Posted By: Dr. Nokhum Markushevich
On: August 31, 2016
The “Volt / var with var priority” function is considered as one of the functions of the Smart Distribution Grid 1. The primary objective of this function is to support voltage quality and/or var requirements by providing more reactive power from the distributed energy resources (DER) by reduction of the ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Ellen Steiner
On: August 29, 2016
The world has moved from the “age of information” (1990 – 2010) into the “age of the customer.”  This is no longer the “customer-centric” paradigm that companies have embraced over recent decades. It’s a period characterized by the rise of the empowered customer who is armed with more information than ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: David Pope
On: August 26, 2016
Co-author: Tom Anderson Using analytics on your meter data can help detect and remedy non-technical loss (NTL).  Some people associate non-technical loss with just theft, but that is only a part of NTL there is also other categories like poor equipment maintenance, faulty equipment, missing meter reads, or even administrative related ... more...
Filed under: Metering
Posted By: Kathleen Wolf Davis
On: August 24, 2016
This month, FERC released a new Common Metrics Report (AD14-15-000) that gives a glimpse inside regional transmission organizations and independent system operators.  Key insights from the report's executive summary include: RTOs and ISOs managed the dispatch of energy from a diverse set of generating fuel-types from 2010-2014. RTOs and ISOs ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Todd Brecher
On: August 22, 2016
Co-authors: David Applebaum, George (Chip) Cannon Jr. & John Michael White On July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or "Commission") issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to (1) collect a wide range of "connected entity" data for market surveillance and enforcement purposes from market-based rate (MBR) sellers and entities trading virtual ... more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal
Posted By: Dick Munson
On: August 19, 2016
As a utility executive, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times. It is the age of innovation, it is the age of stagnant tradition. With a nod to Charles Dickens, it is the epoch of environmental improvement, it is the epoch of continued pollution. Perhaps ... more...
Filed under: Risk & Operations
Posted By: Kathleen Wolf Davis
On: August 17, 2016
Distributed generation (DG) is on the verge of disrupting the power sector, bringing power generation, notably from renewable sources, and integration at or near the location of use, according to Lux Research. The traditional power industry is underpinned by large, distant, fuel-burning plants for generation and marked by transmission over long distances ... more...
Filed under: Distributed & Cogeneration
Posted By: Chester Lee
On: August 15, 2016
Electric utilities in North America are facing mounting pressures: slowing demand for electricity, aging infrastructure, rising customer expectations, changing workforce demographics, increasing availability of “competing” product and service options, rapid innovation in technologies, and evolving regulatory requirements. And while the industry is responding to these challenges with efforts to improve ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: David Waldner
On: August 12, 2016
Editor-in-chief Kathleen Wolf Davis sent me a few questions on our work with cable rejuvenation. Here's a little bit about the project we're working on in that arena. Davis: Can you tell me about your utility?  How many customers you serve, location, physical environment, etc? We are an electric cooperative ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Steve Kerekes
On: August 10, 2016
The nuclear energy industry called on the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve a proposal that would provide financial support for upstate nuclear power plants based on their clean air value. In comments filed with the commission, the Nuclear Energy Institute says there already are signs that the PSC staff’s ... more...
Filed under: Nuclear

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