Reliability

DIRECTV CBC Solar Groundbreaking Event With Solar City

  US solar giant SolarCity today announced the launch of a microgrid product with built in energy storage capability. SolarCity is going after the commercial market, targeting municipalities, which is a segment the company views as underserved. Extreme weather events have been increasingly disruptive for municipalities in recent years. See Hurricane Sandy as an example.… Keep reading →

Crane Collapses On Apartment Building On Manhattan's Upper East Side

Pushing forward on what some are calling “Utility 2.0,” New York on Thursday adopted a regulatory reform framework aimed in large part at paving the way for more cleaner, distributed energy on the grid. A whole host of factors is driving the state here: A post-Sandy desire to address climate-change risks, increasingly cheaper renewables, smart… Keep reading →

Germany Expands Its Electricity Grid

Former FERC Chairman, Jon Wellinghoff spoke in an interview about the need to harden the electric grid from security threats by expanding the use of microgrids and distributed generation. “People are beginning to understand that they need their own onsite capabilities to island themselves from the grid. That’s because the grid’s external vulnerabilities will continue… Keep reading →

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

  Extreme cold weather has had a tight grip on much of the Northern U.S. this winter.  Boston recently saw its lowest temperature since 2004 and New York City had its coldest February morning in nearly three decades.  As millions of Americans endure these cold temperatures, the importance of electricity for heating our homes and… Keep reading →

Central Utah Anchors State's Coal Mining Industry

 Ed. note: This is a new weekly column by Elie Mystal, Managing Editor of Above the Law Redline. This space will focus on the laws that exist, should exist, and should be put out of their misery. OVER-REGULATED Gag Orders: Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is under criminal indictment for his role in the death… Keep reading →

Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

Controversy is brewing as utilities consider “repowering” old coal-fired power plants across the US with natural gas. Several environmental groups initiated lawsuits to stop these plants from converting from coal to gas. Environmentalists want to shut the plants and replace the power they generate with renewables. Utilities argue this is not always possible, particularly in… Keep reading →

German Electricity Grid Insufficient For New Energy Needs

As society becomes more and more dependent on technology and Mother Nature continues to deliver dramatic weather events across all parts of the globe, utilities must develop and deploy newer and more advanced grid technologies that can proactively respond to potential impacts and recover quickly from outages. But, is grid modernization only about the technologies… Keep reading →

NYEM-rendering

The New York Power Authority recently launched the state’s first energy management network operations center – the New York Energy Manager (NYEM). Housed in Albany in partnership with the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, NYEM, is a comprehensive network and decision tool that utilizes Big Data analytics to monitor and troubleshoot buildings to reduce… Keep reading →

Drone Photography Raises Questions About Privacy And Safety

With an almost eagle-eye-view of the Rocky Mountains from his office in Denver, Robert Attai advises clients on the emerging field of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones. A partner in the law firm of Husch Blackwell, his clients sometime seek advice after acquiring a smaller firm that is using UAS in their… Keep reading →

East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy

Social media can be a fun way to keep up with friends, play games and kill time, but it can also be a source of real-time news and a platform used to disseminate critical information during emergencies. You’d be hard pressed to read an online news article or watch a news broadcast on television without… Keep reading →

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