Electric Industry News

by Darrell Proctor
Power Magazine
Posted January 23, 2019

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) on Jan. 23 said a federal judge’s proposal that the utility mitigate fire danger in its service territory by trimming trees, along with inspecting and repairing thousands of miles of power lines, could cost the company as much as $150 billion this year.

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by Darrell Proctor
POWER Magazine
Posted January 13, 2019

Colorado-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a group cited in an analysts’ report last year for its high wholesale power costs and its reliance on coal-fired units, on Jan. 11 announced a 100-MW project that will more than double its solar power portfolio as it continues to add to its renewable power resources.

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by Aaron Lawson
Power Magazine
Posted January 2, 2019

Posted Cheap natural gas and social pressure to reduce carbon emissions give gas-fired power plants and renewable energy resources a competitive advantage over traditional coal and nuclear generation. Energy storage continues to gain traction as costs decrease and technology evolves.

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by Miranda Green
The Hill
Posted December 18, 2018

Washington, D.C., will soon be running on 100-percent electric energy.

by Smart Energy International
Posted December 24, 2018

Where is the US in its push towards using renewable energy? A new factbook from Bloomberg New Energy Finance provides all the latest stats on generation and consumption. In 2015, the US experienced an increase in the closure of coal plants on one hand and the commissioning of solar photovoltaic systems on the other.

By Darrell Proctor
Power Magazine
Posted October 9, 2018

A GE Power 7HA.01 gas turbine has again been recognized for its efficiency, this time at the Nishi Nagoya plant in Japan, touted by Guinness World Records as the world's most efficient combined cycle facility. The turbines at the planthave an excellent fuel flexibility and can use a wide range of gas and liquid fuels.

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By Kennedy Malze
Power Magazine
Posted October 9, 2018

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been slowly transitioning away from coal-fired generation. The Allen plant near Memphis, Tennessee, is the agency's latest coal-to-gas conversion project, and it's the most efficient combined cycle plant in TVA's fleet.

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By Claire Volkwyn
Smart Energy International Author
Posted on August 24, 2018

Could fridges and other smart appliances be leveraged against the power grid using manipulation of demand via IoT (MadIoT) attacks? Yes, according to recent research by Princeton University researchers, Saleh Soltan, Prateek Mittal, and H. Vincent Poor.

Speaking at the Usenix Security Symposium, the team explained how devices such as smart fridges and air conditions could be used to attack the grid.

BlackIoT: IoT Botnet of High Wattage Devices Can Disrupt the Power Grid, reveals a new class of potential attacks on power grids, called MadIoT attacks, "that can leverage such a botnet in order to manipulate the power demand in the grid."

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By Pamela Largue
Smart Energy International Author
Posted on August 24, 2018

Indiana utility regulators have approved an agreement between Duke Energy and consumer groups to lower customer electric rates using savings from the new federal tax law.

The move will mean a 5.6% average rate reduction for Duke Energy Indiana customers by 2020, with most of the savings beginning in 2018.

Additional savings as a result of the federal tax act and the settlement will be reflected in future filings before state utility regulators. The amount of the tax savings will vary by customer class. Average residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month will save $7.33 on their monthly electric bills by 2020.

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By Pamela Largue
Smart Energy International Author
Posted on August 23, 2018

OhmConnect has announced that it is an official Google partner in the “Works with Nest” programme.

The partnership will offer customers a new-and-improved OhmConnect experience by seamlessly integrating with the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Thermostat E.

Users will automatically save energy when it’s the most meaningful to community members’ wallets and the environment.

OhmConnect makes it possible for customers to use clean energy without buying an expensive solar system. In addition to enabling consumers to choose clean-energy over dirty-energy, OhmConnect pays community members for saving energy when the grid is at risk of using dirty power.

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