SOLAR ECLIPSE: UNRAVELING THE BIG EVENT’S IMPACT ON POWER GRIDS
Ninety minutes before the arrival of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, a large, thick cloud drifted in to obscure the sun, curdling the hopes of Tom Petray, a retired Texas State University professor who had lugged a vacuum-cleaner-sized telescope to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Melton Hill on the Clinch River outside Knoxville to see the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.
GRID: SPACE SCIENTISTS TRACK NEW SOLAR ERUPTIONS
U.S. space scientists are monitoring a series of high-energy eruptions from the sun to determine if they will threaten power grids as Hurricane Irma bears down on the Eastern Seaboard.
WIRES STUDY DEBUNKS MYTHS AROUND TRANSMISSION INVESTMENT
WIRES published a new white paper by London Economics International (LEI) that debunks myths and misconceptions about the benefits and costs of expanding and upgrading the high-voltage transmission system.
A WIRES REPORT: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE NEED FOR ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION INVESTMENT
WIRES released a white paper by London Economics International (LEI) in response to many myths and long-held beliefs about investment in electric transmission that influence the thinking or actual decisions of policy makers, regulators, and the public about the need for, and benefits of, this critical infrastructure. View the full WIRES report.
ANALYSIS SHOWS MARKET FORCES, NOT POLICY, DRIVING SHIFTS IN POWER SECTOR
Ahead of this month’s anticipated release of the Department of Energy’s analysis of grid reliability under current market and policy conditions, stakeholders are weighing in on the role of baseload power and the impact policy shifts could have on technology investments.
GRID EXECS SAY REGULATORY CERTAINTY IS KEY TO RELIABILITY
Grid operators told lawmakers that regulatory certainty, not congressional reform efforts, would have the greatest benefit for electricity markets. Executives from the seven regional transmission organizations and independent system operators told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing that competitive markets are working well.
EXPO SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON GRID OF THE FUTURE
Energy storage, smart meters and microgrids, among other energy technology, were on full display at an expo in Washington hosted by the Edison Electric Institute, GridWise Alliance and National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY (VIDEO): CHLOE, SEE WHAT CANDLES COST ME
Will developments in solar technology make utility grids obsolete? In this video, Branko Terzic, former FERC and state commissioner and utility CEO shows why solar roofs can only go so far when it comes to powering your home.
ENERGY DEPARTMENT INVESTS $7.5 MILLION TO IMPROVE ELECTRIC GRID RELIABILITY AND …
The Department of Energy announces a 30 million dollar US-India consortium to increase efforts for more reliable energy in both countries. This partnership allows for a more advanced distribution grid, as well as the collaboration of resources, laboratories and industries.
UTILITY DIVE: REPORT: RENEWABLE ENERGY IS NO THREAT TO POWER RELIABILITY
The power mix in the U.S. is changing, and while it is forcing the coal industry out, the development of a cleaner mix of fuels is a positive for the power grid. For more information, see this report about the additions that support the diversity and reliability of power systems.