Electric Industry News

by Rick Rys
POWER Magazine
Posted June 3, 2019

Increasingly, today's electric power grids are interacting with microgrids and in more complex ways. Yet, much work needs to be done to integrate microgrids and flexible demand into the wide-area synchronous grid to enable broader, fairer, and smoother participation in grid service markets, which should help reduce electric costs and improve service reliability for all. Studies indicate that renewable generation microgrids are now competitive with gas generation for reliability and cost.

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by George Kamis
Chief Technology Officer at Forcepoint
Article in June 2019 POWER Magazine
Posted June 3, 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE) in March 2018 released a 52-page report outlining its multi-year strategy to improve cybersecurity.

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by Kennedy Maize
POWER Magazine
Posted May 1, 2019

The smart grid offers great promise to transform the electric system, enabling two-way communication between providers and consumers over the network, and allowing new services that can save electricity and reduce costs. It gives consumers more control over how and when they use power - but it has a dark side.

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by Sonal Patel
POWER Magazine
Posted March 20, 2019

Renewable generation in the U.S. has doubled over the past 10 years. In 2018, generation from solar, wind, hydro, and other renewables soared to a record 742 TWh - or 17.6% of total U.S. generation.

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by Smart Energy International
Posted March 20, 2019

That’s according to a new report conducted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), which says that displacement of gasoline and diesel demand will total 96,000 barrels per day (BPD) in 2019.

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by Bentham Paulos
POWER Magazine
March 2019 Issue

It makes sense that solar panels would perform better when positioned to capture more direct sunlight, but the cost of adding tracking systems has not always penciled out. Costs have come down, however, and today even bifacial solutions may be worth considering. A lot of factors are in play, so understanding available options is important.

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by Darrell Proctor
POWER Magazine
March 2019 Issue

Battery storage technology has moved in fits and starts, but today experts note that rapid advances make it difficult for safety standards to keep pace. Developers of storage systems are designing projects to enhance reliability and resiliency, and help integrate renewable resources into the grid, while ensuring rewards outweigh the risks.

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by Kennedy Maize
POWER Magazine
March 2019 Issue

One of the oldest energy efficiency ideas - combined heat and power - is prospering in the U.S. and looks promising elsewhere as the world searches for low-cost energy by increasing efficiency while lower carbon dioxide emissions.

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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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