The Department of Energy has issued a loan guarantee solicitation, making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases....More
FirstEnergy Corp. has completed a new transmission line and substation in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, to help enhance service reliability for West Penn Power customers in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler and Westmoreland counties.
SEPA's new report, " Unlocking Advanced Inverter Functionality," explores the potential for advanced or "smart" inverters to enhance solar value, expand utility-customer services, and offer a business case for utility ownership....More
Electrification rates range from almost 100 percent in Egypt down, shockingly, to just 9 percent in Uganda. Even South Africa, one of the continent's most developed nations, takes electric power to only 75 percent of its people....More
The concept for ServicePort grew from consulting work on industrial automation systems that we started in the 1990s. To help tell our customers what we were doing in that consulting work, we packaged our services into three categories....More
As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Business Intelligence Solutions at Ventyx, Paul Bower leads the company's analytics business and is the resident "big data" practitioner....More
Industrial automation has reached very high levels of sophistication. Plants, including automobile manufacturing units, chemical factories and semiconductor fabs, now house some very advanced technology. And this technology requires a robust and continuous public power grid....More
In an industrial world in which even a few minutes of production outage has significant cost impact, it is essential to keep power flowing to machinery during periods of power grid instability. The ABB PCS100 UPS-I (Industrial Un-interruptable Power Supply) is gaining market share as a high-performance power protection solution....More
ABB has developed a patented technology for the comprehensive recycling of contaminated sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas, based on a new energy-efficient cryogenic process. The new technology will be implemented at a dedicated SF6 gas recycling center, which ABB has recently established in Sydney, Australia....More
Hydro net generation was down more than 9% in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, or WECC, region during the first quarter of 2014 compared to the average first-quarter net generation each year between 2009 and 2013....More
The winds of change are blowing in the utility generation landscape. In the past, base-load generation was crucial and dynamic response to changing conditions didn't matter as much. Today's evolving landscape forces utilities, who have typically been slow to adopt new distributive generation technologies, into giving them a try. For more information on this topic, download the free white paper: The age of the new energy miner: unearthing new options for grid reliability in the era of coal retirement.