TRANSMISSION: THE UNSUNG HERO OF THE DOE GRID RELIABILITY STUDY
New and better power lines can help integrate clean energy resources, but insiders say longstanding planning issues are blocking expansion.
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.