November is National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, a time during which we “rededicate ourselves to safeguarding our infrastructure,” as President Obama said. At the Energy Department, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) works diligently with private and public partners to help ensure the nation’s power grid is reliable, resilient and secure… Keep reading →

Illinois Governor Appoints Special Task Force To Review Energy Infrastructure

Owners of large infrastructure projects naturally try to off-load as much of the risk of the project as possible, but that also can significantly add to the overall costs. As an alternative, owners should examine ways to lower their costs by accepting some level of reasonable risk and working with high-quality EPC contractors. Project owners… Keep reading →

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

“Smart City” initiatives and technologies have already captured the imagination of the water industry. Slowly, they are starting to capture their investment dollars, too. Data sensors, smart metering and cloud-based analytics software offer water utilities unprecedented access to real-time information about consumption, system demand and pressure points, according to Jeff Neemann, Solution Lead for Smart… Keep reading →

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The reality of distributed energy is sinking in for utilities large and small.  Most utilities are not burying their heads in the sand when it comes to distributed energy resources; instead, they’re evaluating how they can fit the technology into their businesses, according to Black & Veatch’s latest annual survey of electric utilities. Nearly 60 percent of… Keep reading →

German Electricity Grid Insufficient For New Energy Needs

With utility service providers increasingly joining the smart systems movement, it has become clear that continued progress greatly depends upon customer buy-in, either through rate cases or the customers’ own installation of smart devices at the home. Creative education efforts can place customers in a partnership role with utilities and can help users understand the… Keep reading →

smart meter

At Tuesday’s New York Energy Week Smart Grid Roundtable discussion, experts from various perspectives talked about how smart metering and new data sources are changing power grid operations, customer engagement and revenue structures. Price signals are key to altering customer behavior with regard to energy consumption, but a smart meter alone may not be enough… Keep reading →

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM- JUNE 3:  Pylons are seen situated over a residential housing area on June 3, 2005 in Birmingham, England. Research released suggests that living too close to overhead powerlines apears to cause a higher risk in childhood leukaemia. The study concluded that children who lived within 200m of high voltage lines were at 70% higher risk. (Photo by Matt Lewis/Getty Images)

German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI) Sigmar Gabriel recently touted another step towards enhancing EU energy security via regional cooperation. The Minister and 11 of his colleagues from neighboring European countries signed a political declaration meant to ensure the reliable and secure supply of electricity among those countries. Dubbed “12 electrical neighbors”… Keep reading →

Bedouins Of The Negev Desert

The term Internet of Things (IoT) was first coined over 15 years ago to describe the trend of connecting physical objects to the digital world. Today the concept is more relevant than ever as consumers’ use of connected devices from smartphones to fitness trackers and thermostats shape the way we live and work. And our… Keep reading →

Houston Scenics

How ERCOT’s idea for aggregating solar, storage and other DERs could unlock the state’s grid-edge potential  Texas, despite being one of the country’s largest and sunniest energy markets, has not seen a lot of growth of distributed solar power. Beyond low energy prices, one big reason is that the Texas deregulated energy market, which covers… Keep reading →

Schwarzenegger Holds Press Conference On Passing Of California Budget

It’s always inspiring to see people stand up and fight for issues that matter to them. In our world, when politics can at times seem petty or backwards, it’s especially uplifting to see politicians do this. And that’s exactly what’s happening inside California’s state capitol. The three most powerful political leaders in the state –… Keep reading →

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