Some US utilities could have weathered Hurricane Sandy better than they did if they had invested in smart grid improvements such as smart-metering, outage management, and distribution management systems, a senior GE official said.

John McDonald, Director of Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Digital Energy, said utilities that have not yet installed the technology would have known about outages more quickly, been able to swiftly identify their locations, and been able to assign repair crews more efficiently if they had the enhancements in place. Keep reading →

Who said trash is waste?

The renewable energy arm of Pennsylvania utility PPL opened its newest gas-fired plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania in late July, powered by methane from the local landfill. Officially named the Glendon Green Energy Park, the project was funded in partnership with the state and Chrin Brothers Inc. and cost $8 million to build. Keep reading →