Environmental groups seek to stop new Duke nuclear power plants in SC

Sep 29 - State (Columbia, SC) - Duke Energy's plan to build two nuclear reactors near Gaffney is being challenged by environmentalists that oppose utilities expanding nuclear power. more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal

Xcel Energy Powers Up Texas Segment of TUCO-Woodward Electric Transmission Line

AMARILLO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 29, 2014 - The signature transmission project in Xcel Energy’s Power for the Plains grid improvement plan for Texas and New Mexico is now in service, providing a host of benefits to communities across the area, as well as to the industries that underpin the regional economy. more...
Filed under: Grid Operations

Exelon Generation To Build Two New Natural Gas Units In Texas

Sep 29 - PR Newswire - Exelon Generation announced today that it is planning to build two combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) units in Texas utilizing a new General Electric technology that will make them among the cleanest, most efficient CCGTs in the state and the nation. more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass

Orlando's electric utility fights cyberwar

Sep 29 - Orlando Sentinel (FL) - Security staffers at Orlando's utility have been watching for more than a year now as the digital tentacles of hackers reach through the World Wide Web and caress the power provider's computerized operations -- not a few times, or thousands, but millions of times a day. more...
Filed under: Communications & Security

PUC commissioner Michael Picker is determined to push safety agenda

Sep 29 - Los Angeles Times (CA) - A new face showed up early this year on the steps of the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, where officials regulate the state's corporate electric and gas utilities and other services. more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal

One of the Nation’s Largest, Most Environmentally-Friendly Battery Energy Storage Systems to be Installed at UC San Diego

Sep 29 - Business Wire - One of the largest, most environmentally-friendly, battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) in the United States will be installed at the University of California, San Diego the campus announced today. more...
Filed under: Energy Storage
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Posted By: Sarah Battaglia
On: September 30, 2014
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a.drone! San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) became the first utility in the country to gain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) more...
Posted By: Rick Barnett
On: September 29, 2014
The utility industry is confronted with a condition often called "disruptive challenges". Introduced by the Edison Electric Institute's 2013 report ("Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing more...
Filed under: Distributed & Cogeneration
Posted By: Thomas Yoder
On: September 26, 2014
Many people value outside-the-box thinking, especially for its ability to see a new pathway forward. If you find yourself lacking in innovation, try implementing a disciplined approach to analyzing the more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted By: Devon Bass
On: September 25, 2014
For years Texas was producing more wind power than it could effectively put to use. Between 2006 and 2009 over 7,000 megawatts of wind capacity was built in the state. more...
Filed under: Wind
Posted By: Joyce Tam
On: September 24, 2014
The pressures of running a fleet leave managers little time for strategic changes because they spend most of their workday reacting to the constant demands of tracking and maintaining field more...
Filed under: Grid Operations

How Utilities Can Mitigate Collections Risk

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 - 1:00 PM Eastern - Virtual Event

For any utility, managing collections risk effectively is vital to the business. At the center of this, is the customer who’s satisfaction level is impacted by bill payment requests, shut-offs and reconnects. How can utilities operate with less risk, adhere to regulatory mandates and meet customer satisfaction expectations? more...

Is Your Utility Part of Your Customer's "Digital Life?"

Thursday Oct 2, 2014 - 12:00 PM Eastern - Virtual Event

Utilities play an important role in a customer's life and yet they have not made the leap to be part of their customer's "digital life" - with an average of only 15% receiving their utility bills electronically. more...

Navigating the crossroads of compliance and security

Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 - 12:00 PM Eastern - Virtual Event

We've all heard the industry lament that being compliant isn't being secure and being secure isn't being compliant when it comes to our T&D assets. Volumes have been penned on how to weather and respond to NERC CIP regulations, and even more volumes have amassed on the extra components required to truly keep assets safe. In this hour, we'll bring together both sides of the issue and examine how to blend processes. Since you'll have to contend with both concepts using the same equipment, the same people and the same technology, smart thinking dictates looking at both needs and planning efficiently at the same time. But where do you start? more...

Getting a U.S. Energy Policy Right

Thursday Oct 16, 2014 - 12:00 PM Eastern - Virtual Event

Join us for a live presentation and webinar by Mike Morris, former chairman, president and CEO of American Electric Power (AEP). Moderated by Marty Rosenberg, editor-in-chief of EnergyBiz. more...

Utilities Executive Forum and Roundtable: October 7 - 9, 2014

Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 - Thursday Oct 9, 2014 - Ponte Vedra Beach , Florida - USA

Allow us to be your host for a gathering of senior utility executives featuring industry experts from Ferranti Computer Systems, Microsoft and Avanade discussing current challenges and trends in the Utility and Energy industry. We will be providing attendees an in-depth look at MECOMS™ - a fully integrated CIS & MDM business support system that: >Includes a robust set of fully integrated transaction management capabilities for the North American de-regulated markets. >Easily and quickly adapts to your changing business needs >Helps lower your overall costs to serve >Allows you the ability to penetrate and address new market opportunities, quickly and efficiently >Offers an integrated system with all functionality and company processes in one application You will also have the opportunity more...

2014 Utility Analytics Week

Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 - Friday Oct 24, 2014 - Newport Beach, CA

Join us for our Third Annual Utility Analytics Week event where you will hear and learn about the hottest topics in analytics today. The analytics revolution is pushing utilities to respond to real time needs arising in the industry as well as addressing increasingly complex data feeds and information demands. more...

Smart Cities 2014

Monday Nov 3, 2014 - Wednesday Nov 5, 2014 - San Diego, CA - United States

SmartCities is an Energy Central event established to educate utilities on the steps and paths to collaboratively develop smart cites in their region. At this event attendees will establish early relationships with key stakeholders; discover collaboration strategies that have been shown to increase smart cities project success; explore the current state of smart cities development through specific information sessions; take a deep dive into real world smart city project case studies with leaders of smart cities initiatives; learn how to add new revenue streams, save costs, and manage demand predictability through efficiency. more...

2014 Knowledge Executive Summit

Monday Nov 10, 2014 - Wednesday Nov 12, 2014 - NewPort Beach, CA

Connect with an exclusive gathering of over 100 elite CIOs, VP's of Customer Service and VP's of Operations to network and share knowledge around the most critical issues and opportunities facing utility executives. Enjoy a breathtaking resort setting along the California coastline while you sit down and work with your peers to develop new insights and solutions to move your utility forward. more...

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LED Lighting - An Efficient and Cost-Effective Way to Light Your Home

By Romeo Demes - As the world explores different environment-friendly and energy saving measures, LED lighting is quickly becoming a real solution for billions more...

Direct Ownership Participation in Oil and Gas Wells

By Crude Royalties - When stocks prove too volatile, the sophisticated investor who wants more control—and a fasterreturn on investment--gets closer to the source more...
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Conducting a shading analysis before any installations are done

By Annie K - Where there is light there is bound to be shadows at some point. One cannot be found without the other. more...
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Ofgem proposes Confidence Code changes after comparison sites become top way for Brits to switch

By Kevin Burke - Savvy UK shoppers are using comparison websites for a wide range of purposes - many who wish to switch boiler more...
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LATAM and Caribbean to install 9 GW PV within 5 years

By Jehan Vithana - Solar analysts NPD Solarbuzz have reported today that the Latin America and Caribbean region (LAC) will install 9 GW of more...

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