming our electricity grid, and why that’s not a bad thing

By Michael Drost Solar industry advocates have been clamoring for years that improvements in photovoltaic (PV) generation and storage technology will someday make traditional power generation obsolete. Instead of plugging into the grid, they claim, customers will simply be able to drive to a local Home Depot or Leows, order and install a few solar panels and storage devices for

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