Electric Industry News

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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By Claire Volkwyn
Smart Energy International Author
Posted on August 23, 2018

A new report that examines the changing energy ecosystem, driven by increased adoption of clean energy technology and innovation, was released yesterday by Black & Veatch.

The 2018 Strategic Directions: Electric Report explores the progress made by the electric utility industry as it slowly adapts to this new power landscape.

Traditional grid systems and business models are evolving, building pressure on the electric industry to seek new opportunities for revenue in an increasingly competitive market. Meanwhile, cities, states and large corporations are making plans to invest in renewable energy in a bid to declare their energy independence, while the industry continues to operate in a regulatory landscape that is often ill-equipped to support new market realities.

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By Nicholas Nhede
Author for Smart Energy International
Posted on August 23, 2018

The US' largest stand-alone battery energy storage system ever to be developed at an army base is being installed at Fort Carson, El Paso County in Colorado.

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By Pamela Largue
Author for Smart Energy International
Posted on August 21, 2018

The Go-ultra Low City Scheme framework contract provides £3.7 million to help deliver charging points across London boroughs and the goal is 1,150 charging points by the end of 2020.

The project will provide innovation on street electric vehicle charging solutions to the capital’s busy streets.

There are two contracts available to suppliers.

The first contract includes BP’s Chargemaster PLC, Dutch company Allego, Swarco (eVolt) and Bollore Group subsidiary Bluepoint London providing the charging solutions.

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By Nicholas Nhede
Author for Smart Energy International
Posted on August 21, 2018

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has issued a fact sheet highlighting the status of the energy efficiency landscape in Virginia.

The fact sheet provides utility firm Dominion Energy and the Commonwealth of Virginia with recommendations on how to improve energy efficiency programmes for energy users in the state.

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By Nicholas Nhede
Author for Smart Energy International
Posted on August 20, 2018

North America-based utility, Guzman Energy, has secured $130 million in funding to expand its efforts to deliver cheaper and greener energy to consumers.

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