A new study finds that distributed generation, energy efficiency, storage, microgrids, and other innovations add resilience and dynamism to the grid, but do not obviate the need for major expansion of the high-voltage, bulk power system....More
Acquisition-focused ABB is chasing the "emerging markets" of utility analytics and asset management in North America, Gary Rackliffe, VP of smart grids, North America, at ABB, told us recently in an exclusive interview....More
Utilities can plan for almost anything if they know the direction the government will take,” says Monty Tripp, the function head for government affairs of ABB, and a lawyer with 30 years of experience in Washington, D.C....More
Preparing for the Power Evolution is an all-online event as part of the SmartStream Digital Conference series, sponsored by ABB Automation & Power World. Registration is required and it is open to power utility management, engineers and operations professionals to attend, free of charge. The conference will include an Asset Management Track to help utilities to confront challenges and move forward in a data-driven environment....More
ABB Automation & Power World is hosting a free online conference to help utility management, engineers, and operations professionals. Called "Preparing for the power evolution," the one-day program includes 25 live online webinars, plus live interviews and chat sessions among attendees and presenters.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week acted to promote broader regional transmission planning in the U.S. Western Interconnection by clarifying that an Order No. 1000 regional transmission planning process may conduct transmission planning on behalf of non-public utility transmission providers,...More
Following a record-breaking five-day heat wave combined with a microburst of thunderstorms bringing high winds, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is thanking customers and community partners for their efforts to save energy and for their patience during power outages....More
You tell us: What are the biggest causes of outages in the United States for a) distribution b) transmission? Are things getting better or worse? How does the U.S. reliability compare to other countries?...More
New York state, already ranked fifth in the country for total distributed energy resource (DER) capacity, is pursuing an array of initiatives to further increase the use of on-site power generation and storage systems....More
Last month I wrote a provocative piece, "Climate Change Hysteria: Utilities Will Benefit," and sent it out to our Grid Optimization panel of experts. So enjoy these viewpoints from the United States and Europe, from academia and utilities. I certainly did....More
Jersey Central Power & Light is enhancing electrical service reliability for nearly 6,000 Morris County, New Jersey, customers through new technology installed as part of a Department of Energy Smart Grid program....More
Each day utilities install more and more intelligent devices as they automate their generation facilities, substations, and other assets. The resulting data is driving a convergence of IT and OT functions, enabling new levels of control. The devices typically communicate wirelessly using one of several technologies. The most reliable is 802.11 Wi-Fi-based mesh. The short white paper: Fine mesh: Mesh 802.121 wireless network connectivity provides a summary comparison of the main wireless technologies available.