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Posted By: Kathleen Wolf Davis - Editor-in-Chief, Intelligent Utility, Energy Central
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...
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Posted By: Chester Lee - Partner, Power and Utilities, PwC
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...
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Posted By: David Waldner - Manager of Engineering, Mountain View Electric Association
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...
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Posted By: Steven Gosset - Media Relations Manager, New York Power Authority
On: July 29, 2016
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced it has deployed a virtual beacon system to help maritime traffic avoid damaging anchor strikes to NYPA’s underwater transmission cables in Long Island Sound. (Watch the video here.) The system — called the Vesper Marine WatchMate Asset Protection — is designed to help protect  more...
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Posted By: Jim Hoecker - Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP
On: July 1, 2016
The brouhaha about the Clean Power Plan (CPP) may miss the point! In fact, CPP may end up a lagging- instead of a leading-indicator of the transformational changes about to hit the power business.  It always struck us that CPP would never work as planned without major transmission upgrades and  more...
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Posted By: Nina Plaushin - Vice President, Regulatory, Federal Affairs and Communications, ITC Holdings Corp.
On: June 22, 2016
As temperatures are heating up for the summer, it is once again a crucial time to heed the call to invest in the country’s electricity grid. Heat waves, extreme weather and other conditions can impact reliability, and a stronger transmission system is essential in helping us manage these challenges. Grid  more...
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Posted By: Kathleen Wolf Davis - Editor-in-Chief, Intelligent Utility, Energy Central
On: March 30, 2016
When you run a smart grid magazine, it makes you nervous when your boss says he hates the term “smart grid.” It makes you knee-knocking nervous, like that cemetery caretaker character in Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride. The boss doesn’t hate it because the term is amorphous—though it is. It grows and  more...
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Posted By: Michael Schwartz - Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Eka Software Solutions
On: March 25, 2016
Today’s power companies and utilities must deal with unprecedented volatility in power prices, complex transmission networks, and evolving regulatory requirements. Sudden swings in power prices impair forecasts and negatively impact bottom lines. Volatile transmission costs decrease profitability. Energy markets have also undergone several waves of mergers and acquisitions over the  more...
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Posted By: Gary Stern - Feature Writer, Energybiz
On: March 11, 2016
Alex Laskey, the founder and president of Opower, an Arlington, Virginia-based, cloud-based software and mobile app company, has been an evangelist for change in the utility industry from the very start. It’s working. He founded Opower in 2007 with one employee. In less than a decade, it went public (in  more...
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Posted By: Salvatore Salamone - Guest Editor, Energybiz
On: March 9, 2016
The threat of cyber attacks on electrical grids looms large. Just last month, U.S. investigators found evidence confirming a December attack on a Ukrainian power grid caused a blackout for hundreds of thousands of people. However, while utilities and grid operators have got to allocate resources to defend against such  more...
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